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Old 10-26-2019, 04:01 AM   #21
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2044 Awards Winners

Frontier League MVP- Willie Mays, CF, LON (48): .368/ .434/ .667, 246 hits, 39 doubles, 10 triples, 47 HR, 112 RBI, 159 runs, 80 BB, 43 SB, +23.7 Zone Rating, 178 OPS+, 13.7 WAR
Second place- Jimmie Foxx, 1B, CHI: .355/ .474/ .699, 202 hits, 41 doubles, 4 triples, 49 HR, 131 RBI, 134 runs, 126 BB, 3 SB, 201 OPS+, 10.7 WAR
Third place- Harry Heilmann, RF, LON: .364/ .438/ .687, 224 hits, 46 doubles, 9 triples, 45 HR, 131 RBI, 144 runs, 74 BB, 4 SB, 184 OPS+, 8.7 WAR
Fourth place- Rico Petrocelli, SS, BUF: .301/ .375/ .599, 182 hits, 33 doubles, 49 HR, 146 RBI, 108 runs, 73 BB, +23.6 Zone Rating, 156 OPS+, 9.9 WAR
Fifth place- Mike Trout, CF, MIN: .370/ .457/ .635, 221 hits, 49 doubles, 8 triples, 31 HR, 113 RBI, 131 runs, 88 BB, 27 SB, +14.9 Zone Rating,177 OPS+, 11.8 WAR

Frontier League Cy Young Award: Walter Johnson, CAL (24): 18-5, 1.86 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, 246 IP, 317 K, 34 BB, 5 CG, 3 shutouts, 243 ERA+, 11.1 WAR
First place (tie)- Nolan Ryan, DET (24): 22-4, 1.82 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 223 IP, 311 K, 116 BB, 1 CG, 1 shutout, 254 ERA+, 7.9 WAR
Third place- Jose Rijo, LON: 15-2, 1.75 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 180 IP, 217 K, 31 BB, 2 CG, 1 shutout, 262 ERA+, 7.2 WAR
Fourth place- Gene Conley, LON: 22-4, 3.18 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 226 IP, 214 K, 53 BB, 4 CG, 1 shutout, 144 ER+, 6.4 WAR
Fourth place (tie) - Bob Moose, CIN: 16-11, 2.78 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 233 IP, 214 K, 28 BB, 3 CG, 2 shutouts, 163 ERA+, 9.9 WAR

Frontier League Rookie of the Year- Tony Conigliaro, LF/RF, VAN (32): .301/ .372/ .549, 129 hits, 31 doubles, 3 triples, 23 HR, 78 RBI, 83 runs, 46 BB, 4 SB, 137 OPS+, 3.5 WAR
Second place- Alex Bregman, 3B, CLE (9): .315/ .401/ .547, 126 hits, 38 doubles, 5 triples, 15 HR, 58 RBI, 62 runs, 57 BB, 15 SB, 140 OPS+, 4.3 WAR
Third place- Odell Hale, 2B, PIT: .305/ .350/ .517, 127 hits, 30 doubles, 5 triples, 16 HR, 71 RBI, 70 runs, 29 BB, 3 SB, 124 OPS+, 3.9 WAR

Continental League MVP- George Sisler, 1B, OKC (43): .363/ .419/ .674, 225 hits, 48 doubles, 6 triples, 44 HR, 133 RBI, 139 runs, 58 BB, 56 SB, 173 OPS+, 9.2 WAR
Second place- Reggie Jackson, RF/CF, VB (2): .310/ .395/ .647, 178 hits, 32 doubles, 3 triples, 52 HR, 131 RBI, 124 runs, 79 BB, 14 SB, 163 OPS+, 7.0 WAR
Third place- Joe DiMaggio, CF, ELP: .284/ .365/ .947, 170 hits, 24 doubles, 5 triples, 48 HR, 149 RBI, 113 runs scored, 57 BB, 1 SB, 153 OPA+, 6.5 WAR
Fourth place- Matt Kemp, CF, MEM: .342/ .394/ .565, 198 hits, 27 doubles, 6 triples, 30 HR, 119 RBI, 115 runs, 49 BB, 26 SB, +10.7 Zone Rating, 147 OPS+, 7.9 WAR
Fifth place- Robin Yount, SS, JAX: .337/ .416/ .558, 206 hits, 31 doubles, 4 triples, 32 HR, 106 RBI, 121 runs, 76 BB, 12 SB, 146 OPS+, 5.0 WAR

Continental League Cy Young Award- Greg Maddux, SA (48): 17-6, 1.67 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 248 IP, 235 K, 53 BB, 4 CG, 1 shutout, 284 ERA+, 8.7 WAR
Second place- Jon Lester, ABQ: 16-10, 2.89 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 212 IP, 251 K, 63 BB, 3 CG, 1 shutout, 176 ERA+, 7.0 WAR
Third place- Woodie Fryman, MEM: 18-4, 2.55 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 198 IP, 172 K, 42 BB, 4 CG, 1 shutout, 195 ERA+, 5.8 WAR
Fourth place- Ron Guidry, NAS: 15-12, 2.81 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 224 IP, 230 K, 45 BB, 2 CG, 165 ERA+, 5.5 WAR
Fourth place (tie)- Bob Rush, VB: 15-7, 2.73 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 191 IP, 178 K, 36 BB, 184 ERA+, 6.1 WAR

Continental League Rookie of the Year: Matt Kemp, CF, MEM (48): .342/ .394/ .565, 198 hits, 27 doubles, 6 triples, 30 HR, 119 RBI, 115 runs, 49 BB, 26 SB, +10.7 Zone Rating, 147 OPS+, 7.9 WAR
Second place- Jeff Kent, 3B/2B, HAR: .304/ .361/ .571, 157 hits, 40 doubles, 1 triple, 32 HR, 97 RBI, 95 runs, 35 BB, 3 SB, 140 OPS+, 4.4 WAR
Third place- Claude Hendrix, RHP, NOR: 6-3, 2.17 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 125 IP, 117 K, 31 BB, 1 CG, 233 ERA+, 4.4 WAR

Top draft picks: 1. Addie Joss, RHP, Philadelphia Hawks
2. Chris Hoiles, C, Kansas City Mad Hatters
3. Mark McGwire, 3B/1B, Portland Skunks
4. Birdie Cree, LF/RF, Milwaukee Raccoons
5. Bob Meusel, LF/ RF, Ottawa Parliamentarians
6. John Stearns, C, San Diego Zookeepers
7. Dave Winfield, RF, Montreal Knights
8. Elmer Smith, CF, Atlanta Ducks
9. Woody English, SS, Hartford Huskies
10. Alvin Davis, 1B, Washington Ambassadors
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2044 Hall of Fame Voting

In one of the deepest Hall of Fame classes in league history, five players -- including three newcomers -- were inducted. The class saw both the first unanimous selection in league history (5-time MVP Frank Baker) as well as the narrowest margin in history, as Yasiel Puig hit 75.0% on the nose on his third try on the ballot. In addition, 293-game winner Smoky Joe Wood earned 98.8% of the vote, slugging shortstop Francisco Lindor drew 93.6%, and power-hitting catcher Tex Erwin drew 82.0% in his second time on the ballot.

Baker was selected first overall by the Albuquerque Conquistadors following the 2025 season. Baker broke in with a bang, hitting .297 with 28 homers, 119 RBI's, 110 runs scored, and 28 steals as a 21-year-old rookie in 2026, finishing runner-up in the Rookie of the Year balloting. Baker blossomed into superstardom the following year, finishing second in the MVP voting while leading the Conquistadors to their first playoff spot in league history. Baker led the league in batting average, on-base percentage, runs scored, and WAR, posting a .359/ .448/ .599 slash line with 35 homers, 120 runs scored, and 135 RBI's -- the first of five straight batting titles and four consecutive years leading the league in runs scored. In 2028, Baker won his first MVP, winning the Triple Crown as he hit .346 with 38 homers and 125 RBI's, along with a league-high 125 runs scored. He repeated as MVP the following season, hitting a league-best .389 with a .656 slugging percentage, smacking 233 hits, including 40 doubles, 36 homers, 130 RBI's, and scoring 157 runs. In 2030, Baker had the single most impressive offensive season in HRDL history, posting an incredible 15.1 WAR and a .421/ .501/ .834 slash line. Setting single-season records with 262 hits, 64 doubles, and 61 RBI's, Baker scored 188 runs and knocked in 173. He won his fourth straight MVP and third Triple Crown in 2031, hitting "just" .383 and slugging .759, mashing 54 homers and plating 164 runs. After an off-season in 2032, where Baker merely hit .329 with 77 extra-base hits and 133 RBI's, he won yet another MVP award the following season, after hitting .344 and slugging .646 with 46 round-trippers and 154 RBI's. In 2034, Baker slipped to fourth in the MVP voting after winning his sixth batting title, hitting .351 with 35 homers, 113 RBI's, and 136 runs scored. Baker also led the Conquistadors to their first World Series title that season, hitting .318 with a .434 on-base percentage, and scoring 21 runs in 23 postseason games. Following the season, Baker decamped to Los Angeles in free agency. Baker hit over .320 with at least 30 homers and 100 RBI's in each of his first three seasons in Los Angeles. In 2037, Baker finished 5th in the MVP voting after hitting .335 with 38 longballs, 123 RBI's, and 125 runs scored, and he won the World Series MVP, hitting .500 with 5 doubles, a homer, and 4 RBI's as he led the Kangaroos to the title. Baker had two more star-level seasons in Los Angeles, hitting .347 and .336 while slugging over .600 each season, before suffering a substantial decline in 2040. Baker spent one ineffective season in Seattle before retiring. Over his career, the eight-time All-Star won five MVP awards, posted three more top-five finishes, and notched eight Silver Slugger Awards. A career .338 hitter, Baker finished with 3,061 hits, 556 homers, 1925 RBI's, 1964 runs scored, 295 steals, and 124.5 WAR. At the time of his induction, Baker ranked 7th all-time in batting average, 6th in slugging percentage (behind five active players), 16th in homers, 12th in RBI's, 6th in runs scored, and 6th in WAR. A postseason fixture, Baker made the postseason ten times, hitting .324 and slugging .526 with 17 homers and 69 RBI's in 123 postseason games.

