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    Solar League Baseball - A Future History: 2539 Season

    2539 Postseason League Divisional Series The Luna Apollos pulled off an upset with a 3-1 series win over the no. 1 seeded Mercury Mets. The Venus Sparrows cruised through the favored Callisto Cubs with a 3-game sweep. In their first postseason appearance, the Pluto Hounds knocked out the experienced Valles Marineris Canyons with a 3-1 series win. The Venus Reign reclaimed the division supremacy by sweeping rivals Pamoja Guardians in 3 games. League Championship Series ALCS – In an AL Enterprise Division showdown, the Luna Apollos was just too much for the Venus Sparrows to handle, as the Men on the Moon won the series in five games. CLCS – In a nail-biting, back-and-forth series that went all the way to Game 7, the Venus Reign were able to squeak out a series win to advance to the Galactic Series. Galactic Series Game 1: Reign starter Dimitrije Djokovic tossed a complete-game shutout and allowed just four hits to lead the Reign to a 3-0 victory in Game 1. Game 2: The Luna Apollos responded with an 11-inning thriller, taking Game 2 by the score of 3-2 at Sky Stadium in the Sky Cities of Venus. Game 3: Moving to the Lunardome, the Reign picked up a road win with a 6-3 behind Jason Palsgrove’s two-run homer. Game 4: Carrying the momentum from a road win, the Reign outslugged the Apollos for a 9-3 win to give them a 3-1 series lead. Game 5: In a must-win situation at home, the Apollos narrowed the series deficit to 3-2 with an incredible, dramatic walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth inning for an 8-7 win. Game 6: Returning to the Sky Stadium, the Apollos evened the series at 3-3 to force a Game 7. Game 7: The Reign started out fast by scoring three runs in the first three innings, but the Apollos answered with a comeback victory, wining the game 5-3 to clinch their sixth Galactic Series title in franchise history and first one since 2527. Game-by-Game Results G1 – Reign 3, Apollos 0 G2 – Apollos 3, Reign 2 G3 – Reign 6, Apollos 3 G4 – Reign 9, Apollos 3 G5 – Apollos 8, Reign 7 G6 – Apollos 4, Reign 2 G7 – Apollos 5, Reign 3
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    Solar League Baseball - A Future History: 2539 Season

    2539 Season Divisional Quick Recaps AL Enterprise Division: The Mercury Mets stayed at the top of the league once again with 94 wins. The Venus Sparrows improved by 13 wins to claim 2nd place in the division. The Luna Apollos climbed out of the cellar from last season to claim the 2nd wild card slot. The Mars Warriors finished with 84 wins once again, but somehow finished in fourth place with some hard luck. The Earth Astronauts continued their struggles, but improved by nine wins from last season. AL Endeavour Division: The Callisto Cubs returned to prosperity with 91 wins to reclaim the Endeavour division. The Ceres Belters, who won last year’s division, rolled in with just 83 wins. The Ursula Majors finished third with a .500 record. The Jupiter Kings and the Io Vulcans hovered in the lower 70’s wins once again. CL Sputnik Division: The defending SLB Champions Pamoja Guardians maintained their supremacy with a first-place finish. The Venus Reign jumped out of last place from last season to second place. The Valles Marineris Canyons took third place and the 2nd Wild Card slot. The Kennedy Rockets came crashing back to Luna with just 80 wins after their 116-win season in ’38. The Mendez Islanders finished in the basement of the division. CL Soyuz Division: In their first winning season in franchise history, the Pluto Hounds took the division title with 94 wins. The Titan Scorpions, who had 95 wins last season, dropped to .500 record. The Europa Mastodons cooled off with a third place finish. The Ganymede Giants continued to be average team in the league. The Neptune Mariners finished with league-worst record with just 54 wins
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    Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1944 Finals

    I'm loving this so far! Very creative about using real-life events to affect the league! I'm very curious of the aftermath of WW2, especially with the upcoming baby boom time period.
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    Report: Miami Marlins Getting New Logos for 2019

    Several more leaked logos just came out on twitter today:
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    Syracuse Chiefs rebrand as Syracuse Mets

    Smets.
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    2019 MLB Changes

    I would love it if the Cubs could use this throwback road jersey as their full-time road uniforms. Maybe with blue cap/red bill, a red number on the front too along with blue NOB, red number on the back. I also love the blue alt jerseys, but would prefer to keep them on the road as it currently is. Home whites only at Wrigley.
  7. Like what @buzzcut said, switch the IL West with the IL South, so that way, Iowa, Omaha, Memphis, etc. can be in the same league with Louisville, Indianapolis, etc, while the IL is more Atlantic coast based. As for the National Championship, maybe take the 3 league winners and a preselected championship host and place them in a 4-team bracket thing. I believe the Canadian Hockey junior does the same thing.
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    Minor League Baseball team names

    Had a convo with a friend of mine about minor league team names and it led me to look up a list of team names. After a few minutes of looking around, I realized something: most of them aren't that bad. Some of them could sound very Major League-ish (Louisville Bats, Durham Bulls, Arkansas Travelers). The only things that I'm not a fan of is how so many teams are adding adjective to their names (Jumbo Shrimps, Rumble Ponies, Fire Frogs, etc.). If they dropped those adjectives and kept the noun, then most of them would be much better, IMO. And sometimes, some logos that are over-designed can make the team name look bad (like most of Brandoise's stuff, or some teams that haven't upgraded their logos in YEARS). I'd consider myself fairly traditionalist when it come to team names, but like I said earlier, most of the MiLB team names are fine if they just drop the adjectives. For the record, some of my favorite names include, but not limited to: Montgomery Biscuits, Durham Bulls, Asheville Tourists, Toledo Mud Hens, Las Vegas 51s, El Paso Chihuahuas, Reno Aces. What do you think? Do you think Minor League team names are fine with what they are now, or are they becoming too outrageous for your taste? Should they stay a little more conservative, or do you think they should become more crazy?
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    Solar League Baseball - A Future History: 2539 Season

