Roger (The Official Spokesman of the Avengers)

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  • #2270
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    June 18 2027

    Our franchise has been a perennial bottom feeder of the league never finishing higher than 3rd in their division or within 10 games behind the eventual Division winner. In 2017, the Avengers had their greatest moment by finishing in 2nd in the Division with a 61-59 record (the only winning season), but still ending up 12 games behind. Many of these issues could be attributed to the lifetime .250 team batting average or maybe it’s the 5.05 lifetime Team ERA. It doesn’t help when we have had seasons featuring a low team batting average of .238 in 2020 or a 6.28 Team ERA in 2023. The franchise’s lifetime W-L record being an anemic 800-1240 for a whopping .392 winning percentage I will be an Avenger fan no matter what.

    Getting ready to attend a press conference with a reporter from the Thunder Bay Gazette and the owner of the Thunder Bay Avengers somehow something is going to happen but not sure what. We are 13-23 entering the month of July. This team will never be good. We desperately need a change.

  • #17759
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    June 19 2027

    The team press conference today announced Will Moore as the new GM. I must admit I was thoroughly surprised as was the reporter. One of the first questions out of the reporter’s mouth was, “Why Thunder Bay would hire a guy like this, because his portfolio doesn’t scream experience at this level?” Thunder Bay ’s owner Kong Zhu replied, “ Moore was a solid choice amongst the other candidates, because he was a numbers guy that understood the game.” He went on to say that he is our guy and feels that our franchise is in good hands. I’m sure that you Mr. Zhu knows that he is your guy, but the reporter and I have our serious doubts. We are so sunk. Moore is going to kill this franchise.

  • #17760
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    September 2027

    GM Moore so far has been very proactive making piece and parting roster moves during his short tenure parlaying a 15-16 record in the month of August almost a .500 record. The month of August went so well that the Avengers eliminated themselves from the #1 pick in the draft and down to the #2 pick. Good job GM knock us out of #1 when we need it the most. We traded away Capones. As the one fan of Thunder Bay I don’t recognize the roster and any members from the day the team took the field when it was 13-23 record back in June. The Avengers finished with a 43-77 record meanwhile his record: 30-54 a .357 percentage during his tenure. We are watching you very close GM.

  • #17761
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    March 2028

    Months have past and the season is nothing more than more counseling for my broken heart since the new GM took over, now Thunder Bay faces a new day on the horizon after Free Agency as your Avengers will enter the 2028 South Korea Draft with the hopes and dreams that brighter days are ahead. Brighter days will be so much better than the dark and gloomy days that have encompassed the franchise since their inception into the league. Now no Isales and no Cho. I recognize Perreault, Hwang, and Arnhardt. Who is Gomez, Canalles, Wu, and those other guys? Is history being changed? Could this be the year we turn it around? I doubt it. I hope Moore knows what he is doing only time will tell.

  • #17763
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    Love it…

  • #17950
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    March 2028

    As the 2028 South Korea Baseball Draft concluded, I had the opportunity of sitting with GM Will Moore and Thunder Bay owner Kong Zhu during the whole process of the draft at Avengers headquarters.  One thing was pretty clear the first two picks were solid picks by drafting 17 year old MR Kyung-suk “Gypsy” Yo whose has only two pitches (slider and sinker) and 17 year old C Hugo Urbaez whose has good contact ratings and can avoid strikeouts so those were acceptable picks.  However, it was disconcerting the remaining 8 picks of the draft; more so the last 5 were like literally close your eyes and point your pencil at a name.  They have no rhyme or reason, because those last five were (C-1B-1B-C-1B).  This organization will never have a shortage of catchers and first basemen at the current rate. All took their assignments to ride the Sydney Train the (A) ball affiliate.  Yo and Urbaez are the only promising prospects drafted that will make the show in their careers, while the remaining may never see the light of the show ever.  The guys took their assignment together, but it was agreed every player will play their heart out with aspirations of going to the show to be together again.   
              
    Meet 2028 Avenger new recruits (numbers are potential ratings):
    Kyung-suk Yo              17        MR      10        9          9          91-93 mph
    Hugo Urbáez                17        C         7          4          5          5          9
    Jung-tae Yi                   17        SP        5          4          5          84-86 Mph
    Mitsuoki Ohayashi        22        SP        3          4          6          89-90 Mph
    Chi-eun Kim                 17        MR      4          3          5          84-86 Mph
    Chong-su Pak              20        C         5          10        3          4          4
    Don Duncan                 21        1B        5          4          6          5          4
    Ed Walden                   21        1B        5          6          4          3          4
    Pedro Bobillo               23        C         4          6          3          4          5
    Chun-hak So                21        1B        4          5          4          3          4
     
    After the South Korean draft, it was discovered that non-drafted players Cy Hore and Hardwin Stuble were so distraught at their not being picked, they hung up their cleats, and decided to continue their studies at the University of Phoenix to receive their Law Degree.  Ultimately, they want to go into business together upon graduation to become Hore and Stuble.
     
    I am so excited that the Free Agency and the Draft is over, the changes that have been occurring for months will now take form and the field together as Spring Training begins.  I still have no idea if Moore knows what is going on.  Despite all of the questionable moves between trades and free agents signed during the off season that all affiliates seem on paper to be better than once appeared.  I sure hope that I’m not as delusional as Kong and Moore thinking we have a chance, get fooled, and not be any better than any other time in the franchise history.
     
    SPRING TRAINING IS HERE!!  LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!  PLAY BALL!!
     

  • #17951
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    Duncan was good value in the 5th. Good pick.

  • #18035
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    May 1 2028
     
    GM Moore took the podium at the Thunder Bay press conference today to the public and WBH_tv.com.  He gave his Spring Training in Review and spoke about the future.
     
    The first week of Spring Training were some slugfests but coming out with a 3-5 record scoring 40 runs and giving up 40 runs.  They had only one one run game where they lost 6-5 to Quebec.  It was very sporadic where we would scored a ton of runs one game for the win then the next game have a bunch of runs scored on us and lose. 
     
    The second week was truly brutal winning only the last game of the week having a 17 run differential not in our favor.  However, there were three games where one run decided a victor.  We just don’t have the offense to match what our pitching is giving up. 
     
    The last period was our most competitive period of Spring Training, where we went 4-6. We had one game during that period where I think our guys got the message took accountability on the field.  April 19 will live in infamy we lost 5-0 in a 6 pitcher no-hitter to Maracaibo where we left 2 runners in scoring position and 4 left on base under clear skies and 35 degrees.  After that day we went 3-3 to finish Spring Training.  I really think after April 13 things started to change because 8 of the last 11 games were decided by one run.  We are definitely becoming a more competitive group than last season.  
     
    Finally tally for Spring Training, a (8-16) w-l record 86 runs scored (3.58 rpg) – 114 runs scored against (4.75 rpg).  Our record against Cheju 4-4 (36-34), Quebec 3-5 (31-41), and Maracaibo 1-7 (19-39).  Maracaibo is really a good squad and GM Tankersley has done a fine job during his tenure there.  We will do our best to try to stay competitive with them during the regular season.  Maracaibo will make us a better team in the long run. 
     
    Now that Spring Training is complete we have taken a really good look at all players now have a better feel each of their talents or lack of.  We will continue to work on their lack of to make them better players in the long run to help us here in Thunder Bay.  Our Achilles heel will continue to be not enough power and lack of good starting pitching.  We have some new blood in here and are starting to buy into what we are trying to achieve here at Thunder Bay.  Our lineup here in Thunder Bay is solid and can get on base while our bullpen will keep us in many games.  Additionally, we have three guys who are on the Disabled List Elliott Morin MR, Yasukazu Minobe SP, and Jorge Chiaedes C who are recovering and will be integral members of the Avengers when activated later in the season.  All of players have now been properly placed in our farm system affiliates Orangeville (AAA), Parksville (AA), and Sydney (A).  This is a huge move in our estimation, because some of our players were not at the proper level that they should have been all along.  We did well with what we have and are certainly a better squad than at this time last season.  These players will flourish for their new affiliates and will be productive members.  During the season, we will continue to view free agents and perspective trades with teams to improve our squad for today, tomorrow, and the next day, etc. for all of our organization.  We certainly have good depth now at all positions at all levels.
     
    The scheduling gods of WBH were hospitable to the Avengers right out of the gate for the start of this regular season with 15 out of the first 21 games at home before we have some home cooking of our own for a 9 game road trip starting on May 26.  Our team morale will be tested which after the last part of Spring Training I think our guys are up for the challenge.  I think at that point we will truly see where we are at and hope that we haven’t played ourselves into a corner where we give up for the rest of the season.  The main thing is to keep our focus on the big picture, which is to play one game at a time, play our best, and let the records and statistics take care of their selves.  We don’t expect to be pennant contenders yet, but don’t plan on the norm here which is being the perennial cellar dweller of the league.  According to the WBH 2028 Preseason Predictions, they are predicting a 61-59 record with a very close run differential of 524-532.  We sing praise to the writers that they have us in such acclaim.  However, we honestly have our expectations much lower despite our roster moves may dictate otherwise.  We had a productive off season and Spring Training so we have plenty of things that we can be building upon.  Our record last season was 43-77 and played very hard to get there so we are expecting something around there.  From a standpoint everything that we have done since Day One since I came aboard has been in preparation for Opening Day 2028.  We look forward to the challenge and embellish it for its negatives and positives.  We have prepared as much as we can there will be no surprises and will continue to be proactive in the future so all that is left is to PLAY BALL!!
     
     
     
     

  • #18036
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    I am still really skeptical after this press conference.  I really want to believe what Moore is saying, but I think that it is still smoke and mirrors.  It is the glass half full and half empty analogy that comes to mind.  However, I am starting to see light at the end of the tunnel.  It is a very small beam, but it is there.  I thought I would never say that in a sentence that there would be light.  After attending every Spring Training game of Thunder Bay, I am seeing some proof in the pudding so to speak, because I am getting acclimated to the new names and seeing some of the talent they do possess.  I “think” that I am seeing the bad days of Thunder Bay in the rear view mirror but I hate to admit it.   I will admit that I walked away from the press conference feeling good about the franchise.  I will say it once and say it again.  Time will only tell. One thing is for sure I can’t wait till the pop of the mitt for Opening Day 2028.

  • #18040
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    Opening Day 2028 lineup
    # B Name Pos AVG HR RBI SB
    1 R Luo-lang Wu 3B .000 0 0 0
    2 R Freddie Canalles 2B .000 0 0 0
    3 L Octávio Gómez 1B .000 0 0 0
    4 L Su-kweon Han CF .000 0 0 0
    5 L Alvin Zaldivar RF .000 0 0 0
    6 S Cisco Papías LF .000 0 0 0
    7 L Pedro Cortéz SS .000 0 0 0
    8 R Nicolás García C .000 0 0 0
    9 –

    And the Pitching Staff
    Role T Pitcher G GS W L SV ERA WHIP Status
    Starter R Marcos Bornio 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 Rested
    Starter L Hidalgo Niebes 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 Rested
    Starter L Jesús Villarreal 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 Rested
    Starter R Jorge Campus 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 Rested
    Starter R Robbie Arnhardt 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 Rested
    Spot Starter R Seong-ho Pae 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 Rested
    Mopup L Cristófor Chavarriaga 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 Rested
    Middle Reliever R Tavio Soravilla 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 Rested
    Middle Reliever L Martin Marcoux 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 Rested
    Middle Reliever R Kyung-wan Mun 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 Rested
    Middle Reliever R Seong-ho Pae 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 Rested
    Setup Reliever R Anthony Pring 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 Rested
    Closer R Alejandro Ramírez 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 Rested

  • #18080
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    It was 7:05 pm on Opening Night May 1, 2028, temperature 38 degrees with not a cloud in the sky and very brisk breeze from the right our Avengers took the field on Thunder Bay Grounds.  I have never seen the sight in our stands with the sea of red and yellow as prominent as it was on Avenger Opening Night.  Perhaps it was fact that there were 33,217 of the red and yellow that is why it seemed so.  The game was a slugfest where it seemed as if we just were exchanging blows with the Volcano.  Our starting ace pitcher Marcos Bornio lasted only 2-2/3 innings on 53 pitches hitting 2 batters and throwing 1 wild pitch.  Our offense was almost of inefficient with 12 hits all singles. Our bullpen for the most part held on which was expected for the start.  All in all it was good first game and lost to the Volcano 10-6.  We gave up 3 runs in the first inning of Game 2 of the series so it appeared that the same was going to occur with Opening.  However, I don’t what transpired after the 1st inning of Game 2 of the series, but for the final 17 innings our pitching kept on serving up goose eggs.  One of the original members of the Avengers pre new ownership Jorge Campus threw a complete gem on 96 pitches on 4 hits and having 7 K’s shutout in Game 3.  We started the season off at 2-1 and somehow feel good about the progress of the team.   
     
    After an off day we returned to the Grounds to play Maracaibo.  It has been well documented how Maracaibo has had our number during Spring Training so more of the same was to be expected.  There wasn’t as much red this go around that there was with Cheju on Opening Night so maybe it wasn’t as serious with the Jackal force thinking it was going to be much of a fight figuring 9-1 record against Thunder Bay. Jesus Villareal had different plans pitching 8 innings giving up the only run in the 3rd inning and striking out 5.  Alejandro Ramirez then took over wildly by throwing 19 pitches only 7 of them strikes finishing for his second save taking Game 1 2-1 to go into the weekend.  Octavio Gomex, Freddie Canalles, and Su-kweon Han converted on 2 out RBI’s and Bornio came back after his inaugural horrendous debut for Thunder Bay to get his first victory in an Avenger uniform where we won 8-3 for Game 2.  Unfortunately we lost our LF Cisco Papias to a fractured finger in Game 2 and will be out a month in that game.  In the first inning of Game 3 Vincent Perrault had a 3 run homer to help us get out of the gate fast and scored 4 more runs in the second inning to ultimately to finish off with a 9-3 victory to sweep the Jackals.  I still can’t believe that it happened.  Just got word reliever Eliott Morin is starting his rehab assignment from his torn labrum in AAA Orangeville.     
     
    This week in Avenger baseball was one for the ages in which no one in Thunder Bay or anyone else could have predicted.  In the norm, I would have expected 2-4 or a 3-3 record for the week never in my wildest dreams would we had a 5-1 week.  Who would have thought after Opening Night that that was the only game we would lose for the week.  It has been all too surreal and such a blur.  Our hitting, pitching, and defense were great for one week even the starting pitching our Achilles heel was good.  No one can take this away from us so we go into the 2nd week with vigor that we can succeed in the league.  I hope that it continues…especially for another 19 weeks.  

  • #18128
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    After a travel day, we traveled to Quebec for a 3 game set.  In Game 1, 3B Luo-lang Wu who went 3 for 5 raising his average up to .400 and SP Jorge Campus who gave up only 1 run over 6 innings are playing great for us but it wasn’t good enough.  Quebec’s RF Don Deacon spoiled the streak with a walk off homerun in the bottom of 12th off of Marcerio Hermosio to kill the 5 game winning streak losing 2-1.  So bummed even if it is norm for this city.   As they say, all good things must end and so did the streak.  It’s time to start a new streak a losing one.  I knew we couldn’t keep it up forever.  We redeemed ourselves when RF Alvin Zaldivar homered in the top of the 2nd and that was all the offense we needed.  Meanwhile, SP Jesus Villareal is showing he is for real, because he got his first double and his second win of the season as we won 3-0.  Losing streak is officially over.  Game 3 going into the top of the 9th we figured it to be a “L” and Quebec winning the two of the three games.  However, our guys hung in there and tied it up with Antonio Medina flying out to right field while Wu tagged up from 3rd .  Our relievers Anthony Pring and Alejandro Ramirez held the lead and Frederick Carey in a pinch hitting role doubles with two out to score C Nicolas Garcia to change our “L” to a “W” in a 10 inning game wining 6-5.
     
    We headed back home after still feeling good about our meeting with Quebec to meet Busan for another 3 game set.  In Game 1, our ace pitcher Bornio is wearing out his welcome after giving up 6 earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.  He now has a 9.69 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 13 IP.  Busan’s 3B George Payton and C Mario Velasquez shellacked us collectively for a 6 for 10,10 rbi performance and we never had a chance so we lost 10-6.  SP Hidalgo Niebes clearly pitched his best game of the season for us striking 10 Dragons out in 7 innings getting his third straight win in as many starts, while RF Antonio Medina just called up from Orangeville earlier in the week to replace Cisco Papias (fractured finger) on the roster didn’t start to well going 2 for 17.  He is starting to figure it out in game 2 and went 2 for 4 and had 3 rbi’s. In Game 3, the rubber match we switched the lead back and forth till the bottom of the 9th where it was tied at 5.  What happened next is indescribable.  Pinch hitters Frederick Carey and Hye-min Hwang singled led off the bottom of the 10th.  Wu lines into a double play sending Hwang to 2nd.  2B Vincent Perrault and 1B Octavio Gomez singles to load the bases.  Then, Medina comes to plate and takes the first pitch he sees from RHP Kyu-soo Park’s into the right field bleachers 428 feet for a GRAND SLAM.    UNBELIEVABLE!!  IT’S OVER!!  AVENGERS WIN 9-5.  I can’t breathe. 
     
    Good job Moore and Kong so far!!  We are now 9-3 and were really lucky and fortunate to win the rubber matches against Busan and Quebec.  We could be easily 7-5.  Our guys are playing with tons of emotion. The two weeks has been a dream and still wondering when the dream will become a nightmare.  We are bound to have a let down at some point there is no way possible that we can keep this pace.  We keep playing like this we may start seeing David Letterman keyboard guy alumni and Thunder Bay native Paul Schaefer at the games and maybe we will have two fans.  I doubt it.

  • #18161
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    Roswell came to town and I have no idea what our skipper was thinking sending out our newly acquired reliever Felix Cabrera out of the bullpen to his first start in three years to the hill.  WHY??   His position is to be reliever not a starter.  Do we think we can win no matter who we send out?  I think not.  We are still Thunder Bay.  If he was a starter he would be in the rotation it made no sense.  105 pitches, 55 strikes, and 7 ER later Felix was pulled.  Why so long?  Our bullpen held serve and but the damage was already done by Sung-min Kang in a 3 for 6 performance and Player of the Game honors as we lost 8-4.  Jesus Villareal came in for Game 2 for hoping to get us a win.  It was SS Jay-man Kal , C Jeremy Jackson , SP Dong-chan Son having different plans.  We got as close as 4-3 in the top of the 7th, but our bullpen can’t be perfect all the time as it gave up 4 runs in the final 3 innings as we lost another 8-4.  In Game 3, we sent Marcos out to end the losing streak and save face to prevent the sweep.  We swapped goose eggs on the scoreboard till the top of the 8th.  Bornio did a great job till SS Julio Diaz doubled a 2-2 offering scoring Roswell’s 1st run and would score 3 more times in that inning.  Roswell had just swept us 4-0.  The new streak “the losing one” is still in tact.  Roswell handed us the swift kick we needed to ground us back to reality.  Now hopefully we have learned from this as we go visit the Volcanoes. 
     
    A day off and here we are in Cheju for the weekend.  It was to be return of former Avenger newly signed Avenger Ramon Santiango.  Everyone was looking forward to his start and breaking the losing streak.  The guy must have been an angry rusty elf after Thunder Bay let him spend the winter as a free agent and nobody inquired about him to sign elsewhere.  He made 4 plus mil last year for Thunder Bay and resigned a 2 year deal for 1.4 mil.  He was quickly inserted into the rotation not being sent to Orangeville after recovering from a torn labrum to see what he had.  He clearly didn’t have his best stuff and/or was sandbagging it, because he gave up 6 ER in 2 1/3 IP.  3B Fanuco Ramirez had 4 rbi’s for Cheju.  We scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th, but it wasn’t enough as the streak continues losing 8-6.  We are starting a pattern here like the teams of Avengers past.  I don’t like it one bit.  In Game 2, Niebes pitched great and we actually led the 5-3 going into bottom of the 5th where he had struck out two batters and had last week’s Player of Week Tat Huie 1-2 and at that point the wheels came off.  Huie tripled and knocked in a run.  At the end of 5 it was tied at 5.  Anthony Pring who has been solid out of the bullpen came in the bottom of the 8th and gave up a solo home run to Ik-yeoung Chang to seal the fate.  We now have lost 5 games in a row.  We are scoring runs but not getting much help out of our pitching.  Our starters ERA are now 5.21.  Moore needs to do something NOW!!!  We need to break the streak and at least save face in Cheju.  In game 3, Campus started out slow giving up 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st . We came back and showed a little fight in the middle three innings.  We almost blew it in the 9th with Pring giving up 4 runs, but still somehow ended the streak with 9-8 win.  Ramirez got his 4th save.  Pring had a very rough week out of the pen.          
     
    At the first of the week I swear I looked up in the owner’s press box that I saw Zhu while his demeanor is stearn and stoic I saw him smile for once.  It was good to see him happy.  However, once we started losing again those smiles went away.  We had such a fast start in our first two weeks that with all of the positive vibes in the clubhouse that had from starting 9-3 it came crashing down on our squad this week ending 10-8.  There was no preparing for the crash and we crashed hard.  I realize that in baseball it is all about streaks that define us.  We’ve got Quebec at home and then to Maracaibo.  They will be both seeking redemption from our earlier sets.  I think we are in for another rough week.  Of course, in South Korea there is no such thing as an easy week.  It’s anyone’s guess which Avengers team we will see.  Are we the new Avengers that win or the same old Avengers that lose?  Time will tell.  I am thinking more of the latter.  Wish us lots of luck.  

  • #18209
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    Not much to report in other than what has been the norm from Day One. We are very much bad. How did we ever go 9-3 in the first two weeks is a shear mystery. Since our “awesome” start we have went 2-10. This is not a surprise. WE ARE BAD! I don’t know why people fear us. We are afraid of our own shadows at this point. Why do I root for these guys? Our management, players, hot dog vendors, and anyone else in our organization stink to high heaven. With all of the moves we’ve made we are still a bunch of lolly gaggers.

  • #18258
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    I have had a night to ponder and look at our skill level. I have only one conclusion. It is no matter how much one polishes a turd it still unequivocally will still be a turd. We are the perverbial turd of WBH. No matter how much we stink as a team, we will be always worse today than the day before.

  • #18260
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    being a rock bottom gives you a solid foundation to build upon. plus with some high draft picks you are always 1 good draft from building up some serious talent in your minors…

  • #18263
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    @Thunder Bay (KOR) wrote:

    I have had a night to ponder and look at our skill level. I have only one conclusion. It is no matter how much one polishes a turd it still unequivocally will still be a turd. We are the perverbial turd of WBH. No matter how much we stink as a team, we will be always worse today than the day before.

    Not true. You might be the turd of the WBH right now but you can make something out of it if you do it right.

  • #18264
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    No sense, Roger the Avenger fan, getting bent out of shape – the season just started! It might take Mr. GM a few seasons to turn the franchise around, but, as I learned a long time ago in solo OOTP play, when you have a rebuilding project, it is a good idea to set new goals. Maybe build a lineup around one superstar in a way that gets that superstar as many RBIs as possible and shoot for an MVP award? Or maybe take your best ground-ball pitcher, and on days he pitches, start your best defenders without regard to their offensive talents in an attempt to win that pitcher the whip or ERA title this year? Maybe you can pick one guy right now, age 25 or younger in your system, and deem him your team’s future HOFer, and just spend the next ten years of game time with that goal in mind – getting him the best stats possible so he makes the hall. That’d be cool.

    This game was always funnest when I had more than one goal to work on. Winning was always goal #1, but there’s no reason you can’t have other fun (and possibly more-acheiveable) goals in mind as you set your roster.

  • #18317
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    OOTP and WBH is just a game not real life that I am still trying to figure out. Thanks for tips. I really appreciate it.

    I will never give up. I am in for the long run. I am really enjoying the experience here in WBH. “Roger” is to say the least a avid fan of the Avengers. He is a very passionate about the team. “Roger” is merely a character that I am depicting for this league. “Roger” also is an angry elf who will be always highly critical of the Avengers. “Roger” will always be a fan of the Avengers. It is kind of like the Cubs in real life. Just not as many fans.

  • #18768
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    July 31, 2028

    Excerpt from GM Moore’s State of the Avengers press conference:
     
    Our offense and pitching has improved since I have taken the reigns.  Many of guys that were brought in are getting settled with the team and building team unity.  We would like to think that our organization is in a better place today that back in Spring of 2027.  We have been good at home a 23-16 record which we are happy with.  However, we need help against the southpaws, because we are 13-22.  We were thinking out of the gate that we would be good out of the bullpen, but the results say otherwise being last in the division with a 4.76 ERA.  Surprisingly enough our starting pitching is first in the division with 4.25 ERA. We are little low in the batting average with a .259 but are doing well with a .411 slugging percentage.  We are always looking for ways to improve and realize that it is a process and the growing pains will continue before we can be truly a force to be reckoned with.
     
    It was has been a little of over a year since I took over.  The major league club finished last season at 43-77.  This year, we have scored 409 runs and allowed 402.  Currently, we are at a 39-45 record and 7 games out of first place. Our organization is pleased to say in the least that we are 4 games away from eclipsing our win total this year with 38 games remaining.  Our club has not seen 50 wins in four seasons.  With that being said 52 wins in 2024 is next on the radar with 57 wins in 2016 which we would have to go 18-18 the rest of the way.    These are two goals very acceptable and attainable win totals in our sights.  We would certainly like to give 61 wins a noble shot but feel we are not at that level at this time.  Our club has improved its attendance by 29 percent so thanks to all of the visitors from the other clubs that came to Thunder Bay to see Roger and rooting for the visiting team.  These are just a few of goals that we desire to reach along the way.  We realize that we will not reach all of our goals this season.    
     
    Our farm system is collectively a 155-115 record and a .574 winning percentage. Orangeville (AAA) and Parksville (AA) are in the thick of their respective pennant races.  Orangeville being 3 ½ games behind the Yongju Solars (farm club of Jeonju) and Parksville being tied for the lead with the Ungsang Punks (farm club of Busan).  Even Sydney our Single A team is four games over .500.  This is a testament of the moves we have made during the off season.  We are pleased with our progress and direction of the organization as a whole being able to help out the Major League club in the future.  Amidst all of the turbulence on and off the field, we are certainly pleased with our product on the field with the knowledge that we will get better.  We thought we would be a little bit better, but realize it is a slow progression.  The majority of the guys we have traded and signed for are all pieces to the Avenger puzzle.  At some point, we will determine if they are short or long term fixes.  We would like for it work out as the long term.  We will continue to take one day at a time and see how this thing works out.

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    I have to admit in my years of being an Avenger fan I can say this is pretty exciting. It has taken almost a full season of WBH that I am starting to see improvements in the guys that are taking the field from what we had under the new GM. It is an exciting brand of baseball. We are giving up plenty of runs. We are scoring lots of runs, too! Not to mention, even improvements down on the farm. If we keep this up, we might actually get more Avenger fans and in the seats for our games. It doesn’t matter what our colors or logo is it still is Thunder Bay. No one can change that fact. WE ARE THUNDER BAY!

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    There is no longer peace in Thunder Bay.

    There are rumors swirling in the halls of Thunder Bay.

    A player may be coming back to Thunder Bay?

    What happened to Roger?

    Zhu has been smiling a whole lot in the past couple of days. What is he up to?

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    Sometimes Zhu smiles when he is upset, which rumors are he isn’t happy the team’s record. You don’t know if he is genuinely happy or on a rampage. Is he going to clean house?

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    Sometimes Zhu smiles when he is upset, which rumors are he isn’t happy with the team’s record. You don’t know if he is genuinely happy or on a rampage. Is he going to clean house?

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    There is also muttering now involving stud slugger Antonio Medina and stud closer Alejandro Ramirez in a trade for a stud pitcher and prospects.

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    I’m glad Medina worked out well for you. He’s having a monster power year. Even Hermosio hasn’t put up bad numbers.

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    It was a good opportunity for Thunder Bay to make that acquisition.

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    Owner Kong Zhu is having a press conference later today.

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    Kong Zhu’s press conference at Thunder Bay Grounds:

    (It is being depicted and translated by a source close to Kong Zhu)

    Dusk falls on the Bay on a early cool July evening where Zhu and Moore are on the stage with a curtain gently waving by the wind behind them as they await for members of the press, fans in the stands, and other dignitaries to take their seats. The whispers and mumbles encompass the whole field with people wondering what the reason for this press conference. This seems to be the best kept secret in WBH today. I have got a feeling that whatever the cause I can not help but wonder something special is going down. Finally, Zhu takes the podium.

    We are very pleased that the league long at last has graciously approved our new colors and logos. We felt that the change was necessary for a long period of time. Thunder Bay as an organization needed to lift their ominous persona of losing. No more red and blue. We are excited to show off the tan and powder blue on the field. The logo gives the full effect of Thunder Bay .

    There have been questions looming over my demeanor and the lull at Avenger Headquarters about players coming back, Roger, and trade opportunities? My demeanor will always be on the upset and aggravated side. As an owner, I am looking for the good in my team and believe that they can always be better that what they are so when the expectations aren’t met I get upset. I will never be content. I am very excited to be the owner of this franchise and feel that we are truly making headway. First off, I would like to address a couple of our players Antonio Medina and Alejandro Ramirez they are not, repeating not being involved in any trades anytime soon. We are flattered that there are offers for any members of our franchise. We will always be looking to make improvements. However, the other rumors will be all addressed in just a moment.

    I’m going to rattle off a few numbers. 13. 810,403. 57. 883,497. The first two numbers were the final numbers for fan loyalty ratings and attendance in 2027. The last two numbers are the current numbers in Thunder Bay at the half way mark in the current 2029 season. These numbers are staggering in our estimation considering where we have been. Our GM Moore has certainly done his fair share to improve our brand of baseball. Our offensive, pitching, and defensive statistics have never seen production like this in 10 years. On a side note, we would like to express our gratitude and appreciation for our fellow members of the KOR without you guys pushing us as a franchise to excel and compete on the playing field.

    At this time, we would like to bring out our new spokesman and writer for the team. A voice from the crowd, “It’s Roger”. The crowd goes insanely wild. Many had thought that Roger had passed or just got flat out burned out on rooting for a loser. We like to extend our deepest appreciation to Roger who was integral in our fan base when the attendance numbers show that we had only one fan in the stands. Roger has clearly become the face of Thunder Bay. Our attendance has increased from an estimated 13,000 to over 32,000 a game, largely in part for his participation on and off the field along with Moore’s being proactive at getting better players in camp. We couldn’t imagine having a better person for the job.

    Roger takes the podium. He then announces that he has been an Avenger fan since day one and has seen the dark cloud looming over the club for a long time. He expresses his gratitude and tells the crowd he will continue to be the face of Thunder Bay with his writing, devotion, loyalty, and undying love for the club. Roger continues to speak of his passion for baseball and love of Thunder Bay. He also talks about how he has missed being at the ball park during his absence, but this opportunity a once a lifetime opportunity was a dream come true of being part of the WBH in this fashion. He gets to talk about the team and positive directions that Moore has directed the team towards.