Wood was drafted first overall by the Pittsburgh Golden Gorillas following the 2022 season. Wood finished 3rd in the Rookie of the Year balloting in 2023, after going 17-8 with a 2.95 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and 228 strikeouts. The following year, Wood posted the first of his five 20-win seasons, going 20-11 with a 2.67 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and 240 strikeouts. In 2025, Wood won both the Cy Young Award and the MVP, posting a league-leading 23-9 mark with a 2.40 ERA, whiffing 290 batters in the first of his seven league-leading campaigns. Wood repeated as Cy Young Award winner the following season, while finishing runner-up in the MVP balloting, as he went 18-11 with a 2.29 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP, and a league-best 280 strikeouts. In 2027, Wood won his third straight Cy Young Award, going 17-9 with a 2.02 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP, and 255 strikeouts, as he again finished second in the MVP balloting. The following year, Wood slipped to third in the Cy Young voting, but still finished 5th in the MVP voting, after posting an 18-10 mark with a 2.26 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP, and 253 strikeouts, while hitting an incredible .378 with 11 doubles and 8 homers in just 90 at bats. 2029 was Wood's finest campaign, as he won his second MVP and fourth Cy Young Award, winning the pitching Triple Crown as he went 24-6 with a 1.76 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP, and 293 strikeouts. Wood remained a workhorse for several more seasons, finishing 5th in the Cy Young voting in both 2030 and 2031, while finishing second in 2032 after going 14-11 with a 2.51 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, 264 strikeouts, and allowing just 5 homers in 254 innings. He finished runner-up once again in 2033, as he posted a 20-8 mark with a 2.82 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and a league-best 291 strikeouts. Wood finished third in the Cy Young voting in 2034, as he went 14-8 with a 3.18 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, and 212 strikeouts. He finished fourth in the Cy Young balloting the following year, going 15-4 with a 2.90 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and a league-high 263 whiffs. After going 14-4 in an injury-riddled 2036 campaign, Wood jumped to Los Angeles in free agency before the 2037 season. Wood posted an 18-6 mark with a 3.36 ERA and 237 strikeouts, leading the Kangaroos to a world championship, as he won 4 postseason games with a 3.10 ERA, including a 2.45 ERA in the World Series. After a second solid, if injury-shortened, season with Los Angeles, Wood signed with the Austin Mustangs in free agency, where he suffered through an ineffective initial season, then blew his elbow out at the start of the 2040 season as he chased 300 wins. Wood retired after the following season with a career 293-147 record, a 2.83 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 4040 strikeouts, and 138.8 WAR; he also hit .259 and smacked 83 doubles and 34 homers. He ranked 5th all-time in victories, 6th in winning percentage, 3rd in strikeouts, and 4th in WAR among pitchers. A ten-time All-Star, Wood won 2 MVP's, 4 Cy Young Awards, and 6 Silver Sluggers. He posted a solid 2.70 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP with an 8-6 record in 15 postseason starts.

Lindor, a six-time All-Star, was tabbed thirdby the St. Louis Pilots following the 2020 season. As a 20-year-old, he finished as the runner-up in the Rookie of the Year voting, hitting .280 with 20 homers, 74 RBI's, 107 runs scored, and 36 steals. In his sophomore campaign, he finished as the runner-up in the MVP voting, hitting .334 and slugging .557, with 35 homers, 106 RBI's, 108 runs scored, 49 steals, and won the first of his six Gold Gloves on defense. Remarkably, Lindor took a giant step forward the following season, hitting .347 and slugging .671, with 44 doubles, 41 steals, and he led the league with 50 homers, 150 RBI's, and 138 runs scored while posting 13.2 WAR and winning the MVP. After a season-ending concussion in 2024, Lindor never quite scaled the same heights, but he remained highly effective. In 2026, Lindor finished fourth in the MVP voting, hitting .295 and slugging .483, ripping 25 homers, plating 112 runs, scoring 108 times, and leading the league with 8.7 WAR while winning his sixth straight Gold Glove. Lindor topped 20 homers for each of the following 12 seasons - including a streak of 8 straight years over 30 longballs. In 2030, Lindor ripped 31 homers and knocked in 94 runs, and in the offseason, left St. Louis for the Detroit Purple Game. In five years in Detroit, Lindor topped 30 homers each year, blasting 41 homers and knocking in 123 runs in 2033 and smacking 44 homers and driving in 134 runs the following year. After a 30-homer, 114 RBI season in 2035, Lindor signed with Calgary as a free agent, where he hit 99 homers in 3 seasons. In his final three seasons, Lindor bounced around as a power-hitting journeyman. He retired after the 2041 season with a career .264/ .330/ .475 slash line, including 2931 hits, 487 doubles, 584 homers (10th all-time), 1827 RBI's (15th all-time), 1675 runs scored, 237 steals, and 109.1 WAR. A 6-time All-Star, Lindor won 6 Gold Gloves and 4 Silver Sluggers. The lone blemish on his record was his subpar postseason record, as he hit just .204 with 8 homers in 60 games, and never made it out of the second round in eight postseasons.

Erwin was selected 4th overall by the Albuquerque Conquistadors following the 2022 season. Unlike most Hall of Famers, he struggled for several years. After a cup of coffee in 2023, he hit .184 and slugged .289 in 2024, with just 10 homers and 55 RBI's in 127 games, and he hit just 21 homers and drove in 88 runs over the next two seasons combined. Although he started to develop a power stroke in 2027, smacking 26 homers, he hit just .219. But in 2029, Erwin took the leap into stardom, making the first of eight straight All-Star teams, as he hit .292 with a .404 on-base percentage, with 34 homers, 102 RBI's, and 90 walks. The following year, he drilled 38 homers, while knocking in 105 runs and scoring 119 times. In 2031, Erwin finished 5th in the MVP voting, posting a .296/ .402/ .623 slash line, with 43 homers, 121 RBI's, and 116 runs scored while stealing 11 bases without getting caught -- his first of seven straight 40-homer seasons. Erwin set career highs in 2034, ripping 48 homers and knocking in 134 runs. Erwin led the Conquistadors to the only World Series title in franchise history that year, winning MVP of the Wild Card, League Championship Series, and World Series, setting records with 12 homers and 35 RBI's in that postseason. In 2036, Erwin smacked 42 homers and plated 107 runs -- in just 108 games. In 2038, he signed with the Houston Pythons in free agency, and he spent the last three years of his career there, drilling 74 homers. Over his career, Erwin won 10 Silver Slugger awards and made 8 All-Star teams. He retired with a .251/ .362/ .507 slash line, including 1936 hits, 534 homers, 1542 RBI's, 1502 runs scored, and 74.7 WAR. He retired as the all-time leader among catchers in homers, RBI's, runs scored, and walks, and fourth among catchers in WAR. Erwin smacked 25 postseason homers and drove in 70 runs in 79 games, slugging .505.

Puig was drafted 8th overall by the Albuquerque Conquistadors after the 2020 season -- and remarkably, became the third Conquistador inducted as part of the 2044 Hall of Fame Class. Puig broke in with a bang, winning the 2021 Rookie of the Year award, as he hit .332 and slugged .569, ripping 73 extra-base hits, including 31 homers, plating 113 runs, and scoring 126 times. After a 34-homer, 99 RBI sophomore campaign, Puig exploded in 2023, hitting .330 and slugging .627, with 40 doubles, 38 homers, and 142 RBI's. Puig took a step back, but still topped 20 homers and 100 RBI's in two of the next three seasons, before signing with the Minneapolis Penguins before the 2027 season. After three solid, if unspectacular seasons, Puig had another monster year in 2030, hitting .310 and slugging .625, with 98 extra-base hits, including 47 homers, 138 RBI's, and 129 runs scored. He averaged 27 homers and 86 RBI's over the next two years before signing with New Orleans in free agency. In 2033, Puig belted 31 homers and knocked in 93 runs in his Big Easy debut. Two years later, he hit .310 with 40 homers and 129 RBI's, and he followed that up by hitting .320 and slugging .615, with 42 longballs and 132 RBI's. He remained productive the following year, hitting .276 and slugging .500, drilling 27 longballs and knocking in 78 runs. Puig then spent three years as a part-time player before retiring with a career .290/ .372/ .510 slash line, including 2950 hits, 533 doubles, 491 homers, 1719 runs scored, 1748 RBI's, 211 steals, and 85.5 WAR. A four-time All-Star, Puig also won three Gold Gloves and a Silver Slugger. He smacked 17 extra-base hits in 51 postseason games, including 6 homers and 32 RBI's.

The leading vote recipients include:
Frank Baker, 3B, ALB/ LA/ SEA: 100.0%
Smoky Joe Wood, RHP, PIT/ LA/ AUS: 98.8%
Francisco Lindor, SS/2B, STL/ DET/ CAL/ OMA/ NAS/ OTT/ ALB: 93.6%
Tex Erwin, C, ALB/ HOU: 82.0%
Yasiel Puig, RF, ALB/ MIN/ NOR: 75.0%
Larry Parrish, 3B, ANA/ CHA: 60.4%
Jerry Mumphrey, RF, ANA/ NAS/ PHI/ MEM: 56.7%
Gary Sanchez, C, BAL: 55.2%
Jack Clark, RF, STL/ TOR/ ELP/ LON/ LA: 54.9%
Ralph Garr, RF, MIL/ WAS/ HOU/ OKC: 54.0%
High Pockets Kelly, RF/1B, TOR/ JAX/ AUS/ DAL/ CHI: 48.2%
Bernie Friberg, 2B, OKC/ DEN/ WAS, 47.3%

Among the top players who were removed from the ballot after failing to hit the 10% threshold were 500-homer slugger George Bell, three-time hit leader and career .338 hitter Gene Clines, and Erubiel Durazo, who topped 100 RBI's eight times.

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2045 Mid-Year Review

Here are some of the leading storylines across the league at the 2045 All-Star Break:

Exceeding Expectations: The Baltimore Robins entered the break with a 43-30 record, a mere half-game out of first place in the Northeast Division. Baltimore won just 79 games last year, and they looked to snap an eight-year postseason drought. Centerfielder Cesar Cedeno had a brilliant first half, hitting .344 and slugging .663, with 21 homers, 26 steals, 73 RBI's, and 72 runs scored. Left fielder Monte Irvin hit .375 with 15 round-trippers and 53 RBI's. Although ace Jim Maloney was just 4-5, he sported a solid 2.73 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and fanned 143 hitters in just 105 innings. Swingman Bob Forsch went 5-2 with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. The Seattle Whales looked to build on last year's 86-win season, as they took a 44-30 record into the break, as the Whales looked to return to the postseason for the first time since 2039. Rookie right fielder Nick Markakis set the table, hitting .350 and slugging .520 with 19 doubles, 5 homers, and 40 runs scored. Left fielder Matt Holliday had a breakout season, hitting .344 and slugging .543, drilling 9 homers and knocking in 42 runs. Southpaw Herb Pennock led an otherwise mediocre pitching staff, going 7-2 with a 2.25 ERA before being sidelined with a torn meniscus. Closer Andrew Miller posted 20 saves and a 1.71 ERA, fanning 62 hitters in just 32 innings.

In the Continental League, the Oklahoma City Otters had not topped .500 since their last playoff spot four years earler, but they posted a 43-31 record, taking a two-game lead into the break. Defending MVP George Sisler hit .304 and slugged .540, smacking 18 doubles, 15 homers, and plating 58 runs while swiping 16 bags. Right fielder Dan Ford hit .303 and slugged .557, pounding 25 doubles, 14 homers, and knocking in 51 runs. Righthander Dock Ellis led a solid, if unspectacular, pitching staff, going 6-2 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP, with 111 strikeouts. The Miami Flamingos won just 73 games last season, but they ended the first half with a 40-34 record, just 4 games out of the lead in the Southeast Division. Slugging left fielder Bob Cerv led the way with 20 doubles, 18 homers, and 54 RBI's. Center fielder Edd Roush hit .313 with a .384 on-base percentage, smacking 8 homers and scoring 43 runs. Reliable righthander Carl Druhot posted an 8-5 record with a 3.11 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. John Thomson blossomed, posting a 5-1 mark with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.

