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Old 04-30-2019, 09:43 AM   #1
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The Therduin Baseball League

1980
The Therduin Baseball League (TBL) was founded in 1961, 24 teams divided into two leagues of two divisions each. The playoff system was simple: the Division champions would meet in a 5-game LCS, then those winners would meet in a 7-game World Series.

OTHER GODS LEAGUE
EAST
Dardanov Bears
Kiron Dae Dolphins
Mele’Kiron Survivors
Prokiev Spiders
Thanator Emperors
Vinismir Bats (bats)

WEST
Aspermond Thoroughbreds
Chanta’Kiron Sea Lords
Chartagne Duelists
Gala’Kiron Waveborn
Gerus Dragons
Netherkirth Lorekeepers

OLD GODS LEAGUE
EAST
Chantamor Baritones
Grammarye Wizards
Lowenhalle Lions
Salmyr Faithful
Shalane Brewers
Trevor Merchants

WEST
Goldfield Princes
King’s Reach Champions
Loudwater Thunder
Piacenza Vintners
Rising Dawn Fire Priests
Stiptar Ferrymen

(Stats, player creation and financials were based on 1990, with dynamic league evolution turned on for more/less offense and more/less pitching).

TBL decided to lower the mound after the 1969 season to increase offense and fan interest. The resultant explosion in especially home runs followed. 300 homers for a team was a common occurrence. In 1972-94, Vinismir hit 370, 376, and 378 homers respectively. The league records of 82 homers and 182 RBI was set by Stiptar’s Sandor Winebrenner in 1978. There had not yet been a .400 hitter; Tristus Crosswbow hit .391 with Red Dawn in 1977.

On 31 December, 1979, Zanzibar Jones took over managerial duties of the Mele’Kiron Survivors. The team had won 91 games the year before. It had only won the division twice in the league’s 18 year history and had yet to win a championship.

The Survivors had hit 301 home runs the year before, led by 2B River Beacon at .333/64/159, who had won the OTH MVP award. DH Lonroth Guilbaud hit .261/47/106, and RF Gabriel Easting .278/40/106.

Rising Dawn’s Tristus Crossbow had become the fourth hitter in TBL history to win the Triple Crown in 1978, hitting .378/69/175. Prokiev’s Maurice Pepin had won it the previous year at .337/62/163.

The league record for home runs and RBI was held by Stiptar’s Sandor Winebrenner, who had hit 82 and driven in 182 in 1978. Crossbow held the single season record, hitting .391 in 1978. Balim Netherland held the record for wins by a pitcher with 24 in 1971 and Gaheris Fabroni’s 1.85 ERA in 1962 was the best. Gael Deneb held the mark with 375 Ks in 1976.

The team was fifth in payroll and ninth in attendance. Minor league system ranking was 11th. We made moves to get some better starting pitching to start with and get rid of disruptive players in the clubhouse. We also had some money to spend on improving the minor league system. The owner goals are to improve our steals now (we were 12th) win a championship by 1981, sign 34-year-old SP Yesken Fort to an extension by 1981 (ugh), increase attendance from 35k to 42k by 1982, and build a championship by 1983.

We made two major off-season acquisitions. First was CF Ashton Salymrian. Second was SS Heath Hardwaters. Having traded away 1B Reid Goldfielder to get Salmyrian, we moved 2B River Beacon to 1B and SS Pendelion Fad to 2B. We also picked up the somewhat forgotten Lambert Highmeadow to serve as closer.

Terrible news from spring training when River Beacon was hit in the face with a pitch and suffered a fractured cheekbone. Rory Stonehouse would take over the 1B duties, but it was a huge blow.

The offseason moves positioned us for the experts to pick us to win the division in a tight race with Vinismir, scoring more than 1,000 runs. We had no prospects in the Top 10, but we had improved our minor league system to third. We won on Opening Day, but top starter Morwen Stoneway developed elbow trouble and would be out for three months. That’s definitely not the way you want to start the year. When we found out that Gael Deneb, who had just set a new TBL record for most career wins, was unhappy in Lowenhalle, we traded him for a weak prospect and ate his $3.6m salary. Then Fabi Vest got hurt. We promoted OF Kevan Chappell to take his place. In the midst of a four-game losing streak toward the end of April, Beacon came back. We put him in the DH slot for a while, as 1B Rory Stonehouse was hitting well enough. We finished the month 13-10, 3.5 behind Dardanov, who had gotten off to a surprisingly good start.

May didn’t start out well, as SS Heath Hardwaters strained a back muscle and would be out three weeks. Beacon stepped back in to play 2B, with Fad moving back to SS. The next day, Stonehouse strained a lat and would miss two plus weeks. Things got worse after that and we dropped below .500. When Stonehouse came back from the DL, we installed him at 3B, as Cadamon Floris was barely hitting .200. We strung together a few wins to climb back over .500 and finished May at 27-22, four games behind Vinismir. On 30 May, we put up 26 runs against Kiron Dae.

The draft pool didn’t look great. Our first pick was high school 2B Benjen Whitemane. Playing the longer game, we drafted mostly high school players, figuring that our budget surplus could get us through the next several years.

We took first place from Vinismir with a 4-3 win over Dardanov on 15 June. Our pitching had come around, and we were first in runs against (although that was still a rough 4.5 runs/game). We were third in runs scored. Gabriel Easting was second in the league with 24 homers. Cliff Brown was second in wins and fifth in ERA.

When Stoneway was ready to come off the DL, we shopped around Yesken Fort, who at 35, had lost his edge. His ERA was over 6.00 and we were ready to get rid of his large contract. We traded him to Dardanov, who had surged and regained a tie for first with us, for prospects OF Holden Ibrahilian, SS Lanzo Tornatore, and OF Pryn Asherson.
Dardanov came to town just before the All-Star break for three games with a two game lead. We swept them to retake the lead. We hit the All-Star game with that same one-game lead. Beacon had three hits and was the MVP of the mid-summer classic. The trade deadline passed and we didn’t make any major deals. We had lost four in a row and clung to a half game lead over Dardanov, which slipped away over the next several days.

We stayed in a dogfight in August with Dardanov. Stoneway pitched a shutout on 15 August, the day Beacon’s 29 game hit streak came to an end, and we were back in a tie for first. A week later, Stoneway strained an elbow ligament and would be lost for three weeks. Fletcher Rushmere took his spot in the rotation and we brought up Blaze Burnham from AAA.
We headed to Dardanov on 26 August for three, sporting a 1.5 game lead. We took two of three for a small cushion. We then swept Aspermond and the Bears lost three in a row, so we went into September with a 5.5 game lead.

The Bears continued to falter as we kept winning. When we swept a double header from Netherkirth on September 20 for an eight game streak, we held an 8.5 game lead. We clinched on Game 154 with an 8-4 win over Thanator. We finished with 97 wins and a 10 game margin. Unfortunately, OF Faramir Escavalon suffered a concussion in the last game and would miss the playoffs. Daven Maiotti took his spot on the roster.
We finished first in runs against and third in runs scored. We hit 303 homers, good enough for third to Gala’Kiron’s 340. Beacon shook off the early injury to hit .298/56/120. Easting hit .265/40/110. Ashton Salmyrian made up for a slow start at .259/32/115. SS Heath Hardwaters finished at .251/39/107. Rookie Kevan Chappell rose to the occasion when slotted into the one hole, hitting .322/26/74 with a .374 OBP, finishing just .003 off the batting championship. Clifford Brown led the league in wins at 20-6/3.79. Deneb was 18-10/4.62 and Steinwolf Einarsson 16-10/4.79. Lambert Highmeadow led the league with 36 saves.


Rowan Violante (LOW), Robin Case (DAR), Brad Fletcher (GRM), Sandor Blackhorse (CHR), and Lönroth Guilbaud (SAL) had three homer games. Violante drove in nine runs in his. Carter Stonewall (CHR), Prescott Hardwick (DAR), and Furin Undertaker all pitched no-hitters, the most in a season since there were four in 1969. Holden Rowanson (GRM), Lars Einarsson (LDW), Brayke Aethlingas (GLD), and Kenton Elliott (GLK) all had 16 strikeout games.