    Roger wastes no time to take advantage of his new position. Roger expresses some excitement as he explains his new dynamic within the franchise. He goes on to explain that the franchise had just completed its first phase to the road to recovery. Additionally, despite his apprehension on Zhu’s move to hire Moore he is more on board to the Avenger improvement progression than ever. He then states that he will introduce some individuals that have been assembled by Zhu as an Avenger task force. They will oversee the normal operations, advice, and look toward the future of Avenger baseball. These people have both pitching and batting experience in WBH. He introduces GM Moore who got some applause, shakes his hand, hands him a new baseball cap with the logo of a baseball with the initials TBY and a lightning bolt shooting through the red stitched ball. Roger pauses for a moment; it is as if like a kid on Christmas morning opening up what would be his favorite present of all time. The crowd clearly looks on with confusion like a deer in the headlights. What is happening? It is like the dark cloud in the Avenger sky is gently moving away and the sun in the horizon over Thunder Bay . Now, as a fan Roger has seen plenty of guys play in the WBH, but never dreamt that he would get an opportunity to introduce one in any format except one as a youth. Suddenly, the song by AC/DC “Thunderstruck” starts to play. He then proceeds to call out one person. The first one called out is former Avenger SP Calvin Monfode (2018-2027) who won 68 games and has over 700 K’s during his 10 seasons in WBH (6 seasons were in Thunder Bay ). Many of Monfode’s pitching statistics sit on the Avenger All Time Pitching list. Next came the Avenger All Time hit leader RF Charles Gagnon (2009-2021) who when finishing his time in Thunder Bay amassed over 1,000 hits in 4,000 plate appearances. At this point, the crowd is obviously very perplexed and ecstatic at the club’s direction. Just as the excitement and enthusiasm dies down ever so slightly only to have Roger screaming I’m not done. He says, “There is one more member of the group I almost forgot to introduce.” This guy is also a former Avenger, as a matter of fact; he was the starting left fielder for 10 years from 2009 to 2019. During his career in an Avenger uniform where he collected 224 homeruns which that mark and several other statistics are tops from Montreal Quebec. LF Gaston Cardinal. The sound of the crowd was like a bomb that had never been heard before and a light shown of colossal proportions in the air. They all have been individually successful. These are the guys that have seen the battle of the wars of the diamond that will help lead us collectively to bigger and greater things. Mumblings within the Grounds uttered that Zhu, Moore, Roger, Monfode, Gagnon, and now Cardinal are rewriting the Avenger script for years to come. This is initially a good move which doesn’t appear to be failure making franchise killing move. It seemed like a huge moniker that the worst was over that Moore and Zhu had taken something so horribly devastating and abused in the past only to show that this is just the beginning.

    Moore then takes the podium. Moore promises that those dark clouds and the cancers of the team of the past will never exist anymore as long as he is in charge. Our guys genuinely want to play in Thunder Bay and see this thing through. Moore believes this is such a large undertaking in Thunder Bay that it can only help having the tutelage of such great former players, such as Monfode, Gagnon, and Cardinal. He agrees that their skill set and experiences will be a good influence in the clubhouse plus be beneficial for my growth as a GM. The experience that our former players have acquired over the years can only feed the younger guys and our management only to improve us. We will continue to grow as an organization from A-ball up to the WBH club. We love the direction of our lower levels of our club currently which they are working their way up to our WBH club. Moore continues that they will continue to blossom as a franchise with future draft picks. We will draft accordingly to need and do it intelligently with no wasted choices. They will continue to accept trade offers, sign free agents, and improve on the field. All of the pieces are in place so the plan does not deviate at any point during this next phase the second phase of our plan. The third phase is yet to come!!!!

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    Sim for July 10-16, 2029

    Thunder Bay Avengers 29-37 .439 12 GB
    Fan Rating: 56
    Ranked #4 in the KOR w/ 84.3 Weekly Team Power Rating

    v. Jeonju Jays(29-37) 1Win-2loss (11 Runs Scored -12 Run Scored Against)
    v. @ San Lorenzo Legends (32-34) 2-1 (17-15)

    Game by highlight
    #1 def Jays 7-3 LF Antonio Medina 2-4, HR (24), 3 RBI’s Player of the Game; #1 Performance of the Day
    #2 loss Jays 5-4 RF Su-kweon Han 0-5, 8 LOB OUCH!!!
    #3 loss Jays 4-0 LF Antonio Medina 2 of the teams 3 hits
    #4 def Legends 7-3 CF Myron Gilley 3-4, HR (2), 2 RBI’s Player of the Game
    #5 def Legends 6-4 2B Vincent Perrault 3-5, 2 RBi’s
    #6 loss Legends 8-4 C Hye-min Hwang 2-4, HR (4), 2 RBI’s Player of the Game

    AAA – Orangeville Red Jackets 33-39 record 12 GB Ranked #5 79.7
    AA – Parksville Rage 45-27 record 5 Games Ahead Ranked #1 110.5
    A – Sydney Train 48-24 3 Games Ahead Ranked #1 126

    We have coming next week
    3 @ Maracaibo Jackals who (41-25) and then come back home to meet the Cheju Volcano (38-28) for 3. They are 1st and 2nd in our division. We are 3-9 against both. It is going to be a tough week. Medina leads the league in homers with 25. The power numbers and starting pitching ERA popped up on the leaderboard placing third in both categories.

    Our farm system is continuing to do well. Orangeville is a little down this year after finishing 52-38 last year. Hye-min Hwang who has been in Orangeville was lava hot hitting .366 and 14 HR’s so that gave a reason for promotion to the big league club. Parksville our AA squad continues with a 3.35 starter’s ERA and 2.56 relievers both tops in the KORSA. The A Sydney is doing things about the same as Parksville. Their starters have 2.79 Starter and 2.38 reliever ERA. Good things happening down on the farm.

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    Sim for July 17-23, 2029

    Thunder Bay Avengers 30-42 .417 17 GB
    Fan Rating: 51
    Ranked #8 in the KOR w/ 71.1 Weekly Team Power Rating

    v. @ Maracaibo Jackals (47-25) 0-3 in the series (6 runs – 12 runs against)
    4-8, 0-1, 2-3
    Gm #1 Su-kweon Han 0-3 3K’s
    Gm #2 Jesus Villareal 8 IP, 4 K’s still gets the loss
    Gm #3 Vincent Perrault with 0.6 ZR has 4 DP’s

    v. Cheju Volcano (41-31) 1-2 in the series (15 runs – 21 runs against)
    6-4, 6-9, 3-8
    Gm #1 Pedro Cortez has 3 hits but leaves 5 LOB; only win of the week
    Gm #2 Han, Cortez, Medina all get 2 hits to score 3 of the teams 6 runs.
    Gm #3 Perrault gets 2 more DP’s 54 for the season

    Traded SP Ghislain Gosselin to Maracaibo for CF Elaizer Estrada.
    Signed LF Zhao-Jun Chou from Quebec (KOR) , 3B Carlos Rixtin from Jeonju (KOR), and 3B Orlondo Silva from Erie (USA) off of waivers.

    The press conference was a light bulb moment in franchise history. We are realizing that this was such a large undertaking. Money has been wasted. I’m glad that there is divine inspiration in the heavens. “Playing the games is one thing, but realizing how wounded this franchise is from the inside is a whole different deal.”, said Gaston Cardinal the other night. The task force is in agreement that we are inspired at the direction this franchise needs to go in. We are far from giving up despite the fact we got served handily this week.

    Next Week Thunder Bay plays:
    July 24-26 @ Quebec (30-42)
    July 28-30 @ Busan (33-39)

    NOTE:
    LF Antonio Medina #2 in RBI’s with two strikes. He has 21.
    SP Jesus Villareal #6 in K’s per 9 IP with 7.89; #3 in K’s with 83.
    CL Alejandro Ramirez #4 in Saves with 15.

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    Sim for July 24-30, 2029

    Thunder Bay Avengers 32-46 .410 18 GB (2-4 for the sim)
    Fan Rating: 51
    Ranked #8 in the KOR w/ 69.8 Weekly Team Power Rating

    v. @ Quebec (30-42) 1-2 in the series (9 runs scored – 7 runs against)
    1-2,3-5,5-0
    Gm #1 Esteban Siono and former OF converted reliever Albert Silva combined for 2 IP’s 4K’s out of the bullpen
    Gm #2 Newly acquired Orlondo Silva gets a 2 run-homer
    Gm #3 Antonio Medina 3-4, 2 HR’s, 3 Rbi’s; Macerio Hermosio another Quality Start 7.1 IP 3 K’s for the lone win in the series

    v. @ Busan (33-39) 1-2 in the series (14 runs scored – 21 runs against)
    6-3, 5-6, 3-12
    Gm #1 Another win; Juan Venturo QS 7.1 IP, 6 K’s; 2-3 at the plate
    Gm #2 Reliever In-sik Mun 1.1 IP on 10 pitches 8 of which were strikes
    Gm #3 Vincent Perrault 2 for 5 hitting leadoff; 1 DP that’s 56 for the season (#3 in the league)

    No free agent or trade transactions to report.

    Oliver Balanta 2/3 IP in last game ERA is now 7.15. We paid the balance of his salary and released him. It is unfortunate, but it had to happen. Antonio Medina continues to impress in our lineup. During the week, he went 8 for 21 with 3 hr’s, 7 rbi’s, and 6 runs scored. It was good enough for the KOR Longitude Division Player of the Week for the second time this year. We aren’t as bad as once thought or believed. Maracaibo and Cheju clearly have our number. Our record if we don’t play them is 25-23. Octavio Gomez has 560 Total Chances with 522 putouts, while Vincent Perrault has 205 assists.

    Next Week Thunder Bay plays:
    Aug 1-3 @ Jeonju Jays (35-43)
    Aug 4-6 v. Maracaibo Jackals (50-28)

    NOTE:
    #1 in the LOD with Extra Base Hits with 241
    #2 in HR’s (85) and HR’s allowed (61); strategy not for the weak at heart.
    0-6 in extra inning games

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    Reality check!!

    Thunder Bay Positional Strength Overview
    Position Top player Team ranking
    Catchers Hye-min Hwang 6th
    First Basemen Octávio Gómez 6th
    Second Basemen Vincent Perreault 5th
    Third Basemen Orlondo Silva 7th
    Shortstops Pedro Cortéz 6th
    Left Fielders António Medina 5th
    Center Fielders Eliazar Estrada 6th
    Right Fielders Su-kweon Han 5th
    Starting Pitchers Juan Venturo 7th
    Relievers Alejandro Ramírez 8th
    Closers Alejandro Ramírez 2nd

    Position Top prospect Organizational ranking Overall ranking
    Catchers Chong-su Pak 2nd 3rd
    First Basemen Graham Milley 1st 3rd
    Second Basemen Young-min Sim 8th 8th
    Third Basemen Sung-heun Yi 2nd 6th
    Shortstops Kyu-pyeong Yom 8th 7th
    Left Fielders Jesús Malenado 6th 5th
    Center Fielders Ji-chor Kim 8th 7th
    Right Fielders Tied for 7th 7th
    Starting Pitcher Bae Hong 6th 7th
    Relievers Jae-hoon Myong 2nd 5th
    Closers Kyung-suk Yo 1st 1st

    Summary:
    The above listed figures are from the BNN South Korea Baseball League’s Positional Strength Overview
    Not overly impressive numbers by the naked eye. The rankings were much more severe in June 2027. Since there is nothing to barter but the relievers exploring trades is not feasible for equal or near value. We have drafted some really good relievers (Yo, Myong, Vollmer, and Pak). No resell value in that avenue. Additionally, the first basemen and catchers (Graham Milley and Chong su Pak) are rated highly. However, I am really not sure the value in that. We are not that high on the food chain in cash flow. Realistically, we have nothing to offer so the best option as a franchise is to test free agency with every waiver of the sim and winter meetings. In the future, the franchise needs to not pay for the over priced veterans. Even after a season a half of being part of Thunder Bay there is very long road ahead of us. It isn’t going to be an easy road nor is it a short road from here on out. It is a road that needs to be traveled in a marathon not a sprint to do it right. The attendance is getting better to aid in increasing the budget and payroll which we are last in South Korea in both categories. Let’s just hope if we continue to build it they will come. Progress is the direction not regress. We can’t regress any further than where we were. This organization has nothing but the sky being the limit.

    The strategy now:
    * Trading isn’t going to happen till better players are in camp.
    * Relievers don’t have much resell value in the field.
    * Filling stop gaps with players without overpaying for veteran players without crippling the budget.
    * Hope for better position availability in the draft besides relievers.
    * Keep those that haven’t reached their potential in the farm till they are ready. don’t let them accumulate time in the show.
    * Pray for our guys till 2040 when the youth truly arrive and I don’t get fired.

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    Two Thunder Bay trades we were involved in:

    Bonao sends:
    $8 million cash

    Thunder Bay sends
    :
    P Macerio Hermosio (ML)
    P Jon Vollmer (AAA)
    3B Sung-heun Yi (DL)

    Summary:
    Hermosio was a huge salary issue on our payroll that is no more. Vollmer and Yi are good prospects that were innocent players that were involved in the crossfire. They will be good bananas. We got some money out of the deal to alleviate our poverty.

    Thunder Bay sends:
    RP Alejandro Ramirez – Maj
    RP Tu-an Fung – AAA
    SP Juan Venturo – Maj

    Marcaibo sends:
    $4 million cash
    SP Raul Vaquerologo – AAA

    Summary:
    Ramirez and Venturo have been profitable members of the Avengers. Ramirez filling in nicely as our closer. Venturo is a starter that will do well in Maracaibo. Fung, a young prospect will be in the show one day in the near future. We received Vaquerologo as a project in the further research of trying to make us better, whether it be in AAA or even in our WBH club. We got some cash out of the deal.

    Overall Outlook:
    Hopefully we got enough cash out of the deals to aid in the fight out of the poor house. We were initially frugal with our cash at first when Moore took over not knowing this side of the game. We are looking forward to the future and what it holds. Thanks go out to Bonao and Maracaibo for being such good negotiators in both deals. I think both deals were profitable for both sides. These trades potentially changed our budget and accelerated our plans. It definitely changed the outlook for the future.

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    Sim for August 1-6, 2029

    Thunder Bay Avengers 37-47 .440 14 GB (5-1 for the sim)
    Fan Rating: 46
    Ranked #6 in the KOR w/ 81.1 Weekly Team Power Rating

    v. @ Jeonju Jays (35-43) 3-0 in the series (19 runs scored – 9 runs against)
    5-4, 7-3, 7-2
    Gm #1 Pedro Cortez went 2 for 5, 2 rbi’s; He must like hitting leadoff; he is now hitting .362 in that spot.
    Gm #2 Cortez starts game in leadoff with a homer then sharing the honors with Estrada, Perrault, Gomez all getting 2 hits combining for 5 of the 7 runs scored. Cortez gets Player of the Game.
    Gm #3 Francisco Sanchez (4-3) gets a Quality Start with 6 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, and 3 K’s. Sanchez gets Player of the Game.

    v. Maracaibo Jackals (50-28) 2-1 in the series (8 runs scored – 7 runs against)
    0-3, 4-2, 4-2
    Gm #1 Pedro Cortez really likes the leadoff spot going 1 for 3 ups his average to .282. Robbie Arnhardt throws 111 pitches over 8 innings striking out 3 despite getting the loss.
    Gm #2 Albert Silva gets Save #1 as Avenger Closer since trading Alejandro Ramirez to the Jackals. Jorge Campus (2-3) pitches 7 IP for 5 K’s gets Player of the Game.
    Gm #3 Newly acquired Eliezer Estrada goes 2 for 4 now hitting .444 as an Avenger. Jesus Villareal did his best “Wild Thing” impression by throwing 122 pitches (76 being strikes) for 6 BB’s and 5 K’s.

    Trades and Free Agent Signings: See Report in post above.

    The two trades we were involved in were integral in our future. Hermosio and Ramirez while they pitched very well for us, both were ultimately financially liabilities that we could no longer afford. We wish him well in Bonao. As listed in the highlights Estrada has played very well in an Avenger uniform so far. He may have a future in CF. The trades were much unexpected, but we are glad they worked out. As unexpected as the trades were, our play on the field this week was equally surprising. We experienced our first sweep of the season and were fortunate enough to take 2 of the 3 games from a very good ball club in the league leading Jackals. Task Force former Avenger SP Calvin Monfrode said to me last night after finishing the week (5-1), “This is a funny game we play, because just when you start planning for the future then a change occurs in the present.”

    Next Week Thunder Bay plays:
    Aug 8-10 v. Quebec Dragons (37-47)
    Aug 11-13 v. San Lorenzo Legends (41-43)

    NOTE:
    AAA Orangeville Red Jackets ended the year at (41-49); it went (25-36) the rest of the season after going (16-13) in May and floundered to a 5th place finish.
    AA Parksville Rage (52-38) concluded their season finishing 1st for the 3rd time in the past 5 years.
    A Sydney Train (63-27) had finished in 1st only 3 times (2020, 2023, 2025) in franchise history with the last time coming 2025. The Train got number 4 winning by 7 games.

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    Sim for August 7-13, 2029

    Thunder Bay Avengers 39-51 .440 17 GB (2-4 for the sim)
    Fan Rating: 48
    Ranked #7 in the KOR w/ 77.9 Weekly Team Power Rating

    v. Quebec Dragons (37-47) 0-3 in the series (14 runs scored – 26 runs against)
    2-4, 3-11, 9-11
    Gm #1 Toshikuni Baba (6-10) 6 IP, 4 K’s lowers his ERA to 3.59 for the win. Player of the Game as well.
    Gm #2 Dong-Chan “Crawdad” Cho goes 3 for 4 6 rbi’s; all three hits were homers. Player of the Game.
    Gm #3 Neither starting pitchers pitched well, but it was “Full Pack” Kim closing for his 19th save and complete the sweep.
    On a side note: I knew as soon as I said we had accomplished our first sweep the next week we would get sweeped. Karma has a way of kicking you in the mouth that way.

    v. San Lorenzo Legends (41-43) 2-1 in the series (20 runs scored – 10 runs against)
    3-5, 9-0, 8-5
    Gm #1 Former Avenger pitcher Hidalgo Niebes (2-1) was greeted back to Thunder Bay with 18 mph wind. He had 7 IP, 4K’s, and 8 BB’s to add to the Avenger losing streak to 4.
    Gm #2 Francisco Sanchez (5-4) and Oliver Balanta combined for a 6 hit shutout to break the streak; We had 5 DP’s. Incredible
    Gm #3 Antonio Medina 2 for 3, 3 runs, 4 rbi’s, 2 HR’s (33) Player of the Game to counteract Jesus Villareal 3.1 IP 5 ER performance. Two wins in a row folks is called a winning streak.

    Next Week Thunder Bay plays:
    Aug 15-17 v. Busan Burning Dragons (45-45) 2nd in KOR Latitude Division
    Aug 18-20 @ Quebec (42-48) 3rd in KOR Longitude Division

    NOTE:
    Our minor league organizations have completed their 2029 seasons. All clubs fared well and the two titles were a welcomed sight. Congrats to Sydney (A) and Parksville (AA)!! Attendance across the board was infinitely better than any figure that we have ever seen. They average on a normal season about 100k a year; however, reports came in that it was over 500k. AMAZING!!! The season ends but for some it continues as roster expansion occurred. There will be a report coming of the comings and goings.

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    We would like to wish the best to SP Tu-chin Kim (AAA), MR Tino Alfonzo (AA), CF Carlos Fernandez (AA), RF Bartoli Flores (A), and MR Codi Ealey(A) for their service to the Thunder Bay organization as they have chosen to retire after their seasons.

    Roster Expansion
    Waiver claims:
    LF Alberto Gonzalez was claimed off waivers from Oaxaca. 6/8/5. hit .301. looks like he doesn’t like left handed pitching. He does well enough against the righties. decent fielder
    LF Elian Bovane was claimed off waivers from Oaxaca. didn’t hit very well in 2029, but has some stats from 2026-2028. We are hoping for the more of the the latter than the previous.
    MR Luke Gilliland was claimed off waivers from Oaxaca. We like this guy the best of the three claims. He is well known. The ability to hold runners is good. He has 96-98 mph with the basic pitches of having the fastball, changeup, and curveball. Fingers crossed this could be a long term investment.
    All three were welcome acquisitions to Thunder Bay and were immediately placed on the active roster.

    Players recalled:
    C Liang-his Zhao hit .238 in TBY before being sent to Orangeville; didn’t hit much better .242 in Orangeville. 2.5 Zone Rating. He is 25. This might be his last chance.
    C Wang Hou This 29 year old hit .317 in Sydney in 2028. He didn’t do so well in Orangeville this year. .167. I like his 4/7/6 as much as anyone with these kinds of ratings.
    RF Myron Gilley hit .267 in TBY this year; 2028 Parksville (AA) hit .343, 10 HR, 67 RBI’s, 2029 Orangeville (AAA) in 17 games went 15 for 36, 5 DBL for a .417 BA. We felt like the 24 year old has some good things, but don’t want to get him too much time in the show for the greed to set in.
    2B Raul Vazquez played (AA) in 2029 hit .295; 6 errors in 83 games. Good glove and decent ratings. Here is his big chance.
    MR Enrique Midina – Purchased his contract from Orangeville – His 1.29 WHIP and .246 OAVG in Orangeville had to be worth a try. Especially when the bullpen hasn’t been flourishing.
    MR Jose Agurto – Purchased his contract from Orangeville – Agurto’s 7.90 ERA in Orangeville doesn’t scream call-up. However, the fact that he is well known couldn’t hurt the attendance.
    SP Won-keun Kim – Purchased his contract from Orangevile – His 5.31 ERA and 1.61 WHIP. The velocity is 99-101. GB% is 50. He has three pitches (fastball, changeup, and knuckle curve). Too bad his control is only 2.
    SP Simon Perrier – Purchased his contract from Parksville – in his two seasons in Parksville he has done fair amassing 194 K’s. Gonna to give him a go.

    Released were:
    1B Hae Weon Kang hit .216 in Orangeville; .077 in Thunder Bay
    3B Gustavo Romo played 35 games in Orangeville 6 BB, 36 K’s .205.
    3B Man Chew was signed as a project at 3B but only hit .207 in Thunder Bay.
    RF Clinton Forster the 35 year old has been a serviceable OF in Thunder Bay; one of Moore’s first waiver pickups on 8/7/2027. He hit .287 for TBY in 2028 with 1.033 OPS. Hit .207 this year in 71 games. It was time to cut the ties. Bovane and Gonzalez made Forster’s release bittersweet and expendable.

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    With the holiday week and other miscellaneous issues we are doing a 2 week Sim Report as opposed to the normal weekly report.

    It has been a brutal two weeks. No pygmies that were injured during the simming of these games. Just stunt doubles. OK I have a confession. There was one pygmy injured while riding his unicycle playing a tambourine, but that’s it. Read at your own risk.

    Here it is in its entirety.


    Sim for August 14-27, 2029

    Thunder Bay Avengers 41-61 .409 25 GB (2-10 for the two sims)
    Runs Scored: 432 (4.23 rpg)
    Runs Against 504 (4.94 rpg)
    Fan Rating: 48
    Ranked #8 in the KOR w/ 68.1 Weekly Team Power Rating



    v. Busan Burning Dragons
    Gm #1 George Payton hit a towering 438 foot homerun (14) to lead off the 2nd inning to tie the game at 1, and then Samuel Proulx doubles in POG Mario Velasquez to take the lead and never look back. Busan 4, TBY 3
    Gm #2 Eliazar Estrada (POG) took a 3-2 offering off of SP Harry Burden downtown for his second homer (5) as an Avenger to give the TBY the 7-2 lead for good. He also got Player of the Game honors. TBY 7, Busan 3
    Gm #3 TBY had a 2-0 lead in the top of the 4th only to have Proulx double to score Alex Malgoso to make it 2-1. A 1-2-3 inning in top of the sixth put the Avengers down in order. Jorge Guajardo took a walk in their turn of the 6th frame with bases loaded to score Payton (POG). The rally was on. Busan 8, TBY 2
    Final Tally
    1-2 in the series (12 runs scored, 15 runs against)
    6-6 against them for the season



    v. @ Quebec Dragons
    Gm #1 Quebec scores in every inning but the first inning of the first four to give the Dragons a 5-0 lead. TBY then answers with 6 in top of the 6th. Mathieu Pepin singles in Ramon Aristizabal in the bottom of the 9th to win the game. Quebec 7, TBY 6
    Gm #2 9 runs scored in the middle innings sealed the deal. Dai-lin Jung Player of the Game. Quebec 11, TBY 0
    Gm #3 The game tied at 1-1 after 1, but then in the bottom of the second SP Won-suk Min (7-9) hit a single to score Tsing Louis to begin the all the run support the Dragons would need in this one. Min would get POG with his 7 IP 10 K’s performance. Quebec 6, TBY 1
    Final Tally
    0-3 in the series (7 runs scored, 24 runs against)
    7-14 against them for the season



    v. Cheju Volcano
    Gm #1 Hye-min Hwang singles to left field in the bottom of the 8th scoring Myron Gilley; however, it wasn’t enough to win this one. Bo-young Pak (11-6) gets his second win in a row and POG honors in an 8 inning gem. Cheju 2, TBY 1
    Gm #2 Yong-chul Yi tattooed a 443 foot homer (19) to right field for a 2 run shot off to Esteban Siono to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the 8th. Cheju 3, TBY 2
    Gm #3 30 hits in this offensive display of both teams. 5 runs by TBY in the bottom of the 1st. 8 runs by Cheju in the top of the 6th . 14 runs by Cheju in the middle innings. 2B Tae-wan Hwang (POG, I hope so) goes 4 for 6 with 5 rbi’s. Hwang in the previous 2 games of the series is 0 for 7. Cheju 15, TBY 6
    Final Tally
    0-3 in the series (9 runs, scored, 20 runs against)
    4-14 against them for the season



    v. @ Maracaibo Jackals
    Gm #1 In this game the lead went back and forth much of the day. Augusto Guizan scored on a fielder’s choice with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Maracaibo 5, TBY 4
    Gm #2 3 runs by TBY courtesy of Antonio Medina homer (35) to right in the first inning was all the run support that SP Francisco Sanchez (6-4) needed as he threw 98 pitches in 8 IP to get the win. Sanchez got POG. TBY 3, Maracaibo 1
    Gm #3 Game was 4-3 till the bottom of the 3rd when the Jackal barrage hit for the next three innings. 2B Hisashi Yokoyama went 2 for 3, 5 rbi’s. Yokoyama 0 for 4 the other two games. Maracaibo 11, TBY 3
    Final Tally
    1-2 in the series (10 runs scored, 17 runs against)
    6-15 against them for the season



    Last 12 games:
    2-10 win loss record .167 win percentage
    38 runs scored, 76 runs against
    0-5 in one run games over the past two weeks for an 8-17 record for the year.



    Waiver claims: None.



    Next Week Thunder Bay plays:
    Aug 29-31 @ Jeonju Jays (43-59)
    Sept 1-3 @ Lagunillas Loros (55-47)



    NOTE
    Congrats to Antonio Medina for his LOD Player of the Week honors for the week of August 14-20. He went 9 for 18, 3 HR’s and 6 rbi’s during the period. Medina with three weeks to go is in the midst of the KOR homer title race. He leads Bill Dunne from San Lorenzo by 1 homerun. Medina is in 4th place in rbi’s with 76. Dunne leads that category with 98.

    As mentioned before, this has been a brutal two weeks for the Avengers. Owner Zhu, GM Moore, and Manager Joe Ball had a meeting with all of the players after the game with Maracaibo on August 27. They urged the players what most already knew were that the team was 25 games out of first place from Maracaibo with 18 games to go that the playoff hunt was over, but the season wasn’t. They spoke words of encouragement that the pressure was off for the playoffs to continue to play one game at a time. They are playing for the future not for today that these were learning experiences. The future is coming to remember these days of less than mediocrity. We have played competitively for the most part with 5 of the last 12 games being decided by one run. Zhu’s expectations are still high on the remainder of the season to be successful also to keep the energy level high to not give up. He also gave them a challenge for the remainder of the season to give their all. He reminded that those that excelled would be rewarded next year and those that didn’t wouldn’t. He told finally that change is near and that he looked forward to the future. The days to come will be the days we won’t forget. We are planning to win more games in the future and will do so with everyone’s help. Let’s play for the future!!!

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    Sim for August 28-September 10, 2029
    Thunder Bay Avengers 47-67 .412 24 GB (6-6 for the two sims)
    Runs Scored: 495 (4.34 rpg)
    Runs Against 566 (4.96 rpg)
    Fan Rating: 48
    Ranked #7 in the KOR w/ 74.3 Weekly Team Power Rating


    v. @ Jeonju Jays
    Gm #1 Robbie Arnhardt (5-4) surrendered a lead off triple in the 5th to
    Bill Flynn (POG) then Hyun-kyoo Pak scores him on the next bat single to score the first run. He never recovered in the 5th. Arnhardt did pitch well in this game. JEO 4, TBY 0
    Gm #2 Ki-nam Chon scores on a fly out from Chin-yeol Kim to cut the TBY lead 2-1. It was Myron Gilley scoring from 2nd on Freddie Canalles’ double of his own to seal the deal. Koki Fukuyama gets his first save as an Avenger. TBY 3, JEO 1
    Gm #3 Su-kweon Han went 4 for 6 with 4 rbi’s and 4 runs scored as TBY went on a tear for the first 5 innings leading 11-2. Not much after that. TBY 13, JEO 5
    Final Tally
    2-1 in the series (16 runs scored, 10 runs against)
    8-4 against them for the season


    v. @ Lagunillas Loros
    Gm #1 Hseuh-liang scored on a fielder’s choice to give the Loros a 2-1 lead . Four players (Haydon, Kim, Denavedize, and Ginnard) combined for 12 of the 15 LAG hits. LAG 6, TBY 4
    Gm #2 Wang Hou hit a pinch hit homer in the top of the 11th, while Esteban Siono gets a rare save opportunity to get his second of the season. Very rare one run victory for the
    Avengers. TBY 3, LAG 2
    Gm #3 Neron Denavadize reached base on error in a wild finish to score Cipriano Flemate and Marc-Andre Ginnard to end the game. LAG 6, TBY 5
    Final Tally
    1-2 in the series (12 runs scored, 14 runs against)
    5-7 against them for the season


    v. Quebec Dragons
    Gm #1 Homeruns by Vincent Perrault (2 run shot, 15) and Raul Vazquez (3 run shot, 2) off Won-suk Min (8-10) in the first inning was all the run support that TBY would need as TBY scored 10 runs in the first two innings. TBY 13, QUE 7
    Gm #2 Runs were being scored fast an frequent in the first 4 innings as the Dragons took a 9-6 lead. Fabian Maldonado scores on a Won-sup Kim single in the 9th to put the exclamation point on Game #2. QUE 13, TBY 7
    Gm #3 Ramon Aristizabal hit a lead off homer (14) off of Luke Gilliand (1-3). Toshikuni Baba (8-11) has 9 K’s over 8 IP. He definitely was POG. QUE 8, TBY 1
    Final Tally
    1-2 in the series (21 runs, scored, 28 runs against)
    8-16 against them for the season


    v. Cheju Volcano
    Gm #1 Bo-young Pak (12-6) 8 IP 8 K’s. Easily POG. Jorge Campus kept it together for 7 innings matching Pak pitch for pitch, but blew up in this pitcher’s duel in the 7th. CHE 5, TBY 0
    Gm #2 Antonio Medina singles while Freddie Canalles goes from first to third and Pedro Cortez scores. Eliazar Estrada sacrifices Canalles in make the score 5-0 TBY. TBY 7. CHE 3
    Gm #3 Estrada and Perrault hit in the 5 and 6 hole combined for a 7 for 9 performance with 4 rbi’s and 3 runs scored. Estrada doubled and homered twice for his 9th and 10th. Perrault got his 6th triple of the season. Perrault has two DP’s on the field for 87 and 88. Five runs in the first three innings. TBY 7, CHE 2
    Final Tally
    2-1 in the series (14 runs scored, 10 runs against)
    6-15 against them for the season


    Waiver claims: None.


    Next Week Thunder Bay plays:
    Sept 12-14 v. Maracaibo Jackals (71-43)
    Sept 15-17 @ Cheju Volcano (62-52)


    NOTE:
    See Below.