Disappointments: The Minneapolis Penguins threatened to finish below .500 for the first time since 2037, going just 35-39. While Mike Trout was still an elite on-base machine, he entered the break with a career-low slugging percentage of .536, smacking just 7 round-trippers and driving in just 27 runs in 54 games. Third baseman Luis Salazar missed nearly the entire first half with a broken finger, and second sacker Johnny Berardino hit just .198 with a .238 slugging percentage, driving in just 17 runs in 70 games. The Penguins' starters posted a subpar 4.45 team ERA, as southpaw Danny Duffy, a 14-game winner last year, saw his ERA rise by nearly a run to 4.72. The San Francisco Longshoremen won 95 games last year with a terrific pitching staff and an adequate offense. While the pitching remained nearly as good, the Longshoremen's offense bottomed out, as they entered the break with a team batting average of .224 and dead last in baseball with just 43 homers. Vladimir Guerrero took a step back from his MVP-caliber season last year, hitting just .252 with 11 homers and 35 RBI's. Free agent signee Jim Leyritz hit just .201 with 8 homers and 32 RBI's. Left fielder Zack Wheat played in just 23 games, driving in just 8 runs. Righthander Art Ditmar stumbled to a 3-9 mark, seeing his ERA rise by half a run to 4.76.

In the Continental League, the Houston Pythons were in danger of missing the playoffs after squeaking by with 88 wins last year. Houston took a 38-36 record into the break, and significantly outperformed their Pythagorean expectation. Houston's offense, long a strength, vanished, as they ended the half 18th in the league in runs scored and dead last in the Continental League with just 45 homers. Catcher Todd Hundley was the lone hitter in double digits in round-trippers. DH Earl Torgeson, a .277 hitter with 19 homers last year, brought a meager .197 average with 7 homers into the break. Right fielder Jason Heyward collapsed offensively, losing nearly 100 points of batting average and 200 slugging percentage points, as he hit just 2 homers and drove in just 28 runs while hitting .242. The Memphis River Pirates, after winning 98 games last year on their way to the Continental League pennant, started the season in an 0-9 hole, slowly digging themselves out for a 38-36 record at midseason. While Memphis finished second in the league in runs last season, they entered the half ranked just 16th in the league. Shortstop Jonathan Villar, an MVP candidate last year, hit just .245 with 4 homers and 27 RBI's. First baseman Matt LaPorta, who hit .288 with 16 homers last season, declined to hit just .180 and slug .301, with 6 homers and 24 RBI's. Catcher Pat Collins struggled even more, hitting just .172. While Memphis's pitching remained strong, southpaw Woodie Fryman regressed, dropping off from 18-4 to a 6-6 mark with a 3.31 ERA -- nearly a run higher than last season.

No Relief in Sight: Elite closers became an endangered species. Only two closers -- Seattle's Andrew Miller in the Frontier League, and New Orleans's Hal Kleine in the Continental League - made the All-Star game, and Kleine posted a 5.10 ERA and notched just 12 saves. Only two pitchers in the Continental League saved even 15 games in the first half.

Desert Arms Race: The Albuquerque Conquistadors appeared primed to return to the postseason for the first time in 11 years, racing to a 48-26 start. While the team's record hearkened back to their glory years of the early 2030's, their style was a polar opposite. While the Albuquerque squad that made the playoffs 7 times in 8 years were led by multiple Hall of Fame sluggers, including Frank Baker, Ryne Sandberg, Tex Erwin, and future inductee George Brett, those teams had just enough pitching to get by. This year's Albuquerque squad featured a slightly-below average offense, but the best pitching staff in baseball. Albuquerque's starters posted a best-in-baseball 2.79 team ERA. Kevin Appier posted a 7-3 mark with a 2.10 ERA, an 0.98 WHIP, and 131 strikeouts, allowing just 4 homers in 103 innings. Southpaw Jon Lester notched a 9-2 record, along with a 2.50 ERA, an 0.93 WHIP, and 117 strikeouts. Rookie Warren Spahn -- a third-round steal- posted a 5-0 record in 7 starts with a scintillating 1.34 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. Chan Ho Park enjoyed an 8-2 half, with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. In addition to leading the league in strikeouts, Albuquerque also sported the best defensive metrics in the league, leading in both defensive efficiency and teamwide Zone Rating.

The Biggest Train: Four-time Cy Young Award winner Walter Johnson signed with St. Louis in free agency, and managed to take another step forward in his illustrious career. Johnson took an 11-1 record into the break, along with a microscopic 0.84 ERA and a 0.62 WHIP, with a ridiculous 159-15 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He allowed just 2 homers in 128 innings. Johnson's May was perhaps the best month ever enjoyed by a pitcher in HRDL history: he went 4-0 in 6 starts, with a 0.17 ERA, allowing just 17 hits and one earned run in 54 innings. In one no-decision, he hurled 8 innings of 3-hit ball, allowing his lone run of the month, and in the other no-decision, he surrendered one hit in 10.1 innings, fanning 16 hitters without a walk-- an incredible game score of 107. Johnson closed out May by fanning 18 Portland hitters in 8.1 innings without a walk.

Major Injuries: London slugger Harry Heilmann broke his elbow in spring training and missed the entire first half; he was expected to return in mid-July. Teammate Cliff Johnson wasn't so lucky - he tore his ACL a day later and would miss the season. Buffalo righthander Stephen Strasburg struggled to recover from elbow surgery and was sidelined for the season. Houston righthander Matt Chico, a surprise 20-game winner last season, tore his rotator cuff and would be sidelined until August. Rookie Montreal rightfielder Dave Winfield was sidelined with tendinitis shortly before the break, and would miss six weeks. Nashville slugger Hank Sauer broke his elbow in mid-June and would miss the balance of the season. New York second sacker Ozzie Albies saw his debut delayed by a broken ankle, sidelining him for the first half. Pittsburgh catcher Brian Downing saw his season end in mid-April after tearing an elbow tendon. Portland hurler Adam Wainwright suffered a season-ending labrum tear. San Francisco left fielder Zach Wheat missed most of the first half with a torn hamstring.

Major milestones: Milwaukee right fielder Larry Walker walloped his 500th career homer. Jacksonville DH Robin Yount and Charlotte right fielder Cliff Floyd each joined the 400-homer club. London third baseman Garrett Atkins smacked his 2500th career hit. Phoenix left fielder Clyde Milan swiped his 700th career base. New York southpaw Bob Moose set a new career record for victories practically every time out, as he won 11 first-half games, bringing his career total to 342. Looking ahead to the second half, New Orleans first baseman George Brett was likely to join the elusive 4000-hit club in August, while teammate Tommy Davis was expected to drill his 3500th hit a few weeks later. Baltimore shortstop Corey Seager was one hit shy of 3000. By the end of July, Montreal first baseman Rafael Palmeiro and Buffalo first baseman Don Hurst were expected to hit their 600th and 500th career homers, respectively. Detroit third baseman Nolan Arenado and Buffalo second sacker John Knight were just days away from scoring their 2000th runs of their careers.
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2045 Year in Review

Frontier League: The Boston Minutemen relied on the most potent offense in baseball to win the Northeast Division for the first time in ten years, winning 94 games while scoring 961 runs while popping a league-high 240 homers. Six hitters topped 20 homers, and five cleared 100 RBI's, led by Chipper Jones, who posted a .321/ .427/ .564 slash line, with 35 homers and 137 RBI's. Right fielder Manny Ramirez hit .319 with 34 longballs and 118 RBI's. First baseman Ryan Klesko had a breakout season, hitting .319 and slugging .613, with 33 homers and 112 RBI's in just 126 games. Left fielder Alex Johnson hit .354, ripping 241 hits, 47 doubles, 29 homers, 101 RBI's, scoring 145 runs, and swiping 35 bases. Righthander Red Ruffing posted a 20-4 mark with a 3.43 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and 234 strikeouts. The Buffalo Fighting Elk saw their streak of eight straight division titles snapped, but they closed the year on a 19-6 run to make the playoffs with 91 wins. Veteran first baseman Don Hurst hit .275 with 38 homers and 116 RBI's, topping the 500-homer mark along the way. Third baseman Eric Chavez smacked 32 round-trippers and plated 105 runs. Left fielder Pedro Guerrero hit .285 with 23 homers, 89 RBI's, and 31 steals. Free agent signee Mark Prior burnished his Hall of Fame credentials, posting a career-best 22-4 mark with a 2.08 ERA, a 0.84 WHIP, and 342 strikeouts. Closer Taijuan Walker saved 39 games with a 2.64 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. The 88-win Baltimore Robins remained in contention until the final day of the season, but their playoff drought extended to eight seasons. Center fielder Cesar Cedeno led Baltimore by hitting .324 and slugging .575, with 46 doubles, 35 homers, 123 RBI's, 132 runs scored, and 51 steals. Left fielder Monte Irvin hit .353 and slugged .584, blasting 29 homers and knocking in 107 runs. Hard-luck Jim Maloney led a deep pitching staff, going just 11-15 despite a 3.18 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, and 327 strikeouts.

The London Werewolves won the Great Lakes Division with 107 victories, led by a historic season by Willie Mays. Mays managed to take a step forward from last year's MVP campaign, setting single-season records with 16.1 WAR and 269 hits, while winning the Triple Crown with a .396/ .446/ .750 slash line, while smashing 44 doubles, 62 homers, driving in 160 runs, scoring 161, and stealing 33 bases -- while posting a +29.0 Zone Rating in center field. First baseman Jim Bottomley was a strong second banana, hitting .340 and slugging .665, drilling 42 homers among his 90 extra-base hits while knocking in 114 runs. Right fielder Harry Heilmann hit .370 and slugged .689, smacking 24 homers and knocking in 77 runs in just half a season, as he missed the first 3 months of the season with a broken elbow. Left fielder Jay Buhner hit .292 with 34 longballs and 98 RBI's, while third baseman Garrett Atkins hit .322 with 21 homers and 71 RBI's. The Werewolves featured the stingiest pitching staff in the league, allowing just 538 runs. Five starters won at least 13 games apiece, led by Jack Sanford, who went 17-6 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Gene Conley posted a 13-10 mark with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. Jose Rijo sported a 15-9 record with a 3.20 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP, and fanned 239 hitters. London edged the defending champion Detroit Purple Gang, who won 102 games. Third baseman Nolan Arenado hit .295 with a .413 on-base percentage, drilling 40 doubles, 28 homers, and knocking in 102 runs. Center fielder Jose Cardenal hit .315, with 40 doubles, 8 triples, 24 homers, 89 RBI's, 120 runs scored, and 28 steals. Left fielder Bernard Gilkey ripped 41 doubles with 36 homers and knocked in 103 runs. Right fielder Ken Hunt hit. 301 and slugged .609, bashing 31 homers and knocking in 96 runs in just 129 games. On the mound, fireballer Nolan Ryan went 12-6 with a 4.00 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, and 278 strikeouts. Bob Welch posted a 14-11 mark with a middling 4.43 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Closer Jack Hallett notched 31 saves with a 1.83 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