The Gala’Kiron Waveborn stood between us and our second World Series. 2B Mantos Cantor (.312/46/104), RF Gavin Dockery (.295/53/142) and 3B Linford Deeping (.304/50/136) anchored the middle of a strong lineup that was second in runs scored in the OTH. Veteran Furin Undertaker (18-9/4.54/league-leading 304 Ks) was their top starter in a strong rotation. Vael Pentomyr had 35 saves out of the bullpen.
Brown was sterling in the opener, striking out 13 and allowing only two hits over 7.1 in a 3-1 win, Hardwaters driving in all three runs, two of them with a fourth inning homer. The Waveborn knocked around Deneb in Game 2 en route to an 8-4 equalizer. Deeping hit a walk-off two-run blast in the bottom of the 11th to give the Waveborn a 2-1 lead, wasting an excellent starting performance from Einarsson. It was the Survivors’ turn to win in 11 in Game 4, taking home an 8-7 victory and sending the series back to Mele’Kiron for a dramatic finale. Brown was again strong and Hardwaters hit a three-run blast in the bottom of the eighth to open up a tight game, sending the Survivors to the World Series with a 6-2 win, and earning himself LCS MVP honors.

We’d face Goldfield, who had upset two-time defending champions Shalane in the OLD LCS. Winners of 97 regular season games, the Princes were strong offensively and defensively. RF Elliott Naberejnev (.297/34/114) got RBI opportunities from batting champ LF Eventine Scotto (.377/25/101). Angus Sharpshield, Jace Killingfield, Jonval Tinker, and Will Brownstone formed the rotation, with manager Ilya Lejikov choosing to move 19-game winner Brayke Aethlingas to the bullpen to spread out his usage.

Joshua Dan Cragan homered twice to support Deneb’s strong eight innings and the Survivors took the opener at home, 9-1. The Princes bombed Einarsson in Game 2, winning 13-5. At Goldfield, Brown had his first bad outing of the playoffs, and the Princes took a 2-1 Series lead, 10-4. Chappell homered twice from the leadoff spot and drove in four as the Survivors evened the Series with an 11-7 win. Deneb gave up three homers in Game 5, but the story was Angus Sharpshield, who pitched a complete game one-hitter, striking out 13.
Salmyrian’s single in the fourth and one walk were the only baserunners the Survivors could manage, heading home in a 3-2 hole. The bullpen broke down in the ninth of a tie game, with Highmeadow surrendering four runs and absorbing a 7-3 loss. It was a disappointing end to a fine season, but left hopes for the future. Goldfield claimed their first World Series title.

AWARDS
Gold Glove: Fad (in his first season at 2B)
Fireman of the Year: Highmeadow
Silver Slugger: Beacon
Ristonofer Trophy: Brown, unanimously
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It would be a busy off-season. The first thing we did was ship off Stoneway, whose arm troubles made him a liability. We got for him prospects OF Kathlan Bullock, OF Stone Whitewolf, and RP Brather CagEstlo. Backup C Jamis Cantor, overpaid from the previous administration, voided his last year, which was fine with us. We’d need to find a backup to defensive marvel Sembla Ashdown, who had a pretty good offensive year, too.

Our pressing needs going in were a starter to replace Stoneway, a back-up catcher, a real 2B (Fad was fine as a backup middle infielder, but not much more, even with that Gold Glove, although that made this a lower priority), and a real 3B. Cadaman Floris hadn’t panned out and Stonehouse was out of position. Beacon was getting older and would probably need to move to DH. We’d also need some more speed on the bases and some defensive coverage. We’d also consider finding a first-rate closer and moving Highmeadow to the setup spot.

The owner’s goals were to extend Einarsson, acquire a nationally popular player, once again improve in steals, and win.

There weren’t any international FAs of any interest to us.

During the winter meetings, we got a chance to pick up Tristus Crossbow, still in the prime of his career at 28. This is a franchise player and we got him for a middle reliever, plus they kept 75% of his salary. We now had one too many good outfielders, so we’d see where that would land us. We’d probably move Beacon back to 1B and then run the OFs through the DH slot. Easting would be the only one we’d consider trading at this point. We filled out our starters with veteran workhorse Pelendor Sullivan. We filled out the bullpen by trading for 35-year-old reliever Hedin Ammanati, giving up nothing, just eating his large one year salary. It made our pitching staff kind of old, so we’d need to start working on developing more arms in the minors. It’d be our big push.

Jamis Marionyth (192-81/3.31), who we hired into our minor league system, Rylan Bowers (.313 lifetime, 384 steals), also one of our coaches, and Ethelred Dragonstone (441 saves) were elected to the Hall of Fame.
We parted with OF Joshua Dan Cragan to slim the outfield ranks. We got prospects 2B Furio Goldstone and 3B Harley Oldacre for him from Shalane.
Experts predicted us to win 102 games, which we thought was a little optimistic, but we figured we’d have a good year. The addition of a potential 30/30 player like Crossbow would likely be enough to send us over the top. We had improved the minor league system to #2, and held the #4 prospect, P Victor Jonvalson. The lineup was strongly set at each position, save DH, where we started the season rotating Chappell, Conan Mason, and rookie 2B Seaver Adamason. Off-season acquisition Brandlyn Stoneguild took over the closer’s role from Highmeadow, who had a less-than-special spring.

We lost two of three to division rival Dardanov to start the season, then righted the ship with a six game winning streak. We finished the month 14-8, 2.5 back of Vinismir, who had started a blistering 16-5. We were second in runs scored, but only middle of the pack in homers. The starters were doing their job, with an ERA under 4.00. We signed Crossbow to a three year extension at the beginning of May.

We took over first place early in May with a seven game winning streak and but stumbled a little and finished the month a game and a half behind the Bats. We were first in runs scored and second in starters’ ERA, but the bullpen was becoming a real letdown. Only Faramir Elberethson had and ERA under 6.00. That would have to change. Worse, Hardwaters separated a shoulder and would miss up to three months. Fad took over at SS and we installed Adamason, hitting .333 at 2B.
The draft pool again looked mediocre, so we weren’t hopeful that pick number 26 would yield much. We took a chance on high school SS Daven Justicebringer, a rangy, big-armed five-tool player. We took SP Mengoroth Lionstone second.

We moved Elberethson into the closer role and things went a little better until he tore an elbow ligament and would miss at least nine months. We moved Stoneguild back into the closer role and Highmeadow to setup. We traded for reliever Powell Caccio from Stiptar, giving up an insignificant minor leaguer.

We hit July two games back. The pitching was still kind of ugly, but the hitters were doing their jobs. We were first in runs scored, first in starters’ ERA, and unfortunately 11th in relievers ERA. If things didn’t improve over the month, we’d most certainly make some bullpen adjustments before the trade deadline. Stoneguild kept getting banged up, so we put Highmeadow back into the closer role.

At the break, we were 53-37, 1.5 behind Vinismir. We picked up veteran reliever Vael Pentomyr from Dardanov and manager Zanzibar Jones decided to go with 11 pitchers. Crossbow was one off the lead in homers with 33 and was tops with 87 RBI. There wasn’t much to complain about offensively, so if the bullpen got their act together, we hoped for a good second half. There were no other deals before the trading deadline. The Bats lost a few in a row, so we hit August tied for first place.

A ten game winning streak to start the month gave us a five game lead. Hardwaters came back from the DL, and the lineup was very strong. Crossbow was putting up an MVP season, leading in homers and RBI and was second in hitting (but not anywhere close enough to be in Triple Crown contention). Just a week back from the DL, Hardwaters sprained his wrist and would have some trouble throwing for the rest of the season. Injuries made us reconsider offering him a contract extension. In the last week of the month, we went into Vinismir with a 5.5 game lead and took two of three to create even more separation. At roster expansion, the lead was 7. We went into September first in runs scored and allowed, third in homers. That day, we lost C Kathlan Collins to a rib injury; his playoffs would be in doubt. Our doubts for the post season were all in the bullpen, and we didn’t have any strong answers.

We lost five in a row in late September, with Hardwaters and Ashton Salmyrian both out of the lineup with nagging injuries. The lead had slipped to 3.5 with 9 to go. Deneb broke the skid with a five-hit shutout of Dardanov. We clinched on 30 September with a 14-4 beating of Kiron Dae.