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    He is 5’10” 210 pounds a starting very serviceable defensive left fielder from Venezuela. In his senior season of college he had 20 HR’s and 39 SB’s . He was drafted the 8th pick of the 1st round in the 2026 Cuba Draft by the Santiago de Cuba Rough Riders. At this point, he was named #21 prospect in Cuba. In May 2026, he suffered a torn labrum and was out for 5 months. Many thought it was much more serious and that his young career was over which the critics still believed in him at the time which only knocked him down to #43 on the Prospect list in 2027. In February 2028, he was traded to this team with Macerio Hermosio for a young SS prospect named Lucien LaPointe. In May 2028, he was named #20 prospect in KOR. In AAA Orangeville, he made an early impression by having a .367 BA and 2 HR’s in 30 AB’s. He got his callup to the WBH club because of an injury which was only to be brief till the player came back. He changed the whole complexion of the team they had turned into a much better team than before his arrival with his 25 homers in 96 games. It was in September that another setback in his career by straining a ACL and was out for 2 ½ months. He was doing so well for the WBH team now he was going to be out for the rest of the season. The lineup is empty without him hence the abysmal record in September 2029 (3-15 win loss record) who knows what the record would have been. The time prior to his injury he had accumulated 3 consecutive Rookie of the Month awards. Medina’s injury brought him back stronger in 2029 more than ever with the 5 HR’s during 2029 Spring Training let people know he was coming back to the WBH to be a force and here to stay. It is his.566 Slugging Percentage with 39 HR’s this year that shows this guy is a beast that flat out mashes the ball. He just earned his 4th Player of the Week award of the season not to mention the stacks of Player of the Game honors this season. In his brief career he has hit a Homerun in every 12.65 at bats. There is six games to go. Yakamochi Maekawa holds the KOR HR record in a season with 42. Six games to get 3 homers to break the KOR HR record for a season. Maekawa better start polishing that trophy real nice and good. There is going to be a new name and HR record holder. The team I’m talking about is Thunder Bay.. The guy I’m speaking of.. His name is…. ANTONIO MEDINA..MVP..

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    Sim for September 12-17, 2029
    Thunder Bay Avengers 48-72 .400 28 GB (1-5 for the sim)
    Runs Scored: 516 (4.30 rpg)
    Runs Against 599 (4.99 rpg)
    Fan Rating: 48
    Ranked #7 in the KOR w/ 65.6 Weekly Team Power Rating



    v. Maracaibo Jackals
    Gm #1 The Avengers had a 3-2 lead into top of the 7th. Roberto Lopez doubles to score Jose Llaque to tie the game at 3 for Maracaibo. The tie stayed till the top of the 9th when Llaque got his first homerun of the season from reliever Albert Silva on a 2-0 offering that went 428 feet into the right field stands to break the tie. One more run would score. Alex Freitas came in to get his 3rd save. MAR 5, TBY 3
    Gm #2 Zhao-jun Chou triples in the bottom of the tenth. Chou tags up from Frederic Carey flies out to left field. Chou is safe. TBY wins a one run game. Maracaibo uses 10 pitchers in this 10 inning game. TBY 5, MAR 4
    Gm #3 Both teams score 1 run piece in the first two frames. From that point on the zeroes were put on the scoreboard courtesy of Yoshida Ko and Freitas of Maracaibo and Jesus Villareal, Esteban Siono, Oliver Quintana, Il-suk Mun from Thunder Bay. However, Villareal made mistakes to Tokutomi Kunomasu who doubled to right, and then Palben Concepcion hit his fifth homerun of the season from Villareal to score him and Kunomasu to break the tie. MAR 4, TBY 2
    Final Tally
    1-2 in the series (10 runs scored, 13 runs against)
    7-17 against them for the season



    v. @ Cheju Volcano
    Gm #1 Cheju scored 6 runs off of Robbie Arnhardt none of which were HR’s in the first four innings to lead the Volcano. TBY lead the LOB chart 15-13, but it was the Volcano victorious CHE 7, TBY 3
    Gm #2 Cheju had the lead 5-0 till the top of the 5th when TBY cut the deficit to 1 to make it 5-4. TBY would score 1 more to tie it at 5. Valentin Jeria led off the bottom of the sixth with a single to left. Carlos Santiago singles to left to advance Jeria to second. Tat Huie would then double scoring Jeria to give Cheju the lead to stay.CHE 6, TBY 5
    Gm #3 Cheju scored 5 in the bottom of the third. This one wasn’t even close. Medina finally hit a HR (40) in the 5th places second for the 2029 season. The HR record still stays with Maekawa. CHE 7, TBY 3
    Final Tally
    0-3 in the series (11 runs scored, 20 runs against)
    6-18 against them for the season



    Waiver claims: None.



    Next Week Thunder Bay plays:
    Season Over


    NOTE
    The season concludes here in Thunder Bay. We didn’t match our expectations from Kong Zhu to play .500 ball. I guess that is why his mood is always mad. We never truly match up to the expectations. He isn’t pleased with how the team finished in the month of September. The team finished with a 5-10 record and a .333 win percentage. The squad was on the average 11-15 record with a .423 win percentage. He vows the expectations will not depreciate.

    The expectations for Medina were high going into the week, but in the end he fell short of the winning the homerun title and setting the record losing to Bill Dunne who had 41. He did manage to shatter a 16 year old team record that was held by Avenger Task Force member Gaston Cardinal who had 31. Cardinal was in attendance up in the team’s press box. Medina when he hit number 32 Cardinal was in attendance in the Avenger press box. Medina crossed home plate and looked up to Cardinal to find Cardinal clapping and giving the thumbs up. After the game, Medina spoke of being a fan of Cardinal’s as a kid. It may have been the Avenger feel good story of the season. He vows to work hard during the winter to come back stronger than ever. He is already looking at taking another stab at the record in 2030.

    One thing is for sure that the aurora of Avenger headquarters is still positive. We didn’t make the playoffs as always. However, there is good news looming out of Thunder Bay. The regime has definitely begun to turn things around in every facet of our organization. Attendance and despite the eye test pitching has become a welcomed sight.

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    On the eve of the WBH playoffs starting GM Moore will be releasing a statement shortly. Sources near to Moore are saying that some of 2029 starters are being released early before the Winter Meetings. Rumors are circulating about that starting catcher Hye-min Hwang is one of them.

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    From: Will Moore
    To: Kong Zhu
    Subject: Review/Request

    Dear Mr. Zhu,
    Over the past six to eight weeks of the season we have been monitoring numbers within our ranks. Attendance is up 52% from last year. It is over 150% better than in 2027. We had our 5th highest attendance since the inception of the team. Team ERA is down from 4.65 this year from 4.75 in 2027. Team Batting Average was .233, was .254 last year, and this year was .251. The franchise record doesn’t indicate the same level of improvement going from 50 last year to 48. We are making good decisions and need to make even better for the 2030 season. I am looking forward going to the Winter Meetings during the offseason. I recommend that we take a different approach with the club to aid in getting it to the next level which inherently means cutting some payroll to be proactive during these Winter Meetings whether it is through trades or free agent signings. Are you on board with this? Please advise.

    Thanks,
    Will


    From: Kong Zhu
    To: Will Moore
    Subject: Re: Review/Request

    Dear Mr. Moore,
    I am impressed with the direction you are leading our ballclub in. I admire your fire and determination to improve our organization. I do appreciate your respect for asking me first. You have my consent and the green light to proceed. I look forward to the seeing the profits of this decision. I like the dollar signs and statistical improvement I look forward to seeing more wins in the column and less losses.

    Thanks,
    Kong Zhu
    Thunder Bay Avengers – Owner

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    From: Will Moore
    To: Kong Zhu
    Subject: Re: Re: Review/Request

    Thank you sir. I appreciate it.

    Here is my list of releases:
    Released C Hye-min Hwang.
    Released 1B Frederic Carey.
    Released SP Koki Fukuyama .
    Released RF Su-kweon Han.
    Released MR Oliver Balanta.
    Released SP Jesús Villarreal.
    Released MR In-sik Mun.
    Released SP Jorge Campus.
    Released MR Albert Silva.
    Released MR Luke Gilliland.
    Released LF Alberto González.
    Released SP Oliverio Quintana.
    Released 2B Raúl Vázquez.
    Released SP Won-keun Kim.
    Released C Liang-hsi Zhào.
    Released 1B Kyung-wan Kim.
    Released SP Simon Perrier.
    Released MR Enrique Midina.
    Released C Wang Hou.
    Released LF Elián Bovane.
    Released SS Pedro Cortéz.
    Released 3B Orlondo Silva.
    Released MR Raúl Vaquerolugo.
    Released RF Chien-shih Quan.
    Released SP Claudio Ibáñez.
    Released MR José Agurto.

    Thanks,
    Will



    From: Kong Zhu
    To: Will Moore
    Subject: Re: Review/Request

    Thanks Will. I approve these transactions.

    Thanks,
    Kong Zhu

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    Activity in the center of Lake Superior is causing an unknown movement and rising tides coming into Thunder Bay. Rumors are that Zhu is smiling bigger than the Grinch when he discovered Christmas. Or is it that Loch Ness was in Lake Superior breaking wind?

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    BNN is reporting that Thunder Bay’s 2028 first round pick CL Kyung-suk Yo was involved in a trade. However, it isn’t official. Yo was 3-2 with 3.38 ERA and 20 saves for Triple A Affiliate Orangeville. Details to come.

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    Thunder Bay involved in a 9 player trade

    It won’t be official till after the playoffs ends.

    Thunder Bay sending:

    CL Kyung-suk Yo (AAA)
    C Hugo Urbaez (A)
    1b Don Duncan (AA)
    1b Octavio Gomez (ML)
    2b Manuel Antruz (ML)
    SS Freddie Canalles (ML)

    Taegu sending:
    SP Zai-shuo Lok (ML)
    OF Yannick Rounthwaite (ML)
    SS Felipe Camo (ML)

    Taegu gets a stud closer who is #5 on the KOR prospect list and deepens an already thick farm system with Urbaez and Duncan. Gomez, Antruz, and Canalles are all decent hitters it hasn’t been determined how they will fit in the organization. Thunder Bay has cleaned house over the past several weeks and unloaded more payroll. Obviously, Lok, Rounthwaite, and Camo will be welcomed to their new club with hopes of driving the Avengers to new places. Rounthwaite will play left and right field. Camo plays the infield and outfield, but mostly. Lok will definitely have every opportunity to the #1 starter.

    Taegu finished their season with a 57-63 record in Japan and 4th in their division. Meanwhile, Thunder Bay finished with a 48-72 in South Korea and 4th in their division. Moore said this move had been in the works for a couple of days. Both GM’s seemed to be excited with the move.

    Is Medina next? There is more mutterings in the clubhouse. Thunder Bay has in the past mentioned the necessity for starting pitching.

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    2029 Thunder Bay team stats
    Record overall 48-72, .400 PCT
    Position in Division 4th, 28 GB
    Record at home 25-35, .417 PCT
    Record on the road 23-37, .383 PCT
    Record in X-inning games 2-6, .250 PCT
    Record in one-run games 10-19, .345 PCT
    Record versus LHP 16-27, .372 PCT
    Record versus RHP 32-45, .416 PCT
    Record last 10 games 3-7, .300 PCT
    Record in May 10-16, .385 PCT
    Record in June 11-15, .423 PCT
    Record in July 11-15, .423 PCT
    Record in August 11-16, .407 PCT
    Record in September 5-10, .333 PCT

    TEAM BATTING STATS & RANKINGS
    Batting Average .251 – 4th in LOD
    On-Base Percentage .314 – 4th in LOD
    Slugging Percentage .413 – 3rd in LOD
    On-Base + Slugging .727 – 4th in LOD
    Runs Scored 516 – 4th in LOD
    Hits 1016 – 3rd in LOD
    Extra-Base Hits 373 – 1st in LOD
    Home Runs 129 – 2nd in LOD
    Bases-On-Balls 352 – 4th in LOD
    Strikeouts 975 – 4th in LOD
    Stolen Bases 60 – 1st in LOD

    TEAM PITCHING STATS & RANKINGS
    Earned Run Average 4.65 – 4th in LOD
    Starters’ ERA 4.60 – 4th in LOD
    Bullpen ERA 4.75 – 4th in LOD
    Runs allowed 599 – 4th in LOD
    Hits allowed 1062 – 3rd in LOD
    Opponents AVG .263 – 4th in LOD
    BABIP .303 – 3rd in LOD
    Home Runs allowed 105 – 2nd in LOD
    Bases-On-Balls 571 – 4th in LOD
    Strikeouts 779 – 4th in LOD

    Team By Team Record
    Busan Burning Dragons 6-6
    Cheju Volcano 6-18
    Jeonju Jays 8-4
    Lagunillas Loros 5-7
    Maracaibo Jackals 7-17
    Quebec Dragons 8-16
    San Lorenzo Legends 8-4
    * Bold denotes LOD Teams

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    2027 – THUNDER BAY AVENGERS HISTORY TEAM STATS 2027 – RECORD 43-77, .358 – FINISH 4th – RUNS SCORED 429 – RUNS ALLOWED 629 ATTENDANCE – 810,403

    2028 – THUNDER BAY AVENGERS HISTORY TEAM STATS 2028 – RECORD 50-70, .417 – FINISH 4th – RUNS SCORED 548 – RUNS ALLOWED 615 ATTENDANCE – 1,094,529

    2029 – THUNDER BAY AVENGERS HISTORY TEAM STATS 2029 – RECORD 48-72, .400 – FINISH 4TH – RUNS SCORED 516 – RUNS ALLOWED 599 ATTENDANCE – 1,657,941 (5TH HIGHEST IN FRANCHISE HISTORY)

    We improved in our offense in 2028 from 2027 (+119 run differential), but lost a step in 2029 (-32 run diff). Runs allowed we steadily went down from 629 in 2027 t0 615 (-14 run diff) in 2028, and 599 (-16 run diff) this year. Attendance is where we have began to elevate our fan base, which equates into a higher budget. I like our direction.

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    This is couple of random thoughts running through my head as we go through this Free Agent sim so bear with me.

    Ok, in the existence of the franchise things have never came easy in Avenger Nation. There were variables that hung in balance this off season that has given us an opportunity to venture in uncharterered territories. We have made some trades that afforded us a chance to almost start fresh in Thunder Bay. The goal wasn’t supposed to happen for probably another 5 seasons. We are truly blessed and thankful for this. It was almost like there was something or someone watching over our franchise. The passing days to this sim it seems like it has been light years of knowledge and education, well seriously it has been six months of WBH experience to come to this place in time. The space of one sim and 2 1/2 seasons of WBH that either we define the moment or it defines us. Many mistakes have been made along the way. Keeping our fingers crossed that in a bit that a few things come our way. I have learned quite a few things with reading and research in the past weeks and months that fingers crossed that my team finally gets over the hump. I can actually say that a few of the guys in here have been giving me tips which has been cool. If it doesn’t happen perhaps it wasn’t our time. We will dust ourselves and try again next season. This isn’t the end.

    Message to the new guys:

    Welcome to the league. This is a good format with good people that will help as they did me. There will be mistakes that you will make along the way. There will be success and failures. There will be things that will leave you scratching your head asking what just happened. It is perfectly normal. Best of Luck! Enjoy the ride! Hope that you feel the elation of success and promotion. Most of all, Have Fun!

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    CHANGE OF HEART

    We were fortunate enough to be involved in one of the first trades of the 2030 WBH Free Agency period which there has been over abundance of. It was a good trade for us which cost us three prospects in the end (RP Yo, C Urbaez, and 1B Duncan). Some of our best prospects that we hated to trade away were basically sacrificial lambs for exchange of what we got in return. Additionally, we were able to unload three players who weighed highly on our payroll for many of the upcoming seasons. The trade off was that we are able to start fresh financially; however, it decimated our farm system. The big picture now is that we have our hope that we have everyday starters in (OF Rounthwaite, IF Camo, and well not everyday but good SP Lok) to help Medina and Perrault in the field and lineup. All of the moves that we have made since our last game of the season came very unexpectedly because we never thought we would be free and clear in the books for many years. This was a novel idea that we had alleviated ourselves from any budget restraints. We had money to spend for the first time. We could go get what we needed to be more competitive starting in 2030 not 2040. At least that was the plan.

    Our feeling once we had money to burn the idea was to spend big money on one of two people. We wanted to improve no matter what the cost was. 20 million dollars for a player(s) was going to be a very large undertaking that would almost be half of our budget. It was going to be close to our revenue to break even. It was a chance we were ready to take. Ownership had decided it was either going to be SP Hisashi Moroshita or 2B Jay-Man Kal two of more higher sought paying players in this free agency. It was going to be a hard decision on one player. We thought if we wanted something we weren’t going to get it for nothing under the current infrastructure of player’s demands. We were going to be aggressive on our spending to within 2 to 5 million dollars of our overall budget. We were looking to sign Moroshita to be our ace or Kal who was going to play 2B with Perrault coming off the bench. We still liked Perrault enough to be our everyday second baseman so Kal was no longer an option which left Moroshita as our only choice. Moroshita was going to go a long ways towards improving our starting rotation. He was going to look good in an Avenger uniform with Lok and Francisco Sanchez as our ace pitcher. Initially, we offered big money (24 million dollars for 6 years) in the first week of free agency. The end result was that Moroshita was going to talk it over with his family. We were shocked at his answer and wanted to seal the deal before the end of the second week. It was in that time that ownership began to think differently about their spending. The realization of seeing the ramifications of frugal spending would have broken the franchise should something happen to Moroshita in the interim. 24 million dollars a year contract for a player is something that this franchise is not ready for. The organization is just getting out of financial restraints. We are have an up and coming loyalty clientele and improving attendance. We just could not quantify the cost of a big contract. Realistically, the club is still has one of the lowest attendances in WBH despite its fifth highest attendance level in history. The new management is just becoming established and once it is able to improve its budget level, then maybe later on down the line it will pursue higher spending. Moore realized that it needs to continue with its baby steps and to keep the organization from getting too aggressive on huge contracts no matter how much Moroshita would benefit it. At the 11th hour of the second week Moore’s new idealism withdrew the offer for Moroshita. This was a very hard pill to swallow because we want to improve probably quicker than we would like, but know it is not going to happen overnight.

    We wanted to let our fans know of our level of thinking. We know that trades are going to be few for us because of the lack of “good” prospects available to trade which is seems to be what other teams like in trade windows. In our opinion, spending money on high priced tag players is no longer an opportunity we want to venture in. We will continue to browse for opportunities keeping our spending low whether it is per Free Agency or the Waiver Wire. We like the direction we are going towards making our pasture greener to make the Avengers a better brand in the long run.

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    Thunder Bay ships Gilley to Panama City
    Thunder Bay sends:

    OF Myron Gilley (ML)
    MR Esteban Siono (ML)
    1B Juan Umanzor (AAA)
    and 1 mil cash

    Panama City sends:

    1B Roberto Martinez (ML)

    Summary:
    This was a another good deal for us and will help Panama City as well. Gilley was already in a cluttered outfield with Medina, Estrada, Rounthwaite, and waiver acquisition of Zhi-xin Huang. Umanzor was cluttered at 1st base at AAA Orangeville with Bill Reeves and Emilio Barrios. The only issue with letting go of reliever Esteban Siono who had 1-2 with 4.11 ERA who was going to receive an enlarged role in the bullpen in Thunder Bay. However, it was Martinez who is only one season removed from winning the Venezuela Triple Crown for Panama City seemed liked a synch to improve upon the newly acquired free agent Yong-chul Yi to create a nice battle at first base. In the end result, Yi and Martinez will effort to make Thunder Bay fans forget they lost Octavio Gomez.

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    Thunder Bay 2030 Preview and Where we have been

    On the eve of what will be our third season of WBH in KOR. WoW has time flied by. We wanted to take some time in between Free Agency and the 2030 Draft to see reflect on our tenure with our roster to see what we had and/ or didn’t have. It is an effort to see if anything has been learned. I have listed the players that were opening day starters on 2027 and projected 2030 starters with their 2029 statistics:

    Catcher
    2027 Hye-Min Hwang 5/3/7 2027 Stats: .314 BA 14 HR, 33 RBI’s 0.3 WAR 98 games
    2030 Howard Pond 5/5/4 2029 Stats: 4 HR, 39 RBI’s -0.1 WAR for Tokyo’s AAA

    Summary
    Hwang showed good production but was probably overpaid for the position. Pond doesn’t bring the same numbers as Hwang but he should be an adequate catcher. It will be Pond’s defense that we will be looking towards.

    1B
    2027 Tom Porter 8/10/8 2027 Stats: .258 BA 19 HR, 59 RBI’s 0.2 WAR 119 games
    Porter has put up stellar numbers since .313 BA 53 HR, 180 RBI’s. For Moca Machine.
    2030 Roberto Martinez 7/7/6 2029 Stats: .270 BA, 9 HR’s, 22 RBI’s 0.6 WAR
    Yong-chul Yi 5/7/9 2029 Stats: .238 BA, 23 HR’s, 60 RBI’s, 1.2 WAR

    Summary
    Reviewing this position stung to see how much Porter has flourished in Moca, but the realization of what we received in return made with 1B Frederic Carey, MR Rico Velasquez, MR Jon Vollmer, SP Simon Perrier, and 3B Chico Ferrer. Ferrer the only piece remaining from that trade still resides in AA Parksville. We definitely have depth with Martinez and Yi at first. Pretty exciting battle to ensue during the spring.

    2B
    2027 Vincent Perrault 5/5/4 2027 Stats: .267 BA, 4 HR, 18 RBI’s 0.2 WAR
    2030 Perrault 5/8/6 2029 Stats:.266 BA, 15 HR, 58 RBI’s, 2.0 WAR

    Summary
    Perrault has turned into a fixture at second with his offense and defense. He had 2.2 Zone Rating and 91 DP’s. We expect more of the same this season.

    3B
    2027 Yannick Dumont 4/6/6 .197 BA, 4 HR, 20 RBI’s -1.0 WAR
    2030 Carlos Rixtin 5/6/2 2029 Stats: .340 BA, 0 HR, RBI’s 0.7 WAR in 25 games

    Summary
    Naturally we would have hoped to get a better 3B this offseason; however, Rixtin works at the position. Rixtin plays many positions so we figured him to be more of platoon player. Rixtin is still better than Dumont.

    SS
    2027 In-chul Cho 5/1/4 .245 BA 3 HR, 32 RBI’s -0.5 WAR
    2030 Felipe Camo 7/9/1 2029 Stats: .262 BA, 3 HR, 51 RBI’s, 1.7 WAR in 109 games

    Summary
    Camo was acquired during the offseason and look forward to his defense as well as his offense. We like to think Camo is the combination of former players Pedro Cortez and Freddie Canalles combined. This is a significant change from who we had in 2027.

    LF
    2027 Javier Soto 7/6/3 .209, 6 HR, 21 RBI’s -0.5 WAR
    2030 Antonio Medina 5/5/9 2029 Stats: .262 BA, 40 HR, 85 RBI’s, 2.6 WAR

    Summary
    Medina set the Avenger record homeruns last year and his fielding went unnoticed 7.8 Zone Rating. This is another position where we have excelled offensively and defensively.

    CF
    2027 Ernie Hardin 4/2/4 .213, 3 HR’s, 21 RBI’s 0.4 WAR
    2030 Eliazar Estrada 5/9/6 2029 Stats: .280 BA, 6 HR, 29 RBI’s, 0.7 WAR

    Summary
    Estrada rates so much better Hardin offensively, but it’s Hardin’s 197 Putouts in 200 Total Chances 1 Error and 1 Double Play for a +15.9 Zone Rating that are immeasurable.

    RF
    2027 Manny Copones 8/9/8 .325 BA, 5 HR, 24 RBI’s 1.0 WAR
    2030 Yannick Rounthwaite 7/7/6 2029 Stats: .264 BA, 7 HR, 24 RBI’s, 1.3 WAR

    Summary
    Copones was an offensive force in Thunder Bay much like Medina is now. Rounthwaite is unproven in KOR and doesn’t have Copones power, but his game of being a good fielder, and discipline at the plate should equate into good statistics in the league.

    Avengers Hitting
    2027
    3.6 Runs Per Game, 177 2B’s, 29 3B’s, 87 HR’s, 332 BB, 1043 SO, 53 SB, .233 BA, .295 OBP .354 SLG .649 OPS
    2029
    4.3 RPG, 218 2B’s, 26 3B’s, 129 HR’s, 352 BB, 975 SO, 60 SB, .251 BA, .314 OBP, .413 SLG, .727 OPS

    Summary
    Numbers don’t lie in this eye test of the improvement of offense. We are scoring more runs, increased the number of doubles, homeruns, batting average, on base percentage, and OPS. The acquisitions made during the offseason via trades and free agency our lineup is more formidable than in days past.

    2027 Starting Rotation
    Ciro Isales 8/8/5 6-14 3.31 ERA 1.46 WHIP .232 OAVG
    Jong-your Pak 5/7/3 3-11 4.44 ERA 1.85 WHIP .257 OAVG
    Robbie Arnhardt 5/5/6 7-5 4.54 ERA 1.35 WHIP .260 OAVG
    Jorge Campus 5/6/6 3-3 4.25 ERA 1.42 WHIP .247 OAVG
    Lawson Hunt 6/6/4 4-6 4.82 ERA 1.39 WHIP .272 OAVG

    2030 Rotation
    Hikaru Nakamura 6/6/8 16-5 2.67 ERA 1.02 WHIP .217 OAVG in Tokyo
    Zai-shuo Lok 7/7/7 10-8 4.18 ERA 1.27 WHIP .252 OAVG in Taegu
    Joreao Ivo 5/7/5 8-7 4.27 ERA 1.42 WHIP .271 OAVG in Tokyo
    Francisco Sanchez 5/7/5 3.09 ERA 1.28 WHIP .225 OAVG
    Seong-ho Pae 7/7/4 2-3 2.92 ERA 1.30 WHIP .203 OAVG

    Summary
    The 2030 Rotation made much strides from the 2027 group. We have given up too many hits and walks in the past aiding in the number of runs given up, which ultimately has been our demise. Our goal was to cut down on the WHIP and the Opponents Batting Average. Nakamura and Lok will be #1 and #2 starters, while Ivo, Sanchez, Pae will make solidify a better rotation. The 2030 squad should make a little easier for our guys playing the field.

    2027 Bullpen
    Ben Haydon 5/9/4 55 Games 3.39 ERA 11 Saves 1.75 WHIP .271 OAVG
    Julio Tricanico 5/5/8 53 Games 6.75 ERA 1.50 WHIP .277 OAVG
    Eliot Morin 7/8/6 42 Games 4.89 ERA 1.78 WHIP 2.64 OAVG

    2030 Bullpen
    Armando Garcia 5/6/6 42 Games 4-3 15 SV 1.78 ERA 1.01 WHIP .230 OAVG
    Brandyn Coldiron 7/6/5 54 Games 5-3 27 SV 3.22 ERA 1.13 WHIP .208 OAVG
    Jorge Tijerina 7/8/7 42 Games 1-2 1 SV 2.57 ERA 1.18 WHIP .262 OAVG
    Ki-nam Hwang 7/5/7 27 Games 1-1 1 SV 4.13 ERA 1.16 WHIP .244 OAVG
    Byung-doo Kim 5/6/8 44 Games 5-5 1 SV 4.57 ERA 1.48 WHIP .308 OAVG
    Glenn Krestchmar 5/7/4 1-1 1 SV 3.60 ERA 1.37 ERA .244 OAVG

    Summary
    Year in and year out this will be our Achilles heal our bullpen. It is only our hope that like our rotation we have cut down on our WHIP and Opponents Batting Average. We firmly believe that relievers have been over used in the past due to the starters not doing their part. The estimation is that our starters will stay in longer in the games till the relievers can come in. Our hope is to keep them fresher.

    Avengers Pitching
    2027
    5.2 Runs Per Game 0 CG, 1 SHO, 31 SV, 4.75 ERA, 93 HRA, 641 BB, 683 K’s, 1.60 WHIP, .264 OAVG, .297 BABIP
    2029
    5.0 RPG, 3 CG, 4 SHO, 25 SV, 4.65 ERA, 105 HRA, 571 BB, 779 K’s, 1.54 WHIP, .263 OAVG, .303 BABIP

    Summary
    We have cut down on the amount of runs given up slightly from 5.2 to 5.0. We did manage to have more shutouts and complete games. We did give up more homeruns which that will have to improve. We are striking out more guys. Our WHIP is improving but it still needs improvement. Our OAVG and BABIP has went up, which spoke out the urgency that our pitching needed the most attention this offseason. The 2030 rotation and bullpen is still unproven in KOR. Again, the pitching moves passes the eye test. The big test with this group will be to see if they can back up their former numbers with some action.

    OVERALL SUMMARY
    We continue to number crunch to pass the eye test for now. We have overcame financial obstacles and really began to understand the KOR probably more than we should. The squad as a whole is unproven and have plenty of goals to reach. Many of the faces have changed places numerous times here in Thunder Bay trying to find that special recipe of success. We were sad to lose the ones that were favorable such as Octavio Gomez, Manny Copones, Ciro Isales, and Tom Porter. They have been replaced by the likes Perrault, Medina, Nakamura, Lok, Camo, and Routhwaite. However, the areas that we lacked in the past are definitely improved upon how much time will tell. The realization is to continue to take baby steps. It took many years to get the franchise in this horrific position it has been in and will take years to get it out of it. It was like in the past two years we had expectations of improvement, but we didn’t know how much or how little. The 2030 Avenger campaign will be like the previous campaigns with the hopes and dreams of the years of Thunder Bay fans and players gone by. We won 48 games last season with a $38 million payroll. Moore to date has been given a budget of $66 million and has spent $52 million. Guys just keep on improving. The wheels are moving forward.

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    March Signings

    SP Joreao Ivo 5/7/5 signed a 4 year $22,000,000 contract. This southpaw has a tremendous work ethic and desire to win. He carries three pitches (fastball, curveball, and changeup) in his arsenal. He had a 59-40 record with a 3.46 ERA in DOM. We are hoping for much of the same in KOR.

    MR Armando Garcia 5/6/6 signed a 1 year $665,000 contract. He is a very intelligent pitcher who manages a low WHIP. In 56 games in DOM, he went 4-2 with 3.09 ERA. It is a low risk contract so the expectations is that he will fill the bill in the bullpen; however, he may end up in AAA Orangeville.

    MR Brandyn Coldiron 7/6/5 signed a 4 year $3,400,000 contract. He is going to the left hand specialist out of the bullpen for Thunder Bay. Coldiron, 30, has pitched well in the upper tiers for Nagasaki while in USA and JPN. His desire to win will aid in Thunder Bay search for victories in the late innings.

    3B Seung-Kew Sok 5/4/6 signed a 2 year $7,000,000 contract with the team having an option in his second year. Sok fell in our laps after giving up on finding a player better than Rixtin at 3rd base. We simply love Sok playing the hot corner. He hasn’t hit well in the 3rd tier, but has hit for a decent average in the 2nd tier.

    C Mario Romero 5/7/3 signed a 2 year $4,000,000 contract with the team having an option in his second year. Henry Pond found himself in an odd position when TBY signed Romero. Pond has yet to prove himself at the WBH level so Thunder Bay signed Romero. His average contact rate and catcher arm and ability landed him what should be the starting catching position.

    IF Pepe Rendon 5/8/3 signed a 1 year $885,000. Rendon is going to fill an adequate spot in the field playing second, third, and shortstop. He has a career ZR +9.1 at 3B. His knowledge of the game is pretty well and that will go a long way in the clubhouse.

    MR Salvador Mata 4/7/7 signed a 2 year $1,750,000. He will be a right handed bullpen specialist out of the bullpen. Mata has kept the ERA and WHIP low in MEX, CAN, and VEN. He being 36 years old his best days are behind him. Mata’s numbers from the past will be a pleasant surprise in Thunder Bay.

    MR Ming Qu 6/6/4 was signed off of waivers from the Suwon Samsung Lions. In 4 years in CAN for Changsha he pitched in 41 games with 1-1 with 3.96 ERA. His high loyalty and work ethic will go a long way in Thunder Bay.

    The guys that were signed during this period will give us the depth that we have so desperately needed. They will be adequate platoon players for the starters. It is positive times in Avenger Nation due to the fact that there is strength in numbers. It is clearly something that will be developed even more so when the 2030 Draft starts.

    During Moore’s tenure he has never taken anything other than a pitcher with his first pick. There are four to five bats that Thunder Bay will take number one in the draft. Could that change?