The St. Louis Pilots won their first Great Plains division title in fifteen years, winning 93 games as they went 19-8 in September. St. Louis relied on a balanced offense, as eight players posted double-digits in homers, but no one topped 23 homers or 88 RBI's. Second sacker Charlie Gehringer led the way, hitting .302 with 51 doubles, 9 triples, 11 homers, 79 RBI's, 103 runs scored, and 30 steals. Veteran right fielder George Hendrick hit .284 with 38 doubles, 21 homers, and 88 RBI's. Third baseman/ first baseman Marwin Gonzalez hit .278 with 23 round-trippers and drove in 78 runs. But the real story of the Pilots's season was free agent signee Walter Johnson, who simply won the Triple Crown and posted 15.0 WAR- narrowly missing the leading single-season total in league history. Johnson went 23-3 with a microscopic 1.34 ERA and a 0.68 WHIP, posting an incredible 370-28 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Johnson set the all-time single season records for ERA, WHIP, and strikeouts. Righthander George Kahler sported a 16-7 mark with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP, with 191 strikeouts. The Pilots edged out the 92-win Chicago Mules, who returned to the postseason for the fifth time in six years. Slugging first baseman Jimmie Foxx led Chicago's potent offense, which ranked fourth in the Frontier League in runs scored, as he hit .346 with 41 homers and 128 RBI's and a league-best 134 walks. Steady second baseman Carlos Baerga hit .304 with 17 homers and 103 RBI's. Shortstop Bucky Dent provided unexpected pop, hitting .279 with 14 homers and 67 RBI's. Southpaw Bill Lee posted a 20-6 record with a 3.11 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Rookie righthander Jimmy Ring went 13-3 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP before suffering a season-ending labrum tear. Fireballing closer Julio Machado saved 30 games with a 2.90 ERA, whiffing 101 hitters in just 59 innings. The Milwaukee Raccoons won 89 games, an increase of 25 victories from last year, and snuck into the playoffs on the last day of the season. Star right fielder Larry Walker led the way, hitting .333 and slugging .581, with 38 doubles, 8 triples, 29 homers, 96 RBI's, and 103 runs scored. Catcher Mike Zunino slugged 34 round-trippers and drove in 97 runs. Rookie left fielder Birdie Cree hit .282 with 15 homers, 49 RBI's, and 78 runs scored in just 113 games. Groundballer Bill Singer went 15-8 with a 2.03 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP, 257 strikeouts, and yielded just 9 homers in 230 innings. Righthander Howie Pollet bounced back from an injury-riddled 2044 to go 14-9 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. Closer Sergio Romo notched 29 saves to go with a 1.85 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP.

The Denver Spikes used a 16-2 start and closed the season with a blistering 36-20 record over the last two months to take the Northwest Division with 89 wins. Left fielder Willie Stargell carried Denver offensively, hitting .322 and slugging .663, with 56 jacks, 125 RBI's, and 110 runs scored. First baseman Ryon Healy hit .277 with 32 longballs and 101 RBI's. Right fielder George Harper hit .290 and slugged .527, drilling 27 homers, 11 triples, and plating 95 runs. Southpaw Greg Swindell went 15-6 with a 2.70 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP, and 208 strikeouts. Lefty Tyler notched a 14-11 mark with a 3.53 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP, while Hyun-Jin Ryu matched Tyler with a 15-10 record, a 3.60 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. The Seattle Whales led the division for most of the season, but finished below .500 in the second half, and they missed the playoffs with 86 wins. Left fielder Matt Holliday led Seattle, hitting .353 with 30 homers and 100 RBI's. First baseman Pedro Alvarez slammed 28 homers and knocked in 99 runs. Closer Andrew Miller was the lone brights spot on an otherwise subpar pitching staff, saving a league-best 40 games with a 2.31 ERA, and fanning 115 hitters in 66 innings.

Continental League: The Jacksonville Gulls once again featured the league's most potent offense, but they combined it with the league's deepest bullpen, allowing them to win 101 games and make the playoffs for the third straight season. Veteran first baseman Jim Thome hit .294 with a .421 on-base percentage, drilling 35 homers and knocking in 123 runs while drawing 130 walks. Left fielder Beals Becker hit .287 and slugged .525, bashing 37 homers and driving in 126 runs while swiping 22 bags. DH Robin Yount hit .320 with 19 homers, 98 RBI's, 113 runs scored, and stole a career-high 35 bags at age 35. Catcher AJ Pierzynski hit .333 and slugged .517, ripping 32 doubles, 11 homers, and 58 RBI's in just 101 games. Righthander Jason Bere went 12-10 with a 5.03 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Odalis Perez sported an 11-7 record with a 4.26 ERA while Dave Goltz went 11-6 with a 4.52 ERA. Relievers Seung-Hwan Oh, Joe Boever, and Timothy Jones combined for a 22-5 record, and each posted an ERA below 3.00. The Virginia Beach Admirals won 98 games, extending their postseason streak to five straight years, and they led the HRDL with 241 homers. Reggie Jackson starred, hitting a career-high .326 and slugged a franchise-record .650, blasting 50 homers, with 128 RBI's and 120 runs scored. Third baseman Mike Schmidt hit .296 with 44 round-trippers, 99 RBI's, and 118 runs scored. Left fielder Carmelo Martinez drilled 35 longballs with 107 RBI's, while catcher Tyler Houston hit .270 with 21 jacks and 78 RBI's. Crafty southpaw Joe Magrane went 18-6 with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Bob Rush notched a 13-7 record with a 2.58 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and fanned 214 hitters. Scott Kazmir posted a 16-8 record, despite a bloated 4.33 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. The Charlotte Aviators won 97 games, making the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years after a one-season hiatus. First baseman Mark Teixeira hit .286 with 38 longballs and 123 RBI's. Right fielder Kevin McReynolds hit .280, blasting 33 longballs and knocking in 108 runs. Third baseman Carlos Guillen, a free agent signee, hit .313 with 19 homers, 11 triples, 96 RBI's, and 102 runs scored. The Aviators finished second in the Continental League with just 625 runs allowed, led by Len Barker, who went 17-2 with 2.35 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP, and a league-best and franchise record 268 strikeouts. Southpaws Bob Ojeda and Chris Hammond went 13-7 and 13-10, respectively, with ERA's of 3.39 and 3.32. The New York Emperors won 94 games, as right fielder Darryl Motley set a franchise record with 43 homers and knocked in 142 runs. Star third baseman David Wright hit .313 with 40 doubles, 25 homers, 110 RBI's, 109 runs scored, and 26 steals. Shortstop Manuel Lee hit .315 with 7 homers and 59 RBI's. Rookie second baseman Ozzie Albies hit .292 and slugged .470, with 21 doubles, 10 homers, and 51 RBI's in just 82 games. Ageless Bob Moose, a free agent signee, went 19-9 with a 2.70 ERA, a an 0.90 WHIP, and 203 strikeouts. Steve Avery posted a 13-3 mark with a 2.65 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.

The New Orleans Crawfish won 102 games, taking the Southeast Division for the eighth straight year and making the playoffs for an incredible 22nd time in 25 years. Third baseman Scott Rolen starred, hitting .312 with 31 homers, 103 RBI's, 110 runs scored, and stealing 18-of-20 bases. Right fielder Domingo Santana hit .296 and slugged .554, bashing 30 homers and plating 94 runs in just 116 games. Center fielder Austin Kearns hit .277 with 25 homers, 85 RBI's, and 103 runs scored. Righthander Rosy Ryan went 12-5 with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Veteran Stan Coveleski posted a 15-11 mark with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

Th El Paso Armadillos took the Texas Division title for the sixth time in seven years, winning 97 games. Right fielder Benny Kauff had a breakout season, hitting .276 with 35 homers, 115 RBI's, 123 runs scored, and 31 steals. Catcher Victor Martinez hit .284 with 18 homers and 93 RBI's. Center fielder Tris Speaker, a free agency acquisition, hit .319 with 37 doubles, 11 homers, and 74 runs scored in just 116 games -- and more surprisingly, he made two-time MVP Joe DiMaggio expendable. In a controversial midseason deal, DiMaggio was traded to Anaheim for southpaw Frank Tanana and backup outfielder George Myatt. Knuckleballer Charlie Hough led a deep pitching staff, going 19-6 with a 3.12 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP, and 207 strikeouts. Righthander Javier Vazquez notched a 12-9 record with a 3.40 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP, while fanning 260 opposing hitters. The Oklahoma City Otters returned to the postseason after a three-year absence, winning a franchise-best 95 games while finishing third in the league in runs scored. First baseman George Sisler provided a carbon copy of last year's MVP campaign, winning his third straight batting title by hitting .367 and slugging .649, and leading the league with 233 hits, 54 doubles, and 129 runs scored, while smacking 39 homers, driving in 133 runs, and stealing 56 bases. Center fielder Lenny Dykstra had a career season, hitting .322 and slugging .574, while smacking 38 doubles, 24 homers, 103 RBI's, scoring 106 runs, and stealing 41 bases in just 129 games. Rightfielder Dan Ford hit .302 with 28 homers and 111 RBI's. Southpaw Tom Glavine paced the pitching staff, going 18-7 with a 3.12 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and 197 strikeouts. Junkballer Dave Fleming went 15-8 with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Dock Ellis sported a 12-5 record while yielding a 3.79 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP, while fanning 219 batters.

The Albuquerque Conquistadors ended an 11-year postseason drought, winning the Southwest Division with 96 victories. First baseman Butch Huskey hit .305 with 41 round-trippers and knocked in 107 runs. Outfielders Ken Harrelson and Enrique Hernandez combined for 65 homers and 192 RBI's. But the real story for Albuquerque was its league-best pitching staff. Kevin Appier posted a 17-6 mark with a 2.33 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP, and 246 strikeouts. Southpaw Jon Lester went 18-7 with a 2.53 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP, and fanned 235 hitters. Chan Ho Park went 15-9 with a 3.40 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and struck out 207 hitters. The team's 3.36 ERA was the best in franchise history by nearly half a run per game. The Phoenix Lizards won 92 games, but it was not enough to make the postseason, as they would stay home in October for the first time in seven years. Third baseman Butch Hobson led Phoenix by hitting .299 with 47 jacks and 143 RBIs, while left fielder Ben Oglivie hit .320 with 41 longballs and knocked in 101 runs. Don Wilson rebounded from an off-season to post a 20-6 record, leading the league in wins, while yielding a 3.32 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and 188 strikeouts.