We finished first in runs scored with 1062 and runs allowed with 782. We were third in home runs, hitting 290, on the strength of Crossbow (.334/54/153) and Beacon (.313/52/141), who were 1-2 in RBI. Easting hit .293/38/108. Rookie 2B Seaver Adamason hit .307/25/97. The DH platoon of Conan Mason and Kevan Chappell hit .289 with 30 homers and 106 RBI. Ashton Salmyrian battled through injuries to hit .284/22/104. Cliff Brown was 18-4/3.78 and Deneb was 15-10/3.80, second in the league with 318 Ks. Einarsson was 17-4/5.47 and Jesse Galakiron 17-10/5.45. The big question would be the bullpen.
Thanator’s Echtelion Faetwyr, Gala’Kiron’s Gavin Dockery, and Aspermond’s Justus Walsh all had three homer games. Shalane’s Theron Cross had a nine RBI game. There were no no-hitters. Jace Halios (STP) and Brayke Jonvalson (SAL) both had 16-K games.
We’d once again play Gala’Kiron in the LCS, who beat Aspermond by two games, winning their last two while the Stallions dropped both. The Waveborn were third in runs scored and against, second in homers. Home run king Gavin Dockery (.292/58/139), 2B Mandos Cantor (.305/48/121), and 3B Linford Deeping (.280/43/113) led the way. On the mound, Furin Undertaker (17-7/3.49, league-leading 324 Ks) was the clear ace.

The bullpen problem jumped up in Game 1 as Highmeadow blew a save in the ninth of a 7-6 loss. Undertaker limited us to three hits and Game 2 and the Waveborn took a 2-0 lead, 4-1. We stayed alive with a 7-6 win in Game 3. Highmeadow blew another save and absorbed his second loss of the playoffs in a 7-6, 11 inning loss in Game 4, and unceremonious exit from the playoffs. The Waveborn went on to win the World Series, 4-1 over Stiptar, who had upset the heavily-favored 105-win Salmyr Faithful in the OLD LCS.

AWARDS
Silver Slugger: Beacon, Hardwaters, Crossbow
Rookie of the Year: Adamason, unanimously
MVP: Crossbow, unanimously
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Beacon and Stoneguild executed their options and Highmeadow met his vesting criteria. Brown voided his last year and we executed an option on Deneb.

Owner wants to upgrade at 2B, sign Beacon to an extension, and win it all.

We traded for closer Lars Storhelten, a mark of consistency in Netherkirth, who got rid of him through budget cuts. During the winter meetings, we got a bargain trade, shipping Highmeadow off to Aspermond for ace reliever Giancarlo Petito, and prospects P Theron Griffin, 2B Brom Estermont, C Ethelred Battlestone, and OF Rodolphe L’Ecuyer. Gerus offered us former #2 pick SP Boromir Rose and took Kevan Chappell for him. With a surplus of OFs, it was a good pick. Rose would compete for a starting rotation job and win it.

There were no players elected to the Hall of Fame.

Right before the season started, we acquired one of the game’s top closers in Daven Greenstone. We waived Pelennor Sullivan, considering the money we invested in him a lost cause. Hardwaters completed the move to 3B, and we didn’t fulfil our goal of finding a different SS, so Fad was it.

The experts predicted we’d win 107 games this year, which we thought might be ambitious. Maybe they were right, because we won our first 10. We were 12-2 when Salmyrian herniated a disc and would be out six weeks. Holden Ibrahilian would get a trial by fire playing TBL center field. Victor Starseeker came up from AAA to fill the roster spot. We finished the month 18-5 with a five game lead over Dardanov. We were doing it with great pitching to go along with our already excellent offense.

We didn’t keep up the pace in May, finishing 36-15, through injuries to both Hardwaters—which was becoming chronic—and Crossbow. Dardanov improved their play and now trailed by only two games. We dropped to fifth in runs scored but maintained first in runs against.

There were some saucy picks in the draft, but picking from the bottom we’d once again need to rely on the depth of our scouting system. We picked college CF Cole Firstborn, a speedster and defensive wiz with a strong bat.

We went into Dardanov in mid-June with a 2.5 game lead and took two of three from them, losing only when Greenstone had his consecutive save streak of 23 broken. That catapulted us to a six game winning streak, which we followed with a six game losing streak. The lead was 6.5 on the first of June. We had dropped to seventh runs scored and homers, which was a concerning trend. Jesse Galakirion was faltering, so we traded for Lars Einarsson (giving us two starters with that last name), unhappy in Loudwater with his role. We put him into Galakirion’s spot in the rotation. Eryk Fenrisson won the starting SS job away from Fad, hitting .307 through the first half of the season. We won nine of ten heading into the break, and the lead was 9.5. We had improved to fourth in runs scored.

In early August, Crossbow fractured a bone in his foot and would miss three weeks. Fortunately, Dardanov was fading fast and we opened up a double digit lead. We reduced the starters save for Brown to 105 pitches and put the burden on the bullpen. Then Adamason strained a hip and would miss most of August. The month closed out and we had a 14.5 game lead. It was time to coast into the post season.

We clinched on 16 September. Despite the injuries, we set a team record with 106 wins, tied for the third highest total in TBL history. We scored 993 runs, good enough for second place and hit 301 homers, also second. Our starters’ ERA was the best in the league and bullpen second best. Crossbow (.306/47/113), Beacon (.289/45/137), and Easting (.285/44/103) carried much of the offensive load. Ashton Salmyrian hit .289/31/94 despite being limited to 113 games. Hardwaters hit .283/33/95 while struggling with injuries and missing 40 games. Conan Mason did an admirable job out of the leadoff spot, hitting .285/21/66 with a .406 OBP, also stealing 29 bases. The catching combo of Elthion Mastingmere and Kathlan Collins combined for 25 homers and 96 RBI. Brown was again the ace at 18-10/3.06. Boromir Rose was 18-8/5.15. Daven Greenstone racked up 38 saves.

Torg Sigmundsson (DAR), Gavin Dockery (GLK), Brandlyn Dan Kinnan (GRM), Brad Fletcher (GRM), Travis Waterman (CHK), and Ecthelion Faetwyr (DAR) all had three homer games. Sigmundsson and Dan Kinnan tied the TBL single game record with 10 RBIs. There were once again no no-hitters in either league. Pentor Nightshade had the top strikeout performance with 17.

For the first time in TBL history, all four division champions won 100 games, with Shalane and King’s Reach both hitting exactly that mark in the OLD.

We’d face Gala’Kiron in the playoffs for the third consecutive year. The Waveborn were as good as we were, winning 104 games. They were third in runs scored and second in runs against, hitting 315 homers. Gavin Dockery (.312/61/140) once again paced the powerful offense, with 2B Mandos Cantor (.286/43/123) and LF Virgilio Barnfield (.290/39/104) also putting up big numbers. Their rotation was strong, featuring two 20-game winners in Kenton Elliott (21-5/4.35) and Remington Silverspire (20-6/3.70). Furin Undertaker (18-10/4.39, league-leading 298 Ks) and Tobias Cliff (15-11/5.37) rounded out the rotation. Closer Merthen Kanyava led the league with 43 saves. This was a team poised to send us home again. Despite winning more games, we were the underdogs for the series.

Brown struck out 13 over 6.2 innings and the bullpen did the rest as the Survivors hit four homers en route to a 6-1 win in the opener. Manager Zanzibar Jones was rewarded by starting Holden Ibrahilian in CF, as the youngster had three hits and three RBI. Adamson homered twice in the 10-7 win to put the Survivors up 2-0. Rose surrendered two two-run homers in the first and it got worse from there as the Waveborn responded to their home crowd with a 14-2 pasting, Dockery homering twice. Salmyrian hit a grand slam in the third and the Survivors never looked back in a 10-4 win, sending them to their second World Series in three years.

There we’d face Shalane, who had dispatched King’s Reach in four close games. The Brewers were third in runs scored and second in runs against in the OLD. Offensively, they were led by RF Theron Cross (.314/40/108), 1B Owen Hubrian (.286/31/118) and CF Draven Whistler (.309/35/90). On the hill, Stannis Mason (17-3/3.40) was their ace, with Branson Eastwood (16-9/3.61) forming a strong 1-2 punch. Morwen Ravenheart saved 37 games and had a 2.44 ERA as the closer.

Hardwaters, still struggling with a groin injury hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth and the bullpen closed out a strong start by Brown for a 6-3 win. The Survivors broke open a close game with six runs in the bottom of the eighth, featuring a bases-loaded double by Easting for three of his five RBI. Greenstone pitched 1.2 perfect innings for the save. It was Salmyrian in Game 3 that broke open a close game, blasting a three-run homer in the top of the eighth as part of his five RBI performance, sending the Survivors to a 3-0 lead, 8-3. Shalane stayed alive with a 7-3 win in Game 4, C Markus Vishnev banging out three hits and driving in four. Brown pitched a two-hitter and gave up a single unearned run, but Stannis Mason and Ravenheart combined to shut out the Survivors on three hits, sending the Series back to Mele’Kiron. At home, things got tense as the Brewers jumped out to an early lead and coasted to an 8-2 win, Whistler homering twice and driving in four. The Survivors stood on the edge of an epic collapse. They left no doubts, piling up 13 runs in the first four innings on their way to a 16-3 win and the franchise’s first world championship. Beacon homered twice, driving in five and Hardwaters drove in four. All-time wins leader Gael Deneb, in the bullpen for the playoffs, left to a standing ovation in the seventh.