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    Thunder Bay make last minute releases before Draft Day
    Released MR Enrique Guadiana.
    Released C Tashiaki Hoshino.
    Released MR Won-il Kang.
    Released MR Héctor Braceras.
    Released MR Jae-hyun Ch’oe.
    Released MR Félix Martínez.
    Released MR Eleuterio Antonioni.
    Released MR Rafael Florex.
    Released MR Otilio Valdés.
    Released MR Tito Mata.
    Released MR Luís Alyala.
    Released MR Tonio Pérez.
    Released 1B Miguel Cremades.
    Released 1B Powell Oldford.
    Released 2B Gower Wortley.
    Released LF Dong-joo Park.
    Released LF Tian-yun Di.
    Released LF Audy Ramos.
    Released LF Ismael De La Teja.

    None of these moves were earth shattering but in an effort to reduce the overall organizational size to 113 total players.

    Unfortunately, the KOR draft pool wasn’t as good as the others. The task force and our technical group went into the dungeon for many long hours in the past several weeks to come together for what will be a drafting tool that will inherently help us draft better in the future. It was expressed by the entire group that it was profitable and make real some profitable moves in their algorithms. They seem confident in the fruits of their labors. The group seemed to be prepared for what is to come and confident with the list they will draft by. They have submitted our #1 draft pick awaiting approval for the official announcement from the league. We will take the cards given to us and are prepared to have a finishing draft class in a number of days. The best drafting class that we have had during Moore’s tenure. The pressure is on.

    Owner Kong Zhu is expecting to play .500 ball and his current mood is Good. We currently have $17.4 million available left for free agents and $26.9 million for extensions. It has been expressed that we check for any available free agents. He thinks we have slight weaknesses in all facets of the field, except for our bullpen which is a shocker that it still is our weakness.

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    2013 Jan 3

    It seems like years since a sim has been ran. Silence looms across the WBH land. Cobb webs are developing in the post and threads. Is it because everyone is looming around the four letter network wondering how Jonathon Coachman got on there when he was getting slammed and abused on Monday Night Raw not long ago? The New Year’s hangover and the Christmas egg nog have had time to subside. WBH management is getting might restless due to looking outside seeing the snow and watching the continuous episodes of “The Christmas Story”. There is no work stoppage or strike. We need to play ball!!

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    ARROYAS #1 IN THUNDER BAY

    March 21, 2030
    Thunder Bay wasted no time with the 1st pick in the 2030 South Korea Draft by taking 20 year old 6’-0” 205 pound CF Milagro Arroyas from Yabucoa, HUM. His skill set potential has him rated as a 10/6/8. Arroyas is a speedster that will cover plenty of ground in CF that can also play LF. In his senior year at the University of Kentucky, he played in 45 games; he had 8 doubles, 9 triples, and 38 SB’s. Additionally, he had a .425 AVG, .474 OBP, and .754 SLG.

    Summary
    Arroyas was a tough choice with the likes of 3B Adrian Marrero, RF Chae-pong Chin, SS Byung-gyu Pak, C Raphael Bazinet, and CF Sung-hwan Ch’oe on the Avenger wish list. Chin was close to being selected, but Marrero was even closer. Arroyas with his 10 potential contact rating was hard not to resist. He should be the focal point of the Avenger outfield for years to come when he reaches his potential.

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    The Avenger Draft Continues
    The Avenger Headquarters is pleased with the direction as well as could be expected with the 2030 KOR draft class. We added in the second and third rounds we took high school seniors 2B Ramon Gorta and CF Min-sik A respectively. Surprisingly enough, we were glad that both were available when it came our turn due to the position scarcity of good players on the draft board.

    PLAYER SUMMARY
    2B Ramon Gorta was our 2.01 pick on his his potential ratings of 5/10/6 and eye and discipline was a 5/5. Gorta is 6’-1” and 210 pounds from Gurabo, HUM. In his senior season at Gurabo HS, he played in 20 games where had 16 2B’s and 19 SB’s with a .467 Batting Average. Ramon not only plays 2B, he can play 1B and 3B. Gorta’s fire for the game is comparable to former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dystra. Let’s hope he doesn’t get in half the trouble like Nails.

    CF Min-sik A was our 3.01 pick with a 5/8/5 potential with plenty of speed, good range in the field, and mediocre arm to play center. The Seoul Korean played his HS ball in Seoul where he had 17 2B’s, 13 SB’s, and .474 Batting Average in 26 games. He also can play in the corner outfield positions as well. A for some who don’t remember was famous for performance in the 2023 Little League World Series where he claimed MVP honors.

    Gorta and A will have every opportunity to work their way up the ranks slowly with little or no pressure. Both are projects at the moment, but obviously the potential is there to be in a WBH uniform around 2037. They will both report to the Sydney (A) effective immediately.

    DRAFT SUMMARY
    As the end of the 2030 Draft quickly approaches there is a feeling that there is one possibly two picks remaining in the pool that could eventually see WBH time in the future in an Avenger uniform. Unfortunately, with the quality of the pool the remainder will be lucky to see the KOR AAA affiliate Orangeville in their career.

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    Dear Mr. Moore,

    I am a charitable, but lenient man who has allowed you and the task force with free reign of the organization with my money. It appears that you have set us up with a better club than when the 2029 season convened. Many of the faces that were in the starting lineup are now gone with fresher more competitive faces. Granted it seems like we have been down this road before at the end of 2027 with the same promises. I do think we learned something from those moves and the mistakes that were made certainly gave that appearance. Overall, I do believe our club is in a different, better place than in recent memory. Hopefully, these are not delusional thoughts. Our starting pitching is much better as well as the positional players that were acquired. I have high expectations for this group; however, I am not setting the bar too high. Just yet. My expectations are as follows that you will continue to put our organization in the positive direction it is going towards and to finish with a .500 record. Anything other than that will be a bonus for us.

    Kong Zhu



    Dear Mr. Zhu,

    You leniency and charitable contributions have been well documented. Our expectations are high as well. 60 Wins is a lofty expectation.. The off season has been kind to us with reloading to get the guys that fitted our new way of thinking baseball. We did our homework, spent your money wisely, and kept it within budget. Our WAR for the offseason was well over 13 which depict some level of improvement with the acquisitions and releases. NOTE: We had similar WAR’s in the previous two seasons so we will take this with a grain of salt. We did better than we thought we would by getting CF Milagro Arroyas, 2B Ramon Gorta, CF Min-sik A, SS Chae-Ho Kim, and RF Solange Prestes in our first five draft picks of an anemic 2030 South Korean Draft pool. The same teams (Defending Division Champion Maracaibo Jackals, Cheju Volcano, and the Quebec Dragons) that were in our division (KOR Longitude Division) last season will be in it again so the competition will be just as fierce probably tougher than ever. A .500 record is something this organization has only seen once in its 21 year history. Let’s get to 48 wins first which was our last season total, see where we at, and go from there. Anything else is a bonus for us as a wise man once said.

    I am submitting our goals for Spring Training.

    2030 Spring Training Goals:
    * Continue to evaluate waivers as they come through to see if they can benefit us in the long run and short run.
    * Take a look at the new draft picks in the organization.
    * Continue to monitor spending to stay within budget.
    * Watch the Spring Training Games for all clubs in our organization in an effort to find the diamond in the rough.
    * Make roster cuts to provide depth in all positions and keep within the roster limits.
    * Maintain the excellence in the lower levels; they are the foundation of our ball club.
    * Continue to make every move calculated to improve Thunder Bay Baseball.
    * Begin to look at guys whose contracts will expire at the end of 2030 and 2031; start negotiations, if necessary.
    * Watching the NEW Avenger brand of baseball across WBH land.

    Will Moore

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    Thunder Bay concludes Spring Training

    The cool April spring breeze blows in Cheju as Zhu and Moore jumped on the Avenger team jet to go back to Thunder Bay after being dealt a 5-2 loss by the Volcano. The two appeared to be happy as they boarded the jet knowing that Spring Training was over, liking the team direction, and hoping for a successful 2030 campaign. Hope means so much for a team that has been the abomination of a cellar dweller for so long somehow feeling a change is near. Thunder Bay finished the month of April with a 14-10 record despite it being Spring Training which is something much more than anyone could have expected. Especially, from these newly assembled group of guys by Moore over the winter.

    Thunder Bay was able to put together a stunning 7 game winning streak during the period of April 10-17. The franchise can be associated with 7 game losing streaks, not a winning streak of those proportions. The fact remains that there is still room for improvement, because if you take away the streak it was 7-10 which the WBH club is more accustomed. The 7-10 record was led by a couple of 2 game losing streaks against Maracaibo and Cheju earlier in the month on April 2-3 and 8-9.

    The overall team chemistry in the clubhouse didn’t seem destroyed by finishing ST with a loss. In previous years, the clubhouse would have been an ominous place to be after a game almost commonality to expect a loss. It speaks volumes of how far the guys have come together during the winter as a team to not let one loss get the best of them. We need to have less losing streaks and more winning streaks for us to be successful in the future. It seems so easy yet so hard to execute. The 2030 Regular Season in the South Korean Longitude Division is sure to be set with its own host of challenges.

    2030 Spring Training Records:
    Latitude Division
    San Lorenzo Legends 16-8
    Wuhan Blackhawks 14-10
    Busan Burning Dragons 10-14
    Jeonju Jays 8-16

    Longitude Division
    Maracaibo Jackals 15-9
    Thunder Bay Avengers 14-10
    Cheju Volcano 10-14
    Quebec Dragons 9-15

    NOTE: LF Junzo Yoshida, who was just claimed off waivers back on February 24 from the Toronto Sting, injured his left shoulder while hitting the wall making a catch in our last game of Spring Training against Cheju. Yoshida was the only Avenger player to fall to the injury list to our squad during Spring Training. He is complaining of still having shoulder soreness and is listed as day to day for the next two weeks only as a precaution for further damage. Yoshida, who was to be our Opening Day LF hit .250 with 0 HR’s and 8 RBI’s during ST.

    In the interim of Yoshida’s injury, Jae-chun Yu will take over his duties in LF. Yu and Yoshida are 1A and 1B in LF with similar skill levels in the field and at the plate. Yu is slightly better at the plate, while Yoshida is slightly better in the field. There will be no rush to bring Yoshida back too quickly.

    Upcoming Opening Sim Schedule:
    May 1-3 v. Maracaibo Jackals (7-17 against Maracaibo last yr.)
    May 5-7 v. @ Quebec Dragons (8-16 against Quebec last yr.)

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    Sim for May 1-7, 2030

    Thunder Bay Avengers 2-4 .333 3 GB
    Runs Scored: 18 (3.00 RPG)
    Runs Against: 24 (6.00 RPG)
    Fan Rating: 40
    Owner Mood: Good
    Power Rating: 40 (8th in KOR)

    v. Maracaibo Jackals
    Gm #1 Jae-chun Yu lead the 6th with a single off of Dae-hwan Chon. C Mario Romero walked on 5 pitches. Yong-chul Yi then took 2-1 offering 424 ft. into the right field fences. Hikaru Nakamura threw for 6 innings to get his first win as an Avenger. TBY 5, MAR 1
    Gm #2 We took the a 2-0. Elian Flores doubled in Samson Spurr and Hsuang-tsung jen from SP Joreao Ivo to give him an early exit and the Jackals never looked back. Reliever Yoshida Ko came in for his first save. MAR 4, TBY 3
    Gm #3 Victor Martinez hit a monstrous 436 ft. homer in the top of the 10th inning to break the tie in this pitcher’s duel. MAR 2, TBY 1

    Final Tally
    1-2 in the series (9 runs scored, 7 runs against)
    1-2 against them for the season

    v. @ Quebec Dragons
    Gm #1 Don Deacon feasted on Avenger pitching going 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 HR, and 5 RBI’s to aid in a 9 run onslaught in top of the 6th. SP Marcel Volz had 8 K’s in & 7 IP for his first win. QUE 13, TBY 3
    Gm #2 Each team finished with 5 hits a piece. C Mario Romero hit a 3 run homer off of Ramon Hurtado to give the Avengers the lead and break a 3 game losing streak. TBY 5, QUE 2
    Gm #3 This game was filled with goose eggs being distributed by both sides. The Dragons scored a run in the 4th and the Avengers in the 7th. It would stay tied till the 12th inning when Yeong-kil So flew out to center field with the bases loaded. Joel Guidolotti tagged up from 3rd to score with no throw to contest by Yannick Rounthwaite. QUE 2, TBY 1

    Final Tally
    1-2 in the series (9 runs scored, 17 runs against)
    1-2 against them for the season

    Waiver Claims: None

    Next Week Thunder Bay plays:
    May 8-10 @ Cheju Volcano (first meeting, 6-18 against the Volcano last season)
    May 12-14 @ Jeonju Jays (first meeting, 8-4 against the Jays last season)

    NOTE:
    We welcomed the 2030 KOR Longitude Division Champion Maracaibo Jackals to Thunder Bay for Opening Day 2030. The Avenger hospitality was well documented with food and libation to the Champs. Opening Day went off like you typical first game of the season with banners surrounding the field, saluting the Champs, and of course, ending the game with a 15 minute fireworks display to commensurate the occasion (thank goodness for spell check I misspell occasion every time not to mention misspell). The Jackals responded in kind and allowing us to win Game #1 probably from too much of the libation in solidarity with our team the night before, but they came back with their game faces on to win the final two games of the set. We like our libation and sarcasm in Thunder Bay . It is common place for most of the Avenger players and fans to drink their sorrows away with every taste of defeat, drink more with every victory (they don’t come very often), and to most of all to stay warm. Enter more sarcasm later.

    A different set of Avenger characters than last years group. However, the week ended similar like most sims in the past with a 2-4 record not to mention the 0-3 record in 1 run games. We need to figure out how to rid ourselves of any losing streaks whatsoever and find a way to start winning streaks. I am convinced that this simulation and previous ownership has given Thunder Bay the “Curse of the Mountaineer”. We will give it another go next week hoping for a reversal of the team’s fortune. What else are we going to do give intercollegiate basket weaving a go? We can’t lose in that. Can we?

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    Sim #2 for May 8-14, 2030
    Thunder Bay Avengers 7-5 .583 (Tied for 1st w/ Maracaibo lead by 1)
    Runs Scored: 47 (3.92 RPG)
    Runs Against: 54 (4.50 RPG)
    Fan Rating: 43
    Owner Mood: Happy (Read it three times still don’t believe it)
    Power Rating: 92 (4th in KOR)

    @ Cheju Volcano
    Gm #1 CF Eliazar Estrada concluded a 3 run 7th inning tripling in Rounthwaite and Yong-chul Yi took give the Thunder Bay 5-3 lead. Joreao Ivo (1-1) had 11 K’s over 7 IP. TBY 5, CHE 4
    Gm #2 Thunder Bay’s 8 LOB was no match for Cheju’s 29. Cheju’s scoring happened quick and painless over the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings. Cheju’s scoring involved 3 2B’s over 11 hits. Tat Huie 3 for 4. CHE 12, TBY 2
    Gm #3 The Avenger’s bullpen allowed 1 hit over 5 IP’s but was overshadowed by a 6 for 10, 6 rbi’s combined performance by Vincent Perrault and Estrada. TBY 9, CHE 4

    Final Tally
    2-1 in the series (16 runs scored, 20 runs against)
    2-1 against them for the season


    v. @ Jeonju Jays
    Gm #1 3B Yat-sen Ge hit a tie breaking homerun (1) off reliever Jian-cheng Hua in the top of the 9th to give the Avengers the W. TBY 4, JEO 3
    Gm #2 Avenger starter Hikaru Nakamura got his second victory of the season with a 7 IP 3 K performance. Closer Jorge Tijerina finishes the game for his third save. Martin Bertrand started for the Jays to make things interesting with 8 K’s over 6 2/3 IP. TBY 5, JEO 4
    Gm #3 The Jays jumped out to a lead early courtesy of Jesus Grillasca double to make 3-0 after 1. However, it was Perrault coming to rescue in the top of the 6th by slamming a homerun 429 feet into the right field stands off Bill Flynn to give the Avengers the lead to stay. Perrault got the Player of the Game Honors. TBY 4, JEO 3

    Final Tally
    3-0 in the series (13 runs scored, 10 runs against)
    3-0 against them for the season

    Waiver Claims:
    CF Moromao Hori (DOM) 7/6/3/3/9 – 28 years old
    RF Jun Zang (CAN) 5/7/6/7/3 – 33 years old
    3B Israel Saradina (DOM) 4/8/3/5/4 – 29 years old
    3B Jere Heston (VEN) 5/6/5/6/5 – 29 years old
    C Luis De La Osa (KOR) 5/6/4/4/8 – 33 years old
    2B Chavo Vega (JPN) 4/8/7/5/7 – 31 years old
    SP Ramon Bojorquez (DOM) 6/5/5 – 29 years old (has six pitches in his arsenal)
    SP Julio Espinoza (JPN) 7/4/9 – 29 years old

    Next Week Thunder Bay plays:
    May 15-17 v. @ San Lorenzo Legends (first meeting, 8-4 versus the Legends last season) concluding a 12 game road swing
    May 19-21 v. Maracaibo Jackals (1-2 versus the Jackals) beginning a 9 game homestand

    NOTE:
    Never being satisfied with the current status of the organization the Avenger task force went panning through the WBH waiver wire hoping to find gold for their franchise. The findings proved by their estimation to have possibilities for the future in Thunder Bay . The Avenger prospectors’ haven’t seen the early returns yet of their piece and part pickup venture. However, the future is bright for the players acquired. Here is the waiver wire in review.

    Vega could end up our starting 2nd baseman, because of his skills is much like Perrault and the plate discipline of Rendon. We were glad that De La Osa was available especially when starting C Mario Romero went to the DL . The acquisition of De La Osa upgrades the creditable catcher count to a now adequate stable of catchers which was once thought to be a weak position for us. 3B was another weak position so we were able to pick up 2 more in Heston and Saradina who were both 29 years old. They are much younger than our current 3B Sok who is 34 so we got a little bit younger for the future. The first positive vibes we have had at that position since trading off Luo-lang Wu which seems like an eternity of 18 months ago. The 5.00 plus Starting Pitching ERA told us that we needed to find a fix in that category. Bojorquez and Espinoza who were readily available will immediately provide a much needed boost to our starting rotation. Finally, what we hope will be a formidable 5 pitcher rotation for the first time; there will not “fingers crossed” be a weak link in our rotation. The remainder of the pick ups will reside in Orangeville with our only hope that we that find room. Ultimately, they will serve two purposes help our AAA affiliate and easy access for call up should we have an injury. We need to be aware when we post waiver claims or sign free agents whether they are out of minor league options in the future regardless of they have a salary or not. Every rock has a demon beneath it. It is our choice whether we lift it up to see how much damage will come with. Can we exercise our demons? This could only help the Mountaineer in his future endeavors or lean us towards further franchise suicide. Now to the Week in Review.

    The “Curse of the Mountaineer” took their foot off our necks for one week. Very appreciative of what we accomplished with a 5-1 week. We can not rest on our laurels with one successful week. Repeat with me. The Avengers are a much better team than before; however, still not an offensive, pitching, and/or defensive juggernaut. We realize that the KOR Longitude will be a highly competitive Division. It hasn’t deviated from last season. The standings don’t lie with one game separating the four teams in the division. We need to continue to have many successful weeks and bask later at the end of the season. Nothing is going to come easy. Already in the first two weeks of KOR the Avenger Nation fans have seen the Good, Bad, and Ugly. What will Week #3 uncover?

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    Sim for May 15-21, 2030
    Thunder Bay Avengers 8-10 .444 3 GB (1-5 for the week)
    Runs Scored: 60 (3.33 RPG)
    Runs Against: 85 (4.72 RPG)
    Fan Rating: 42
    Owner Mood: Happy
    Power Rating: 75 (6th in KOR)

    v. @ San Lorenzo Legends
    Gm #1 Newly acquired C Luis De La Osa went 3 for 4 ; SP Seong-ho Pae (1-0) had 8 IP, 3 K’s Game Score: 71. The winning streak is 5. TBY 2, SAL 1
    Gm #2 Both Starting Pitchers played part in a slugfest of 8 doubles of the 23 hits being separated between both teams. MVP Bill Dunne hit his 4 homer of the season. Winning streak is over. SAL 8, TBY 5
    Gm #3 Javier Bazo went 2 for 4 and 2 RBI’s as he got PotG honors in this game where the Avengers could only muster up 4 hits but did score 3 runs. SAL 7, TBY 3

    Final Tally
    1-2 in the series (10 runs scored, 16 runs against)
    1-2 against them for the season

    v. Maracaibo Jackals
    Gm #1 In this pitching duel, it was decided in the top of the 4th by Jackals OF Ezequiel Sota hitting a solo shot 434 ft in the right field stands off SP Hikaru Nakamura. Soto is having a good year so far hitting .327 with 3 hrs, 14 rbi’s. MAC 2, TBY 1
    Gm #2 The Jackals are in full force as they carmelized the Avengers for 11 hits and 13 runs. Jackals SS Toshimuchi Sugura 2 for 5, 2 HR’s , and 6 RBI’s. He clearly was PotG. MAC 11, TBY 1
    Gm #3Another pitching duel, where Jackals CF Cipriano Rios capitalized on a single C Jorge Dequevado to break the tie to send the Avengers to a 5 game losing streak. MAC 2, TBY 1

    Final Tally
    0-3 in the series (3 runs scored, 15 runs against)
    1-5 against them for the season

    Waiver Claims: None

    Next Week Thunder Bay plays:
    May 23-25 v. Cheju Volcano (2-1 for the season)
    May 26-28 v. Quebec Dragons (1-2 for the season)

    NOTE:
    The Thunder Bay roller coaster ride continues as in consecutive weeks they have gone from the cellar to the top of the division back down to the cellar once again. It has been a hard swing for fans. Avenger starting pitching has been the subject of conversation in the clubhouse with their 5.65 ERA. One of the many Achilles heels for this ballclub has been the bullpen surprisingly enough it was been one of the bright spots with its 2.79 ERA. The fielding appears not to be the problem; could the starters be that bad. The offense is getting its share of the hits, but not giving enough run support to the pitching. LF Jae-chun Yu sustained a partially torn labrum in the second San Lorenzo game and will be out 4 months. Yu hit .211 in 16 games.

    In organizational news:
    AAA Orangeville: SP Robbie Arnhardt is making a case early on to come back to the WBH club with a 2-1 record and 2.01 ERA. Jae-hoon “The Warden” Myong is also causing waves with 4 saves over 10 IP and 13 K’s. The Red Jackets are currently 12-8 and 2 games out of first. Orangeville’s last game they defeated the Loiza Racers 16-11. In the game, Orangeville accumulated 16 runs over 20 hits, 14 walks, and 35 LOB’s. 15 pitchers were used in the game between the two teams. C Henry Pond set an Orangeville regular season record for the number of walks in a extra inning game with 4. Additionally, Pond and RF Junzo Yoshida (who was on rehab) set a KORPA for 4 runs scored in an extra inning game. Pond set the record first, then Yoshida tied the record. WOW!!

    AA Parksville: #1 Draft Pick OF Milagro Arroyas is hitting .250 with 3 HR’s, 14 RBI’s, and 9 SB’s. RP Chu-yong Pak has 6 saves with 11 K’s. The Rage isn’t too fond of the home cooking as they are 3-8, while the team is 11-9 for the season and 5 games out of first.

    A Sydney: Not much to report on the Train. However, it is CL Antonio Carbezola keeping the team in check with their 10-10 record overall. They have lost 5 out of the their last 7 games

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    1100 views. Wow! I must be doing something right or horribly wrong. Whatever it is? Thanks.

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    Sim for May 23 – June 11, 2030 (3 week Sim)
    Thunder Bay Avengers 17-19 .472 5 GB (1-5 first week, 4-2 second week, 4-2 third week)
    Runs Scored: 151 ( 4.19 RPG)
    Runs Against: 169 ( 4.69 RPG)
    Fan Rating: 48
    Owner Mood: Good
    Power Rating: 87.7 (5th in KOR)


    v. Cheju Volcano
    Gm #1 Felipe Camo goes 4 for 4 upping his average to .338. Tat Huie goes 2 for 3 HR (6) 2 rbi’s. CHE 6, TBY 5
    Gm #2 Tat Huie singled home Bo-young Pak to give the Volcano 4-2 lead. C Bruce Andrew went 3 for 4. Lok (0-1) returns back to action to throw 6.1 IP 4 ER. CHE 6, TBY 3
    Gm #3 Nakamura (2-2) and Yi combined for 3.2 IP, 14 hits, 12 ER. Tat Huie 3 for 4 HR (7), 3 rbi’s. Cheju brings the broom for the sweep. CHE 12, TBY 2

    Final Tally
    0-3 in the series (10 runs scored, 24 runs against)
    2-4 against them for the season


    v. Quebec Dragons
    Gm #1 Junzo Yoshida hit his second homer of the season to knock in 3 runs off of SP Won-sik Min (2-3). SP Joreao Ivo (3-2) threw for 7 IP 3 K’s to get PotG honors. TBY 7, QUE 1
    Gm #2 Don Deacon’s second HR (5) a 3 run shot in the 13th was good enough to win the 32 hit by both teams. QUE 8, TBY 5
    Gm #3 The Dragons scored one run in the 7th and 8th inning to tie the game. Deacon flew out to CF off of reliever Byung-doo Kim to score Kun Yu to give the Dragons a second win of the series. QUE 3, TBY 2

    Final Tally
    1-2 in the series (14 runs scored, 12 runs against)
    2-4 against them for the season


    v. @ Busan Burning Dragons
    Gm #1 Busan SP Langley Miller (3-2) struck out 8 Avengers on 3 hits. BUS 8, TBY 0
    Gm #2 Stinging from the 3 game losing streak the Avengers rose to the occasion to score 11 runs over 16 hits. Seven Avengers had 2 hits or more led by Felipe Camo’s 3 for 6. TBY 11, BUS 1
    Gm #3 Antonio Medina went 3 for 4. Thunder Bay used 7 pitchers while Jorge Tijerina gets his 5th save. TBY 3, BUS 2

    Final Tally
    2-1 in the series ( 14 runs scored, 11 runs against)
    2-1 against them for the season


    v. @ Wuhan Blackhawks
    Gm #1 Thunder Bay came out like gangbusters taking a 3-0 lead courtesy of Seung-kew Sok. However, it was Octavio Hernandez scoring the Blackhawks 4th run of the inning off of Palban Deloera’s double in the 5th. Mario Pereira came in for his 9th save of the season. WUH 5, TBY 3
    Gm #2 The Avengers did all of their scoring in the middle frames with Yat-sen Ge scoring in the final run. SP Zai-shuo Lok (1-1) got his first win. TBY 7, WUH 3
    Gm #3 OF Jun Zang smacked a 2 run shot in the 8th off of Eliazar Martinez to give the Avengers a 5-4. Tijerina gets Save Number 6. TBY 6, WUH 4

    Final Tally
    2-1 in the series ( 16 runs scored, 12 runs against)
    2-1 against them for the season


    v. @ Maracaibo Jackals
    Gm #1 Nakamura holds the Jackals to 1 run on 6 IP. Tijerina gets number 7. Very strange factoid to this game where Thunder Bay had 2 hits the whole game. Maracaibo had 10 hits. TBY 3, MAC 2
    Gm #2 Perrault 2 for 5 HR (4) 4 rbi’s. 1B Yong-chul Yi 2 for 5 HR (5) 3 rbi’s. Joreao Ivo 4.1 IP shutout innings. TBY 10, MAC 1
    Gm #3 3 runs scored in the first 2 innings was all the run support we needed in this one. SP Seong-ho 6.2 IP 8 K’s. It was two weeks ago that Maracaibo swept us in our house, we returned the favor by sweeping in their house. Don’t know how but we did it. TBY 7, MAC 2

    Final Tally
    3-0 in the series ( 20 runs scored, 5 runs against)
    4-5 against them for the season


    v. Cheju Volcano
    Gm #1 The Volcano erupted for 5 runs in the first, then finished off with another 3 run flurry. SS Hyun-suk Paek 2 for 4, 4 rbi’s. Yi hit his 7th HR. CHE 8, TBY 3
    Gm #2 Felipe Camo went 3 for 4 with his 13th double of the season. SP Julio Espinoza (1-3) pitched his best game as an Avenger. His line was as follows 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 6 K’s. Espinoza PotG. Not bad for a waiver claim. TBY 7, CHE 2
    Gm #3 George Rosemond (6-2) kept Thunder Bay in check for 7 innings. Paek went 2 for 5 HR (2) 3 rbi’s. CHE 10, TBY 7

    Final Tally
    1-2 in the series ( 17 runs scored, 20 runs against)
    3-6 against them for the season


    Waiver Claims: None

    Next Week Thunder Bay plays:
    June 12-14 @ Quebec Dragons (2-4 for the season)
    June 16-18 v. San Lorenzo Legends (1-2 for the season)

    NOTE:
    We are left to ponder our thoughts as the game we thought we were getting a handle of from the 7-5 start, since then the Avengers have went 2-10. The game is a cruel, cruel one never wavering or defining itself. The game is still a game despite our inexplicably winning 8 out of our last 12. However, you may appear on paper with good ratings as having a quality organization. It is the effort on the field repeatedly that provides the tons of statistics to establish whether you are great or not. Ratings say we are better than ever before; statistics such as runs scored and runs allowed gives a much different account. It is also determined by the competition of who we play. Thunder Bay has already played 18 games against their division foes in the LOD only to accumulate 5 wins.

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    Sim for June 12-18, 2030
    Thunder Bay Avengers 20-22 .476 6.0 GB
    Runs Scored: 182 ( 4.33 RPG )
    Runs Against: 195 ( 4.64 RPG )
    Fan Rating: 48
    Owner Mood: Good
    Power Rating: 95.0 (4th in KOR)


    v. @ Quebec Dragons
    Gm #1 In this game, the lead had been swapped back and forth, but it was a 5 run 8th inning by the Avengers led by CF Eliazar Estrada’s Grand Slam. It was Estrada’s first homerun of the year. TBY 10, QUE 6
    Gm #2 Thunder Bay didn’t score in the first two innings, but managed to score in every inning thereafter except the final one. Estrada strikes again this time going 4 for 5.
    SP Seong-ho Pae (3-2) struck out 7 Dragons over 7.2 IP. TBY 8, QUE 1
    Gm #3 Lok and Marcel Volz served up Quality Starts for both squads where 13 guys (Lok 6 K’s, Volz 7 K’s) collectively went down on strikes. Volz got his fourth win of the year outlasting his counterpart. CL Jean Desrochers came in for his fourth save to save the Dragons from a sweep. QUE 3, TBY 2

    Final Tally
    2-1 in the series (20 runs scored, 10 runs against)
    4-5 against them for the season


    v. San Lorenzo Legends
    Gm #1 3B Seung-kew Sok doubled in Jere Heston to break a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the ninth to give Thunder Bay Game 1. Reliever Brandyn Coldiron (2-1) threw 21 strikes over 29 pitches to result in 4 K’s over 2 innings to get his second win of the year. TBY 3, SAL 2
    Gm #2 8 Legends Pitchers did their part in this one that ended early. Slugger Bill Dunne was kept in check and all of his 3 hits stayed in the park. However, it did not prevent him from knocking in 4 runs and took home PotG honors as a result. SAL 6, TBY 5
    Gm #3 One would have thought when the Avengers scored 3 runs off their former compadre SP Hidalgo Niebes in the first that scoring was going to be often and frequent. San Lorenzo had other designs by shutting out his former mates the rest of way. The Legends then proceeded to close the deal by scoring 4 of their own in their half of the 9th. Niebes (6-1) had the last laugh by getting his sixth win of the year and striking out 3. SAL 8, TBY 3

    Final Tally
    1-2 in the series (11 runs scored, 16 runs against)
    2-4 against them for the season


    Waiver Claims: None

    Next Week Thunder Bay plays:
    June 19-21 v. Jeonju Jays (3-0 for the season)
    June 23-25 v. @Cheju Volcano (3-6 for the season)

    NOTE:
    Congrats to 1B Yong-chul Yi on his first KOR Longitude Division Player of Week honors last week. Yi hit for .421 average, 4 home runs, and 8 rbi’s during the Week of June 11-18.