Best season in team history: Oklahoma City Otters (95 wins)

Worst season in team history: Cleveland Rocks (49 wins), San Antonio Marksmen (50 wins), Harftord Huskies (52 wins), Atlanta Ducks (54 wins), Kansas City Mad Hatters (61 wins)
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2045 Playoff Report

Frontier League: The 107-win London Werewolved dominated the Milwaukee Raccoons in a four-game sweep, outscoring the overmatched Raccoons 23-8. London left fielder Jay Buhner earned MVP honors after hitting .471 with 2 homers and 5 RBI's. Right fielder Harry Heilmann hit .333 and slugged .933, smacking 3 homers and plating 7 runs. Righthander Gene Conley yielded one run on four hits in 7.1 innings, earning the win in Game 2, while Jose Rijo yielded one run on 3 hits in 7 innings in Game 1. Catcher Mike Zunino led Milwaukee, hitting .400 with a round-tripper and 2 RBI's in a losing effort. The Detroit Purple Gang erased a 3-2 deficit to the Denver Spikes with blowout wins in Games 6 and 7, with first baseman Dee Fondy leading the way, hitting .500 with 17 hits, including 4 doubles, 2 homers and 13 RBI's. Center fielder Jose Cardenal hit .429, including three four-hit games, scoring 10 runs and driving in 5. Righthander Nolan Ryan went 2-1, including a Game 7 victory, with a 3.14 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 14 innings. Right fielder George Harper led Denver by hitting .455 with a homer and 5 RBI's, while left fielder Willie Stargell and Terry Moore bashed 3 homers apiece. The Chicago Mules dominated the punchless St. Louis Pilots, yielding just 8 runs in 5 games. Chicago first baseman Jimmie Foxx took home MVP honors after hitting .389 and slugging .833, with 2 homers and 3 RBI's. Second sacker Carlos Baerga hit .316 and drove in a series-high 5 runs. Southpaw Bill Lee threw a four-hit shutout in Game 3, while Lary Sorensen was 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA, allowing just 6 hits in 14 innings. Second baseman Charlie Gehringer led St. Louis offensively, hitting a modest .250 with a homer and 3 RBI's. In a Northeast Division showdown, the Buffalo Fighting Elk ousted the Boston Minutemen in 7 games, despite losing ace Mark Prior one inning into Game 1. Third baseman Eric Chavez led Buffalo, hitting .360 with 3 homers and 6 RBI's. Shortstop Dave Anderson hit .357 with 6 runs scored, 5 RBI's, and 4 steals. First baseman Don Hurst slugged 2 homers and drove in 12 runs. Righthander Hiroki Kuroda earned a Game 2 win, allowing just one run in 8.1 innings. Boston's Chipper Jones earned MVP honors in defeat, hitting .400 with 5 homers and 10 RBI's, while utilityman Rob Mackowiak hit .345 with 3 homers and 8 RBI's.

In a Division Series rematch from last year, the London Werewolves edged the rival Detroit Fighting Elk in 7 games. London center fielder Willie Mays earned MVP honors, hitting .500 and slugging .962, with 3 homers, 8 RBI's, and 13 runs scored. Left fielder Jay Buhner hit .333 with 3 longballs and 10 RBI's. Harry Heilmann popped 3 homers and drove in 9 runs. Ace Jose Rijo was brilliant, going 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 16 innings. Third baseman Nolan Arenado, catcher Ryan Doumit, and right fielder Ken Hunt smacked 2 homers apiece for Detroit. The Chicago Mules nearly erased a 3-1 deficit to Buffalo, but the Fighting Elk pulled out a Game 7 victory. Buffalo right fielder Geoff Jenkins took home the hardware, hitting .458 and slugging .917, with 3 homers and 10 RBI's. First baseman Don Hurst and shortstop Dave Anderson blasted 2 homers and drove in 5 runs apiece. Crafty veteran Roger Wolff went 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA in 13 innings. For Chicago, first baseman Jimmie Foxx hit .310 with 2 homers and 7 RBI's, while right fielder Chris Young drilled 3 round-trippers and plated 6 runs. Buffalo's good fortune ran out in the League Championship Series, as London triumphed in 5 games. London's Willie Mays earned another MVP trophy, hitting .524 with 11 hits, including 3 doubles, 3 homers, 8 RBI's, and 9 runs scored. Mays overshadowed a brilliant performance by Harry Heilmann, who hit .524 as well, with 2 homers and 8 RBI's. First baseman Jim Bottomley hit .417 with a longball and 5 RBI's. Righthander Red Lucas hurled a no-hitter in Game 4, while knocking in two runs to boot. Buffalo was led by right fielder Geoff Jenkins and second baseman John Knight, who each hit .412 with a homer and 4 RBI's.

Continental League: The New Orleans Crawfish outlasted the New York Emperors in a high-scoring five-game series. Crawfish center fielder Austin Kearns was tabbed MVP after hitting .391 with 3 homers and 7 RBI's. First baseman Dave Hollins hit .455 with 1 homer and 8 RBI's. Left fielder Tommie Davis hit .421 and knocked in 8 runs while scoring 5 times. Rosy Ryan earned a Game 1 win, while yielding a 0.87 ERA, while closer Hal Kleine surrendered just 2 hits in 6 shutout innings. New York shortstop Manuel Lee hit .346 with a homer and 7 RBI's. The Albuquerque Conquistadors rallied to sink the Virginia Beach Admirals in 7 games, erasing a 3-2 deficit. In a controversial decision, Albuquerque second baseman Art Butler earned MVP honors after hitting .367 with a series-high 11 hits. Butch Huskey popped the lone homer for the Conquistadors in the series, knocking in 4 runs. Kevin Appier hurled 13 shutout innings, fanning 18. Rookie southpaw Warren Spahn was brilliant, going 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA in 15 innings, including a 2-hit shutout in Game 3 and a Game 7 victory. Left fielder Carmelo Martinez led an otherwise punchless Virginia Beach offense, hitting 3 homers -- all in Game 2 -- and driving in 6 runs. The Charlotte Aviators dominated the El Paso Armadillos, winning easily in 5 games. Charlotte catcher Tony Pena earned MVP honors after hitting .412 with 4 homers and 7 RBI's. Center fielder Kevin McReynolds matched Pena, also smacking 4 longballs and driving in 7 runs. Righthander Len Barker went 1-0, allowing just one run and six hits in 14 innings, as he posted a stellar 0.64 ERA. First baseman Casey Blake led El Paso with 2 longballs and 3 RBI's. The Oklahoma City Otters outlasted the Jacksonville Gulls in 7 games, with Otters first baseman George Sisler earning MVP honors after hitting .516 with 16 hits, a homer, 6 RBI's, 9 runs scored, and 7 steals. Third baseman Jim Fregosi and left fielder Lee Maye each drilled 2 homers and knocked in 7 runs. Dock Ellis went 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 13 innings. Catcher AJ Pierzynski led Jacksonville, hitting .387 with 2 homers and 7 RBI's.

In the Division Series, the New Orleans Crawfish edged the Albuquerque Conquistadors in seven games. Left fielder Tommie Davis was named MVP after hitting .481, including 3 hits in Game 7, along with 4 doubles and 5 runs scored. First baseman George Brett hit .407 and knocked in 7 runs. New Orleans's bullpen dominated, as Hal Kleine, Nick Neugebauer, and Gerry Hannahs combined to go 2-0, allowing just 9 hits and 1 run in 20 innings. Second baseman Art Butler led Albuquerque, hitting .387 with 2 homers and 7 RBIs, and right fielder Matt Diaz hit .375 with a homer and 9 RBI's. The Oklahoma City Otters upset the Charlotte Aviators in five games. Otters left fielder Lee Maye took home MVP honors after hitting .529 with a homer and 5 RBI's. Second baseman George Hausmann hit .400 and drove in 4 runs. Southpaw Tom Glavine earned a win in the decisive Game 5, and posted a 3.46 ERA in 13 innings. Shortstop Dick Groat led Charlotte in defeat, hitting .333 with 4 RBI's. In the League Championship Series, the Otters took the final three games to oust the Crawfish in seven games. George Sisler added another trophy to his mantle, hitting .469 with 3 homers, 9 RBI's, 10 runs scored, and 5 doubles. DH Hanley Ramirez hit .333 with 3 homers and 8 RBI's, while right fielder Dan Ford drove in 10 runs.after hitting .300 with a homer. Glavine went 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 14 innings. First baseman Dave Hollins led New Orleans, hitting .370 with 2 solo homers. Crawfish third baseman Scott Rolen hit .310 with 2 homers and 6 RBI's.

World Series: The London Werewolves were heavily favored over the upstart Oklahoma City Otters. London featured tremendous star power, led by presumptive MVP Willie Mays and slugger Harry Heilmann, along with the stingiest pitching staff in baseball, and the Werewolves led baseball with 107 wins. Led by three-time batting champ George Sisler, Oklahoma City won 95 games. The Werewolves jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead before the Otters won two elimination games, with the Werewolves prevailing in six games

The Werewolves took Game 1 6-4, as Jose Rijo outdueled Tom Glavine. London shortstop Rico Petrocelli ripped a three-run homer off Glavine in the first inning, and first baseman Jim Bottomley smacked a solo shot in the third. Right fielder Dan Ford led the Otters with 3 hits, including a 2-run homer in the 8th inning. London took Game 2 by a 3-1 tally, as southpaw Gene Conley hurled 6 innings, allowing 1 run. David Wells took the loss for the Otters, allowing three runs in 7 innings. Petrocelli tied the game with a seventh-inning solo homer, and the Werewolves took the lead on a pinch-hit single by 42-year-old Jose Altuve later that inning. Center fielder Lenny Dykstra and third baseman Jim Fregosi had two hits apiece for Oklahoma City. London erased a two-run deficit in Game 3, pulling out a 6-5 win. Darren Holmes earned the win with 1.2 hitless innings of relief, and Bill Landrum earned a two-inning save. Dock Ellis fanned seven for the Otters. The Werewolves took the lead win a seventh-inning rally, as Willie Mays tied the game with a triple, and scored the tiebreaking run on a Jay Buhner single. Mays also had an RBI double earlier in the game, while Jim Bottomley hit a solo smash. DH Hanley Ramirez led the Otters with 3 hits and 2 runs scored, while George Sisler and Jim Fregosi hit back-to-back blasts in the first inning.

Staring down a 3-0 deficit, the Otters escaped elimination with a 12-inning 4-3 victory in Game 4 as Fregosi ripped a walk-off triple. Bob Muncrief earned the win with three shutout innings, allowing just one hit, while Vern Olsen took the loss in relief for London. Fregosi smacked three hits, including two extra-base hits for the Otters, while Harry Heilmann homered, doubled, and drove in two runs. The Otters survived elimination once again in Game 5, winning 5-4 as George Sisler ripped a two-run walk-off double -- one of his four doubles on the game. Wes Obermueller earned the win in relief of Tom Glavine, hurling two shutout innings. Jose Rijo yielded just two runs in 7 innings, but earned a no-decision as Dale Willis blew the save in the ninth inning. Heilmann ripped two doubles for the Werewolves in defeat. The Otters' magic ran out in Game 6, however, as the Werewolves clinched the series with a 5-2 victory. Gene Conley earned the win, allowing one run in 5.2 innings, fanning six, while ripping an RBI double and Bill Landrum hurled two shutout innings for the save. David Wells took the loss for the Otters, surrendering 4 runs in 4 innings. Bottomley hit a solo homer for the Werewolves, while Petrocelli drove in two runs with two singles. Dan Ford singled, doubled, and drove in a run for the Otters.