AWARDS

Fireman of the Year: Greenstone (3, 1 with us)

Silver Slugger: Crossbow

Manager of the Year: (1)
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Brown voided his last contract year; Greenstone and Steinwolf Einarsson executed theirs. We immediately offered Brown a two-year extension with a vesting option (of 28 starts). Despite his playoff performance, we let Salmyrian go. He was asking too much money for what he brought to the team, and those dollars would need to be spend on a starter to replace Deneb.

Owner’s goals were to reach the playoffs, upgrade at Shortstop, sign Stoneguild to an extension, and acquire a nationally-popular player. It wouldn’t be hard to upgrade at SS, since we weren’t going to re-sign Fad. Eryk Fenrisson wouldn’t suffice for more than a defensive backup, so we would also look at the market.

Things got exciting in the winter meetings when Gala’Kiron offered us Mandos Cantor for Seaver Adamason in a swap of 2B. Cantor came with a hefty price tag, but was an answer to some of our problems, since was a significantly better fielder. Then we picked up SS Jackson Dreamcatcher for a few prospects, meaning Hardwaters could play the less physically demanding position of 3B.

Closer Tristus Loudwater (413 saves, 2.89 ERA) was elected to the Hall of Fame on his first ballot. 1B Theron Albani missed by a single vote on his third ballot.

The lineup looked decent going in, but we were getting old in a few positions, especially the starting pitching. The bullpen continued to look very strong, so we were going to let them pitch. For April, starters were limited to 90 pitches. We’d see how the movement would go upward after the season got rolling.

Prediction had us winning 110 games, which was a little scary. High expectations usually only mean letdowns. No other team in the Division was predicted to have a winning record. Gala’Kiron was predicted for 101 wins, so there was some good chance that we’d meet in the LCS for the fourth year in a row. International discovery Ecthelion Caertania made the list of Top Prospects at #3. Rookie Beorn Theronson made the big club and would split CF time with Holden Ibrahilian.

We had a strong April, less streaky than last year. We finished 17-7, fourth in runs scored and first in allowed. The bullpen was doing what we had hoped, with an ERA of 2.47. Ibrahilian strained a hip muscle and would be out six weeks, giving the rookie Theronson the full-time job. We let Odin Fjurson backup in CF and brought up 3B Harley Oldacre to take some starts for the struggling Hardwaters. Beacon was also struggling offensively, so we moved him down one and Easting into the cleanup spot.

We ended May 37-16, with a 6.5 game lead over Vinismir, who was on a six-game winning streak. We had moved up to second in runs scored and were still tops in runs allowed. We dangled our feet over some trades, but then didn’t feel the need to pull the trigger. The starting rotation was due for an overhaul in the near future, but the strong bullpen model seemed to be working for the nonce.

There were a few interesting draft prospects at the top, but no one thrilling down at our end. We picked Theron Ammramm, a five-tool CF out of high school.

On 1 July, we were 60-21, with an 18 game lead. The offensive power had picked up; we were now first in runs and homers. We had dipped to second in runs allowed. Cantor had been a huge pickup, hitting .329/27/58 to this point. We had six players with more than 20 homers. We took a 13 game winning streak into the All-Star break, and our lead was 24.5 games. We had a chance at seriously challenging the record for number of wins in a season, 111 held by Lowenhalle in 1969.

After the break, we moved Greenstone back into the closer role. Petito had been mediocre and Greenstone’s ERA was under 2.00. We also had some heart-to-heart talks about the future of the club. We had some highly-paid players who were on the downslide. We offered the two relievers extensions. Of the rest, we had Steinwolf Einarsson, Beacon, Easting, and Galakirion. The latter was definitely not getting an offer. At 33, Einarsson was probably not worth it, as his slider had completely flattened out; his fastball and his change were still remarkable, but his velocity had dipped. Lars Einarsson wasn’t likely worth the arbitration money he’d get, so we might be looking at turning over three pitchers in the rotation. We didn’t really have more than two (Hawk Blitz and Gaheris Stormcloak and maybe Arch Arx Orlion, who was a borderline starter at best) ready to bring up, so we’d need to make a trade now or find a FA or two next year.

Shortly after the break, we traded away Galakirion for CF prospect and defensive wiz Anders Galvin. We brought up Stormcloak to take the starting spot. Both the team and the fans didn’t like it, but we were here to win championships. Then while we were in their ballpark, the Waveborn made us a deal that was hard to pass up. What started as a straight up deal to dump 1B Brook Singer for a prospect turned into a blockbuster that brought us superstar starter Kenton Elliott for backup OFs Holden Ibrahilian, Odin Fjursson, and minor league SP Wolthar Carter. Knowing that they’d be our opponent in the playoffs, it made sense to take one of the best pitchers in baseball—just 28 years old—out of their hands and into ours.

After the trade deadline, Cantor fractured a finger and would be out six weeks, possibly threatening his playoffs. At the time, he was hitting .312/35/79 with a .417 OBP. Fenrisson moved into the starting job. We clinched the division on 30 August with our 99th win, number seven in a streak that would end the next day. We’d need to win 12 of the last 29 to break the record. We’d attempt to do it while resting the starters and getting playing time for our prospects.

Elliott won his 20th on 12 September, win number 107. We tied the OLD record with 110 wins on 19 September, as Lars Einarsson and Stoneguild combined on a four-hit shutout. Brown and Stormcloak combined for a two-hit shutout the following day to tie us at 111. Rose won his 19th the following day, a 3-2 win over Thanator, for the record. Brown won his 20th on 25 September. Rose got his the following day, and for the first time in TBL history, a team that three 20-game winners. Hawk Blitz pitched eight strong innings on the last day of the year to claim win number 120. The numbers were staggering.

We scored 1069 runs and hit 365 homers. We were best in runs allowed, starter and reliever ERA, and second in defensive efficiency. Crossbow positioned himself for another MVP run at .327/56/152, second in hitting, third in homers, and tied for first in RBI. Beacon made a case to keep himself signed, hitting .278/52/145. Easting hit .294/44/121 but then balked at our extension offer. Hardwaters overcame a slow start to hit .276/43/115. Conan Mason was the fifth forty-homer player, hitting .304/40/97, with an OBP of .394. Dreamcatcher’s first year in Mele’Kiron was a good one, hitting .296/28/90 and stealing 31 bases. Kathlan Collins won the starting C job in the middle of the year, catching fire and hitting .303/28/79 in only 98 games. Limited by six weeks of injury, Mandos Cantor hit .311/36/80.

Harmund Taylorson (TRV), Wilson Stormbringer (PIA), and Justus Holden (LOW) had three-homer games. Taylorson drove in nine in his. Chartagne’s Kirk Sharpshield came within a single walk of pitching a perfect game. Vladimir Litvinchuk also had a no-hitter, walking six. OLD pitching Triple Crown winner Thanis Séguin (20-6/2.06/323) had the top strikeout performance with 17.

Salmyr won 102 games to take the OLD East and Rising Dawn the WEST with 97. For the fourth consecutive year, we’d face Gala’Kiron in the playoffs, who had won 99 and taken their division by five from Chartagne. The Waveborn out-homered us by one, with RF Gavin Dockery (.290/68/136) leading the way. 3B Gav Wanyukoff had a big season at .323/52/236. Former Survivor Seaver Adamason hit .315/44/126. Furin Undertaker (18-4/3.43) took over the ace role when Elliott came our way. Remington Silverspire was 17-8/4.29. Merthen Kanyava had 30 saves out of the bullpen to go with a 3.74 ERA. Their pitching fell off sharply after that.

Dockery hit a 3-run shot off of Elliott in the sixth and Undertaker was the better pitcher, as the Waveborn took Game 1, 6-1. It didn’t get much better, as Brown surrendered seven runs in five and a third, and suddenly the Survivors were in a 2-0 hole, losing 9-5—and headed into hostile territory. Crossbow homered twice and drove in five to keep the Survivors alive, 11-7. Dockery hit the decisive homer in Game 4, as the Waveborn pulled off the upset, 4-2. A disappointing way to end the year. Again. The Waveborn would go on to sweep Salmyr in the World Series.