    The team in the month of June has already equaled their amount of wins in May with 12 days to go. The Big Three (Nakamura, Lok, and Ivo) who were new acquisitions over the winter collectively have a 8-8 record whose ERA are in the upper 4’s and WHIP’s over 1.50 as a group. Despite the lackluster performance of “The Big Three” we are only two games under .500. This is largely in part due to SP Seong-ho Pae being the lone bright spot in the rotation has a 3-2 record with a 2.86 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. Thunder Bay’s last three weeks have been one of joy and tribulation with their hot streak of going 11-7. It’s a huge conquest from not long ago that they had a stretch where it went 2-10. It was rumored since their period of going 2-10 the Avengers have started thinking differently of how they play the game at the plate and in the field.

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    The fans are slowly coming back to Thunder Bay Stadium…

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    Sim for June 19-25, 2030
    Thunder Bay Avengers 24-24 .500 3.0 GB (4-2 for the sim)
    Runs Scored: 207 ( 4.31 RPG )
    Runs Against: 219 ( 4.56 RPG )
    Fan Rating: 49
    Owner Mood: Happy
    Power Rating: 93.0 (4th in KOR)


    v. Jeonju Jays
    Gm #1 Antonio Medina came in for the start to get his 3rd HR of the year. The run production was enough to get the Avengers the win and PotG. TBY 5, JEO 2
    Gm #2 SP Zai-shuo Lok (2-3) found his mojo in Jeonju to hold the Jays for 2 hits over 8 IP. He also struck out 9 Jays in the process. Tijerina came in for the 9th to get his 8th save. TBY 2, JEO 1
    Gm #3 SP Martin Bertrand (3-5) held the Avengers to 1 run, while the Jays offense with 5 runs off of SP Julio Espinoza in the fourth did the rest. JEO 6, TBY 1

    Final Tally
    2-1 in the series (8 runs scored, 9 runs against)
    5-1 against them for the season


    v. @Cheju Volcano
    Gm #1 Hikaru Nakamura followed his Big Three Mate Lok’s footsteps by pitching 1 hit, 1 run and 8 IP display. His pitching exhibition also resulted in 0 walks and 5 K’s. Medina and Jun Zang contributed to the cause with a collective 4 for 8, 3 run and 3 rbi’s to give Nakamura (5-3) his fifth win. Tijerina came in the 9th for his 9th save. TBY 5, CHE 2
    Gm #2 The Volcano came in to their half of the 8th behind 6-3. Miguel Yslas tripled in the two runs to tie it at 6. Ik-yeong Chang would ground out to score Yslas to break the tie, then one more run of insurance to finish the Avengers off. CHE 8, TBY 6
    Gm #3 The first six guys of the Avengers lineup scored one run in the first three innings. SP Seong-ho Pae was credited for giving up 5 runs in the first 5.1 IP. Avengers bullpen came into to shut the door on the Volcano for 3 hits and 5 K’s the rest of the way. Pae (5-2) got the win, but it was the bullpen who got should have got the win. TBY 6, CHE 5

    Final Tally
    2-1 in the series (17 runs scored, 15 runs against)
    5-7 against them for the season


    Waiver Claims: None

    Next Week Thunder Bay plays:
    June 27-29 v. Quebec Dragons (4-5 for the season)
    June 30-July 2 v. Maracaibo Jackals (4-5 for the season)

    NOTE:

    The astonishing play of our club continues to flow. The Avengers’ performance is not the only club in the organization that is doing well. It is first time to date that I can remember that all of our ball clubs are at or above .500.

    The AAA affiliate Orangeville had some drama come to an end as 3B Chico Ferrer had a 23 game hitting streak come to an end on June 16 when he went 0 for 4. C Chong-su Pak won Player of the Week honors for Parksville a couple of weeks before. Lastly, also Parksville SP Alex Chanez struck out 12 and walked one of the Songton Diamondbacks on June 18. Those are great numbers to even write about in any format; however, I would be remiss if along the way that Chavez’s performance was a no-hitter. The Rage won the game 10-0.

    Keep it going guys!!

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    Sim for June 27- July 3, 2030
    Thunder Bay Avengers 26-28 .481 5.0 GB (2-4 for the sim)
    Runs Scored: 226 ( 4.18 RPG )
    Runs Against: 246 ( 4.56 RPG )
    Fan Rating: 50
    Owner Mood: Good
    Power Rating: 83.5 (7th in KOR)


    v. Quebec Dragons
    Gm #1 Both ball clubs traded numbers back and forth for 8 innings, but it was Avenger 1B Yong-chul Yi singling in Yat-sen Ge from second to break the tie in bottom of the ninth. SP Zai-shuo Lok looked good once again for a quality start holding the Dragons scoreless for 7 innings, but didn’t get the decision TBY 2, QUE 1
    Gm #2 The score was tied at 2 thru 9, but the Dragons must have been saving the best for last by scoring 6 runs in the 10th. Slugger Don Deacon had a 3 run shot, and former Avenger SS Pedro Cortez went 1 for 5 again his former mates to hit his fourth homer a 2 run shot in the 10th as well. QUE 8, TBY 2
    Gm #3 Cortez went 2 for 3 with his fifth homer and 4 rbi’s to sting his former team in the second inning and 2B Fabian Maldonado hit his third in the fourth both off of SP Hikaru Nakamura (5-4) to help the Dragons get the second win of the series. QUE 6, TBY 4

    Final Tally
    1-2 in the series ( 6 runs scored, 15 runs against )
    5-7 against them for the season


    v. Maracaibo Jackals
    Gm #1 The score was tied 3-3 going into the top of the ninth when Jackals 3B Ze-min Ning who had been hitting .221 for the season went 2 for 4 and hit a homer (6) to break the tie. MAR 4, TBY 3
    Gm #2 SP Seong-ho Pae (6-2) had another quality start for Thunder Bay striking out 6 Jackals over 6.2 IP. RF Jun Zang went 1 for 1, HR (6) 2 rbi’s, and 3 walks. TBY 5, MAR 1
    Gm #3 PotG Dong-chan Cho led the game of with a single on the first pitch of the game and set the tone for the rest of the game. Pedro Fuantes (5-2) struck out 5 Avengers over 6 innings. MAR 7, TBY 3

    Final Tally
    1-2 in the series ( 11 runs scored, 12 runs against )
    5-7 against them for the season


    Waiver Claims: None

    Next Week Thunder Bay plays:
    July 3-5 v. Busan Burning Dragons (2-1 for the season)
    July 7-9 v. @ San Lorenzo Legends (2-4 for the season)

    NOTE:
    SP Seong-ho Pae received Pitcher of the Month for June. Pae currently sits #3 in ERA in the league with a 2.67 ERA. A day after that announcement 2B Vincent Perrault went 4 for 5 against Maracaibo. 0-5 in extra inning games and 3.78 Bullpen ERA (4th in LOD) suddenly is a glowing figure in much of our problems. “The Warden” Myong and MR Eddie Abiles, as well as MR Armando Garcia are sending signals from AAA Orangeville that they desiring to come up when their season is over if not sooner. “The Warden” has a 1.55 ERA and 1.00 WHIP, Abiles has 1.25 ERA and 0.65 WHIP, and Garcia 0.95 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. It may just happen with Abiles and Garcia. Myong is not quite ready yet, but is making quite the case that he is. 3B Yat-sen Ge is making waves in the dugout wanting more at bats and deservedly so. Ge has 3 HR’s in 40 AB’s hitting for a .400 BA. Ge can play 1B and 3B. However, starters 1B Yi has 12 HR’s in 109 AB’s and 3B Sok is hitting .299 with 11 2B’s.

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    Sim for July 3-16, 2030 (Two Week Sim)
    Thunder Bay Avengers 35-31 .530 1 GB (4-2 first week, 5-1 second week)
    Runs Scored: 297 (4.50 RPG)
    Runs Against: 297 (4.50 RPG)
    Fan Rating: 53
    Owner Mood: Delighted – Kong has never had this status during Moore’s tenure.
    Power Rating: 99.8 (2nd in KOR)


    v. Busan Burning Dragons
    Gm #1 The Avengers trailing 5-1 bottom of the 8th where it seemed as if a loss was eminent. However, it was the Avengers who came back with a melee of their own to cut it to 5-4. It was Jun Zang’s double that would score Vincent Perrault and Elizar Estrada from first and second respectively to get the lead to stay. TBY 6, BUS 5
    Gm #2 Lots of runs scored and hits accounted for in this meeting. Thunder Bay would use 8 pitchers and could not hold the Dragon offense at any point during the game. George Payton would score from Alex Malgoso single to break a tie at 9. BUS 11, TBY 9
    Gm #3 A calmer affair in this one where runs were few. The game tied at 2 that would be broken by a 2 run shot from Yong-chul Yi (13) in the 8th. TBY 4, BUS 2

    Final Tally
    2-1 in the series (19 runs scored, 18 runs against)
    4-2 against them for the season


    v. @ San Lorenzo Legends
    Gm #1 Camo, Sok, and Ge would combine for a 9 for 17 to help Seong-ho Pae get win 7 of the season. TBY 15, SAN 7
    Gm #2 Another great effort from our guys offensively. Vincent Perrault and Yat-sen Ge had a triple play which aided in Lok get his third win (3-4) and reduced his ERA to 3.83. TBY 7, SAN 2
    Gm #3 Another bad effort from Julio Espinoza 3.2 IP 9 Hits, and 5 ER. Another catcher goes down for us this time Luis De La Osa strains a hammy in the game. Slugger Bill Dunne continues to slug it out going 3 for 3, 3B, 2 HR’s (17,18) 4 rbis. Final tally; 7 for 11, 3 HR’s, 6 rbi’s for the series. SAN 10, TBY 6

    Final Tally
    2-1 in the series (28 runs scored, 24 runs against)
    4-5 against them for the season


    v. Wuhan Blackhawks
    Gm #1 Grant “Pooky” Wheelhouse (6-5) pitched 6 innings and struck out 5 Avengers to keep them in check while the Blackhawks had their way with Hikaru Nakamura. Both bullpens did a great job of the shutting the opposing hitters the rest of the way. WUH 4, TBY 2
    Gm #2 The starters for both squads picked up where the bullpens left off from the night before serving up the goose eggs; however, it was Antonio Medina getting his 8th homer in the 6th and scoring the last run in the 8th from the Blackhawks bullpen. Medina would go on to get PotG honors. TBY 3, WUH 1
    Gm #3 Thunder Bay down 3-1 in the 8th gets an electric 3 run shot Yong-chul Yi his 16th of the season to give the Avengers the lead. Jorge Tigerina came in the 9th to throw 10 pitches 7 of which were strikes to get his 13th save. TBY 4, WUH 3

    Final Tally
    2-1 in the series (9 runs scored, 8 runs against)
    4-2 against them for the season


    v. Jeonju Jays
    Gm #1 Antonio Medina hit a solo shot (9) 432 feet in the right center seats to set the tone off of Bill Flynn’s second pitch of the 2nd inning. Lok (4-4) would shut out the Jays for 5 2/3 innings, while the Avenger bullpen did the rest. Tijerina came in to the get the last out for Save #14. TBY 6, JEO 2
    Gm #2 The Jays would strike once in the 3rd with a Chin-yeol Kim 2 run HR (4). Julio Espinoza came back to give a great pitching performance striking out 8 Jays, then the bullpen did the rest. Armando Garcia who had just been called up from Orangeville came in for a tired Tijerina to get his first save. Medina got his 10th homer of the season and also received PotG honors for the second time for the week. TBY 5, JEO 2
    Gm #3 Nakamura (6-5) would show the Avenger fans that he can still pitch a good game with his 5 K, 7 IP game. Tijerina came in an struggled in the 9th, but still managed to the save (15). TBY 4, JEO 2

    Final Tally
    3-0 in the series (15 runs scored, 6 runs against)
    8-1 against them for the season


    Waiver Claims: None
    Trades: Traded SP Yeom Han (A) to the Maracaibo Jackals for LF Augusto Guizan and RP Ronald Weidemann and $50 k.
    Summary We were able to make this trade with Maracaibo as it was a salary dump for them and we had a little cap space remaining. Guizan will help out the diminished by injury outfield temporarily till we get healthy. Guizan hit .217 with 2 HR’s and 8 rbi’s. Weidemann will be a spark plug in a bullpen that has faltered in the past weeks needing a jumpstart. Weidemann was 0-3, 4 SV, and 2.49 ERA. Han who was our 5th round pick in 2029 out of Taegu HS won 2029 KORTA Gold Glove at Pitcher. He has three pitches (fastball, curveball, changeup) and was 2-4 with a 5.98 ERA. Once he gets some more time in Maracaibo he should begin to get more control of his pitches where he will grow into a good pitcher there. We were sad to see him go and hope for success in Maracaibo.

    Next Week Thunder Bay plays:
    July 17-19 v. Cheju Volcano (5-7 for the season)
    July 21-23 v. @ Maracaibo Jackals (5-7 for the season)


    NOTE:
    The AMAZING turn of events in our town after the 10-16 start in May has turned the WBH on its very axis 360 degrees. The Avengers, Volcano, and Dragons are now tied with a 35-31 record 1 game behind the Jackals in the KOR LOD. One sim past the half way mark and we have tight race for the lead of the division where 1 game separates 4 teams. Hard to believe that we are in the mix, because of the normal tendency at this time of year is racing for the #1 draft pick.

    The likelihood of saying we expected this would be highly inadequate. We figured to be better than last year; additionally we knew ultimately that our fellow competitors of the LOD were going to be better. We never considered ourselves as part of the equation, because we never have in the past. Very unchartered territory. The change of the teams mentality since the end of May have had some adverse effects in our performance for the better. Statistically, we are still getting better than last years team which was good by our standards. The determination to dissect the numbers to the nth degree and put the best lineup out there will still be our main initiative. Pleased no doubt with the direction, the season still has 54 games left so we are going to take it one sim at a time to see where it takes us. WE STILL HAVE WORK TO DO!!

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    PERRAULT SPEAKS OUT

    Vincent Perrault is the lone Avenger player who has seen this organization advance from the poverty stricken anemic squad it once was in 2028 when he came to Thunder Bay from AAA Orangeville to one that is eclipsing team records and showing improvements with every waking second that the KOR season progresses. Perrault said, “The guys and I knew that we could be competitive at this level. The first part of the season we struggled and now I think we figured it out. Thanks to Dr. Griswold. Skip and Dr. Griswold gave us a new way of thinking and it has paid big dividends for us.”

    Who was this Dr. Griswold? Dr. Griswold is a world renowned sports psychologist who has taken care of the likes of many professional athletes; for example, professional golfer Roy McAvoy. Dr. Griswold was hired during the fall to help the players’ mental stability. Manager Joe Ball, Task Force Members, and Dr. Griswold all have spent the winter and this season doing individual player and group meetings with the attempt to wash away the losing aura of the franchise. Griswold stated, “Moore added these new players on payroll with free agency and trades that he wanted to make sure all players were all on the same page to improve the team morale. It was to tell them that even though it was Thunder Bay that the franchise who was famous for to getting the #1 or #2 draft pick each year these were different days and better ones ahead. They were great players with great abilities and collectively a great team.”

    Manager Ball stated, “Our guys are continuing to play every pitch, inning, and game as if it is their last.” Individuals such as Medina and Pae are winning Player of the Game(s) and Week(s) Awards already this year. The squad clearly is playing inspired baseball; even when they have been down late in games only to come back, and receiving high accolades from the fans as its rating is at an all time high has inspired them that much more.

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    Sim for July 17-23, 2030
    Thunder Bay Avengers 38-34 .528 1 GB (3-3 for the sim)
    Runs Scored: 311 (4.50 RPG)
    Runs Against: 312 (4.50 RPG)
    Fan Rating: 55
    Owner Mood: Delighted
    Power Rating: 92.6 (5th in KOR)


    v. Cheju Volcano
    Gm #1 The Volcanoes got 4 runs in the 4th. Ogai Utagawa (4-5) shut down the Avengers over 8 innings. CHE 4, TBY 1
    Gm #2 It seems as if the 4th inning is the prerequisite for where games won come to roost. Yat-sen Ge (6) to lead off a 3 run 4th. Seong-ho Pae (8-2) and company shut down the Volcano for 1 run. TBY 3, CHE 1
    Gm #3 Many zeroes went on the board today. Cheju broke the ice with 3 in the 6th, only to Seung-kew Sok hit a 2 run shot in the bottom half to score the only runs of the game. CHE 3, TBY 2

    Final Tally
    1-2 in the series ( 6 runs scored, 8 runs against)
    6-9 against them for the season


    v. @ Maracaibo Jackals
    Gm #1 Dae-hwan Chon and former Avenger Alejandro Ramirez combined for a 4 hit shutout. Chon (8-3) struck out 8 Avengers and Ramirez got his second save. MAR 2, TBY 0
    Gm #2 Ge, Perrault, and Medina combined for 7 of the 9 Avengers hits. Ge would score Thunder Bay’s 3rd run of the game in the 3rd and would be all the run support they would need. TBY 4, MAR 2
    Gm #3 The lead in this matchup switched back and forth till the 12th inning. The unlikely of Dan Flynn who was called up to Thunder Bay by injury would double to score reliever Brandyn Coldiron who had led off the inning with a walk to break the tie. The Jackals would come in their half of the inning to try to tie and/or win the game. Hsia would leadoff with a fly out. Victor Martinez got walked. Former Avenger Zhi-xin Huang who was picked up off waivers from Pacora came to avenge his former mates ; however, it wasn’t to be as he ground out into a 6-4-3 DP. TBY 4, MAR 3

    Final Tally
    2-1 in the series ( 8 runs scored, 7 runs against)
    7-8 against them for the season



    Waiver Claims: None

    Next Week Thunder Bay plays:
    July 25-27 v. @ Quebec Dragons (5-7 for the season)
    July 28-30 v. @ Busan Burning Dragons (4-2 for the season)

    NOTE:
    Tale of Two Nakamura’s

    One of the biggest mysteries on the Avengers starting rotation is ace pitcher Hikaru Nakamura. Nakamura’s splits of home and away (see below) are startling. He is a much more effective pitcher on the road than at home. The amount of walks and homeruns given up are double what he has given up in the opposing parks. In the clubhouse, reporters are beginning to hound him about these issues wondering if there is something wrong with his arm. Is there a thing that is disrupting his mindset when on the mound? He reiterates that everything including his arm is good. He mentioned, “Dr. Griswold and I have been speaking at nauseam about things we can improve on, such as relaxation techniques and being open minded on the mound.” It seems to be working because in the last two starts, (one was on the road and the other at home) he has amassed a 2-0 record, 2.08 ERA, 1 BB, 8 K’s in 13 IP.

    Ratings : 6/6/8
    Velocity: 95-97 mph
    6 different pitches (Fastball, Slider, Curveball, Changeup, Splitter, and Forkball)
    GB%: 48%

    at Home
    9 starts (2-5, 6.81 ERA) 38.1 IP, 5 HRA, 14 BB, 19 K’s

    on Road
    6 starts (5-0 2.15 ERA) 37.2 IP, 2 HRA, 5 BB, 27 K’s

  • #21318
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    Joy in Orangeville
    In the AAA ranks, there has been joy in Orangeville. 54 wins in 2017 was the franchise record, the Red Jackets just clicked 55 wins with 12 games remaining in the season so that figure will be nothing be dust when it’s over. Orangeville’s magic number is now 3 where they lead the Sosan Flame by 10 games. July has been nothing short of perfection for the Red Jackets as they are 19-2 (.902 win pct) with 5 sweeps. This team leads every team category except hits (3rd), stolen bases (7th), homeruns allowed (tied for 5th) and strikeouts (2nd). The past week the two series the team outscored the Port Alberni Warhorses 29-1 on their field and the Wangou Cranes 27-9 in Orangeville. The team power rating is a whopping 137.5. This club is primed for what could be its first AAA title since the existence of the franchise.

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    Amidst the success of one level of Thunder Bay’s affiliate the lower levels Parksville and Sydney have not reaped the same benefits. They have been winning levels for many years so it may be a combination of the younger finally getting to the apex of their careers playing at the highest level possible and/or those prospects were traded elsewhere. Both ball clubs are currently in the bottom half of their leagues, but still are playing .500 ball. They both have been mathematically eliminated from championship contention.
    CF Milagro Arroyas (1st round pick, 1st overall in 2030), 1B Graham Milley (4th round pick, 25th overall in 2029), 2B Ramon Gorta (2nd round pick, 9th overall in 2030), and CF Min-sik A (3rd round pick, 17th overall in 2030) are in Parksville and Sydney as part of the youth movement being watched and being prepared for the next level. There are 24 million other reasons why we believe our future is truly bright. The new theories, algorithms, and strategies can only enhance the future of our organization even more than ever before. We are not by any means home free. We still have a long road ahead and loads of improvement to make. Our hopes are that future draft picks and acquisitions will only make us a better brand and bring even more people to the stands. We are constantly looking to make deals in all avenues from prospects to talented veterans in all positions.

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    Sim for July 25-30, 2030
    Thunder Bay Avengers 43-35 .551 Leads in LOD by 1 (5-1 for the sim)
    Runs Scored: 347 (4.49 RPG)
    Runs Against: 326 (4.18 RPG)
    Fan Rating: 55
    Owner Mood: Ecstatic
    Power Rating: 102 (2nd in KOR)


    v. @ Quebec Dragons
    Gm #1 Starter Seong-ho Pae pitched wonderfully for 6 innings when the lead changed hands on numerous occasions. This was going to battle that was going to be a long haul as it lasted 13 innings over 4 hours and 19 minutes. It was Naohiro Shimamura who had just been signed recently to fill the revolving door of the catcher position due to injury would double a 1-2 pitch to center field which would score Eliazar Estrada from second to give the Avengers the lead to stay. TBY 4, QUE 3
    Gm #2 Zai-shuo Lok, Brandyn Coldiron, and Ki-nam Hwang combined for a 2 hit shutout. Lok (5-5) got the win and had a game score of 80. Unfortunately, Estrada suffered a strained quad (out for 2 weeks) during the game while running the bases. TBY 6, QUE 0
    Gm #3 Julio Espinoza (3-6) struck out 8 Dragons to get the win. Ronald Weidemann came in the 9th to get the save his 6th of the season. Espinoza’s game score 85. This was our second shutout in a row to get the sweep. TBY 1, QUE 0

    Final Tally
    3-0 in the series ( 11 runs scored, 3 runs against)
    8-7 against them for the season


    v. @ Busan Burning Dragons
    Gm #1 Hikaru Nakamura (8-5) did it all in this game. He went 2 for 3, 2B, 2 runs scored, 3 rbi’s to go with his 6 K’s over 6 IP to get PotG honors. Vincent Perrault was ejected in this game early on with disputing strikes. Hard to talk about the 10 runs scored when the pitching does well. TBY 10, BUS 2
    Gm #2 Felipe Camo goes 4 for 6 in this game. Yat-sen Ge, Antonio Medina, and Perrault all scored 2 runs. Perrault and Augusto Guizan both had 3 rbi’s. Joreao Ivo went 2 for 3. Ivo would also throw 4.2 IP walk 5 and strike out 1. Perrault would receive PotG honors. Reliever Chae-ku Kim got his 5th win out of the bullpen. TBY 9, BUS 2
    Gm #3 Neither starting pitcher (Carl LaCroix and Pae) didn’t last very long to be the winner of this one as they got hammered. Jorge Guajardo would come to the plate with Javier Chumil and George Peyton on first and second respectively with one out. A double steal would occur which Shimamura would throw Chumil out at 3rd for the second out advancing Peyton to 2nd . Guajardo would single a 0-2 offering advancing Peyton to third. Peyton aggressively runs for home without a cutoff or throw to score the winning run. Perrault got injured in the game in a defensive play, which a diagnosis is pending. The loss ended a 7 game winning streak. BUS 7, TBY 6

    Final Tally
    2-1 in the series ( 25 runs scored, 11 runs against)
    6-3 against them for the season


    Waiver Claims: None

    Next Week Thunder Bay plays:
    July 31 – Aug 2 v. @ Wuhan Blackhawks (4-2 for the season)
    Aug 4-6 v. @ Cheju Volcano (6-9 for the season)

    NOTE:
    Mixtures of emotions have taken over after this sim. We are in first place for the first time but at what cost of losing Estrada and Perrault. We had a 7 game winning streak come to an end. Eight games over .500. Injuries have been frequent this season more than in recent memory. The club now has a +21 run differential. We have been fortunate because in preparation for such an instance for the season we made sure that we had adequate replacements should an injury happen. How much can this team take? All of these highs and lows set a precedent that has never been achieved by this franchise as a whole.

    We are relieved that Orangeville (58-26) cleared the way for our flexibility knowing that we had players that were just a call away to get replacements to fill in the void to give us the depth we so desperately never had. Our AAA affiliate just clinched their division in the KORPA after this sim. They continue to exhibit that high level of play for us.

    It is hard to imagine that the Avengers were 9 games out of first place and 6 games under .500 after the end of May to a team that now has the second best record in the league. It has been a tremendous ride hoping that it will never end. One thing is for certain that Thunder Bay is and has been doing some good things and is apprehensively thinking that they are part of a tight pennant race thinking it still could implode. It is hard to dispute it and think otherwise. We realize it is cruel game that we play so we will continue to play it on our hot streak, enjoying it for what it is, and knowing that a cold streak may not be to far away. Or have we finally begun to see the light?

    This is a big week for us. I can not elaborate the word “BIG” enough. This is ginormous. Wuhan leads the LAD. We have a good record (4-2) against them so far. Cheju has owned us (6-9). Both are road games, which we are 27-12 away from home. We are going to find out where we stand after this sim. Are we contenders or pretenders?

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    REFLECTION TIME

    “Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.” – Denis Waitley

    It is no secret how much time I have invested in this game and site to which many of you probably have noticed just by seeing my name listed as browsing more often than not to mention this blog. I posted this quote listed above several months back and reside as part of my signature. I never knew how much it applied to my playing this game till today.

    Today I write the story and go Behind The Scenes of Thunder Bay

    I joined Thunder Bay in 2027 when it was 13-23 when I thought I knew the game, but not really knowing how WBH works if it makes sense. Believe it or not there is a difference. I saw taking on the club as a challenge thinking I had an “S” on my chest believing I was a savior for this team that I could turn it around in a sec. I played the rest of 2027 out to finish 43-77 to another 4th place finish in the LOD. At that point, I had decided that I was going to turn things around during the off season. I never realized how difficult a venture it was going to be one that would almost break me. I genuinely had the mindset I was going to make things happen and win the division right now. I made all kinds of moves thinking I was running the gauntlet and had the recipe for the success. I had money to burn with plans to do with it. In hindsight, I wasn’t armed with the proper information necessary to play. That 2028 team went 50-70 and was -$11 Mil in the hole. I realized that fantasy baseball with an auction format and the WBH were severely different. 2029 was a carryover from the previous where I just didn’t know what I had to do to make things better. I had salaries that inundated my budget and wasn’t quite sure how to get out of debt. I still believed that the team was getting better. However, I was only making things worse. Towards the end of 2029 the more I read the team history it saddened me to know that maybe this was where this team was supposed to be. In my gut, I did not think Thunder Bay was an area that wasn’t highly populated, nor did it have a huge amount for a fan base to create a huge payroll. How could I ever get enough residents to come to the games? I read down the history 4th place finish after 4th place finish. It saddened me more to think I was fighting the Kobayashi Maru “The No-Win Scenario”. Along the way I had received some recommendations, theories, and improvements from fellow members of the league of how to fix what was broken. All of these thoughts were very helpful; however, it was so overwhelming, plus thinking it would take years to get where I wanted to be. The 2029 team finished 48-72. Never being a quitter, but I so wanted to quit this time. Many mistakes had been made to domino the whole effect.

    If it had not been for “Steve”, everyone needs a “Steve”, giving me some insight and tutelage to a game that I so desperately wanted to get better at just as that 2029 season was starting to wind down was a blessing in disguise. Things started to make whole lot more sense, but yet there were things to learn. I also started reading and researching sites that were part of the game and the real game of baseball. I wasn’t going to quit just yet despite being still overwhelmed at debt. Deals and opportunities started to come my way where all of sudden I was debt free and had money to spend for free agency. I had control and flexibility back of something I hadn’t had.

    Free Agency came and I had the spending bug. I didn’t know which way I wanted to go. Did I want to make a mark with a big salary guy who was popular who had a big WAR? Or Would I spread the wealth around? WAR (Wins Above Replacement) was something I was really hung up on because of MLB Network. It was the cool acronym that in the years of watching and reading baseball stats I was not familiar with. I based my whole search on previous WAR. WAR. Repeat it with me. WAR. See it’s infectious. I told him what I thought about doing. “Steve” told me the asking price was quite high for a guy of that magnitude that no one was worth that much. At the last minute, I pulled the bid immediately after the conversation which inherently would have won me the bid after hearing what he accepted. It was by far the best move I’ve ever made in my tenure here. Looking back, that way would have driven me back to the end of 2027 by going big salary first and piece and part later. History would have repeated itself being in the poor house so I would have been broke and digging a deeper hole out of debt again. I had Lok, Camo, and Routhwaite from a trade before free agency along with Medina and Perrault this was just a start.

    I have never had a good idea of what player values were in the field. I have struggled with this since I joined. I had compiled spreadsheets in my tenure of the league trying to get value, but come to grips they were nice, but it failed in comparison to what I was to receive. This sheet is the rising mecca for my team. The pieces of the puzzle began to come together. There were more tons of research and compilations that began to take shape in my knowledge level of the game. Draft Day was fastly approaching I needed more input. I needed to know value in what I was getting. I had the option of using another spreadsheet for the Draft; but I wanted to come up with my own scheme. More researched ensued, and then finally I come up with a formula totally on my own from the countless hours a day or two before we were to submit our lists. In my determination, it wasn’t ready for live fire yet. I was close to using my sheet, but wasn’t I comfortable with it. Of course, I had the first pick it wasn’t a hard decision even though my sheet wasn’t completely ready. I was prepared to use another sheet which is a very good one if mine wasn’t ready. A monkey could have made my first pick for me. I took Milagro Arroyas. He will be good soon. I still had days before the next sim for my 2nd round draft pick. I had time to work on my sheet even more. I started compiling with other past and present players, crunching more statistics, and not being satisfied not truly realizing that how close I was to recognizing that Frankenstein moment. It’s alive. I decided that my algorithm would be something to help me value all players; whether it was draft picks, free agents, or anyone else in the WBH system. I was ready to fly solo with this one. I was going to sink or swim with it no matter what the cost. It has already paid big dividends determining waiver acquisitions and draft picks. Sometimes all the ratings in the world can’t help you with a bum.

    Opening Day 2030 came. I was ready to be that competitive squad after being 14-10 during Spring Training. Spring Training is nothing to depend on for the future, but liked seeing the figure much better than a 10-14 or a 13-23. The bar was measured low with years past. The end of May 2030 came and was nothing more than that cold, dark, empty place that was remembered from previous seasons to be because I had started 10-16. The cellar position is not a comforting place for a competitive natured person. Frustration started to settle in after a good draft and a few free agent sims. Once again, “Steve” has always seemed to see things that I didn’t know where to look. He saw something in a box score log that appeared weird. I’ve looked at the logs on many occasions. I never really appreciated that setting for its true worth.

    The game has many intricacies that were never looked at before that was tweaked to get the desired outcome. There are many variables of this game that will drive you crazy plus it is just a plain cruel game that I could never quit or give up on. It is probably narcissistic to think that way. This may be coincidental with the change the team that was 9 games behind and 6 games under .500 at the end of May is in the lead by 1 game and 8 games above .500. This might not stay for long or it might just be the start of something good for the team I’m taking care of.