Petrocelli earned MVP honors after hitting .381 with 2 homers and a series-high 7 RBI's. Heilmann hit .348 with 5 doubles and a triple, plating 3 runs. Bottomley smacked 3 solo homers for the Werewolves, but only had two other hits throughout the series. Sisler led the Otters, hitting .458 with a homer, 5 doubles, 3 RBI's, and 4 steals. Over the course of the postseason, Sisler smacked 13 doubles (second-most all-time) and swiped 13 bags (tied for third most all-time).
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2045 Awards Winners

Frontier League MVP- Willie Mays, CF, LON (43): .396/ .446/ .750, 269 hits, 44 doubles, 5 triples, 62 HR, 160 RBI, 161 runs, 65 BB, 33 SB, +29.0 Zone Rating, 16.1 WAR
Second place- Walter Johnson, RHP, STL (5): 23-3, 1.34 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, 275 IP, 370 K, 28 BB, 10 CG, 8 shutouts, 326 ERA+, HR, 13 RBI, .240/ .269/ .430 (as hitter), 4 15.0 WAR
Third place- Jimmie Foxx, 1B, CHI: .346/ .467/ .623, 202 hits, 32 doubles, 3 triples, 41 HR, 129 RBI, 118 runs, 134 BB, 7 SB, 186 OPS+, 9.2 WAR
Fourth place- Bob Horner, 1B, OTT: .341/ .413/ .661, 205 hits, 26 doubles, 1 triple, 55 HR, 151 RBI, 115 runs, 69 BB, 176 OPS+, 9.3 WAR
Fifth place- Bob Meusel, 3B, OTT: .342/ .396/ .658, 210 hits, 49 doubles, 2 triples, 47 HR, 128 RBI, 135 runs, 56 BB, 16 SB, 170 OPS+, 8.7 WAR

Frontier League Cy Young Award- Walter Johnson, STL (48): 23-3, 1.34 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, 275 IP, 370 K, 28 BB, 10 CG, 8 shutouts, 326 ERA+, 15.0 WAR
Second place- Mark Prior, BUF: 22-4, 2.08 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 233 IP, 342 K, 48 BB, 1 CG, 205 ERA+, 10.3 WAR
Third place- Bill Singer, MIL: 15-8, 2.03 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 230 IP, 257 K, 52 BB, 2 CG, 216 ERA+, 10.1 WAR
Fourth place- Greg Swindell, DEN: 15-6, 2.70 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 213 IP, 208 K, 38 BB, 4 CG, 3 shutouts, 164 ERA+, 7.4 WAR
Fifth place- Jose DeLeon, CLE: 10-10, 2.47 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 208 IP, 262 K, 59 BB, 3 CG, 1 shutout, 180 ERA+, 7.0 WAR

Frontier League Rookie of the Year- Bob Meusel, 3B, OTT (48): .342/ .396/ .658, 210 hits, 49 doubles, 2 triples, 47 HR, 128 RBI, 135 runs, 56 BB, 16 SB, 170 OPS+, 8.7 WAR
Second place- Mark McGwire, 1B, POR: .302/ .361/ .576, 149 hits, 32 doubles, 2 triples, 33 HR, 104 RBI, 87 runs, 34 BB, 1 SB, 144 OPS+, 4.9 WAR
Third place- Nick Markakis, RF, SEA: .308/ .386/ .448, 143 hits, 36 doubles, 1 triple, 9 HR, 62 RBI, 80 runs, 59 BB, 10 SB, 123 OPS+, 4.3 WAR

Continental League MVP- George Sisler, 1B, OKC (29): .367/ .424/ .649, 233 hits, 54 doubles, 4 triples, 39 HR, 133 RBI, 129 runs, 69 BB, 56 SB, 174 OPS+, 8.3 WAR
Second place- Jeff Kent, 2B, HAR (19): .324/ .392/ .652, 192 hits, 34 doubles, 2 triples, 52 HR, 140 RBI, 115 runs, 53 BB, 2 SB, +9.1 Zone Rating, 172 OPS+, 9.7 WAR
Third place- Reggie Jackson, RF, VB: .326/ .390/ .650, 189 hits, 34 doubles, 2 triples, 50 HR, 128 RBI, 120 runs, 55 BB, 17 SB, 167 OPS+, 7.1 WAR
Fourth place- Ted Kluszewski, 1B, NAS: .329/ .397/ .593, 203 hits, 35 doubles, 1 triple, 42 HR, 108 RBI, 103 runs, 65 BB, 1 SB, 179 OPS+, 7.4 WAR
Fifth place- Mike Schmidt, 3B, VB: .296/ .390/ .589, 157 hits, 21 doubles, 1 triple, 44 HR, 99 RBI, 118 runs, 75 BB, 23 SB, 152 OPS+, 7.2 WAR

Continental League Cy Young Award- Len Barker, CHA (16): 17-2, 2.35 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 222 IP, 268 K, 66 BB, 1 CG. 1 shutout, 209 ERA+, 8.6 WAR
Second place- Greg Maddux, SA (18): 14-11, 2.12 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 242 IP, 242 K, 42 BB, 7 CG, 3 shutouts, 216 ERA+, 8.8 WAR
Third place- Kevin Appier, ALB (14): 17-6, 2.33 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 212 IP, 246 K, 66 BB, 2 CG, 1 shutout, 210 ERA+, 7.7 WAR
Fourth place- Bob Moose, NY: 19-9, 2.70 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 240 IP, 203 K, 22 BB, 5 CG, 178 ERA+, 9.0 WAR
Fifth place- Jon Lester, ALB: 18-7, 2.53 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 224 IP, 235 K, 69 BB, 1 CG, 194 ERA+, 6.5 WAR

Continental League Rookie of the Year: John Kruk, 1B, ANA (48): .352/ .456/ .595, 192 hits, 35 doubles, 1 triple, 32 HR, 95 RBI, 107 runs, 102 BB, 16 SB, 176 OPS+, 8.0 WAR
Second place- Alvin Davis, 1B, WAS: .288/ .394/ .497, 170 hits, 34 doubles, 30 HR, 98 RBI, 107 runs, 101 BB, 135 OPS+, 4.6 WAR
Third place- Tadahito Iguchi, 2B, ELP: .281/ .351/ .430, 154 hits, 18 doubles, 2 triples, 20 HR, 81 RBI, 86 runs, 59 BB, 16 SB, 115 OPS+, 3.6 WAR

Top draft picks: 1. Duke Snider, CF, Cleveland Rocks
2. Ed Karger, LHP, San Antonio Marksmen
3. Ray Lankford, CF, Hartford Huskies
4. Hack Wilson, CF, Atlanta Ducks
5. Evan Longoria, 3B, Cincinnati Spiders
6. Tim Hudson, RHP, Kansas City Mad Hatters
7. Corey Koskie, 3B, San Diego Zookeepers
8. Freddie Freeman, 1B, Anaheim Antelopes
9. Spud Davis, C, Las Vegas Aces
10. Hank Kornicki, RHP, Montreal Knights
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2045 Hall of Fame Voting

A deep field of ballot newcomers made the 2045 Hall of Fame Ballot one of the most crowded in years, with four first-time candidates earning induction -- each earning over 90% of the vote. Starting pitchers Steve Barber and Ed Walsh narrowly missed a unanimous induction, garnering 98.6% and 97.4%, respectively. All-time saves leader Chris Short earned 96.8% of the vote, while left fielder Larry Hisle drew 91.4% of the vote. Overall, the ballot was tremendously deep, as 17 candidates received at least one-third of the votes, and six more topped 20%.

Barber, a hard-throwing southpaw, was drafted 8th overall by the Chicago Mules following the 2023 season. As a 21-year old rookie, he notched a 13-13 record with a 3.26 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP, and 184 strikeouts. The following year, Barber took the next step toward stardom, going 19-10 with a 2.34 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and 199 strikeouts, allowing just 7 homers in 238 innings. In 2026, Barber posted just a 13-12 record, but sported a 2.42 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, with 230 strikeouts and allowed just 5 homers in 253 innings - a league-best rate -- while finishing third in the Cy Young voting. Barber was even better in the postseason, leading the Mules to the title while going 5-0 with a 0.96 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP, including a three-hit shutout in Game 1 of the World Series. Over the next three seasons, Barber averaged 15 wins a year, while posting ERA's below 3.00 and averaged over 200 whiffs per season. Following the 2029 season, Barber left Chicago for the Denver Spikes in free agency. In his first season in blue and orange, Barber posted a 17-11 record with a 3.09 ERA, fanning 242 hitters, as he finished fourth in the Cy Young Award voting. The following season, Barber won the Cy Young Award, going 21-8 with a 2.25 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and 228 strikeouts. Barber opted out of his contract, and signed with the Hartford Huskies as a free agent. After a hard-luck 2032 season, where he went just 11-12 despite a solid 3.23 ERA, Barber notched a 20-7 mark the following year, with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP, as he led the league in innings pitched for the third time in four seasons and finished fourth in the Cy Young Award voting. He improved to a second-place finish in 2034, going 17-7 with a 2.73 ERA and 218 strikeouts. Barber led the league in victories in 2035, going 21-8 with a 2.99 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and 212 strikeouts. The following year, Barber suffered the first significant injury of his career, missing half the year with bone chips in his elbow- but came back for a brilliant postseason run, leading Hartford to a World Series title as he went 7-1 with a 1.31 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in the postseason. Barber notched another 20-win season the following year, going 20-6 with a 3.19 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP, finishing third in the Cy Young voting. After seeing his ERA rise by over half a run the following year, he left Hartford for the Vancouver Viceroys in free agency, going 15-9 with a 2.83 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 2039. Barber struggled with injuries for the rest of his career, pitching fractions of three seasons with Vancouver, Cleveland, and Baltimore at a high level. Barber retired with a career record of 266-160, ranking 12th all-time in victories, as well as a career ERA of 2.95, a 1.18 WHIP, and 3474 strikeouts (13th all-time). He made 7 All-Star teams, and ranked 9th all-time with 117.9 WAR. Barber was even better in the postseason, notching a career 23-12 record with a 2.73 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, and 235 strikeouts, including two dominant runs resulting in the 2026 and 2036 World Series titles.

Walsh, a seemingly ageless workhorse, was tabbed second overall by the Omaha Falcons following the 2018 season. As a 22-year-old rookie, he notched an 8-11 record with a middling 3.93 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP in 2019. He took the next step toward stardom the following season, posting a 2.16 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP despite an ordinary 10-8 record the following year. In 2021, Walsh went just 10-9 despite a 2.68 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. The following year, despite missing a month with a sprained ankle, Walsh posted a 1.92 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP in 29 starts-- yet posted just an 8-8 record. After earning 16 wins in 2023, Walsh posted an 18-8 mark in 2024 with a 2.26 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP with 232 strikeouts, finishing second in the Cy Young voting. Over the next four years, Walsh was remarkably consistent, posting ERA's between 2.55 and 3.05, with WHIPs ranging from 0.99 through 1.07 and between 191 and 196 strikeouts per year, but never earning more than 15 wins per year. Following the 2028 season, Walsh signed with the Detroit Purple Gang as a free agent. He posted a 12-5 mark with a 2.93 ERA during an injury-riddled first season with Detroit. He posted a 15-8 mark with a 2.85 ERA the following year, fanning a career-best 255 hitters. After a hard-luck 2031, Walsh went 19-5 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 2032, finishing fourth in the Cy Young voting. Walsh then signed with the Atlanta Ducks in the off-season, where he went 15-9 with a 3.15 and a 1.06 WHIP in his debut season. Walsh had his finest season in 2034, winning the Cy Young Award and finishing third in the MVP voting, as he posted a 22-3 mark with a 2.34 ERA, an 0.97 WHIP, and 223 strikeouts, leading the league in victories, ERA, and WHIP. He posted a 17-8 mark the following year before signing with the New Orleans Crawfish, and in 2036, at age 39, he went 16-5 with a league-best 2.29 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP, finishing third in the Cy Young voting. Over the following two years, Walsh posted a 26-13 mark with ERA's below 3.50 each season. At age 42, Walsh finally showed signs of slowing down, as his ERA spiked by nearly a run and a half- but he won 8 games for a world championship team, posting a 2.08 ERA in 4 postseason starts. Walsh also was a part of the Crawfish's championship squad two years later. He signed with the Philadelphia Hawks for the final season of his career, where he won his 300th game and retired shortly thereafter. Over his career, Walsh made 9 All-Star teams, as he posted a career record of 301-204 with a 3.18 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, 4023 strikeouts in 4672 innings, and an incredible 149.6 WAR. He ranked 4th all-time in victories, innings pitched and strikeouts, and 3rd in WAR. Walsh also sported a solid 3.21 ERA in 26 postseason starts, despite a modest 7-10 record.