AWARDS

Silver Slugger: Beacon, Crossbow, Mason

Manager of the Year: (2)

Ristonofer Trophy: Elliott (1), unanimously

Crossbow finished second to Dockery in the MVP.
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Brown met his vesting criteria. Crossbow, Hardwaters, and Stoneguild all voided their last contract years. Lars Einarsson, Collins, Dreamcatcher, and Conan Mason were all going to arbitration. There would be a financial scramble. We decided to pick up Einarsson for one more year. Crossbow, who had struggled some with injuries, wanted more than $5 million a year and wouldn’t listen to any reasonable offers. Hardwaters, also with some injury issues, wanted $4million for three. That made Beacon’s $3.2 million seem almost reasonable. We had enough budget to do it all, but thought we might do better on getting them back as FAs. We re-signed Stoneguild for two years right away.

The owner wants to extend Brown. He’s 36. That’s not going to happen. His other goals are to win the championship and acquire an MVP.
We saved about a million on Crossbow (and hoped he would fulfill the MVP acquisition, but he didn’t). On the first day of the winter meetings, we traded SS prospect Theron Willowdale to Trevor for established 3B Linford Deeping and got them to eat a quarter of his salary. Hardwaters had just rejected our offer, so we had to just let go. He signed elsewhere for less money. We made an offer to SP Pentor Nightshade for just over $3 million for three. Blitz looked like we wasn’t coming around fast enough for our tastes, so we’d need someone now for that starting slot. Beacon looked like he wasn’t getting signed early, and as much as we loved him, a 33-year-old DH wasn’t worth three million. Nightshade came back and wanted a little more money, so we made a final offer at $11 million for three, with the last a vesting option of 180 innings pitched; he took it.

1B Theron Albani (.289, 480 homers, 9 Gold Gloves) received two more votes than he needed to be elected to the Hall of Fame on his fourth ballot. 3B Angus House (539 homers in the era before lowering the mound) was elected on his fifth ballot with exactly 75% of the vote.
Our Division was once again weak, and we were predicted to win easily with 109 victories. Defending champs and thorns in our side Gala’Kiron was predicted to win 106. We had two prospects in the Top 10: #2 P Ecthelion Caertania and #8 Piacenzan OF Lodovico Terragni.
We went 20-7 in May despite some rocky starts from Nightshade. We ended the month on a nine game winning streak which extended to eleven. Brown was 6-0/2.48 with no signs of slowing down, so we signed him to a two-year extension.

More of the same in May, although the pitchers gave up a few more runs. On the last day of the month, Dreamcatcher strained a hamstring and would be out five weeks. We put together a seven game winning streak that led into the amateur draft. Our first pick was high school CF Chance Riddler. Second was high school SP Regent Brown.
In mid-June, Chantamor offered us one of baseball’s best starters, Remington Oakwood, at 26 the kind of starter that could anchor the rotation for several years. They wanted Lodovico Terragni. We gave them Ulfynn Chappell. We also picked up SP Jorli Arianglas in the deal and gave them OF Hagen Grey. Nightshade was a bit of a bust, which taught us another lesson about 33-year-old FA SP. We went with 11 pitchers for the time being. When Bors Elliott came back from the DL, we waived Stoneguild, who had been terrible and refused a demotion.
June was moderately rocky by our standards. We ended the month at 56-26, with a 12 game lead. We were second in runs scored, first in homers, and first in runs allowed. We were looking forward to Dreamcatcher coming back to go into the leadoff spot.

At the break, Deeping was contending for the Triple Crown at .348/38/98, leading save for homers, with Dockery just one ahead of him. The fans were very happy when we extended him. Nightshade was becoming a real albatross, so we ate most of his salary to trade him to Loudwater for prospect OF Adrian Breakstone. We brought up Arch Arx Orlion to take the bullpen spot. We wanted to extend Rose, but he demanded $4.2 million; after the debacle with Nightshade, we thought better of it. We didn’t make any more deals before the trade deadline. The pitching staff was still having its troubles. We were safe in the division, with a 13.5 game lead, but we actually had the worst record of the four division leaders.

The fifth game of an August winning streak that stretched to eight was manager Zanzibar Jones’ 500th career win. Reliever Lars Storhelten blew out a shoulder and would miss at least a year. Hawk Blitz came back up to the big club to replace him. Roster expansion came and we had and 18.5 game lead; our magic number was nine.

Brown won his 20th on September 11. Oakwood also reached 20 wins combined. Deeping fell behind Dockery far enough in home runs that the Triple Crown was out of sight, but the batting and RBI titles were within reach. We put together a strong month and finished with the best record in baseball at 108-54.

We were first in runs at 1095 and second in homers with 334. We led the league in runs against. Deeping had an MVP year, winning the batting title and leading in RBI at .345/64/173. Only Dockery’s 68 homers kept him from the Triple Crown. Crossbow’s average dipped some but his production didn’t at .297/46/136. Conan Mason had another great year at .319/43/129/.399. Cantor was our fourth 40-homer player at .253/43/114. Rookie Anders Galvin (.274/33/100) provided our fifth 100-RBI man. Missing six weeks with injury, Dreamcatcher still hit .303/25/80. Rookie Blaze Fisher took over the DH role after Chappell got traded and hit .285/23/85. Rose fell one short of winning 20 at 19-4/4.59. Elliot had his ups and downs, finishing 17-11/4.50. Brown’s final numbers were 21-7/4.36. Between the two clubs, Oakwood was 20-9/3.41. Greenstone saved 28 games and had an ERA of 2.47.

Ashton Salmyrian (CHR), Justus Prince (LDW), Greyson Churchbrook (KGR), Rory Stonehouse (ASP), Gav Wanyukoff (GLK), and Gareth Pentworth (CHA) had three-homer games. In his, Salmyrian tied a TBL record with 10 RBI. For the first time in TBL history, one team had three pitchers throw no-hitters. Angus Sharpshield (a perfect game), Thanis Séguin, and Brayke Jonvalson had them for Salmyr, the latter two on back-to-back days. Grammarye’s Angus Southgate also threw on. During his, Séguin struck out 18 hitters for the top K performance of the season.

Shalane won 103 games in the OLD East to battle off Salmyr, who won 99. Goldfield took the west. Arch-rival Gala’Kiron won 102 and would for the fifth consecutive year square off with us in the playoffs. The Waveborn finished second in runs and hit three more homers than we did. Dockery hit .325/69/150, 1B Davos Redwolf finished second in the batting race at .343/47/131, Seaver Adamason hit .263/45/134. On the mound, former Survivor Jesse Galakirion led the league in wins at 23-4/3.90. Furin Undertaker also won 20 at 20-7/3.54. Merthen Kanyava saved 29 games. This seemed like a pretty even matchup, but we were itching to get our revenge.

Deeping homered twice and drove in four as we got off on the right foot, winning 9-3. Trailing 8-4 going into he bottom of the seventh in Game 2, we scored 8 times over the next two innings for a 12-8 win and 2-0 lead. Bertoldo Brasi limited us to four hits over seven, keeping the Waveborn alive with a 2-1 final. They evened it in Game 4, Adamason hitting a fifth inning grand slam that provided the margin of the 7-3 victory. Galvin homered twice and Collins had four hits as we clinched the LCS, 11-5, avoiding an epic collapse.

We’d play perpetual powerhouse Shalane in the World Series. Led offensively by home run champ CF Draven Whistler (.268/56/146), RF Theron Cross (.316/54/145), and LF Dalinar Mariner (.296/48/102), the Brewers also had a strong rotation in Hervé Monnet (14-7/3.98), Adrian Beller (15-7/4.07), Erwon CagBrasach (12-9/3.84), and Ulrich Manwarren (12-7/4.09). Gamling Emerald had an ERA of 3.97 and 38 saves.
Elliott outdueled Monnet in Game 1, winning 3-2. Greenstone struck out the side in the ninth for the save. Game 2 ended with the same 3-2 score, Greenstone once again whiffing all three hitters he faced. The Brewers got back in it with a 4-1 win in Game 3 on the back of CagBrasach’s strong seven innings. Rose made his claim for the off-season contract by shutting out Shalane on three hits over 7.1, striking out 12. The Brewers stayed alive with a 3-2 win of their own, Monnet allowing only two hits over 7.1 It was back to Mele’Kiron. A 4-3 win by Shalane sent the Series to a dramatic seventh game. The Survivors were once again on the verge of a collapse. It was all hands on deck for the finale. In what would go down as perhaps the greatest World Series in history, with six of the seven games decided by a single run, Cantor’s two-run double in the bottom of the eighth was the difference in a 6-5 win. For the third time in the Series, Greenstone struck out the side in the ninth. The Survivors had persevered, chasing off the demons of 1983, claiming their second crown in three years.