    Every time I make a post and see my inspirational quote reminds me that I am not a loser, because of the teams past players misdoings. I wish I had an actual locker room to put it in for my players. There is nothing wrong with this franchise as long as I manage the everyday affairs of it despite what history has dictated. I constantly look at those statistics realizing it wasn’t due to my skills it is all in the past. The blame can’t all rest on my predecessors of the team ownership there have been mistakes made by me, too. The thought was it was due looking to the constant losing history persona of the team and the lack of fans in Thunder Bay is what drove me to those places of feeling like Thunder Bay will always be a loser. In the history of the franchise, it has (1) 2nd place finish, (3) 3rd place finishes, and the rest were 4th place finishes in the LOD. The team was so screwed up when I came aboard that I went about it the wrong way to fix it and may the issue even worse. The lessons learned along the way will continue to be a breeding ground for mistakes. Mistakes made will continue to be mistakes unless you learn from them. I had a second chance to right the wrong not many people have that chance. I will continue to make mistakes in the future, because I am no means a stranger to mistakes. I am a student of the game and will continue the desire for more information to be better at this game. It is the experience of the playing in the league, doing the sims, knowing the nuances, doing the research, and the compilations that makes the game great. The fact is, I never gave up, learned from mistakes, lessons taught to me, and developed some structure from those lessons in how I wanted to do things. This has been a tough ride to endure, but one I wouldn’t have wanted to miss.

    If you are losing never give up! NEVER SAY QUIT!!

    Thanks “Steve”

    The ride continues…

    I am definitely working towards the future.

  • #21257
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    Kong Zhu, GM Moore, Gaston Cardinal, and Calvin Monfrode were all in Wuhan taking in a round of golf at the Wuhan International Country Club. All seemed pretty relaxed with the least bit of trepidation of making a trade as the trade deadline was in sight. It appeared that all of the homework, sweat, and tears occurred during the winter they were confident to keep things status quo. The group reassured reporters that they wanted to play with who they signed with the no plans of bringing anyone new to kill the team morale.

    “We got a brief taste of what happened when we brought some new guys in on the first waiver period.”, said Moore. He went at length to say it was that scenario where we practically killed our team continuity in the first week of the season and lost some of the fan base. We could only imagine what would have ensued had we got someone else to add to our franchise. Since the month of May has brought many lessons that slowly but surely we have managed to gain some momentum, higher fan ratings, and attendance has shown even higher numbers (+ 38%) than last year.
    Moore said he had checked both the waiver wires and the trade blocks religiously for the past months, including that morning to say that we could have made a deal or two but nothing jumped out at us to pursue. Our phones were very quiet during the period of the round so it seemed from the inside looking out that was little or no interest in our guys. It was a very relaxing round and look forward to finishing out the season strong.

  • #21509
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    Avenger 2030 season is over

    The LOD was a very tough division as once believed as we escaped with a 31-41 record. Despite the virtual limp of finishing the last two months of the 2030 season with a 19-22 record the last two games would mean the most. Who would have thought that the last two wins of the season carried the most importance? The wins would come on the last two days of the season for number 61 and 62. 61 tied a record and 62 would carry the most weight as it was the new franchise record for wins. Consequently, the team finished with its second winning season at 62-58. Only two teams in history of our franchise have won more than 60 games. Pretty amazing!! This is Moore’s first winning season as the Avengers’ GM and Zhu is still pretty delighted at the year end results. Why wouldn’t he be? Zhu should be uber ecstatic, if there was such a level, Moore delivered the second winning season in the franchise’s 21 year history. Moore led Thunder Bay to a 3rd place finish in the division for the fourth time in history only to finish 5 games out of 1st place. No Thunder Bay club has ever finished the year with as many wins or this close to first place. We were in first place for a couple of weeks which was pretty cool for us. There were many things on Moore’s bucket list he was able to cross off that he was pleased as well with the club’s successful season, but there are still many things to cross off. Zhu should be in a celebratory boogered-nosed drunk state on his yacht in the Caribbean sipping umbrella drinks, as opposed to what has been the norm being in the corner bar power drinking wondering where he went wrong contemplating suicide listening to “Free Bird”. Just for the record, Zhu’s mode is not in the latter. Ok, now I am completely off topic. Historically, this edition of the Avengers drew comparisons to other teams.

    The Avengers have always been a team affiliated with the third or fourth place finish. However, there was one instance by the 2017 Avengers finishing 61-59, finishing 2nd , and 21 games out of first. In 2009 and 2016 both teams got close to a .500 record with 56-64 and 57-63 records respectively finishing identically 3rd and 12 games back. The 2014 team was very lucky that it finished 3rd with a 42-78 record and 35 GB. True Story. It was hard to believe having that record still managing a 3rd place that year. 2017 was the last time we didn’t finish in 4th. Last years team finished 4th in the division and 15 games behind. Anyway you slice it baseball will never make any sense, because it is why they play the games. All of those memories of the past can now be washed away with new thoughts and statistics to reflect on. There are no frowns in Thunder Bay after this season as all of the demons of years past have been exercised.

    The clubhouse is upbeat with the 2031 season already in its sights not being able to wait with what Moore has in store next. The 2030 season will soon be a season we will never forget. This truly was a landmark season for the 2030 Thunder Bay Avengers for the first time as true pennant contenders for at least a season as it has etched its name in the franchise history books as its best ever. This chapter is final, with a new one to be written in 2031.

  • #21510
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    Congrats on being over .500! You should be really proud after the mess that you inherited.

  • #21514
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    Thanks, Bob!! I do appreciate you reading. I’m not sure how many really are reading. Not sure, if people are reading because it is a good read or if it’s a futility to see a guy suffer through a franchise. Nonetheless, it has turned into a good run for me. I like writing it, because it has kept me sane through all of it.

    Little did I know how bad the team was when I signed up for when it finished in 2027 at 43-77. I took the team nobody wanted. Now look at me. I embraced it with its faults. Others before me set the table pretty bad.

    It’s been a very tough ride. I took over a team that the local Pre-K school of your choosing could beat us on a normal day. The team was lucky to get 800k in attendance and the payroll was barely 40M. Today, attendance is 2.6M and payroll next year is estimated at 68M. Fan Ratings was low in the 20’s and now is currently at 56.

    It isn’t to say that I was perfect, but I made my own share of mistakes with the team. Now if I quit it will be in a good place.

  • #21519
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    I usually read your blog and a few others. It’s always interesting to get insight on other teams and how they’re run.

    Good luck down the road. This is a good first step but don’t stop here. You’ll need to keep building one player at a time if you want to win the league (and then survive in Cuba).

  • #21534
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    2030 TEAM STATS

    TEAM INFORMATION
    Record overall 62-58, .517 PCT
    Position in Division 3rd, 5 GB
    Record at home 28-32, .467 PCT
    Record on the road 34-26, .567 PCT
    Record in X-inning games 4-6, .400 PCT
    Record in one-run games 22-22, .500 PCT
    Record versus LHP 18-11, .621 PCT
    Record versus RHP 44-47, .484 PCT
    Record last 10 games 3-7, .300 PCT
    Record in May 10-16, .385 PCT
    Record in June 15-11, .577 PCT
    Record in July 18-9, .667 PCT
    Record in August 11-15, .423 PCT
    Record in September 8-7, .533 PCT

    TEAM BATTING STATS & RANKINGS
    Batting Average .262 – 2nd in LOD
    On-Base Percentage .337 – 2nd in LOD
    Slugging Percentage .426 – 1st in LOD
    On-Base + Slugging .763 – 1st in LOD
    Runs Scored 545 – 3rd in LOD
    Hits 1069 – 2nd in LOD
    Extra-Base Hits 394 – 1st in LOD
    Home Runs 124 – 2nd in LOD
    Bases-On-Balls 412 – 2nd in LOD
    Strikeouts 890 – 4th in LOD
    Stolen Bases 64 – 1st in LOD

    TEAM PITCHING STATS & RANKINGS
    Earned Run Average 3.92 – 2nd in LOD
    Starters’ ERA 3.98 – 2nd in LOD
    Bullpen ERA 3.84 – 3rd in LOD
    Runs allowed 509 – 2nd in LOD
    Hits allowed 1002 – 1st in LOD
    Opponents AVG .246 – 1st in LOD
    BABIP .284 – 1st in LOD
    Home Runs allowed 87 – 1st in LOD
    Bases-On-Balls 408 – 2nd in LOD
    Strikeouts 775 – 4th in LOD

    KOR Team versus Team
    Busan Burning Dragons 7-5
    Cheju Volcano 8-16
    Jeonju Jays 10-2
    Maracaibo Jackals 10-14
    Quebec Dragons. 13-11
    San Lorenzo Legends 7-5
    Wuhan Blackhawks 7-5

    * Bold denotes LOD opponents

  • #21553
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    @Santiago de Cuba (USA) wrote:

    I usually read your blog and a few others. It’s always interesting to get insight on other teams and how they’re run.

    Good luck down the road. This is a good first step but don’t stop here. You’ll need to keep building one player at a time if you want to win the league (and then survive in Cuba).

    Thanks again, Bob. This wasn’t my first step and long way away from being the last step.

    Just getting warmed up! Cap_PDT_01_07

  • #21623
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    2030 is now in the rear view mirror of the continuing saga of WBH Baseball. Avenger Baseball as you well know by now achieved many great things in 2030. 2031 will be one that has provided its challenges. The challenges of making plans to duplicate or improve upon last years statistics. The new challenges will come from trading, resigning, replacing the retiring, and the worst part releasing players for the new season. There are so many things that come now before Opening Day.

    We are within hours of what will culminate of a little over 36 hours of pounding research of free agent players who pledge allegiance to flee their previous club. The sticker price for some will be steep to sign while others will be diamonds in the rough. Time will only tell of what the future holds for these guys and their new teams.

    Draft 2031 is not far behind. Our draft pick will be #6 slot which is indicative of our record season. In Moore’s tenure or any another Avenger GM to date the best Thunder Bay draft position could muster was either a #1 or #2. Drafting from the end not the beginning is a task that will not be easy to do.

    The 2031 Avengers will not rest long on their laurels of the success of last years team. We can only hope that any transactions will be positive. Thunder Bay is still in the learning curve of discovering our strengths and weaknesses. We are definitely looking forward to all that comes whether good or bad.

    GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!

  • #21855
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    OFF-SEASON – PREP FOR THE 2031 DRAFT

    Under the current regime of Moore never has there been so much turmoil and questions regarding the off season and the existence of the World Baseball Hierarchy. The franchise stayed in a lull for much of the winter only to find out at least for the moment the green light is on for the 2031 season.

    Initially, Thunder Bay proceeded with the normal business during the first part of winter by going through arbitration, releasing players, and lastly to make offers to free agents. For the most part, we were unsuccessful on the higher targeted players; however, we were successful with the rest. The first wave of signing went so profitable and the perception of the future that we decided to end pursuing any other free agents. What was to happen next was mysterious. It was a complete lack of communication to the masses of what was going on due to the many hours of silence. At that point, perhaps it was the unsettling feeling that none of the owners possessed the knowledge of what the future held. Was the league closing its doors? Consequently, GM Moore never ever felt this level of uncertainty in the air before that maybe the WBH was a sinking ship. It was rumored that Moore began to research other options to occupy his time in the interim by being a GM for another organization in the Stars and Stripes Alliance of Baseball on a full time basis. He already has vested interest in the Memphis Belles organization in the league on a part time solo venture. It was then the news came.

    The WBH was going to resume operation with a different set of parameters in which things were going to be run. In fact, better days were in store for the league as a whole were promised. Once there was more concrete emphasis made of what was to occur next the organization found itself in the awkward place of lack of preparation. Moore promised Zhu that he was going to stay since the decision of the league was made official. Moore and the organization rallied together to quickly put a plan in place to move forward for the upcoming season. This is hardly the unprepared position in recent years that Thunder Bay had desired to be in at this time of year. The 2031 KOR Draft is now within hours. The arrival of the Draft now will come with extra pressure for the Avengers as a prognosticator (we won’t say any names) has put the proverbial kiss of death on us to win the KOR. Why this is quite the flattering prediction for this once abysmal franchise which has been uplifted to new standards by Moore is very nice. However, the WBH KOR squad needs to first finish better than 3rd or 4th in any season before we can be crowned champion of anything. The deck is stacked against us in our clubhouse with the lack of preparation and putting a place in at the last minute. This drives our ball club more than the start of 2030 with every fiber of our being to make our prognosticator correct in this prediction. It is going to be an extremely hard challenge one of which we are up for. The preparation for the draft is now complete with many sleepless hours invested and ready to rock out our first pick the #6 pick of the 2031 KOR Draft. In the morning, we will get a better feel of the CLASS of 2031. Good Luck to all!

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    Avengers bring out the Champagne early in the Draft

    No the bubbly for the Championship celebration did not come out early in the Thunder Bay draft. There was due cause for bringing it out when the curator of the draft “popped the cork” with the announcement of Thunder Bay’s first pick.

    “With the 6th pick in the 2031 KOR Draft the Thunder Bay Avengers selects SS Louis-Philippe Champagne from Southwestern Ontario University.”

    Champagne hit .301 with 5 HR’s, 45 RBI’s and 35 SB’s in 53 games. Louis-Philippe is a 22 year old switch hitter that has a great glove that can play second and third base also. His speed and glove not to mention the potential he possesses at the plate plays out well for a future in the WBH. He needs to develop a little more discipline with his eye at the plate with breaking pitches and avoiding strikeouts which only will come with experience and will be monitored by the organization’s coaches at the lower levels. The quality of his bat is WBH ready now; however, he will stay in the minors for a little while to develop his discipline.

    Summary:
    We are excited that Champagne fell into the 6th position for our taking. Champagne will learn a great deal from incumbent SS Felipe Camo over the next couple of winters. He was sent to Sydney (A) for a brief stay.

  • #21878
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    Many moves were executed during the offseason. A few trades were made as well as free agent signings.

    Here is our transaction activity:

    Wednesday, February 19th, 2031
    Traded 18-year-old minor league center fielder Min-sik A, 27-year-old left fielder António Medina and 18-year-old minor league third baseman Dany Pilon to the Xi’an Kylin, getting 27-year-old reliever Norm Dodds, 23-year-old closer Julien Thériault and 24-year-old minor league left fielder Luo-shan Shan in return.
    Sunday, February 16th, 2031
    Signed free agent SP Valentín García to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent MR Duk-yeo Pak to a 1-year contract worth a total of $1,210,000.
    Signed free agent 1B Sergio Maldonado to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent SS Ronaldo Larrinaga to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent MR José Oclhoa to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent 1B Francisco Cordero to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent SP Yeong-min Yi to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent MR Ki-nam Hwang to a 2-year contract worth a total of $2,600,000.
    Signed free agent SP Alejandro Marín to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent RF Iemochi Hayashida to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent C Júlio Cristales to a 1-year contract worth a total of $850,000.
    Signed free agent SP Kantaro Nakamura to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent CL Roderigo Vela to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent CF Daniel Luebano to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent 3B Stephen Jeffery to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent MR Quico Mendesa to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent C Alejandro Vedia to a 2-year contract worth a total of $1,700,000.
    Signed free agent MR Jung-sik Chang to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent C Doménico Muje to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent MR Fedele Liguori to a 2-year contract worth a total of $2,400,000.
    Monday, February 10th, 2031
    Traded 28-year-old right fielder Yannick Rounthwaite and 30-year-old reliever Ronald Wiedemann to the Bonao Bananas, getting 23-year-old reliever Tercero Pérez and 31-year-old center fielder Rico Sandoval in return.
    Traded 33-year-old closer Jorge Tijerina to the Maracaibo Jackals, getting 34-year-old right fielder Hsuang-tsung Jen in return.
    Placed CF Rico Sandoval on the 40-man roster.
    Placed CF Rico Sandoval on the active roster.
    Placed RF Hsuang-tsung Jen on the 40-man roster.
    Placed RF Hsuang-tsung Jen on the active roster.
    Saturday, February 1st, 2031
    Placed CF Eliazar Estrada on the active roster.
    Activated CF Eliazar Estrada from the disabled list.
    Tuesday, October 22nd, 2030
    RF Augusto Guizán becomes a free-agent.
    MR Andy Tiley becomes a free-agent.
    MR Chae-ku Kim becomes a free-agent.
    MR Ki-nam Hwang becomes a free-agent.
    3B Yat-sen Ge becomes a free-agent.
    MR Júlio Espinoza received a 1-year contract through automatic renewal worth a total of $350,000.
    SP Bae Hong received a 1-year contract through automatic renewal worth a total of $350,000.
    SP Francisco Sánchez received a 1-year contract through automatic renewal worth a total of $350,000.
    MR Eddie Abiles becomes a free-agent.
    Saturday, October 19th, 2030
    CF Eliazar Estrada received a 1-year contract through arbitration worth a total of $525,000.
    MR Armando García received a 1-year contract through arbitration worth a total of $937,500.
    SP Seong-ho Pae received a 1-year contract through arbitration worth a total of $937,500.
    2B Vincent Perreault received a 1-year contract through arbitration worth a total of $3,346,000.
    C Luís De La Osa received a 1-year contract through arbitration worth a total of $525,000.
    Saturday, September 28th, 2030
    MR Ronald Wiedemann has executed his last optional contract year.

  • #21918
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    TWO PRODUCTIVE AVENGER ROUNDS AT 2031 DRAFT

    As the next two rounds of the 2031 KOR Draft come to a close Thunder Bay was still able to make some noise. The organization seemed to have adjusted quite well drafting from the #6 slot as opposed to the #1 or #2. In that new position they were able to claim what they deemed as the #2 Second Baseman in Chang-weon Yi in the 2nd round and #1 RF Barnabe Mota in the 3rd round off the board.

    Yi who has the skill set of playing all infield positions, his strengths lie within second and third base. Yi also is very fast on the field whether it is on the base paths or on the field to field the ball quickly. He still is green at 17, but should become a good player when he becomes of age.

    Mota is another youngster that we were fortunate to pick up. He like Yi is 17, very fast, and the ability to play many positions with the exception is that he does it in the outfield. The corner outfield positions are where he gravitates towards the most.

    Summary
    We expect for Yi and Mota having similar ages and skill sets that their development will mimic one another. With that being said, we anticipate that they will make it to the WBH club at the nearly the same time. This is good for our club that we believe that they will push each other to get there sooner than later. Both were assigned to Sydney (A).

  • #21943
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    Zhu’s season’s expectations are very generic but more of what has become the norm as of late. Zhu sent an email stating his expectation for the 2031 season which is nothing more than to compete at a .500 record. However, Moore realizing what he has in his arsenal with his past transactions the expectations is more detailed and greater.

    The goals are simply to finish higher than the 3rd place in the previous season and continue to progress in hitting, fielding, and most of all pitching. It has been well documented that 2030 was one to never forget, but now is the time to move on and to extend itself further. 2030 is nothing more than the new parameters for which our club to aspire to be with room to grow. The goals playing within the LOD are going to be harder to reach than last year. This is largely in part because of all teams that are in the LOD have stayed with no demotions (not that you can be demoted in the KOR, HA!!) or promotions, which mean more of the same that the competition only will be tougher. It will not be an easy task so our primary goals are just to be better in all categories on the field. Hopefully, this will reciprocate in getting more wins.

    Moore did more fine tuning of the organization over this time off than pursuing the high dollar player. Many of the same pieces to our ballclub still are here with a few additions. The only difference is that corner outfielders Medina and Rounthwaite were traded away for CF depth and bullpen help. The inactivity of signing new players by Moore over the off season compared to the past may have caused alarm for Avenger fans, but the harsh fact was the price was just too high at this juncture to pursue anyone. There were offers made to some guys that were of substance and ultimately would have been everyday players for us but in the end it didn’t work out. Moore’s record in recent history is that he has gotten more bang for the buck by the count of $500k less than the league average per player. It is a stealthy statistic that the GM likes to hold. In addition, he doesn’t have the most popular players in the world but they just get the job done. Zhu has presented the budget for this season at $70M. Moore currently has the Avengers at under $60M so there is plenty of room to spend. As many Avenger fans recall, Moore started in Thunder Bay with a budget of under $45M in 2028. He has managed to gain Zhu’s confidence each and every year since slowly but surely getting more money to expend. Can you imagine what he can do if he ever gets the franchise at the max cap? Moore has chosen another route this off season instead spending frugally.

    The lack of players signed will work out to other options during the regular season then he may do some spending or wait till next off season. In the meantime, Moore did not rest on his laurels in the lower levels as he did some purging. He filtered out the older minor leaguers with unfavorable ratings in favor of some younger more palatable options. On paper, the average age of anyone in the Avenger organization is 26.4 which is adequate showing we aren’t too old. However, the number should be much lower than what it shows due to the starting pitching having a much higher average age of almost 30 years old which is troubling. Hopefully, this is not a “Red” flag for what is to come at the WBH level. This is our Achilles heal that Father Time will catch us sooner than later. We will have to plan on getting younger at that position some time. Unfortunately, over the past several drafts starting pitching has not been at a premium which would explain the success of getting the potential superstar position players. Regardless, of what is occurring in our starting pitching ranks the future remains very bright throughout Thunder Bay.

    Despite Zhu’s posting his expectations only for the Avengers the goals remain the same for the lower levels as they grow and become readily available for the big club. Moore being the highly competitive guy that he is believes that there are some very exciting times going on in Orangeville, Parksville, and Sydney. Those teams were good last year, but collectively only walked away with one title. His theory is that you win at the lower levels then as they become older they will be productive winning members in WBH. The goals are simple he wants to simultaneously win the league championship at all 3 levels (A, AA, and AAA). It is thought that all teams will be even better this season. You can almost see it in Moore’s eyes that he desires for higher excellence more so now than when he took over in the middle of 2027. He realizes that there is light in the tunnel none more than ever before when there was shear darkness. The aura throughout Thunder Bay after 2030 is that there is a heightened confidence within those Avenger walls. He stated that if the WBH team were to win the KOR it would be great for the franchise but isn’t expected yet. We are still better, ready to compete, but not quite ready to take the title. We are certainly contenders now not pretenders as once believed in past history. However, it isn’t feasible to have that expectation that we are going to win the KOR outright knowing there is very fierce competition in the LOD as well as other KOR teams competing for the same prize capable of winning it. The club as a whole has shown signs of being in a warm positive place, not the cold dark harrowing place that it has been for years. They are developing a swagger but also recognize that it isn’t the time to be cocky and arrogant, because the glass is half full and also half empty. Consequently, they realize they are becoming a better team, but any set of injuries could destroy a franchise for a season. This is clearly a franchise that is very blessed and on the upswing. Just compare the past numbers to the present. They clearly know that they still have some real work to do to reach the pinnacle. It is only going to come with hard work, determination, and talent which this organization has now. A new chapter is being written in Thunder Bay that is for sure. In my estimation, Moore is cementing his placement as one of the hardest working GM’s in Thunder Bay history ever by taking care of business at all levels. How can anyone disagree? Numbers don’t lie. Let’s get ready for Avenger Baseball.

  • #21973
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    excellent read, I hope Moore lives up to expectations!

  • #21974
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    Thanks for reading Zeb. I appreciate it.

    I think Moore is a keeper, plus you can’t get in a colder venue than Thunder Bay. If this doesn’t work for him which I hope he does I understand Zhu has connections in Mongolia.

  • #21975
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    @Thunder Bay (KOR) wrote:

    I think Moore is a keeper

    Eh… the verdict is still out on that one… Cap_PDT_01_05

  • #21977
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    Roger has debated this very issue on numerous occasions from the start. I’m sure that others had their doubts as well.

    I think in hindsight there has been very trying times when things were looking very bleak. I’m glad he stuck with it. He is, too.

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    AT THE HALFWAY POINT

    The Avengers have always been known as a franchise in shambles, mismanaged, and just flat out horrible in seasons past. Based upon that history alone one would expect Thunder Bay to be there once again at some point. Your perennial bottom feeders appear to be on the way of accomplishing at least at the half way mark of headed towards their second consecutive .500 plus season. Zhu still remains delighted at the notion of finishing the season in this fashion. The team is firmly at 32-28 leading by 1 game in the LOD in this roller coaster season.

    The roller coaster ride consists of lows being 1-5 versus the Brooklyn Hot Dogs, 1-2 versus the San Lorenzo Legends, and 3-9 versus fellow LOD member the Maracaibo Jackals. In all fairness, the Hot Dogs who were stinging from a relegation, hungry for promotion, clearly are running away with the KOR with their 44-16 record 16 games ahead of their nearest competition in the LAD. They could beat King Kong and Godzilla even if they were on the same team any day of the week. The highs which have been a welcomed sight to keep us afloat in the search for the second consecutive .500 season. Zhu and Moore are certainly looking forward to the second half where it appears we are in for the long haul. Can we stay once again in the pennant race?

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    The Avengers have now staggered to a .500 record and the next 6 games promises not to do any favors to improve upon. They will now face the KOR best record in the Brooklyn Hotdogs and the hottest team in the LOD the Quebec Dragons. The Dragons who started off 1-11 have now went on a 36-24 tear emerging from the cellar in LOD. Your Avengers may once again have found the cellar as a home for a little while longer.

    Avenger fans may not expect much the rest of the way as the starting pitching whose ERA was under 3.90 early on has arisen to over 5.00. Offensively which in our estimation that we wouldn’t be as good without Medina; however, we are ranking in the top of half in most cats. It is the pitching suddenly becoming our hugest problem. The bats will keep us in the game, but ultimately it will be the pitching that will doom us. Moore has no expectations for the final several weeks as it is just too hard at this point to predict.

    In the minors, Orangeville and Sydney are very much in their respective minor pennant races. Parksville our AA affiliate has been mathematically eliminated from any pennant this season. The Cheju Volcanoes AA affiliate Tonghae Matadors has already clinched decisively the AA pennant. September call-ups are not far away and many of the Avengers prospects are prospering nicely with desires of getting their chances of making the show.

  • #22326
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    Zhu still being in his humbling demeanor having a conversation in his office with Moore….

    Mostly talking about Orangeville and Sydney in how successful they have been so far. Orangeville leading the KOR AAA while Sydney is two games back in the KOR A. They continue to like the direction the club is going with draft picks progressing and the new acquisition of LF Juan Garcia in Thunder Bay. Then Zhu’s voice changed dramatically as if he was ready to push the red button. Zhu was obviously concerned about his WBH team. This is how the conversation continued.

    Zhu: I like what you continue to do for our club at all levels. I do feel like somehow the wheels are falling off already starting the second half with Thunder Bay. We are very much in the heat of pennant race. I want some of our best guys in Orangeville up as soon as possible. Preferably now.

    Moore: Well Kong I want our guys up just as much as you. I do think that we need to wait a little while longer till their season is over before we make any hasty moves. We have Orangeville playing for their second consecutive pennant down there. The season will be over in a few weeks. September call-ups are not far away and considering the way things are going I still have faith in ones we have up here. If we act now, we may lose their confidence. Let’s just wait till then. Mr. Zhu, Thunder Bay is 2 games out of first place even though we are in last place. We are far from being eliminated. Trust me on this.

    Zhu: Ok Will. You have yet to lead us down the wrong path. I am putting this in your hands unless something happens in the near future to change my thinking. At that time, we will address this immediately and timely manner.

    Moore: I would expect nothing less from you sir. I do appreciate your concern. I got this. We have plenty of pitching down in Orangeville to choose from the rotation and the bullpen. I won’t hesitate to bring them up. I promise you this. This will not get out of hand.

    Zhu: (seemed relieved with response) Very well. Let’s move on to other things to wrap this up. I have to meet with the wife at the country club for some lunch and a tee time.

  • #22345
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    It appears that Thunder Bay continues to be confused by the elements of the WBH. Is it really the baseball gods playing tricks on us? Or is there something about the highs and lows of the WBH? Avenger Nation has certainly seen the very high and very low. They had been enduring in the low for most of July. Some how some way the Avengers managed to take 2 away of the 3 from the very hot Quebec Dragons. In that series, a rare anomaly for us there was a complete game shutout by Seong-ho Pae. Then, after going 0-6 against the Brooklyn Hotdogs previously this season managed to crack the code for one series and swept the ‘Dogs. The week completed a 14-12 record for July for the third consecutive month. The mystique of Thunder Bay in the KOR continues. Time and time again (head scratching) what worked last week may not this week never certain of knowing what the future holds. It is cool when it works, but stressful when it doesn’t.

    The trading deadline has come and went by for another season. We didn’t have much to offer so the phone lines of teams inquiring to make a move with us were very silent. It seems to be common place than not for the communication to be stagnant. The harsh reality is that Thunder Bay regardless of their improving prowess they are still a bottom tier team hoping to get a promotion when the time is right. Unfortunately, our time is not now, but one day it will. Perhaps, the organization will receive more attention once promoted or not. We accept it with open arms of our place in the WBH. We recognize that if we need to move on making trades we need to be the proactive party, because you can’t make others knock on your door plus you have to sell it. We have begun to seek refuge in our organization to make improvements internally whether it is through free agency, waivers, or the draft.

    One week of the minor league season remains and all three teams are at or above .500. In AAA, Orangeville (55-29) leads the Earle Cosmos by 5 games so they are in control of their destiny for Title No. 2 (in a row). Orangeville is on the brink of being above the .500 mark in the club history which would make all three levels with above a .500 record. They are currently 1031-1033. In AA, Parksville (42-42) is in third place 17 games behind the Tonghae Matadors who clinched the league earlier. In A, Sydney (46-38) is in second place and 2 games behind the Yesan Dinosaurs. If Sydney is successful in this difficult task of making up 2 games in the final week of the season will be Title No. 7. Very upbeat and exciting times in the organization.

  • #22405
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    GARCIA CARRIES TEAM; THEN CARRIED OF ON STRETCHER

    García Bags LOD Best Player Award
    Monday, August 11th, 2031
    No single hit brought Juan García Player of the Week honors — the Thunder Bay Avengers left fielder corralled the award with a consistent approach in every at-bat.

    “Hitting is all about discipline,” said García. “When you lose focus, start to lunge at the ball and swing too agressively… swinging at a lot of bad pitches… that’s when your average starts to drop and you wind up fighting for playing time. You’re most successful when you concentrate on the ball and make ’em throw strikes.”

    Concentrate he did. García stroked 9 hits in 26 at-bats while cranking out 4 home runs, 4 RBIs and 7 runs scored.

    To date this year García is batting .283 with 10 home runs.

    Thursday, August 14th, 2031
    Juan García typically listed as a durable player placed on the disabled list. The Thunder Bay left fielder told reporters that he expects to be “out of commission” for 4 months because of a broken kneecap. He hasn’t played since 08/13/2031 and, he said, he’s “itchin’ to get back out there.”

    To date, García has collected 36 hits for a .279 average. He has posted 10 home runs, scored 18 runs and driven in 23 runs.

    Tough injury for us and Garcia. He will be back next year.

  • #22421
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    Mutiny at the Bay?

    The young blood that reside in AAA Orangeville were left scratching their proverbial heads collectively; especially when none were called up to help the WBH club for call-ups. The talent level at the lower levels have continued to grow to a degree that these young lions are pushing aggressively for their chance.

    The WBH squad has now begun to feel the heat and are believed to be pressing with the eager lions looming, because Thunder Bay had one of the worst weeks in recent history going 1-5. The Avengers are now 48-48 with a month to go. The past week’s debacle caused shocking comments from Milagro Arroyas and Jae Hoon Myong stating both were ready to show what they have now. They stated they couldn’t do any worse than what the WBH club is performing. Of course, that raised the ire of CF Eliazar Estrada and CL Brandyn Coldiron. They believe spite the young lions claiming to being ready they are not ready to lace their spikes just yet.

    The “Mutiny” is far from over and just getting stated. Meanwhile, the Avengers have problems of their own in the pennant race for the LOD title. Their are only 6 games of the remaining 24 that they face outside of the LOD. We are in 3rd and only 5 games behind division leading Maracaibo. Additionally, the market size has grown to “AVERAGE”, loyalty is “POOR”, and interest is at 63 which are all highs. Obviously, there has been continued growth within the franchise so to have a mutiny is something can only make us stronger and/or break us to our knees. Both the pennant race and the Mutiny is on!! The organization has never had these kinds of problems till now. There has never been this level of competition in the Avenger organization. Is it a growth issue or a “Mutiny” in the Bay?