Short was drafted 24th overall by the Washington Ambassadors after the 2020 season and immediately was sent to the bullpen. After a cup of coffee in 2021, Short had an unassuming rookie season, going 4-4 with a 4.09 ERA in 66 innings in 2022. The following year, he was tabbed as Washington's closer, saving 22 games with an underwhelming 3.58 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. But in 2024, Short turned into a lights-out closer, going 6-6 with 36 saves, a 2.24 ERA, and a 1.06 WHIP with 93 strikeouts. The following year, he won the first of his six Reliever of the Year awards, going 5-4 with 35 saves, a 2.11 ERA, and 102 strikeouts in 81 innings. In 2026, Short dipped to 26 saves, but he posted a 1.31 ERA, an 0.98 WHIP, and fanned 105 hitters. After spending part of 2027 in the rotation, Short had a brilliant 2028 out of the pen, going 7-3 with 32 saves, a 1.11 ERA, and 0.96 WHIP, allowing just 1 homer in 73 innings, as he earned his second Reliever of the Year Award. Inexplicably, Washington management moved him out of the closer's role over the next two years, as he started 30 games, winning 10 games each season with a sub-3.00 ERA. Short returned to full-time closing duty in 2031, winning his third Reliever of the Year award, going 8-4 with 39 saves, a 2.44 ERA, and 101 strikeouts in 74 innings. He took home the hardware yet again the following season, saving 36 games with a 1.88 ERA, an 0.88 WHIP, and 103 strikeouts. After a 10-win, 34-save win season in 2034, Short had an off-season in 2035, posting a 3.48 ERA -- but carried the Ambassadors to the World Series title. Short returned to form with a vengeance the following year, going 5-4 with 31 saves, a 1.26 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 99 strikeouts the following year. In 2037, Short had arguably the finest season of his career, saving a league-best 41 games, posting a microscopic 0.75 ERA and 0.83 WHIP, and allowing just 1 homer in 72 innings. The following year, he posted a 0.86 ERA and 0.80 WHIP, without allowing a single homer in 52 innings. After the season, he signed with Denver in free agency, and after a 35-save season, he hopped to Minnesota. At age 39, he set an HRDL record with 49 saves, while notching a 2.04 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP, winning the sixth Reliever of the Year award of his storied career. After two more moderately effective seasons, he retired with a career record of 122-84, 524 saves (most all-time), a 2.42 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 1850 strikeouts in 1694 innings. Short made 11 All-Star teams and earned six Reliever of the Year awards. Short was surprisingly mortal in postseason play, posting a 7-8 record, 17 saves, and a 3.94 ERA in 89 innings over 11 postseasons.

Hisle, a power-hitting left fielder, was drafted third overall by the Houston Pythons after the 2026 season. Hisle broke in with a bang in 2027, hitting .332 with 27 homers, 87 RBI's, and 37 steals as a 20-year-old rookie, finishing second in the Rookie of the Year voting. The following season, he hit .305 with 46 doubles, 27 homers, 100 RBI's, and 19 steals. Over the following two seasons, Hisle topped .310 each season, averaging 35 homers and 105 RBI's. In 2031, Hisle hit .362 and slugged .634, bashing 39 doubles, 40 homers, knocking in 112 runs, scoring 126, and finishing fourth in the MVP voting. The following year, he hit .339 and slugged .667, bashing a league-leading 52 homers, knocking in 139 runs, and scoring 132 times, as he finished second in the MVP voting. In 2033, Hisle hit .303 with 44 round-trippers and 143 RBI's, while swiping 20-of-22 bags, finishing fifth in the MVP voting. The next year, he hit .332 with 87 extra-base hits, including 37 homers and 130 RBI's. In 2035, Hisle hit .346 and slugged .682, setting career highs with 53 homers and 146 RBI's, finishing second once again in the MVP balloting. He smacked 46 and 49 homers each of the next two seasons, plating a combined 258 runs. Following the 2037 season, Hisle signed with the St. Louis Pilots as a free agent. After a disappointing first season, he rebounded with 32 homers and 105 RBI's in 2039, while hitting .321 and slugging .592. In 2040, Hisle led the Frontier League with 50 homers, while hitting .292 and knocking in 141 runs. That proved to be his last hurrah, however, as Hisle suffered from injuries and ineffectiveness in his final two seasons in St. Louis. Nonetheless, he retired with a career slash line of .317/ .400/ .589, smacking 2637 hits, 510 doubles, 554 homers, with 1680 RBI's, 1551 runs scored, 248 steals, and 102.5 WAR. He retired ranking 10th all-time in slugging percentage, 19th in homers, and 22nd in WAR. Hisle made eight All-Star teams, won seven Silver Sluggers and a Gold Glove. He hit .301 and slugged .540, with 11 homers and 37 RBI's in 47 postseason games, and won a title with St. Louis in 2042.

Leading vote recipients include:

Steve Barber, LHP, CHI/ DEN/HAR/ VAN/ BAL: 98.6%
Ed Walsh, RHP, OMA/ DET/ ATL/ NOR/ PHI: 97.4%
Chris Short, RHP, WAS/ DEN/ MIN/ ELP/ VB: 96.8%
Larry Hisle, LF, HOU/ STL: 91.4%
Jordan Zimmermann, LHP, ELP/ BUF/ MIN: 66.0%
Larry Parrish, 3B, ANA/ CHA: 53.9%
Jack Clark, RF, STL/ TOR/ ELP/ LON/ LA: 52.7%
Brian McCann, C, SEA/ ELP/ ATL: 48.4%
Gary Sanchez, C, BAL: 47.6%
Ralph Garr, RF, MIL/ WAS/ HOU/ OKC: 47.3%
Frank Robinson, RF, MIA: 44.4%
Jerry Mumphrey, RF, ANA/ NAS/ PHI/ MEM: 41.5%

Notable players who fell off the ballot include five-time All-Star High Pockets Kelly, who topped 3500 hits and 450 homers, fellow five-time All-Star Gil Hodges, two-time MVP Harry Lumley, two-time Reliever of the Year Gregg Olson, and righthander Bob Gibson, who won 181 games and made four All-Star teams.

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2045 Hall of Fame: Veteran's Committee

To commemorate the HRDL's 35th season, the Commissioner declared that the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee would reconvene. As with the prior Veterans' Committee class of 2040, the Committee could induct up to three players, provided that their eligibility expired at least five years earlier. The Committee would reconvene every five years. As the Hall was relatively short on middle infielders, this Veterans' Committee class consisted of second baseman Paul Molitor, shortstop Donie Bush, as well as righthander Steve Hargan.

Molitor was selected 58th overall by the Houston Pythons in the inaugural dispersion draft. Molitor broke in with a bang during the league's inaugural season of 2011, hitting .373 and slugging .521, ripping 222 hits, 16 homers, 83 RBI's, scoring 121 runs, and swiping 31 bags. He followed it up with a .311 sophomore campaign, ripping 17 homers and knocking in 65 runs while stealing 39 bases. In 2013, Molitor hit .337 and slugged .544, rapping a career-best 27 homers, driving in 99 runs, scoring 116 runs, and stealing 40 bases. Molitor remained a beacon of consistency over the next five years in Houston, hitting between .294 and .318 every year, while drilling between 12 and 18 homers each season. Following the 2018 season, Molitor signed with the Miami Flamingos as a free agent, and he had a brilliant debut season, hitting .337 with 42 doubles, 12 homers, 105 RBI's, and 42 steals. After hitting .317 with 14 homers and 90 RBI's the following year, he starred again in 2021, hitting .344 with 24 homers, 80 RBI's, and 100 runs scored. Molitor then signed with the Philadelphia Hawks as a free agent, where he hit .283 with 16 homers, 77 RBI's, 91 runs scored, and 29 steals. Molitor then jumped to the Vancouver Viceroys, where he started for two seasons, and played sparingly in a third season, smacking 31 homers and swiping 63 bags. He retired with a career .310/ .386/ .463 slash line, with 2581 hits, 498 doubles, 232 homers, 1052 RBI's, 1386 runs scored, 431 steals, and 75.2 WAR. Molitor made six All-Star teams, and won five Silver Slugger awards. He hit a steady .292 and slugged .466 in 68 postseason games, drilling 18 doubles, 9 homers, knocking in 43 runs, and stealing 18 bases.

Bush was drafted 37th overall by the San Antonio Marksmen in the inaugural dispersion draft. As a 21-year-old rookie, he hit .316 with a .444 on-base percentage, drawing 132 walks, scoring 112 runs, and stealing 86 bases. In his sophomore 2012 campaign, he hit .293 with a .416 on-base percentage, scoring 105 runs and setting a league record which remains intact decades later with 115 steals. In 2013, he hit a career-best .319 with a .442 on-base percentage, drawing 124 walks while scoring 102 runs and scoring 65 bases. Over the next four seasons, Bush hit between .272 and .299, drawing over 120 walks three times, scoring over 100 runs each year, and leading the league in steals with at least 90 steals all four seasons, topping the century mark once again with 107 steals in 2014. In 2018, Bush's average dipped to .257, but he led the league with 120 walks, scoring over 100 runs for the eighth straight season. Bush topped 50 steals in two of the next three seasons, despite missing over half the season with injuries in both 2019 and 2020. He signed with the Calgary Cattle Rustlers prior to the 2022 season, when he hit .279 with a career-high 7 homers, 47 RBI's, 108 runs scored, 46 steals, and led Calgary to the World Series title. The Cattle Rustlers repeated the following year, as Bush hit .266 with a .382 on-base percentage, 95 runs scored, and 46 steals. He spent the remaining three years of his career as a reserve. A two-time All-Star, Bush posted a career slash line of .279/ .402/ .345. He smacked 1948 hits, including 306 doubles and 41 homers, drew 1425 walks, scored 1291 runs, stole 947 bases (fifth all-time), and posted a career WAR of 72.4. In 103 postseason games, he posted a .364 on-base percentage, scored 52 runs, and stole 32 bases.