AWARDS
Gold Glove: Theronson (1), Galvin (1)
Fireman of the Year: Greenstone (5)
Silver Slugger: Cantor, Deeping, Dreamcatcher.
Rookie of the Year: Galvin
Manager of the Year (3)
Deeping finished second in the MVP voting to Dockery, a true travesty
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Storhelten didn’t meet his vesting criteria due to the injury, Rose and Greenstone voided their options and Petito executed his. We scrambled to sign Greenstone right away. Rose was still asking for more than $4 million, and we didn’t think he’d be worth it. We also withdrew arbitration from Lars Einarsson. More than $3 million a year was too much for him. We also withdrew from Fenrisson, but offered to Mason, Dreamcatcher, Collins, and utility infielder Patreck Graves.

Owner goals are to win again, upgrade at 1B, and extend Cantor. Can do.

We were stunned at the Winter meetings when Gala’Kiron offered us two-time MVP Gavin Dockery in trade for some pitching prospects. At 27, he was at the height of his career, having hit 391 homers already, 60+ in each of the last three seasons. Sure, he came with an excessive salary, but this was a no-brainer. We also traded away promising but clubhouse disruption C-1B Ford Winslett for 23-year-old SS Ulfinn Deeping, who we thought could still develop into a front-line starter. It was a productive series of meetings.

Jones hatched a plan to upgrade at 1B by moving Cantor there and giving Paul Dickerson a shot at 2B. Mason would likely move to LF for Dockery, leaving the aging Crossbow to DH, but we’d work out Dockery in LF during the spring to see which of the LF-RF combos made more sense. Galvin, coming off his Rookie of the Year turn, would still have to compete for the CF job with up-and-comer Lucius Cragskull. All that movement left OF Blaze Fisher the odd man out. He had a nice season last year, but his lack of fielding ability and speed made him expendable. We traded him and P Jarad Harper to Lowenhalle for three strong prospects, SS Cennyth Master, who was our primary target, plus P Gerrard Blacksong, and 2B Micah Diamond.

1B Kevin “Smooth” Pepin (.294, 560 homers) was elected to the Hall of Fame on his first vote.

Deeping broke a bone in his elbow in Spring Training, missing 4-5 months, and putting a damper on our impending domination. We moved Dreamcatcher over the 3B along with top minor leaguer Lincoln Lionmarch, giving top prospect Thrain Fjursson some much needed time in a starting job. We expected him to make the big club anyway but had hoped to bring him along more slowly.

For the first time ever, we had the #1 prospect, RHP Ecthelion Caertania, who was going to make the club and the starting rotation. We had no one else in the Top 10, but our minor league system was ranked #1, with 16 players in the Top 100. Experts predicted us to win 112 games in a once-again weak OLD Eastern Division. At the Winter Meetings, the TBL Competition Committee encouraged umpires to call lower strikes in a more conservative reading of the strike zone, so it looked as though offense, which was at moderately high levels after the mound had been lowered in 1969, would be down some. Unless injuries piled up, we’d probably still hit close to 300 homers.

We were moving along in April at 16-8 when Cantor was hit in the head with a pitch on the last day of the month and suffered a concussion that would keep him out three weeks. Theronson moved into the starting job at 1B until he recovered, leaving Crossbow, who hadn’t taken to the position defensively, at DH. We were fourth in runs scored, fifth in homers, but way in front in runs allowed. With two of our big sticks on the DL, the offensive numbers weren’t likely to get better, but the pitching was going to make up for it. The team, in fact, started May by tossing three shutouts in a row, Caertania with help from the bullpen, and then complete games by Elliott and Oakwood.
May was streaky, featuring a nine-game winning streak and a five game loser, but we finished 37-17, with a 5.5 game lead over plucky Dardanov. The offense had actually picked up anyway, and we were first in runs scored, second in homers. Crossbow was second in all the Triple Crown categories at .351/20/59. Galvin was doing good work at .340/9/35. Dreamcatcher had a .394 OBP from the leadoff spot, and Thrain Fjursson had adapted to major league pitching, hitting .298/15/46. Dickerson was hitting only .229 but had shown pop with 12 homers.

We took another nine game streak into draft day (which would extend to 14). We picked Royce Elliott, a five-pitch high-schooler who might not have been at the top of all scouts’ lists, but we liked to think we could develop.

About a week before the All-Star break, Deeping was ready to come off the DL. We gave him a rehab assignment to Triple A and brought him back to start the second half. We were on a 10-game streak at the break and had a 14.5 game lead. We were first in nearly every offensive and defensive category. Dockery had gotten hot and had 31 homers and Crossbow with 28. Fjursson was the story with 30. Deeping coming back presented a small problem. Dreamcatcher had turned out to be a remarkable defensive 3B and rookie SS Fjursson was rocking it at .315/30/76. First thought was play Deeping at 1B and move Cantor back to 2B. Dickerson had hit 18 homers, but was still batting only .229, so he was odd man out. Of course, a natural SS like Dreamcatcher would also take to 2B, so that would align better defensively, and that’s the way we went. Deeping could learn 1B some other time in order to extend his career.

We stumbled some after the break, at one point losing three 4-3 games in a row, putting up a comparatively mediocre 12-8 record the rest of the month. Still, our lead was 15.5 We were 99-38 when the rosters expanded and our magic number was 5. We lost four of five to begin the month, then finally clinched on 11 September. Bors Elliott injured a hip and would be lost for the playoffs, a pretty big blow. Collins would fill in but our backup options were limited.

Our final record was 116-46. We were first in nearly everything save steals (6th) and bullpen ERA (2nd). The team ERA of 3.73 was the best in the post-mound lowering ERA. We threw 16 shutouts. Offensive was down across TBL, but not in Mele’Kiron. We scored 1011 runs, hit 360 homers, and had an OBP of .364. Nine players hit 20 or more homers. Dockery led the way at .305/62/143, his fourth consecutive 60-homer season. Crossbow, playing mostly DH, hit .304/47/133. Rookie Fjursson’s average cooled some, but he hit .269/47/128. Cantor hit .277/37/100, and Galvin had another fine year at .302/35/105. In only 66 games, Deeping hit .349/23/52. On the mount, Oakwood led the league in wins and ERA at 20-7/2.80, finishing only six strikeouts behind Furin Undertaker, just missing the Triple Crown. Elliot was 17-9/4.15, Brown 15-6/4.07, and rookie Caertania 16-6/3.63. Fifth starter Hawk Blitz was 14-6/5.15.

Ecthelion Faetwyr (GRM) and Taliesin Fanning (DAR) had three-homer games. Trevor’s Dakkon Scarthane had the top RBI performance with 8. There were no no-hitters. Lowenhalle’s Vladimir Litvinchuk at the best K game with 16.

Perennial powerhouse Shalane won 100 games to take the OLD East and Stiptar won 95 to take the West. The OLD had the batting champion with the lowest average ever, Salmyr’s Kestrel Galakirion hitting only .307.

For the first time in the Zanzibar Jones era, we’d face someone other than Gala’Kiron in the LCS. The Chanta’Kiron Sea Lords went 16-10 in September while the Waveborn went 12-13, to include a seven game losing streak, letting the Sea Lords back into the race. It came down to the last weekend when the Waveborn went into Chanta’Kiron for three, down a game. The Sea Lords swept them. Chanta’Kiron was the second best pitching team in the OTH, led by Einar Roskavyk (17-7/3.97) and Travis Twelvecross (13-9/3.63). Offensively, they were ninth in runs scored, their only big bat being 1B Robin Emerald (.275/43/125). The team won only 89 games during the regular season, so this looked like a pretty big mismatch.

Greenwood blew a save in the eighth and Chanta’Kiron took a 1-0 lead, winning 6-4. The Survivors evened the series with an 8-4 win in Game 2, plating four in the bottom of the eighth. The big blow was Dockery’s three-run homer. Brown got knocked around for 11 hits and six runs in 5.2, and the Sea Lords pushed us to the brink of elimination, 6-3. The rookie Caertania dazzled, allowing one hit through eight innings of a 13-0 win. C Collins had three hits and three RBI. It would go down to Game 5. The Survivors delighted the home crowd with an 8-2 win, Cantor and Collins both having three hits.