  • #22444
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    We’ve rallied to another 1-5 week. We have had a reflection of years past to a 2-10 record in two weeks. What once was a story of continued success has succumbed to below mediocrity. At one point, we were 4 games over .500 now suddenly at 2 games below. The struggles continue only hoping to limp in the rest of the way. We had a slight hiccup to believe we were pennant contenders. Not yet. We will be in coming years.

    We have discovered with the current framework this is as good as it gets. Financially, we will continue to grow; however, we need to go into a different direction. There is no tank in this team. We can tank it naturally. The #1 or #2 draft pick is now on the forefront. It is an acceptable move for us, while we build up on young players. The future continues to remain bright for Thunder Bay.

  • #22445
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    The 50-52 record and 8 games back with 18 left leaves a sour taste what was our move in the right direction. The organization now believes we tried to get to the promised land too fast. The errors in our ways have clearly been seen. We wish the best of luck to our fellow LOD members in the race. We are nothing more just a figure away from being mathematically eliminated so effort will be non-existent the rest of way.

  • #22449
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    Currently following a story:

    Turbulence is resonating through the halls of Avenger HQ.
    It appears that there are possibilities that Zhu is not pleased with Moore’s decision making skills on holding back the prize prospects. There have been many disagreements between the two as of late. Many close by with the two are believing that Moore could be asked to quit or be fired. Zhu wants to continue winning and not go back to the way things were losing consistently. Could this spell the end for Moore? Does Zhu have some one else in mind already? What’s going to happen next?

  • #22450
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    Moore should tell Zhu to stick it and that Arroyas is staying in the minors until he’s fully developed. If Zhu needs to be appeased, Moore should bring up his future relievers.

    Just sayin’… Cap_PDT_01_26

  • #22451
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    Yeah, Will, you rank 1st or 2nd in most of the LOD hitting categories, but 4th in most of the pitching ones. If you get that pitching staff figured out, you’ll be right back in this thing.

  • #22483
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    Quiet Waters in the Bay

    The losing spell has been halted as the Avengers completed the week of August 29- September 3 with a 3-3 record. Thunder Bay is now 53-55 for the year in last place and still 8 games back. August has past as it finished 10-17 for the month and is the first 30 day period of the season in which they didn’t have over .500 record.

    The prior three Augusts’ Thunder Bay was 2029 (11-16), 2030 (11-15), and now (10-17). In review of teams performance prior to August, in 2029 (32-46), 2030 (43-36), and this year (41-37) so why is this month the Avengers’ Achilles? 2029 is a bad example, but the latter begs to ask the question. What is different from the previous three months of the season? There are call ups in August. Do the call ups have a negative reaction on this WBH club? Does the quality of hitters or pitchers diminish the overall team performance or morale in this period of time? Hardly believe that this is an anomaly built over night. Or maybe it is. More research is in order.

    Two weeks and 12 games remain. All are against the LOD, which doesn’t bode well for us. We are (27-33) against our fellow LOD members for the season. We play Cheju (10-11 against them) and Quebec (11-10 against them) at home for three game sets and six games against LOD leading Maracaibo (3 home, 3 away). Maracaibo (6-12 against them) has had our number for a long time so this is no surprise. I see them winning their fourth consecutive division title. These last 12 games are not going to be for the weak at heart. A 9-3 record for the next two weeks would tie our team record set last year; however, it will be the least likely of our projected scenarios. We are tapering our expectations for the remaining games believing that we will be lucky to win 3 or 4 of the 12. Good Luck to our fellow LOD mates. We hope that we were a worthy adversary.

    No matter what happens the rest of the way it has been a good season for us. It will fall just below what we had hoped for as a goal. More lessons were learned and surely much more will be learned before the season ends. This team will still finish as probably one of the best two or three teams in Avenger history. It’s unfortunate that this team will finish last again, because this team was a whole lot better than what the record shows.

    The halls of Avenger HQ have been very quiet since the losing spell ended so who knows what Moore’s future with the team is as it hasn’t been determined. Moore has done a fair job with the tools that he was left with. He built a decent foundation for the next in line should he decide to leave the franchise. He turned around an organization to levels (fan loyalty, attendance, team record, and other statistics) of which had never been seen in years prior. I’m torn to say if I want Moore to stay or not. Some say he has taken the franchise as far as he can take them. Others want to see him stay to finish what he started and believes that he can take them to even higher places than ever before. The question is Moore content with where he is at with the club.

    Maybe the fans have a better overall feeling of what happens next? What do you think Moore should do? Should he stay or should he go?

  • #22485
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    I would say that two straight seasons of record attendance are all the validation that Moore needs.

  • #22490
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    Fellow owners are allowed to chime in, too.

  • #22568
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    2031 is Over in the Bay

    The 2031 season is over for us. We finished with our second consecutive 60 win season barely with a 60-60 record. The record was still only good enough for a third place finish with another single digit deficit in games behind. Nonetheless, it is the third 60 win season in the history of the club (2 are Moore’s). This exceeds anything it had done previously from when it started in 2009 and ended in 2007 when Moore took over where it has averaged a 47-73 record for a whopping .390 win percentage.

    Moore has now been here for 4 1/2 seasons. Since Moore’s inaugural season when he took over in 2027 they were 13-23 where he aided them in a 43-77 finish. The past four seasons has definitely been a time for growth and change as it has been a tale of the two seasons. The first two seasons he averaged a 49-71 record then in the past two seasons a 61-59 record. Not counting his 26-52 campaign, there are some good things happening here in Thunder Bay where he has averaged a 55-65 record for a .458 record (8 games better than the franchise history average). Records wise they have improved and management isn’t the only ones noticing other changes.

    The attendance of the fans for the past two seasons have come out in large proportions for the Avengers improved offense, defense, and pitching. The difference is rather dramatic considering changes in attendance if you add the previous 5 seasons you might get close to comparable figures. The improvements within the franchise those fans are tweeting and using other social networks to talk about what is going on between Zhu and Moore. There have been rumored numerous spats between the two in the past weeks. Fans are wondering what the future will hold for the franchise as it is hanging in limbo. They are also wondering what the fights have been about. Fans are pleased with the direction of the club. The likes of Myong, Pak, LPC, and Arroyas coming up soon. Why would Zhu fire Moore? Why would Moore resign? Why aren’t they happy? Everything about this team is on the uptick. Avenger HQ has been very quiet on the topic and neither has come to forefront to make a statement. This is one that Roger doesn’t have a clue what will occur next. Hopefully this will come to an end very soon as the 2032 KOR Draft will be here before you know it.

  • #22583
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    2031 Final STANDINGS

    Maracaibo Jackals 68 52 .567 –
    Cheju Volcano 65 55 .542 3.0
    Thunder Bay Avengers 60 60 .500 8.0
    Quebec Dragons 57 63 .475 11.0


    TEAM INFORMATION

    Record overall 60-60, .500 PCT
    Position in Division 3rd, 8 GB
    Record at home 32-28, .533 PCT
    Record on the road 28-32, .467 PCT
    Record in X-inning games 6-9, .400 PCT
    Record in one-run games 22-24, .478 PCT
    Record versus LHP 19-22, .463 PCT
    Record versus RHP 41-38, .519 PCT
    Record last 10 games 5-5, .500 PCT
    Record in May 14-12, .538 PCT
    Record in June 13-13, .500 PCT
    Record in July 14-12, .538 PCT
    Record in August 10-17, .370 PCT
    Record in September 9-6, .600 PCT

    TEAM BATTING STATS & RANKINGS

    Batting Average .253 – 2nd in LOD
    On-Base Percentage .332 – 2nd in LOD
    Slugging Percentage .424 – 1st in LOD
    On-Base + Slugging .757 – 2nd in LOD
    Runs Scored 591 – 1st in LOD
    Hits 1067 – 2nd in LOD
    Extra-Base Hits 419 – 1st in LOD
    Home Runs 141 – 1st in LOD
    Bases-On-Balls 469 – 1st in LOD
    Strikeouts 904 – 4th in LOD
    Stolen Bases 46 – 3rd in LOD

    TEAM PITCHING STATS & RANKINGS

    Earned Run Average 4.35 – 4th in LOD
    Starters’ ERA 4.71 – 4th in LOD
    Bullpen ERA 3.94 – 4th in LOD
    Runs allowed 571 – 4th in LOD
    Hits allowed 1110 – 4th in LOD
    Opponents AVG .261 – 4th in LOD
    BABIP .299 – 3rd in LOD
    Home Runs allowed 131 – 4th in LOD
    Bases-On-Balls 431 – 4th in LOD
    Strikeouts 852 – 3rd in LOD

    Versus Team

    Brooklyn Hot Dogs 4-8
    Busan Burning Dragons 9-3
    Cheju Volcano 11-13
    Jeonju Jays 10-2
    Maracaibo Jackals 9-15
    Quebec Dragons 14-10
    San Lorenzo Legends 3-9

    * BOLD DENOTES LOD TEAMS

    MINOR LEAGUE SYSTEM

    Orangeville Red Jackets (AAA)
    58-32, .644, – GB

    Parksville Rage (AA)
    45-45, .500, 19½ GB

    Sydney Train (A)
    50-40, .556, 1½ GB

  • #22615
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    Roger is going to take a little vaca. On his parting he left with these words, “Yeah, I’m just going home, grab a shower and shave, give the wife a little pickle-tickle, and I’m on my way.”

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    No much going on here. Pretty much the same as before. I could explore in detail and express so I won’t.

    One thing did happen..
    Kong Zhu has sold the franchise to Chae-heui Chon for a bottle of Mountain Dew and a Yoo-hoo. Kong upon purchase after drinking the beverages one by one went straight into coronary arrest where his remains were cremated and spread into Thunder Bay. Moore decided to stay to keep Kong’s dream alive and made his plans known publicly. Initially, what had been a $80 million projected budget Chon reduced it to $77 million. Moore angered by the budget reduction threw a 6 year / $114 million contract at 3B Ze-Min Ning who accepted immediately. Chon knew then Moore was still serious about the job and continuing the search to make baseball better by the Bay.

    Currently, we started 5-7 with our LOD foes being just as tough as ever. We are not offensively as good and pitching wise is just as bad. We will end up taking our lumps and what ever happens we will handle it in true Thunder Bay style. Wins are bonuses from here on out. We need to figure how to get our starting pitching better. PITCHING..PITCHING..PITCHING.. HOW DO WE GET BETTER?

  • #23257
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    Pitching has always been a negative figment in Avenger HQ for quite some time. Trade activity upgrading the importance of improving that area became clear with trades with fellow LOD mate in Maracaibo and former KOR mate in Hukuoka over the past number of days.

    Maracaibo (KOR) sends:
    MR Yannick Beauchamp AAA
    SP Gyu-sik Ho AA
    SS Shunsuke Arai ML

    for

    Thunder Bay (KOR) sends:
    CL Jae-hoon Myong ML

    Summary:
    It was bittersweet to lose Myong in this deal; however, receiving Ho and Beauchamp will hopefully upgrade a weak pitching staff as a whole. Javiero Aquino who was rumored to included in the deal with Myong. Ultimately, when Aquino pitched a no-hitter in his last start on 5/17 the Jackals decided to hold on to him. The Jackals requested to take him out of the deal and be replaced by Ho and Beauchamp which we had no issues doing so.


    Thunder Bay sends:

    2B Chang-Weon Yi A

    for

    Maracaibo sends:

    C Jae-Woo Kim – AA

    Summary:
    This wasn’t a huge deal but gave us the catching prospect in Kim (AA) who was the 48th pick in the 2031 KOR draft. Yi, who resided in Single A Sydney rated #70 prospect in KOR. 2B Ramon Gorta is being groomed for the second base position for the Avengers so Yi has a outside chance of being promoted to the big club.



    Thunder Bay sends:
    1B Roberto Martinez ML
    SS Felipe Camo ML

    for:

    Hukuoka sends:
    1B Pablo De Aragon ML
    2B Samson Spurr ML
    RF Eduardo Collantes AA (DL)
    SP Sergio Guerraro AA (DL)
    CL Jason Mudd A
    MR Antonio Casal A

    Summary:
    Camo and Martinez whose contracts were expiring at the end of the year a decision of whether to retain, trade, or release had to be made. Camo was a very popular player inquired about a whole lot through the trading block while Martinez being part of the packaged deal with. This was a good opportunity for us largely supported by Camo’s popularity. The Hawks gave us a deal we couldn’t refuse. Hukuoka believes that Camo will help them in the near future as a solid utility infielder and were able to drop their salary number by dropping De Aragon $21M from their squad. Collantes, Guerraro, Mudd, and Casal will fit in nicely into our future. It seems that it is a win-win for both parties.



    Thunder Bay still has players on the trading block still willing to deal. We definitely got a little bit younger with the moves we have made. We believe that we are weak in every area and can improve in all areas. We will always be a work in progress. One thing is for certain we are so much better than we started in 2027.

    If you think you might be interested in an Avenger player or want to just trade, just click here Avenger 2032 Trade Block

    Make an offer by PM.. Let’s talk about our teams!

  • #23378
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    22-20 record. 5 Games Back. 4th place. These things are by no means discouraging.

    The thing that is discouraging is (-15) Pyth. Diff. since Moore took over. SMH

    Do the new Avengers have a dark cloud of bad luck looming over its weary heads?

  • #23432
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    Positive Influences at the Bay in June

    Thunder Bay in June had a 15-11 record and still are managing to look up at the rest of the LOD competition. Despite looking up the team flourished in individual honors.

    Here is a summary:

    Monday, June 7th, 2032
    C Alejandro Vedia honored: Wins the KOR LOD Player of the Week Award
    Monday, June 14th, 2032
    C Alejandro Vedia honored: Wins the KOR LOD Player of the Week Award
    C Alejandro Vedia received LOD PotW honors two weeks in succession. Vedia is hitting .306 with 3 HR’s and 26 rbi’s for the season.

    LOD Selects Beneviedes June’s Best Pitcher
    Thursday, July 1st, 2032
    It was a very good month for António Beneviedes in June. The 35-year-old veteran starter for the Thunder Bay Avengers outpitched everybody — young and old — to claim the Longitude Division Pitcher of the Month award earlier today.

    Beneviedes ran up a 4-0 record in his 5 starts during the month. In 41 innings he fanned 30 and recorded a 0.88 ERA.

    So far this season Beneviedes has compiled a 6-3 record with a 2.26 ERA.

    Arroyas Wins LOD Rookie Award
    Thursday, July 1st, 2032
    In June, Milagro Arroyas had an exceptional month at the plate and hit his way to the Longitude Division Rookie of the Month award.

    Last month the 22-year-old Thunder Bay center fielder played in 26 games and hit .314 with 4 doubles, no triples and 8 home runs. Arroyas also scored 26 times and drove in 22 runs.

    So far this season Arroyas has hit .253 with 8 home runs, 34 RBIs and and scored 35 times.

    Arroyas Top Hitter in LOD in June
    Thursday, July 1st, 2032
    A hot-hitting Milagro Arroyas punished LOD pitchers in June, hitting .314 in 26 games while racking up 8 home runs, 22 RBIs and 26 runs scored.

    With those numbers it came as no surprise that Thunder Bay’s 22-year-old center fielder earned Longitude Division Batter of the Month honors.

    This season Arroyas is swinging the bat at a .253 rate with 48 hits in 190 at-bats. To date he has hit 8 home runs, scored 35 runs and driven in 34.

    WHO’S HOT?
    SS Louis-Philippe Champagne .409, 0 HR Last 7 games
    CF Milagro Arroyas .522, 2 HR Last 6 games
    P Júlio Espinoza 1-2, 1.53 Last 4 games
    P Tatsuzo Yamaguchi 2-0, 1.54 Last 4 games
    P António Beneviedes 4-0, 0.88 Last 5 games

    WHO’S NOT?
    LF Juan García .087, 0 HR Last 16 games
    3B Shunsuke Arai .103, 0 HR Last 13 games
    P Norm Dodds 1-4, 8.64 Last 20 games

    LONGITUDE DIVISION STANDINGS
    W L PCT GB
    Maracaibo Jackals 32 22 .593 –
    Cheju Volcano 32 22 .593 –
    Thunder Bay Avengers 30 24 .556 2.0
    Quebec Dragons 30 24 .556 2.0

  • #23435
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    Thunder Bay’s Arroyas LOD’s Best
    Monday, July 5th, 2032
    22-year-old Milagro Arroyas sent shock waves through South Korea Baseball League last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Longitude Division Player of the Week Award.

    A newcomer to the league, Arroyas made the establishment sit up and take notice, punishing opposing pitchers with a .481 average, 13 hits in 27 at-bats, 2 home runs and 8 runs batted in.

    Where the Thunder Bay Avengers center fielder goes from here, only the baseball gods know for sure, but Arroyas certainly made his mark last week.

    This season Arroyas is batting .268 with 37 RBIs, 40 runs scored and 9 home runs.

    With every success comes failure

    Guan-pei Zhou Gets Diagnosis, Out 11 Months
    Wednesday, July 7th, 2032
    A blow for Guan-pei Zhou today — team doctors were able to determine the full extent of his recent injury. He will miss 11 months with a torn labrum. Zhou suffered the injury on 07/06/2032. The team will likely place Zhou on the disabled list today.

    This year Zhou has registered 3 wins and 1 loss in 11 starts with a 1.84 ERA while registering 55 strikeouts and 10 walks in 68.1 innings.

  • #23518
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    Kicking and scraping.. Scraping and kicking.. and no matter how many games over .500 we are Thunder Bay still remains the team looking up. Pythagoras is kicking our tails and has been since the day Moore took over. However, the Avengers are not down and out. We will fight till the bitter end. We managed to get one trade done during the sim.

    Thunder Bay sends:
    1B Pablo De Aragon (ML) 21.1MM
    SP Hikaru Nakamura (ML) 7MM
    $2MM Cash
    to
    Barquisimesto sends:
    C Stephane Lamontagne (ML) 26.72MM
    MR Shimpei Yamamoto (ML) 0.805MM
    P Arney Howard (A)
    C Jose Abriol (A)
    3B Tom Valcourt (AA)
    MR Habrão Sgaria (AAA)
    1B Juan Porres (AA)

    We were able to get younger and improve our depleted farm system. A depleted farm system that the crème of the crop is playing for the ML club now.

    Thunder Bay on the waiver front was practically shut out in the four nominations made.
    1. SP Langley Miller (DOM) – We (#43 on the priority list, yes #43 after being #56 forever) won the claim. Woo-hoo..
    2. SP Wen Kwan (USA) – Chihuahua (#20) won the claim. Their 1st priority
    3. MR Laurent Poulin (CUBA) – Maracaibo (#28) won the claim. Their 1st priority
    4. 2B Chua-kah Shuo (KOR) – Changsha (#39) won the claim. (we didn’t nominate Shuo, but did have interest in him). Their 1st priority.

    NOTE:
    If priority is to be truly weighted on worst team getting dibs on the player in question we will never understand this waiver system. Unless, the system is closer to draft than an actual waiver system.

    #losing faith in the waiver system

  • #23519
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    @Thunder Bay (KOR) wrote:

    Thunder Bay on the waiver front was practically shut out in the four nominations made.
    1. SP Langley Miller (DOM) – We (#43 on the priority list, yes #43 after being #56 forever) won the claim. Woo-hoo..
    2. SP Wen Kwan (USA) – Chihuahua (#20) won the claim. Their 1st priority
    3. MR Laurent Poulin (CUBA) – Maracaibo (#28) won the claim. Their 1st priority
    4. 2B Chua-kah Shuo (KOR) – Changsha (#39) won the claim. (we didn’t nominate Shuo, but did have interest in him). Their 1st priority.

    NOTE:
    If priority is to be truly weighted on worst team getting dibs on the player in question we will never understand this waiver system. Unless, the system is closer to draft than an actual waiver system.

    #losing faith in the waiver system

    The lowest ranked team gets priority on waiver claims so basically the power rankings upside down are the claim order. So it should go from #56 through #1, almost like a draft. But when you claim a guy, your name goes to the end of the list. That’s why Chihuahua, Maracaibo won out on claims over you despite a better ranking. It was their first claim and you had already won a claim which meant for your claim #2, you have the lowest priority in the league. I can’t think of any different way to do the system given our setup. As someone who has pounded the waiver wire (7 players on my active roster were via 2032 waiver claims), I always use my #1 claim wisely when making multiple claims.

  • #23520
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    This is my biggest problem with the waiver system. It is unfair for any lesser team to improve if they see multiple players they are interested. Well. They get their first round choice. They are getting better but one piece at a time. Everything else is guesswork after that.

    The waiver shouldn’t be a mini draft. If #56 on the list sees 25 players on the waiver list that can make them better than they were. By all means, they should have the benefit of getting them even if it means scraping their whole team.

    There are so many things wrong with this picture. It is not a perfect system for a lesser team to truly improve and get players they are interested in. I would feel the same way if I was #1 or #56.

  • #23521
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    It seems like neither way is perfect. #56 getting all the good waiver pickups also causes issues since that leaves #55, who probably also needs a lot of help, at an even greater disadvantage. At least in this system, if there are two good players on the wire, #55 is guaranteed to get at least one of them.

  • #23523
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    I disagree also. We’re doing the best we can with the setup we have. #56 isn’t necessarily that much worse than someone better. Perfect example is my division….

    Busan 1st place, #54 in Rankings
    Jeonju 2nd place, #50 in Rankings
    San Lorenzo 3rd place, #38 in Rankings
    Wuhan 4th place, #30 in Rankings

    Under your system, the first place team in our division would be able to block all teams in the division from getting any players even if all of the other teams made 5 waiver claims. Busan shouldn’t be able to do that just because they have been historically bad.

  • #23524
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    obviously I have been “whining” about this issue. so let it cease now.

    I thought I was expressing my interest in the issue. AS FOR NOW I WILL SHUT UP!! this blog and Roger is dead for here on out. Administrator please delete this thread. Thank you.

  • #23525
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    Just debating. I didn’t mean anything with any aggression or hostility. Sorry if it was taken that way.

    I enjoy reading your blog.

  • #23766
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    2032 WBH Results

    STANDINGS
    W L PCT GB

    Maracaibo Jackals 71 49 .592 –
    Cheju Volcano 69 51 .575 2.0
    Thunder Bay Avengers 65 55 .542 6.0
    Quebec Dragons 62 58 .517 9.0

    TEAM INFORMATION
    Record overall 65-55, .542 PCT
    Position in Division 3rd, 6 GB
    Record at home 38-22, .633 PCT
    Record on the road 27-33, .450 PCT
    Record in X-inning games 3-7, .300 PCT
    Record in one-run games 12-18, .400 PCT
    Record versus LHP 18-19, .486 PCT
    Record versus RHP 47-36, .566 PCT
    Record last 10 games 6-4, .600 PCT
    Record in May 13-13, .500 PCT
    Record in June 15-11, .577 PCT
    Record in July 15-12, .556 PCT
    Record in August 11-15, .423 PCT
    Record in September 11-4, .733 PCT

    TEAM BATTING STATS & RANKINGS
    Batting Average .257 – 4th in LOD
    On-Base Percentage .339 – 3rd in LOD
    Slugging Percentage .394 – 4th in LOD
    On-Base + Slugging .733 – 4th in LOD
    Runs Scored 576 – 2nd in LOD
    Hits 1053 – 3rd in LOD
    Extra-Base Hits 360 – 3rd in LOD
    Home Runs 85 – 4th in LOD
    Bases-On-Balls 488 – 2nd in LOD
    Strikeouts 907 – 4th in LOD
    Stolen Bases 92 – 1st in LOD

    TEAM PITCHING STATS & RANKINGS
    Earned Run Average 3.54 – 1st in LOD
    Starters’ ERA 3.56 – 1st in LOD
    Bullpen ERA 3.52 – 2nd in LOD
    Runs allowed 457 – 1st in LOD
    Hits allowed 973 – 1st in LOD
    Opponents AVG .241 – 1st in LOD
    BABIP .285 – 1st in LOD
    Home Runs allowed 104 – 1st in LOD
    Bases-On-Balls 341 – 2nd in LOD
    Strikeouts 890 – 3rd in LOD

    Thunder Bay Avengers Record
    Busan Burning Dragons 7-5
    Cheju Volcano 11-13
    Jeonju Jays 6-6
    Maracaibo Jackals 9-15
    Quebec Dragons 14-10
    San Lorenzo Legends 9-3
    Wuhan Blackhawks 9-3

    MINOR LEAGUE SYSTEM
    Orangeville Red Jackets (AAA)
    38-52, .422, 18½ GB

    Parksville Rage (AA)
    41-49, .456, 19½ GB

    Sydney Train (A) 6th Championship
    59-31, .656, – GB

    here is snapshot of where we was as a team not long ago..

    2029 Thunder Bay team stats
    Record overall 48-72, .400 PCT
    Position in Division 4th, 28 GB
    Record at home 25-35, .417 PCT
    Record on the road 23-37, .383 PCT
    Record in X-inning games 2-6, .250 PCT
    Record in one-run games 10-19, .345 PCT
    Record versus LHP 16-27, .372 PCT
    Record versus RHP 32-45, .416 PCT
    Record last 10 games 3-7, .300 PCT
    Record in May 10-16, .385 PCT
    Record in June 11-15, .423 PCT
    Record in July 11-15, .423 PCT
    Record in August 11-16, .407 PCT
    Record in September 5-10, .333 PCT

    TEAM BATTING STATS & RANKINGS
    Batting Average .251 – 4th in LOD
    On-Base Percentage .314 – 4th in LOD
    Slugging Percentage .413 – 3rd in LOD
    On-Base + Slugging .727 – 4th in LOD
    Runs Scored 516 – 4th in LOD
    Hits 1016 – 3rd in LOD
    Extra-Base Hits 373 – 1st in LOD
    Home Runs 129 – 2nd in LOD
    Bases-On-Balls 352 – 4th in LOD
    Strikeouts 975 – 4th in LOD
    Stolen Bases 60 – 1st in LOD

    TEAM PITCHING STATS & RANKINGS
    Earned Run Average 4.65 – 4th in LOD
    Starters’ ERA 4.60 – 4th in LOD
    Bullpen ERA 4.75 – 4th in LOD
    Runs allowed 599 – 4th in LOD
    Hits allowed 1062 – 3rd in LOD
    Opponents AVG .263 – 4th in LOD
    BABIP .303 – 3rd in LOD
    Home Runs allowed 105 – 2nd in LOD
    Bases-On-Balls 571 – 4th in LOD
    Strikeouts 779 – 4th in LOD

    Team By Team Record
    Busan Burning Dragons 6-6
    Cheju Volcano 6-18
    Jeonju Jays 8-4
    Lagunillas Loros 5-7
    Maracaibo Jackals 7-17
    Quebec Dragons 8-16
    San Lorenzo Legends 8-4
    * Bold denotes LOD Teams

  • #23767
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    All four teams in the Korean LOD finished at least FOUR GAMES ABOVE .500.

    Cap_PDT_01_19

    Good work this year, Will. The Pythag gods definitely messed you up. Minus 7 wins versus the Pythag. Yikes.

  • #23924
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    Who misses Roger and wants him back from the dead?

  • #23925
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    I’m sure that earth-shattering trade sparked him alive like lightning did Frankenstein 🙂

  • #23926
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    Ya he had flat lined and everything. Then the trade happened. It’s alive!!!

  • #23927
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    so was Roger able to get OOTP 14?

    or am I thinking of someone else who wouldn’t be able to get 14

  • #23928
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    Joe (Erie) graciously took care of us. Tremendously appreciated. I will be returning the favor on 15. Thank you again Joe.

    The upload of the new file went great with no problems. I am just like everyone questioning the export.

  • #23929
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    Glad to hear!

    props, Joe

  • #23930
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    Is it a worthy read for you guys? Do you like to read about Roger?

  • #23931
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    I always read about Roger.

  • #23937
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    Not a problem.

    And “ballin’!” on returning the favor. Not expected at all!

  • #23953
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    “There’s no crying in baseball!”

    :cheesy:

  • #24121
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    The old analogy says time heals all wounds. No words were ever truer than at this moment in time by the Bay. The clouds looming around the league and team headquarters will always have an ominous cast. This year as with any of years past will have its ups and downs so it is expected.

    The latest of the negative resulted in the displeasure of the current waiver system. The bottom line is that it is unfortunate that there isn’t a more full proof way of helping a weaker team in the hierarchy without disabling a marginally better team. The serpentine method is not the best approach, but maybe the only way to make it fair for all. How did we come to grips with it we will elaborate a bit later? Now on to the positive.

    A little rain must fall before the sun finally comes out. It has really rained almost in torrential downpours on numerous occasions for quite some time in Avenger Nation till….

    Let’s rewind a bit..
    In 2027, Will Moore came on the scene with no GM experience into the World Baseball Hierarchy. Moore initially pressed in his first three seasons only to struggle and put more pressure on himself trying to turn around the franchise that sorely needed TLC. He and the Avengers continue to draft in the early picks some of which resulted in good things while the others never stuck around to amount to much. One of those picks was former #1 pick CF Milagro Arroyas. The expectation was the he had all of the tools necessary to be a beast in the making. Arroyas would be the cornerstone of the franchise or at least that was the mindset to build around. Arroyas showed significant signs of improvement over the summer from the spring statistically. He won many awards during 2032 and by all indications Milagro was going to be completely show ready for 2033. He would be ready to carry the torch for Thunder Bay. Over the winter of 2032, the unimaginable happened that reshaped Thunder Bay just as the Herschel Walker trade did for the Dallas Cowboys.

    What would happen next? ORGANIZATIONAL PERFECT STORM!! It can only be depicted as DEALs #1 and #2 becomes the two greatest trades in Avenger history all in a single season.

    DEAL #1
    February 10th, 2033

    Maracaibo (KOR) sends:
    SP Raul Varela – Maj
    SS Ignacio Larriba – Maj
    3B Natanael Villo – Maj
    CF Rigo Piloto – Maj
    RP Jorge Tijerina – Maj
    C Frascuelo Chavez – AAA
    3B Miguel Delpillar – AAA
    $14M Cash

    Thunder Bay (KOR) sends:
    CF Milagro Arroyas – Maj
    SS Chae-Ho Kim – AAA
    OF Eduardo Collantes – AA
    OF Axel Florido – A



    Wednesday, February 16th, 2033
    Signed free agent C Wilfred MacIvor to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent SP Amadeo Ángel to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent CF Bum-ho Pak to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent C Carlos Cerrado to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent SS Bong-ok Kim to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent SP Manuel Rivera to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent RF Jonathan Nicholls to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent SS Yulieski Salado to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent SP Lino Toulis to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent RF Enrique Salazar to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent MR Sébastien Brodeur to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent LF Audy Ramos to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent CF Rafael Otero to a minor league contract.
    Signed free agent CF Héctor Serrino to a minor league contract.

    It was bittersweet parting with Arroyas in the trade the week before. We signed some minor league contracts to make good strides providing depth for the future. We definitely like how our lower levels are shaping up with these signings.



    What transpired next was a lofty thought and a offer to support? Many days had past wondering if the offer had been received. Really thought it was not going to happen or it would sit in email for eternity. Then, a few replies with a final offer that would be accepted. Not knowing that on the trading block that he had posted that he wished to get out of debt.



    DEAL #2
    March 21, 2033

    Wuhan (KOR) sends:
    SP Charles Mitchell (ML)
    SP Ed Verala (ML)
    RF Sandro Carrizdles (ML)

    Thunder Bay (KOR) sends:
    SS You-Cheng Tow
    $20M Cash



    DEAL #3
    March 21, 2033

    Wuhan (KOR) sends:
    MR Julio Perez (ML)

    Thunder Bay (KOR) sends:
    MR Robbie Arnhardt (ML)
    $4M Cash



    Franchises may expect to be involved in a blockbuster trade once in a great while. We accomplished the anomaly of having what we feel is two blockbuster trades in one fiscal winter. This will never ever happen again.