Hargan, a crafty sinkerballer, was drafted 23rd overall by the Charlotte Aviators following the 2011 season. As a 21-year-old rookie in 2012, Hargan went just 14-14 despite a strong 2.58 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP, allowing just 9 homers in 262 innings. The following year, he posted a 17-8 mark along with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. In 2014, Hargan went 20-8 with a 2.15 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP, finishing third in the Cy Young voting. After posting a 13-11 mark with a 2.99 ERA in 2015, Hargan rebounded with an 18-6 mark, a 2.39 ERA, and a 1.06 WHIP, drawing a fourth place finish in the Cy Young voting. Over the next three seasons, Hargan averaged 16 wins per year, posting a sub-3.00 ERA each season, including an 18-10 mark in 2019. Hargan signed with the Detroit Purple Gang in the offseason. After an off-year in 2020, he rebounded with a 15-8 mark and a 3.02 ERA in 2021. He sported an 18-11 mark in 2022, with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP, allowing just 9 homers in 245 innings. He won 13 games in each of the following two years, posting ERA's of 2.83 and 3.04, respectively. After posting a 2.73 in 14 starts in 2025, Hargan was traded by Detroit to the Buffalo Fighting Elk for second baseman Jerry Remy, where he posted a 3.03 ERA over the rest of the season. Hargan signed with the Hartford Huskies in the offseason, posting a 14-9 mark with a 3.74 ERA in 2026 before retiring after an ineffective 2027 season. A four-time All-Star, Hargan posted a career mark of 229-169 with a 3.03 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, 2043 strikeouts, and 91.9 WAR. In 33 postseason starts, Hargan posted an 11-12 mark with a 3.85 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.

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2046 Mid-Year Review

Here are the leading stories from across the league at the 2046 All-Star break:

Exceeding expectations: The Baltimore Robins faded after a hot start last year, missing the playoffs with 88 wins, but they were on track to return to the playoffs after a nine-year absence, taking a league-best 49-25 record and 6 game Northeast Division lead into the break. Center fielder Cesar Cedeno was an MVP candidate, hitting .321 and slugging .571, with 19 homers, 59 RBI's, 67 runs scored, and 32 steals. Left fielder Monte Irvin hit .306 with 16 homers and 50 RBI's. Veteran catcher Rick Ferrell hit .297 with a .392 on-base percentage. On the mound, Jim Maloney posted a 9-2 mark with a 2.55 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, 150 strikeouts, and yielded just 5 homers in 109 innings. Kelly Downs registered a 10-1 mark with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Although the Ottawa Parliamentarians were trapped in a division with the dominant Detroit Purple Gang and London Werewolves, Ottawa threatened to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2038, posting a 40-33 first-half mark. Ottawa featured the second-ranked offense in the Frontier League, led by first baseman Bob Horner, who took a gaudy .340 average and .646 slugging percentage into the break, blasting 25 longballs and plating 68 runs. Third baseman Bob Meusel hit at a .325 clip and drilled 26 doubles, 16 homers, and knocked in 49 runs. Right fielder Dwight Evans hit .316 and slugged .616, ripping 18 homers and knocking in 40 runs. Southpaw Slim Sallee anchored a middling staff, going 6-7 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

In the Continental League, the Birmingham Steelers took an unexpected lead in the Southeast Division into the break, posting a 44-29 record. Left fielder Bob Skinner led Birmingham offensively, hitting .354 with 21 doubles, 13 homers, 52 RBI's, and 14 steals. First baseman Paul Sorrento brought the lumber, hitting .309 with 16 homers and 64 RBI's. The Steelers allowed the second-fewest runs in the league, as Jack McDowell took a 10-4 record into the break with a 2.31 ERA and a sparkling 0.94 WHIP. Southpaw Mark Langston went 8-3 with a 2.76 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Closer Dan Plesac notched 14 saves with a 1.46 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP. The Dallas Wildcatters threatened to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2042, going 43-31. Third baseman Doug DeCinces led a balanced offense, hitting .297 and slugging .556, ripping 16 homers, and knocking in 59 runs. Center fielder Marquis Grissom hit .299 with 10 homers, 39 RBI's, 47 runs scored, and 22 steals in just 63 games before suffering a hamstring injury that would sideline him until late July. The Wildcatters' starting pitching was the strength of the squad, as Chris Carpenter went 7-1 with a 2.28 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP, and 91 strikeouts. Rookie Lefty Stewart posted an 8-3 record with a 2.68 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP, while hard-luck Tex Hughson yielded a 2.98 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP, but sported only a 7-7 record.

Disappointments: The Chicago Mules narrowly missed winning the Great Plains Division last year, falling a single game shy with 92 wins, but they notched a mediocre 37-37 record at the All-Star Break. Offseason trade acquisition Dale Murphy tore his PCL five games into the season, and would likely miss the rest of the year. First baseman Jimmie Foxx, a perennial MVP candidate, saw his OPS drop by nearly 150 points from last year, hitting a solid but hardly spectacular .300 with 18 homers. Third baseman Pie Traynor became punchless, hitting just .279 and slugging an anemic .312, with just 9 extra-base hits -- all doubles -- in 73 games. Southpaw Bill Lee, a 20-game winner last year, went just 2-8, and his ERA soared by over a run to 4.42. The Toronto Predators were just two years removed from a 94-win season, but they took a 22-52 mark into the break, a distant 26 games out of first place. An anemic offense was the primary culprit-- the Predators lost 40 points in team batting average, hitting a collective .214 and ranking dead last in baseball in batting, on-base percentage, OPS, and runs scored. First baseman Jim Dyck, who slugged .493 and bashed 32 homers and 117 RBI's last year, entered the break with a pitiful .190/ .269/ .300 slash line, and just 7 homers and 21 RBI's. Right fielder Walt Moryn, who hit .304 with 30 round-trippers last year, tailed off to .252 with 6 homers and 24 RBI's. Catcher Barry Foote posted a miserable .160/ .218/ .267 slash line, with just 3 homers and 12 RBI's in 202 plate appearances. Free agent signee Dave Fleming posted a solid 3.53 ERA -- but was 0-11, as the Predators provided an embarrassing 0.93 runs per game in offensive support. Fellow starters Steve Trachsel and Matt Chico saw their ERA's rise by over a run per game apiece.

In the Continental League, the New York Emperors won 94 games last year, and had made the playoffs in 5 of the prior 7 years, but they stumbled to a 31-41 start, including an 11-game losing streak in June. Catcher Mike Sweeney, who hit a disappointing .253 with 12 homers and 72 RBI's last year as a free agent, stumbled to a .211 start, with just 5 homers and 14 RBI's. Third baseman David Wright, a perennial all-star, started showing his age, hitting just .267 with 9 homers, and losing 100 points of slugging percentage. The Emperors' pitching ranked among the worst in the league, and their rotation was dead last in ERA: ace Bob Moose pitched just four games due to injuries. Steve Avery, who posted a 2.65 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP last year, collapsed, going just 3-7 with a 6.17 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP, while his strikeout rate fell nearly in half. Veteran Corey Kluber appeared to hit the end of the line, going 2-8 with a 5.42 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. The Houston Pythons' streak of four straight seasons over .500 was in grave danger, as the Pythons bumbled to a 28-46 record. Right fielder Jason Heyward, two years removed from his seventh-straight season of at least 20 homers, hit just .268 with 4 homers and 27 RBI's in 74 games. Third baseman Buck Weaver, a career .296 hitter, took a .237 average and .273 on-base percentage into the break, scoring just 20 runs in 73 games. Righthander Edwin Correa, who saved 31 games as an 18-year-old rookie, moved into the rotation and saw his ERA more than double to 4.65. New closer Chad Bradford posted a 5.40 ERA and a bloated 1.49 WHIP.

Every Day is a Holliday: Seattle left fielder Matt Holliday ran off a 24-game hitting streak in April and a 25-game streak several weeks later, marking the two longest streaks in the Frontier League. Holliday enjoyed a breakout season, taking a league-leading .387 average into the break with 16 homers and 53 RBI's. Despite Holliday's heroics, Seattle ended the first half in last place in the Northwest Division with a 28-44 record.

Howie Do That?: Milwaukee southpaw Howie Pollet had been a decent third starter over the course of his unremarkable career, posting a 75-73 mark in eight prior seasons with the Raccons. Pollet flipped a switch, going 10-2 with a microscopic 1.02 ERA and 0.73 WHIP, allowing just 4 homers in 114 innings. Thanks to his heroics, Milwaukee was tied for first place at the break with Omaha, going 41-32, despite the Frontier League's 20th ranked offense.

Trout Swim South: Star centerfielder Mike Trout departed the Minneapolis Penguins in free agency, signing an 8-year contract with El Paso. The Armadillos posted the best record in baseball in the first half -- despite rather pedestrian numbers by Trout, who hit just .258 and slugged .439 in the first half. Trout's presence forced future Hall of Fame center fielder Tris Speaker, whom El Paso signed a year earlier, to the DH spot, as the Armadillos enjoyed an embarrassment of riches in the outfield.

End of the Line: Two leading sluggers, Ernie Banks and Johnny Mize, engaged in a painful chase for 600 homers, as each player ranked among the worst players in baseball. Banks signed with the San Diego Zookeepers in spring training, needing 24 homers for 600. He hit just .174 with 9 homers and 31 RBI's, posting a dreadful 67:9 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Mize returned for his second season with the El Paso Armadillos, needing 15 homers for 600; he hit just .182 with 10 homers and 23 RBI's in the first half.

Major injuries: New York ace Bob Moose, the winningest pitcher in HRDL history, missed nearly the entire first half with a sprained ankle, and then forearm inflammation; he was expected to return by early August. Albuquerque southpaw Warren Spahn was expected to miss the entire season with a torn UCL. Birmingham third baseman Chone Figgins saw his breakout season interrupted by a season-ending fractured kneecap. Calgary southpaw Chris Sale tore an elbow ligament in spring training, knocking him out for the season. Chicago right fielder Dale Murphy suffered a season-ending PCL tear a week into the season. Jacksonville DH Robin Yount broke his thumb in late May, sidelining him until mid-July. London shortstop Rico Petrocelli missed nearly the entire first half with a strained ACL, and he injured his elbow in his first game back; a mid-July return was anticipated. Memphis shortstop Jonathan Villar strained his hip on Memorial Day, and he was not expected to return before mid-September. Nashville right fielder Hank Sauer broke his elbow in spring training, and he missed the entire first half. Phoenix right fielder Charlie Blackmon broke his kneecap in mid-April, and he was not expected to return until the playoffs, if at all. Vancouver closer Garland Braxton saw his season end prematurely after twelve scoreless appearances after tearing his UCL.

Major milestones: Miami shortstop Dick Groat and Kansas City first baseman Don Mattingly each stroked their 3,000th career hit, while Denver third baseman Bill Madlock and Anaheim DH Joe DiMaggio joined the 2500-hit club. Buffalo righthander Mark Prior and Phoenix righthander Red Ames each won their 200th career game. Looking ahead, Baltimore second sacker John Knight was likely to smack his 3500th hit by the end of August. Detroit's Nolan Arenado was expected to hit his 650th homer by the end of July. El Paso first baseman Johnny Mize was likely to hit his 600th homer by August, and San Diego DH and Albuquerque DH Joe Adcock each had a chance to join the 600-homer club by year's end. Prior was also expected to notch his 4000th strikeout by September.
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