We’d face Shalane in the World Series, last year’s opponent and winners of five of the last eight OLD flags. The Brewers were clearly the OLD’s best team, with an offense led by RF Theron Cross (.295/45/132), 2B Giustino Le Roy (.306/42/117), LF Dalinar Mariner (.273/43/104), and CF Draven Whistler (.290/43/121). Unfortunately for them, Whistler would miss the Series with a fractured foot. The Brewers’ pitching was middling, with Vladimir Kalinchenko (18-5/3.35) their clear ace.

Former Survivor 3B Rory Stonehouse had three hits and the Brewers jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a 7-4 win. The Survivors got back in it with a strong eight innings from Caertania, 3-2. Oakwood went seven solid innings, allowing only five hits, and Greenstone got his second save, holding on for a 6-5 win. Brown gave up a pair of two-run homers in the fourth and the Brewers cruised to a 7-2 win. Constantino Fjurvyk pitching a complete game four-hitter. We were down to best of three. The Survivors won Game 5 in extra innings, 7-5, Galvin driving across the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th. Back at home, the Survivors staged a comeback from down 6-3, Deeping hitting a sixth inning grand slam to put them on top for good, one of his four hits and six RBIs in the 9-6 win. It was our second win in a row and third in four years.

AWARDS
Gold Glove: Galvin (2)
Fireman of the Year: Davos Glenz (1), a quiet 7-1/2.02 with 97 Ks in 75 innings.
Silver Slugger: Dockery, Crossbow
Rookie of the Year: Fjursson (with Caertania getting two votes)
Manager of the Year: (4)
Ristonofer Trophy: Oakwood (1)
MVP: Dockery (4, 1 with us)
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Lots of contract action. Oakwood executed his option. Crossbow, Cantor, and Dockery all voided theirs. Brown met his vesting criteria and seemed still strong at 38. Crossbow wanted $5+ for three. We decided to wait and try to sign him after filing and save ourselves some cash. We got him to just below $5 million, but he wouldn’t budge after that; he also wouldn’t capitulate on the third year at option. We offered Dockery an average of $5.5 million over three with no options and he took it. Cantor had already signed an extension, so the void was a formality. Mason was our only major FA, and with his slipping performance plus a surplus of good young outfielders, we could let him go. In arbitration, we withdrew from Graves and Collins (who wasn’t worth the $1 million+), and offered to Dreamcatcher and Theronson. Petito was also up and we re-signed him for two years at $1.6m each—an insurance policy against an aging Greenstone.

The only thing the owner wants to do is sign Brown to an extension (and win/build a dynasty). We’ll see how Brown performs before making a decision.

During the Winter Meetings, we traded away Theronson for four prospects. The primary was P Harrison Chantish, plus CF Argus Lynnewood, RF Emerson Black, and C Garruk Blackrider.

OF Heath Jonvalson (.290, 534 homers) was elected to the Hall of Fame on his first ballot. P Balim Netherland (166-118/3.61, 3 Ristonofer Trophies) was elected on his third.

We signed our top two veteran starters, Elliott and Oakwood, to three-year extensions. Adding Caertania, hopefully our rotation would be steady for a while. We also extended Dreamcatcher, now installed as a full-time 2B. We had too many good pitchers going into the spring and the situation got trickier as Silas Lake worked his way into the starting rotation. We ended up sending down Harrison Chantish, who we had thought would be in the rotation and Hawk Blitz, who we considered trading. Cliff Brown had had a good enough spring to show he still had something, so we didn’t want to get rid of him (but there was no way we would re-sign him). We were also keeping an eye on young Rowan Ravenheart in our minor league system. He had shown some promise early, but came into the spring in spectacular physical condition and with way more pop in his bat. We promoted him from single A to AAA and gave him work in LF (from his natural RF spot) to better prepare him for the bigs.

We were predicted to win 121 games, which would best our own record. That seemed somewhat absurd, but we knew that we could be the greatest team of all time. We showed part of that with a 10 game winning streak in the middle of April to finish the month at 19-3. We were first in all offensive categories, second in runs allowed. Dockery and Cantor, with 12 each, had provided half of our home runs between them.

In early May, Dickerson hit three homers and drove in seven in a game in which we hung up 22 on Gerus. We scored 24 the following day; Dreamcatcher, Dockery, and Cantor all hit two dingers and Dreamcatcher drove in 7. The next day we scored 21, easily breaking the two- and three-day records for runs scored. Dockery homered twice again and Galvin added two. On 30 May, we set a new TBL record by scoring 30 runs against Kiron Dae. We set a record with nine homers in a game, Dickerson had his second seven RBI performance and set a TBL record scoring seven runs. We ended the month at 39-11, having scored an amazing 427 runs, hitting 102 homers in May alone. Dockery had 31 homers and 64 RBI. There was a kind of absurdity to it. Crossbow piled up his 2500th career hit along the way; he was fifth on the all-time list.

It was a mediocre draft pool, and we didn’t expect much, so we were surprised when power-hitting RF Pierce Dance was still available to us. College C Uther Morwen was our #2 pick.

Brown won his 200th career game in June. He had a few weeks earlier moved into fourth on the all-time list. On the first of July, we were 59-18, 19 games up on Vinismir. Gala’Kiron was challenging us for best record at 56-23. Dockery was on pace to challenge the all-time HR number of 82, having hit 44. The offense had slowed down some from the heady days of May, but we finished the month at 200 homers, certainly capable of challenging the all-time number of 378 by Vinismir in 1974.

The 69-20 record at the break wasn’t part of the insanity. Dockery was hitting .315/48/100. Cantor was at .358/34/82. Deeping had 32 homers, Fjursson 30. We were hitting .294 as a team and had slugged 247 homers. Lost in all the hitting was Oakwood standing at 15-2/2.57. Elliott was 12-3/3.53 and Caertania 11-1/3.65. Leading into the trade deadline, we swept the Waveborn to put our stamp on dominance in the league.

Oakwood won his 20th on 17 August. He’d have a good chance to challenge the record of 24, set by Pietro Baggins (a pitching coach in our minor league system) in 1964. We hit September on a 13 game winning streak. We were going to challenge our own record by barely playing .500 ball the rest of the way. We had already scored 972 runs and hit 343 homers. Records looked poised to fall. Crossbow hit his 600th career homer on the first of September. On 7 September, Crossbow sprained an ankle and would likely miss the playoffs, a big blow. An even bigger blow came when Cantor got hit with a pitch and suffered a concussion. He, too, would miss the playoffs. We still broke the home run record and would shoot for 400. Linford Deeping would move to 1B. Then Davos Glenz suffered an injury and would also be out. On September 23, Oakwood became the first 25-game winner in TBL history with a 5-1 win over Vinismir. Caertania won his 20th two days later, joining Elliott, giving the Survivors three 20 game winners again. Fittingly, Oakwood’s last start, in which he won number 26, was the record-breaking 121st win.

The numbers were staggering. 126 wins. 1174 runs, a new record (by 2). 414 home runs, a new record by nearly 40. A .291 batting average, a new record. Seven players over 100 RBI. Some of the slash lines were equally amazing. Dockery, sure to win another MVP, hit .302/74/155. Deeping .291/62/136. Fjursson .300/53/130. Galvin .286/38/100. Dreamcatcher .291/29/105. Cantor .335/44/106 (and would miss the playoffs). Crossbow .313/32/106 (ditto). The Terrible Trio of Oakwood (26-5/2.70), Elliott (21-6/3.82), and Caertania (20-4/4.08). This was a team for the ages.

Storm Kellenford (ASP), Bersi Steinbritsson (SAL), and Dickerson had three-homer games. Lowenhalle’s Florian Barbe had an 8 RBI game. Gala’Kiron’s Bertoldo Brasi, Stiptar’s Fletcher Hale, and Trevor’s Emerson Holder all pitched no-hitters. Chantamor’s Yesken Day had the top K performance with 16.

Salmyr and Stiptar won OLD divisions, while the Waveborn won 107 games to take the OTH West. Baseball’s best rivalry would tilt again.

Nicol Fryar hit a two-run homer off of Greenstone in the top of the 10th to send the Waveborn to a 5-4 win. C Josiah Twelvehall homered twice and drove in six as the Waveborn took a 2-0 lead, 13-7. Caertania and the bullpen kept the Survivors breathing with a 2-1 win in Game 3. Then, just like that, the most remarkable regular season was over as the Waveborn won Game 4, 7-3. The press destroyed Jones and the team. For the second time, a record-setting team lost in the playoffs. The Waveborn would go on to blow a 3-1 lead and lose to Salmyr in the World Series.