    Deal #2 has taken some public scrutiny because of questionable moves by both owners to complete the deal. Wuhan needed cash to pay off a significant debt that it still owes, which Deal #1 facilitated extra cash in pocket into Thunder Bay’s hands to get much help in the rotation for the future. Read more about said issues..2033 Off season.



    This has been a time of personal growth for myself as a owner of a WBH team, and more so as a family man. Career wise I was in a dark dark place. 👿 Cap_PDT_01_15 I let a whole lot of things get to me. My fuse was really short and probably showed it. Till…

    A few months ago, my wife was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm back in mid June. They quickly treated her a few days after diagnosis where she had major surgery. Surgery went great only to have it go bad a number of hours later. She had a stroke and lost mobility of her right side for a few days. She had no memory of me or our kids in the same time frame. She slowly began to get most of what she lost by doing a rehabilitation program for a month. She is about 85 percent of where she was prior to the stroke. I was off work during that time on FMLA to see her in the hospital and take care of the kids. I realized how I needed to be busy and this kept me busy as it was my get away after the kids went to bed at night.

    I never thought in a short time that I was hooked so bad to this forum or the game to help keep me busy. A few guys had offered to run my team during any absence if I needed them to. That was truly a great offering that did so and was greatly appreciated. Financially, because I had lost some paychecks during FMLA I couldn’t handle the effort of getting the upgrade. Joe (Erie) as I’ve mentioned before offered his extra OOTP14 license which is one of the kindest gestures I have ever had offered to me. Joe. Remember No Crying in Baseball!!! This was a very rough patch for me. The recovery has begun and we are all so very blessed and getting better each day. I couldn’t imagine having anyone else care for my team. This is my team. I am the Avenger owner. Quitting was never an option. This league has been good for me. I absolutely never would have ever dreamt that a computer simulation game would help me with my senility. During the period of time I began to realize everything I ever got overly passionate about by griping or complaining was unnecessary on here or anywhere else wasn’t really worth it. Thanks to all that have stuck with me. Deepest apologies to those I may have upset and aggravated with some of things posted.

    I have seen and experienced the worst recently in life and in this Avenger organization. I have weathered the storms in both and are ready to see the sun. I can only control what I can; not that stuff that I can’t.

  • #24122
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    Wow Will, I’m glad that things have turned for the better…

  • #24123
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    me, too Bob. thanks for checking in.

  • #24125
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    Thank you for sharing all of that Will. I’m glad the WBH was there to serve as a distraction for you, which it sounds like you sorely needed. I’m truly happy to hear that your wife is on the road to recovery.

    And no need to apologize for anything – everyone hits the wall mentally, and needs to blow off steam.

    You’ve been a great owner in the Bay, definitely the best the franchise has ever had. Thank you for staying committed and contributing your time here.

  • #24127
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    holy cow man, so happy to hear things are getting better! I hope things continue to get better…boy now heading upstairs to kiss my wife and kids! Take care buddy!

  • #24133
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    Thanks guys. Outside of the WBH, there is life and one that I cherish with my family. The attempt of balancing care for the kids and still being there for my wife was dicey at best. Hugs those wives and kids at all times because at the blink of eye they might not be there to hug anymore.

    It is pretty nice to be put the best GM that a team has ever had. It is cool to be part of this. I have had some good experiences as well as bad in here. I will admit there has been times I wanted to give up, but could never let go. It can all be served up as inexperience with some bumps in the road which is why Roger was created. Roger was kind of my diary to myself to learn. The main thing is learn the rules, play by them, and control things you can and don’t sweat the things you can’t.



    The results from the 2032 season are in.. I still can’t believe it.

    Reliever of the Year
    RP Kien-Lung Lu – Thunder Bay Avengers (KOR) – 94 points
    RP Claudio Abarcas – Puerto Plata Pumas (CUB) – 75 points
    RP Miguel “Little Bull” Ramirez – Santurce De Cangrejeros (CUB) – 50 points
    RP Russ “Tornado” Keller – Toluca Toucans (JPN) – 49 points
    RP Tsurayuki Uchiumi – Akashi Fordians (USA) – 32 points

    Rookie of the Year
    LF Milagro Arroyas – Thunder Bay Avengers (KOR) – 69 points
    C Jorge Anaya – Barquisimeto Obeliscos (JPN) – 67 points
    CF Palo Canto – Colon Cougars (VEN) – 61 points
    C Simon “Bullets” Trudeau – Roswell Invasion (CUB) – 52 points
    RF Liu-Chun Liu – Seoul Warlords (CAN) – 26 points

    Up to this season I have never won an individual or any of my players win a award. I never thought I would a award of any sort. Not only did I win my first, but managed to win two players awards. I was hoping Arroyas would, but Lu was kind of a surprise. I drafted Arroyas and signed Lu during the offseason. All in all 2032 was a good year for Thunder Bay. 2033 will be interesting.

    To those that are reading, please continue to do so by following me and the Avengers journey to the USA. It is greatly appreciated. I can always accept hints and tips to improve or just even drop in to say hello.

  • #24134
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    I’m really happy things are working out for you, Will. Thanks for sharing the circumstances in your real life!

  • #24591
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    2033 AVENGER HALF WAY REPORT

    STANDINGS
    W L PCT GB

    Thunder Bay Avengers 40 20 .667 –
    Cheju Volcano 39 21 .650 1.0
    Brooklyn Hot Dogs 29 31 .483 11.0
    Quebec Dragons 22 38 .367 18.0

    TEAM INFORMATION
    Record overall 40-20, .667 PCT
    Position in Division 1st, – GB
    Record at home 17-10, .630 PCT
    Record on the road 23-10, .697 PCT
    Record in X-inning games 2-3, .400 PCT
    Record in one-run games 13-7, .650 PCT
    Record versus LHP 8-3, .727 PCT
    Record versus RHP 32-17, .653 PCT
    Record last 10 games 6-4, .600 PCT
    Record in May 17-10, .630 PCT
    Record in June 18-7, .720 PCT
    Record in July 5-3, .625 PCT

    TEAM BATTING STATS & RANKINGS
    Batting Average .272 – 2nd in LOD
    On-Base Percentage .354 – 1st in LOD
    Slugging Percentage .397 – 3rd in LOD
    On-Base + Slugging .751 – 2nd in LOD
    Runs Scored 306 – 2nd in LOD
    Hits 570 – 1st in LOD
    Extra-Base Hits 176 – 3rd in LOD
    Home Runs 36 – 4th in LOD
    Bases On Balls 267 – 1st in LOD
    Strikeouts 329 – 1st in LOD
    Stolen Bases 27 – 3rd in LOD

    TEAM PITCHING STATS & RANKINGS
    Earned Run Average 3.03 – 1st in LOD
    Starters’ ERA 3.35 – 1st in LOD
    Bullpen ERA 2.50 – 1st in LOD
    Runs allowed 205 – 1st in LOD
    Hits allowed 473 – 1st in LOD
    Opponents AVG .231 – 1st in LOD
    BABIP .282 – 1st in LOD
    Home Runs allowed 48 – 2nd in LOD
    Bases On Balls 127 – 1st in LOD
    Strikeouts 491 – 1st in LOD

    MINOR LEAGUE SYSTEM
    Orangeville Red Jackets (AAA) 38-27, .585, 10½ GB
    Parksville Rage (AA) 41-24, .631, – GB
    Sydney Train (A) 52-13, .800, – GB

    WHO’S HOT?
    P Langley Miller 2-0, 0.90 Last 3 games
    P Raúl Varela 2-1, 1.75 Last 3 games

    WHO’S NOT?
    2B Samson Spurr .100, 0 HR Last 9 games

    Summary
    Lets briefly retrack where Thunder Bay has been. This team when I took over it finished at 43-77. Today at the half way point six seasons later. 40 wins.. Literally from rags to riches in the win column.

    A special season in the works up here.

    Every guy in the lineup is hitting above .275 with the exception of Larriba who is under .250. Ning and Shan leads the team with 8 HR’s a piece. Champagne leads in two categories in BA (.322) and RBI’s (44). As a team offensively we are among the league leaders except for HR’s.

    Pitching wise has turned around so much from any season during my tenure. Varela and Bong have 7 wins a piece. Each may eclipse a team record for wins good lord willing. The pitching collectively as a whole are leading the KOR in every cat. Both the bullpen and rotation are flourishing beyond belief.

    The injury bug is beginning to be a nuisance. Additionally, our old nemesis August is coming quick. The first half was great so lets hope we can stay healthy, be successful, and close the season on a high note.

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    60 wins, first place, and 5 games ahead at the 3/4 mark. The returns continue to be endless. 6 wins away from a franchise record. We are now at an AVERAGE market size, BELOW AVERAGE fan loyalty, and 80 fan interest. If anyone has followed this they know that the colors has changed. AMAZING!!!

    Losses to Brooklyn and Busan to conclude a 4-2 sim. SP Bae Hong is now 12-3 and has tied the 20 year old record for wins for the second consecutive year surely in line to make the record his. Additionally, SP’s Langley Miller and Antonio Beneviedes has been pitching lights out. Miller who was a 1-3, 5.97 ERA last year after being picked up off of waivers from Bonao is and this season he is 5-2, 3.68 ERA. Beneviedes who had started the season off on the DL with elbow tendonitis has pitched strongly for a 5-3, 3.57 ERA so far. Varela is a beast, he amassed 15 K’s recently in a game. Pickups have been good.

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    Dragons Hitless Against Varela

    Friday, August 26th, 2033
    In a seldom seen sight, Raúl Varela threw a no-hitter as the Thunder Bay Avengers beat the Quebec Dragons 10-0. In a dominating performance at Thunder Bay Grounds he struck out 13 and walked 0 while facing only 28 batters.”He had great stuff out there,” the Avengers manager told BNN reporters. “Raúl was a real gamer, a real competitor. He didn’t give in to anybody out there.”Thus far this season Varela has posted a 12-4 record, started 23 games, struck out 182 batters in 168.1 innings and compiled a 2.46 ERA.

    THUNDER BAY’S FIRST EVER NO HITTER

    Now at 69 wins aided with this performance can only fuel the fire for what comes next. Hopefully the playoffs and a possible chance at a promotion.

  • #24760
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    @Thunder Bay (KOR) wrote:

    In a dominating performance at Thunder Bay Grounds he struck out 13 and walked 0 while facing only 28 batters.

    I wonder how much Samson Spurr had to pay in kangaroo court over this.

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    @Santiago de Cuba (USA) wrote:

    @Thunder Bay (KOR) wrote:

    In a dominating performance at Thunder Bay Grounds he struck out 13 and walked 0 while facing only 28 batters.

    I wonder how much Samson Spurr had to pay in kangaroo court over this.

    I glossed right over that – that’s hilarious. Spurr cost Valera a perfect game!

    Both are former Jackals. Congrats to Thunder Bay on a fun win and good season (so far).

  • #24766
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    I gotta admit:

    Thunder Bay (CUB)

    would look really really strange, but I think I could get used to it
    Cap_PDT_01_09

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    Santiago de Cuba (USA) wrote:

    Thunder Bay (KOR) wrote:In a dominating performance at Thunder Bay Grounds he struck out 13 and walked 0 while facing only 28 batters.

    I wonder how much Samson Spurr had to pay in kangaroo court over this.

    I glossed right over that – that’s hilarious. Spurr cost Valera a perfect game!

    Both are former Jackals. Congrats to Thunder Bay on a fun win and good season (so far).

    Yeah I know it is comparable to the geek catching the foul ball from Moises Alou. Or Armando Galaraga being deprived of his walk of fame.

    Spurr obviously has a cult following. He has good leadership skills, subpar bat, and lesser glove. Spurr’s error surely meets the parameters for a never ending story.

    Post by Taegu (VEN) on Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:46 pm

    I gotta admit:

    Thunder Bay (CUB)

    would look really really strange, but I think I could get used to it
    Cap_PDT_01_09

    Being on the inside looking out it is VERY hard to fathom being Thunder Bay (CUB). It is admittedly strange to type as hard as it is to read.

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    Incredible past three sims. 3 sweeps consecutively. We are not glad that they were sweeps, because we have been there on the other side of the fence so would not wish that on anyone. So deepest apologies and much respect to Quebec, Jeonju, and San Lorenzo.

    We finished our August 20-6. Our best single month ever not to mention our best August. Typically, we suffer the August blues something fierce. We now have two sims remaining where we face Brooklyn for 3, Quebec for 3, and Cheju for 6 (3 at home, 3 at Cheju).

    We currently reside at 75-33 after our 9 game winning streak (franchise record under Moore) and leading Cheju by 7 with 12 to go. Thunder Bay will not be ready to raise a LOD banner just yet. Cheju has given us much trouble in the past and won’t expect anything less than to be a spoiler for us and take the title away from us to have as their own. Avenger Nation is in for a treat for it appears that a 1st or 2nd place finish is on the horizon.

    The club house atmosphere resonates with high levels of excitement of what comes next. They definitely don’t want the season to just end yet. Varela and Hong both have eclipsed the old record for wins and now established such a competitive friendship that are very much a positive influence on everyone on the club. Keeping the positive Kharma going.

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    Thunder Bay’s hot streak was smothered with a 2-4 week and 77-37 for the year. It does not diminish the desire for its first title with the Magic number at 2 with 6 to go. The guys with a 3-3 week could join the 80 win club. What an illustrious company that would be? Regardless, the ’19, ’20 and ’21 Avenger squads put any two of them together collectively and the sum would range between 75-80 wins. This club has 77 WINS!!!

    We lost 2 out of 3 at Cheju with one of the losses being shut out. Avenger Nation is now 10-11 versus the Volcano for the season and lead Cheju by 5 games. Our final week begins with Quebec who we have been very successful going 17-4 so far against them at their place. Meanwhile, Cheju will host Brooklyn where their series currently is 12-9 in favor of the Volcano. Depending on the end results of these two meetings our final series with the Volcano could have little or no meaning other than attempting to even or win the series for the year. Otherwise, the final series between the Volcano and us could very well determine the LOD champion. The LOD champion will face Busan who clinched over the past week of play. Congrats to Busan and their great season. The Burning Dragons were 8-4 versus Cheju and 6-6 against us overall. I imagine if it comes down to the final series between Thunder Bay and Cheju the Burning Dragons will be bearing the Red and Yellow colors of the Volcano for those games. Who could blame them? I would, too.

    A few integral cogs of Thunder Bay roster RF Luo-shan Shan (back soreness), RF Sandro Carrizidles (sprained knee), and SS Ignacio Larriba (plantar fasciitis) are all ailing for this final week. It is unsure at what level they will be in where the playoffs starts should the Avengers make it that far. We are certain that Shan and Larriba will be ready if needed. Carrizidles’ sprained knee on the other hand will be out for two weeks. However, if he makes it back for the playoffs there have been sightings of the ghost of Kirk Gibson looming over “The Bay”.

    The regular season is coming to a close and personal statistical titles are at stake. Busan’s 1B Manu Cloutier is perched at the top of the batting average category by .002 over our 3B Ze-min Ning. Additionally, Jeonju’s Suk Om leads our SP Raul Varela by .01 in ERA. Busan’s George Ramos has 15 wins leads Om and our Bae Hong by one win in pitching wins.

    Thunder Bay has been forever known as a cellar dweller. Ironically, Moore finished his first season as Thunder Bay’s GM 26-52 win loss record as most will recall. The first three seasons were rather rocky as his KOR record reflected a much harsher statistic the W-L record of 124-194 (.389 winning %). Even Moore had doubts of whether he was the right candidate for Thunder Bay and thoughts of resignation. Old Ownership, Roger, and the fans began clamoring for his head on a silver platter. If it wasn’t for the prospects of Champagne, Arroyas, “Gypsy” Yo, and “The Warden” being drafted, elevated attendance, and most of all the records of the minor league clubs.

    Minor League System Win Loss records since 2028:
    Orangeville (AAA) 304-236 (.563 win %) with 2 KORPA Championships (’30, ’31)
    Parksville (AA) 298-242 (.552 win %) with 2 KORSA Championships (’29, ’33)
    Sydney (A) 333-207 (.617 win %) with 3 KORTA Championships (’29,’32, ’33)

    Total KOR Minor Record: 935-685 (.577 win %) 7 Championships

    Owner Zhu resigned, then new ownership took over, and cut the payroll $3M from what had been initially announced. Zhu would pass away shortly thereafter. He was cremated and ashes were spread in Thunder Bay. Ownership was encouraged with the minor league numbers that Moore had by winning a few minor league titles with a high winning percentage and asked him to stay a while longer to see if the same would hold true for the WBH club. They convinced Moore that the initial work had been done in the minor leagues that it would equate at the WBH level. The organization’s success was going to be there it just had not came to full maturity that It would just take time. Moore was not alright with the monies that were taken away from the budget since he felt that it was going to back to 2027 where the budget was well under $40M. Ownership knew that Moore could win at any minor league level and soon that he would be successful at the WBH level. They knew that they had to lock him in for the future. Moore’s contract negotiations went back and forth finally coming to an agreement. The organization offered a contract extension with a significant raise, full control, and an incentive laden year to year salary. This would give him flexibility to leave on his terms. He gladly accepted.

    Since that day in 2030, the WBH club has went 264-220 (.545 winning %). There has been so many great players (Tom Porter, Antonio Medina, Vincent Perrault, and Ciro Isales just to name a few) that has come through and wore Thunder Bay colors, but never were together as a team. Seasons have changed over the past couple of years. This group compiled now are attempting to do something no other previous Avenger club has done by winning their first LOD championship in club history.

    NOTE: Remember that 26-52 W-L (.333 win %) start in Moore’s career, his record is now 388-404 (.490 win %).

  • #24825
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    After suffering a brutal 3 game visit to Cheju from the previous week we were reserved to our thoughts on a battering and bruising flight for a travel day to Quebec.  Meanwhile, the Volcano was hosting the Hot Dogs.  They would play 3 games for a off day their selves before they came to Thunder Bay.  The Volcano are looking to capture their 3rd LOD title. 

    In Game #1 between the Hot Dogs and the Volcano, the Hot Dogs quickly jumped on the Volcano starting pitcher Ogai Utagawa in the first inning.  The first six batters in the Dog lineup 4 of which had singles and another had a double.  Brooklyn would end the top of the 1st leading 3-0.  Cheju would fight back scoring 2 runs in the 3rd and 1 run in the 4th to tie it at 3-3.  Once again, Utagawa would have a rough start to the sixth as he would give up a single, ground out, and walk.  At this point, we will take you to the action.  Utagawa has Wuo Luo 0-2 with men on first and second when Luo lays down a bunt to the right hand side.  Raul Gomez goes to second while Sung oo Song isn’t slowing down at 3rd.  The throw to first is not in time Luo is safe.  They notice Song is heading for home.  The throw to the plate Luo is safe the Dogs take the lead to stay and would win 4-3.  Thunder Bay now leads by 5 1/2 games.  The Magic Number is now 1. 

    In Game #2, this game was all locked up at 2 going into the top of the 5th.  Brooklyn flew out for the first out, then the single barrage would happen again with three in a row.  Alvar Diago got intentionally walked, An-yan Yue would strike out to make it two outs, then Song did it again.  This time Song would single in two runs make the score 5-2.  Cheju never could never rebound back and lost 9-6.  Cheju had lost again a number of hours before we took the field for our first game against Quebec.   Brooklyn had spoiled Cheju’s opportunity to be LOD champs in the first two games.  The Thunder Bay Avengers are the 2033 KOR LOD Champs.

    We would sweep Quebec winning 7-6, 5-2, and 12-9.  Cheju would come to town for the final series of the regular season with nothing but pride left on the line.  Cheju would go on to win Game #1 10-8, but then we would win the next two 10-3 and 7-4.  We would finish the year 12-12 against the Volcano.  A 5-1 sim would complete tremendous regular season for us as we finished the season with a 82-38 W-L record finishing 8 games in front of Cheju.  80+ wins and the LOD championship.  Never has any Avenger team in franchise history accomplished either one of these feats.     

    Next up, the KOR championship series starts as we play the back to back 4 time LAD Champs the Busan Burning Dragons. We split our 12 games together during the regular season so we don’t anticipate anything less than a evenly matched up good series.  They certainly have the playoff experience tangible over us so let us hope we can hang with them to keep it a even series and not get embarrassed

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    We were hoping to claim our place in history as KOR champions. However, the sim gods and injury bug had better to say about the topic. Disappointed? Yes. Tear in my beer? No. We congratulate The Burning Dragons in victory and advancement to Cuba. Our turn will come in time. Fingers crossed.

    2033 was a year to never to forget. We went to places that were unexpected. It is a time for growth and experience in our organization. It will be tougher next year and so will we. This season didn’t define us, but aids us in where we want to be. We have to work harder and get better.

    Our task will not be easy. The dubious Owner increased our budget a minute $3M for our increased position and wealth of popularity. The majority of the Avenger club will be returning in 2034. The initial prediction is more of the same as this year. Nothing will be conceded by us. We will work on our weaknesses as well as prepare our youth in the lower levels for continued success during the off season.

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    Avengers takes Bouchard

    SP Simon-Pier Bouchard was taken as the eighth pick in the first round of the 2034 KOR Draft. Bouchard being a 17 year old righty from Saint-Denis, QUE carried a 8-1 record with a 1.37 ERA in high school. He also had 134 K’s and over 92 IP. He has high leadership skills and a great desire to win. He was pretty high on the Avenger draft list so it was a bit of surprise that he was available this late in the first round. His future is bright and full of possibilities. The big question is he good enough for “The Show”?

    The remaining picks will ultimately never find theirselves in the show and will be lifers in the minor league system. They will be either that or reserved to be the “Moonlight” Graham of their generation.

    Here are the results:
    2.08 RF Reynaldo Pazo
    3.08 SS Seung-hwan Chang
    4.08 P Kyung-hwan Hong
    5.08 3B Graciano Rodríguez
    6.08 LF Hou Que
    7.08 SS Rodney Moreyra
    8.08 LF Pi-ao Yei
    9.08 C Glenn Morán
    10.08 P Ju-chan Im

  • #25309
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    The offseason awards have been given the stars was shining bright on Avenger Nation. Players and owner were recognized for their achievements during the 2033 season. Pak, Varela, Moore, and a name from the not so distant past were candidates. How did they do?

    Pitcher of the Year

    SP Raul Varela – Thunder Bay Avengers (KOR) – 114 points (14 first place)
    SP Rafael Martinez – Baracoa Bahia (JPN) – 102 points (9)
    SP Gustavo “Little Rat” Ramos – Barquisimeto Obeliscos (USA) – 74 points (4)
    SP Seon-Chin Im – Jeonju Jays (KOR) – 72 points
    SP Martin “Stony” Harrow – Lagunillas Loros (CAN) – 44 points

    Reliever of the Year

    RP Chu-Yong Pak – Thunder Bay Avengers (KOR) – 109 points (16 first place)
    RP Chris Scull – Colon Cougars (VEN) – 94 points (4)
    RP Grant ‘Pooky’ Wheelhouse[/url:2few2dct] – Barquisemoto Obeliscos (USA) – 93 points (3)
    RP Zhi-Bin Li – Incheon Inchworms (CAN) – 54 points
    RP Estefan ‘Bubl’ Moroa – Chihuahua Chihahuas (DOM) – 48 points

    Of course, we take fine joy in this one, because before he was a Jackal he resided in the Avenger Nation

    Hitter of the Year

    CF Milagro Arroyos – Maracaibo Jackals (CUB) – 121 points (19 first place)
    1B Fernando Rodriguez – Toa Baja Coquis (CUB) – 94 points (3)
    RF Serafim Aldono – Santiago De Cuba Rough Riders (USA) – 87 points (4)
    CF Dong-Joo Sin – Toluca Toucans (JPN) – 56 points (1)
    RF Lucero Burgos – Hamilton Steelers (CAN) – 44 points

    Then the even Moore got into the mix. He was elected in both categories for GM of the Year and Most Improved GM. These are both prestigious honors and just to be put in the same sentence with the other candidates has Moore beaming. He really didn’t expect to win due to feeling like a dark horse.

    GM of the Year

    Zeb White – Hukuoka Hawks – 93 points (10 first place)
    Nicholas Genova – Cancun Mojitos – 91 points (7)
    Dave McKenzie – Busan Burning Dragons – 70 points (4 first place, 6 second place)
    Will Moore – Thunder Bay Avengers – 70 points (4 first place, 5 second place)
    D. C. C. – La Habana Los Leones – 65 points (2)

    Most Improved GM

    David Wen – Chihuahua Chihuahuas – 97 points (13 first place)
    D.C.C. – La Habana Los Leones – 96 points (2)
    Will Moore – Thunder Bay Avengers – 88 points (9)
    Justin Baer – Monterrey Alacranes – 58 points (2)
    Morris Ragland – Incheon Inchworms – 56 points (1)

    Gold Glove Winners

    Catcher – Alejandro Vedia TBY .991 PCT., 654 PO, 35 A, 45.9 CS %
    First Base – Ze-min Ning TBY .994 PCT., 779 PO, 57 A, 8.17 RANGE
    Third Base – Natanael Villo TBY .955 PCT., 49 PO, 182 A, 2.32 RANGE

    All of these achievements would having one believing that we are on the right track alas after 8 seasons under Moore’s tenure. We certainly like the direction as we got a small taste of what it feels like to have a one in a million type season with 82 wins. The sweet taste of victory (season) and bitter taste of defeat (playoff) can be so addicting. Winning and the glory of winning the playoffs in 2034. Hopefully, we get some more of it. Nonetheless, if we never get there again the feeling is priceless.

    We finished drafting nothing fabulous. See the previous post.

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    2034 Kicks Off with a Bang..

    The Avengers get a good start in the first week of play by sweeping Brooklyn, then taking 2 out of 3 from the Quebec Dragons. Both Ze Min Ning and Luo Shan Shan hit over .500 for the week. Perhaps the only down spot at the moment is the bullpen yielding a whopping 5.50 ERA (3rd in the LOD). Meanwhile, statistically the offensively, pitching, and defensively are either residing in 1st or 2nd positions. Thunder Bay would finish the week with 5-1 record.

    Next up:
    @ Cheju (3-3) and then host Toa Baja (3-3). The Coquis are meeting the Avengers for the first time during Moore’s tenure. However, Toa Baja are not strangers to the KOR as they won the LAD back in 2012 and 2013. The 2013 LAD title resulted in a KOR title plus their 4 other championships means they will be ready and we will have to bring our “A” game.

    Other news
    Ning Wins LOD Player of the Week Trophy
    Monday, May 8th, 2034
    The top batter in the Longitude Division last week was Ze-min Ning, who batted .591 and towered above everybody with a 6-game hitting barrage.

    During the week Ning banged out a .591 batting average (13-22), 1 home run, 7 RBI and scored 7 runs.

    Today the Thunder Bay third baseman received the LOD Player of the Week Award

    #1 Pick Shows Up
    The first top 5 minor leaguers were published for each club and a name popped up on the Avenger list that was quite unexpected. It was the Avenger 2034 first round draft pick SP Simon-Pier Bouchard who showed up at #12. The 17 year old has appeared in 4 games for the Sydney Train the A affiliate of the Avengers. He has yet to give up a earned run in 4.1 IP.

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    Many things have been going in the lives of the Moore household. Much has happened indirectly. Time is precious. Hug your wife. More so hug your kids.

    A member of my church family who was 5 years old who was riding his scooter on a sidewalk was killed recently by a 25 year old strung out on heroin who has driving a van ran the boy over. It has affected me greatly as a family man.

    I love the time spent here. However, my time has become demanding of other things. I am submitting my resignation effective at the end of the season. I am leaving Thunder Bay in a way better place than when I started. Best of luck to all. I may return later, but for now quality time with family is more important than being in front of a monitor.

    For the future GM of Thunder Bay. Serve my team well. I have set up it to be good for years.

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    Sorry to hear about your issues out side of ootp. This is just a game and real life has to take over when needed. I myself have left and come back to the WBH due to outside issues.

    I send my love towards your family and the family of the little boy. I hope that the law punishes the offender as much that is allowable, however even that wont be enough, he will be judged by his peers and from above. I pray for peace to come your way.

  • #27577
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    Best of luck with everything, Will. Roger (and you) will be missed. Hopefully things change and you can find your way back here eventually.

  • #27579
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    My best to you and the rest of your church family. Losing a member of the community especially a child, is devastating so they will all be in my prayers.

    I am sure I speak for MArc and the rest of us when I say if you decide later you have time for our great hobby you will be welcome back with open arms.

    Be well Will

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    very unfortunate that you must leave Will. however, it’s much more tragic what your family and the other family are going through. I’m very sorry to hear that, especially as a father myself.

    You are doing the right thing. Please come back once the health of your family and time allows.

    Godspeed and best of luck to you until that time.

  • #27741
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    Thanks guys. I appreciate it. I know I am leaving Thunder Bay in a better place than when I started.

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    The Great Avenger Purge has begun.

    Courtesy of one guy.. one guy only.

    Can you guess who the perpetrator is?

    Hint: He is from the Thunder Bay past. Many may know him, but same may not.

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    @Thunder Bay (KOR) wrote:

    The Great Avenger Purge has begun.

    Courtesy of one guy.. one guy only.

    Can you guess who the perpetrator is?

    Hint: He is from the Thunder Bay past. Many may know him, but same may not.

    Could it be that Roger (and Will) are back!?

  • #30674
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    in the flesh..

  • #30675
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    @Thunder Bay (KOR) wrote:

    in the flesh..

    Woohoo! Did you see your boy Arroyos took a huge ratings crash? He just got salary dumped.

  • #30676
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    welcome back!

  • #30682
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    yup BIG drop. no matter. one day at a time.

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    Today I write for the first time in over 2 years of real time play in this realm of fantasy baseball. I was reading old Roger posts from June 2012 and realized how green and new I was. Additionally, how far I had come despite my wins and not more than the losses are not reciprocal of my knowledge and experience. There is no metaphor to use appropriately describe the difference between playing the game solo and online for a guy that knows his way around a computer and was a successful fantasy baseball owner. The amount of solo game play can never replace the time online. Being a successful fantasy baseball GM is a much different beast than that of an OOTP manager.

    I have won numerous fantasy baseball titles and messed around with various computer games like Micro League baseball and Hardball, but discovered OOTP and never looked back. I felt comfortable with the game and been fairly successful in a solo environment. I had played a little bit of solo over the previous versions of the game before signing on here thinking I could get the concept fairly quickly and branch out my baseball skills. Much to my chagrin I entered the deep end of the pool without any life preserver not knowing the ramifications. Since then I have accumulated four real time years and over 20 seasons of sim play to my resume. During that time, I tried other pools with varying depths. I sunk to the bottom in many of them because I may have thought I knew how to swim. I may have thought I was swimming however compared to most however I wasn’t swimming. I was still sinking to the bottom. Clearly, I have lost more than ever won. Slowly but surely watching what others were doing I began to swim more effectively becoming more knowledgeable of the water in the pool. Each season passed I would think I would have it. The harsh reality is I really didn’t. I have had many thoughts and concepts since I entered the KOR only to be stuck around there forever, then got lucky to advance to CUB for a few seasons, only now to be relegated to CAN looking for that magic elixir of success to fast forward to current event. I am finding myself closer to floating now than sinking to the bottom. Finding out that there is no magic elixir of success, do your homework, stick to your guns, be a good negotiator, and evaluator. Your success and failure in this game can be had in many ways. Ready to float on this journey from this day forward. It is all in the process.

  • #57291
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    After faltering to the bottom tier time has progressed and now finding myself back to where history left me in Cuba. The appreciation is more valued this go around.

    I recognize that will be rekindling some old rivalries with Busan and Lagunillas. I noticed that there are other participants that I have watched them from afar now in USA and others. Oaxaca, Santiago, Azua, Tocumen and Erie. Never faced you in competition till now. You guys are highly respected in my book. Perennially, competing at the highest level in our room. Kudos.

    I am looking forward to this adventure more than in any season. I just hope I can hang and stick around. Best of luck this season and see you on schedule.

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    Participant

    Legendary teams in my estimation and very much a pleasure to spend a season(s) with.

    “Bowing”. Paying homage. Truly fortunate.

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