AWARDS
Gold Glove: Galvin (3), Fjursson (1)
Silver Slugger: Deeping, Fjursson, Dockery
Manager of the Year: (5)
Ristonofer Trophy: Oakwood (2)
MVP: Dockery (5)
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The owner encouraged us to re-sign Brown. He retired instead. The owner had no other goals than win and build a dynasty. Glenz, Elliott, Dickerson, and Galvin were all up for arbitration. We were happy making generous offers.

In the Winter Meetings, there was a strong push to expand the League Championship Series to seven games, a move that was accepted.

Mafryd Holden (893 homers, 2nd all-time; 1983 RBI, 3rd all-time) was voted into the Hall of Fame on his first ballot.

Our actuaries reported that the size of the city of Mele’Kiron has dropped significantly; the projected attendance reflects a nearly 14% loss in ticket sales. We’ll have to just persevere. Our budget surplus will be well lower.

Starters Tobias Beardsworth and Nicholas Charton impressed enough in the spring to work their way into the rotation. They helped push our predicted wins to 124. There’s no choice other than to win it all this year. Expectations are obscenely high, and justifiably so. We had only one prospect in the Top 10, RF Rowan Ravenheart, but 10 more in the Top 100—half of them pitchers.

In just his second start, Tobias Beardsworth strained some shoulder ligaments and would be out a month and a half. 26-year-old rookie Gianluca Rosato came up to take his spot in the rotation. We ended the month 19-4, courtesy of a nine game winning streak in the middle. The run scoring and homering wasn’t quite up to last year’s standards, but it was nearly there. We tore off a 13 game streak to start May, opening up an 8 game lead. We lost five in a row late in the month to somewhat bring us down to earth. When Beardsworth was ready to come back, Rosato had done such a nice job (5-1/2.72 in 7 starts) that we didn’t want to send him down. We left him in the rotation and went with 11 pitchers for now, bring Beardsworth back slowly with some bullpen work.

We ended May at 38-13, good enough for an 11 game lead. The surprise in the OTH was Aspermond, who had a 7.5 game lead on the Waveborn in the west. Pickings were slim in the draft. We selected high school 3B Mason Day in the first round and OF Rowan Outlander in the second. Elliott strained a hip muscle and would miss two weeks. Beardsworth went back into the rotation.

Our 66-24 record at the break gave us a pretty good lead in the Division. We weren’t going to hit those 124 wins, but that was a dream anyway. We were first in everything save steals, having pounded out 242 homers. Deeping was leading the league in the Triple Crown categories at .366/41/97. Dockery’s average had dipping to .254, but he still had 26 jacks. Dickerson settled into the starting job at 2B and had 33. Cantor’s average had also dipped to .264, but he had 26 big flies. Averages were down some, but the power was still there. Oakwood and Elliott were 1-2 in wins with 12 and 11. Unfamiliar teams were leading the other divisions, with Aspermond in the OTH West, and Lowenhalle and Stiptar in the OLD.

At the trade deadline, we were 78-26, 17 games up on Dardanov. We were still first in virtually everything. The average had gone up to .272 and the homer total to 277. In August, after losing three in a row for the first time all season, we went on a 10 game streak which included a 24 run outburst and a one-hitter by Beardsworth. We were 99-33 on September 1 with 929 runs scored and 370 homers. We’d need a ridiculous month, especially with resting starters, to break any records. Elliott won his 20th in the first week of September then Oakwood won his on the 13th. With 10 games left, Deeping was out of the batting race, but would win the HR and RBI titles.

122 wins. 1119 runs scored. A new record 435 homers (and that despite homers being down league-wide by more than 10% over the last two years). First in all categories save stolen bases. Only winning the whole thing would do here. Deeping chilled off at the end, but still hit .307/61/142. Dickerson’s first year as a full time start proved useful as he hit .266/58/138. Dockery finished at .275/55/123. Cantor hit .277/49/116. Fjursson .268/47/111. Ravenheart positioned himself for a rookie award by putting up one of the few 30/30 seasons in TBL history, hitting .286/49/130 and stealing 30 bases. Crossbow, on the wane, still hit .280/33/81. Bors Elliott had another fine season behind the plate at .270/23/74. Oakwood was 22-6/3.00, Elliott 22-3/3.69, Caertania 16-3/3.68, Beardsworth 15-2/2.74 in only 19 starts, and Charton, who would go to the bullpen, 16-6/3.25. Giancarlo Petito saved 34 games with an ERA of 2.27.

Netherkirth’s Nicolai Gurilev put up the only three-homer game. Aspermond’s Gregor Sterling had a 9 RBI performance. Dardanov’s Laird Coppermine and Shalane’s Newton Beck pitched no-hitters. Dardanov’s Laird Scarthane had an 18 K game.

In the OLD, Salmyr made a late charge but fell short by a game to Lowenhalle in the East. Stiptar won 98 games and took the West. A new champion emerged from the OTH West, as Aspermond beat Gala’Kiron by 7 games. The Thoroughbreds won more games than the numbers might indicate. They were fourth in runs scored and sixth in allowed. Their top hitters were SS Einar Coppermine (.258/36/78), RF Oddleif Parrish (.254/37/98), and CF Eddard Nethermere (.297/26/103). On the mound, Damian Yakushkin (17-6/2.91) was their only top arm.

It would be the first seven-game LCS. Caertania gave up four homers before Jones pulled him and the Thoroughbreds went on to an 11-3 rout. The Survivors tied it up with a rout of their own, a 13-4 drubbing in which Dickerson homered twice and defensive replacement Cole Firstborn hit a grand slam in the eighth. Oakwood pitched seven innings of one-hit ball before tiring and Petito pitched two perfect innings to preserve the 1-0 win in Game 3. Cantor homered twice and drove in four as the Survivors took Game 4, 7-1, Beardsworth giving up only two hits and striking out 10 over 7.1 The Thoroughbreds stayed alive as Nethermere hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth to fuel a 5-2 win. Back at home, the bullpen blew a 7-3 lead, giving up six unanswered runs, and the Thoroughbreds pushed the LCS to Game 7 with a 9-7 win. Gavin, Ravenheart, Elliott, and Deeping all homered in Game 7, as the Survivors won 8-3, staving off another bad playoff loss.

We’d play Lowenhalle in the Series, the OLD’s second-best offense, led by RF Florian Renoux (.310/42/140) and CF Florian Barbe (.277/32/106). They had a legit rotation of Kirk Sharpshield (19-7/3.65), Vladimir Litvinchuk (15-11/4.34), Adama Allingwyl (12-9/3.76), and Tiro Mason (12-12/4.97). Former Survivor O’Ryan Mooney had 38 saves and a 2.51 ERA. The Lions were no pushovers, but we were heavily favored.

Caertania was masterful over 7.1 in the opener, shutting them out on six hits. Blitz mopped up the rest of the 4-0 win. A dramatic Game 2 went down as one of the most memorable in World Series history, as the Lions battled back from 5-1 down, scoring runs in the sixth, seventh, and eighth to take a 7-5 lead. Ravneheart hit a dramatic two-out three run homer in the bottom of the ninth for a walk-off win. In the no-DH park, Oakwood went seven strong to pick up his third playoff win and Ravenheart had three hits and four RBIs to win 8-2 and go up 3-0. After the Survivors had tied Game 4 in the top of the ninth, Vael Breakstone hit a walk-off solo shot in the bottom of the ninth, keeping the Lions alive, 4-3. More drama as the Lions scored one in the bottom of the ninth to tie and one in the tenth to win, 3-2, Litvinchuk and Mooney holding the Survivors to just two hits. It was back to Mele’Kiron. The hero would come from the unlikeliest spot. After Blitz had blown a two-run lead in the ninth to allow the Lions to tie the game at 3 (all the runs being unearned on uncharacteristic errors by Galvin, Dickerson, and Dreamcatcher), Theron Ammramm, who had only 63 at bats during the regular season, pinch hit for defensive replacement Dreamcatcher and hit Mooney’s first offering into the cheap seats for the first walk-off homer win in World Series history. The ghosts were banished for now. Three championships in the last four season and four in six had the word dynasty being bandied about.

AWARDS
Fireman of the Year: Petito (1), getting 14 votes, Glenz got 10.
Silver Slugger: Elliott, Dickerson, Deeping, Crossbow, Ravenheart, Dockery
Rookie of the Year: Ravenheart
Manager of the Year: (6)
Ristonofer Trophy: Oakwood (3 in a row)
MVP: Deeping (2). Was going to make it hard to not sign him.
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