    Yeah, the move has benefited the PUA/Pamoja team in ways they'd never realize. They moved at the right time. I'm excited for the Guardians! They're one of my favorite teams to follow now. Too bad about the people of PUA. I can guarantee you that Earth will be getting a new team, or three(!?) sometimes in the future.
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    Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1944 Finals

    Very cool. Very Swedish. Is that why you chose the color scheme for the Royals? Also, I've been wondering what your simulation methods are. Do you use some kind of a program to run it (like I use OOTP for my Solar League Baseball), or do you have a completely different system? Like, how do you decide who's good and bad?
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    Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1944 Finals

    I think it's easy for me to follow because you keep it simple and not over describe everything that happens. And it's a relatively small league, so it's easy to get into from the start. And the fact that I vacation a lot in Minnesota, so I know these areas fairly well and can relate to them. So it's easy for me to picture this league, especially the Lake Superior Division.
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    Solar League Baseball - A Future History: 2539 Season

    2538 Postseason League Divisional Series The Ursula Majors took the Mercury Mets all the way to Game 5, where Majors 2B Jessie Eggebrecht hit a go-homer in the top of the 11th inning to clinch the series for an upset over the no. 1 team. The Ceres Belters outplayed the Mars Warriors and swept them in three games. In a hotly contested series, the Pamoja Guardians came out on top to upset the powerhouse Kennedy Rockets in Game 5. The Titan Scorpions took care of their divisional rival by sweeping the Europa Mastodons in three games behind MVP Jack Dill’s four homers. League Championship Series ALCS – Building off two consecutive extra-innings walk-off wins in the first two games, the Ceres Belters picked apart the Ursula Majors, four games to one, to advance to the Galactic Series. CLCS – In a dramatic Game 5, the Pamoja Guardians defeated the Titan Scorpions and clinched their first-ever berth in the Galactic Series thanks to a walk-off home run from catcher Izzy Reiger in the bottom of the 11th inning. Galactic Series Game 1: The Pamoja Guardians started the Galactic Series in style today, downing the visiting Ceres Belters at The Tree Field in the Pamoja Jungle by a score of 5-3 to stake an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. Guardians shortstop Israel Ochoa was named player of the game after he slugged 2 home runs. Game 2: Ceres right fielder Jeremy Massey produced all the offense the Belters would need today in the club's 9-3 win over the Pamoja Guardians. Massey went 3 for 4 with 2 home runs and a walk, while scoring 3 runs and driving in 5 and was named player of the game, while Ceres moved into a tie in the Galactic Series. The Belters and Guardians are now even at 1-1 in the best-of-7 series. Game 3: Martin Walker pitched well, but the Ceres Belters lost anyway, falling 5-4 in extra innings to the Pamoja Guardians at Asteroid Arena. With the win, Pamoja took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 Galactic Series. Walker was named player of the game after giving the Belters 8.2 innings and allowing 1 earned run. Guardians rightfielder Oscar Heidtke's hit in the top of the tenth was a game-changer. With two out, he blasted a curveball from Cory Clausen for a solo home run. It put Pamoja in front, 5-4. Game 4: Riding the 2-hit performance of designated hitter Ryan Peters, the Pamoja Guardians got a road win against the Ceres Belters, 6-4, in Game 4 of the Galactic Series today. Peters went 2-3 with a home run and a walk, while scoring 2 times for the Guardians, who now lead the best-of-7 series, 3 games to 1. Game 5: It was all about winning for the Pamoja Guardians -- and win they did. The Guardians also have a knack for winning games in the extra innings, as Game 5 went 14 innings. In the top of the 14th, Guardians rightfielder Oscar Heidtke hit a two-run double to give Pamoja the lead. Pamoja defeated the Ceres Belters by a score of 6-4 at Asteroid Arena to take the series 4-1. "We did the little things right and we did the big things right," said shortstop Israel Ochoa, who was named series MVP. He had four homers in the series. "Now we're the league champions." "Sometimes you get lucky and sometimes you make your own luck," said Pamoja manager Steve Gilfeather. "We got lucky a few times, but mostly we did the right things by being prepared for each game and playing the game the way it's meant to be played." Game-by-Game Results G1 – Guardians 5, Belters 3 G2 – Belters 9, Guardians 3 G3 – Guardians 5, Belters 4 G4 – Guardians 6, Belters 4 G5 – Guardians 6, Belters 4 Past Galactic Series 2538 – Pamoja over Ceres, 4-1 2537 – Kennedy over Mercury, 4-3 2536 – Europa over Venus S., 4-3 2535 – Kennedy over Luna, 4-3 2534 – Venus S. over Valles Marineris, 4-1 2533 – Earth over Valles Mariners, 4-1 2532 – Callisto over Valles Marineris, 4-0 2531 – Earth over Venus R., 4-3 2530 – Canyons over Earth, 4-3 2529 – Venus S. over Venus R., 4-2 2528 – Earth over Venus R., 4-2 2527 – Luna over Ganymede, 4-3 2526 – Earth over Mendez, 4-1 2525 – Earth over Kennedy, 4-2 2524 – Venus S. over Venus R., 4-2 2523 – Earth over Venus R., 4-2 2522 – Venus R. over Venus S., 4-2 2521 – Venus R. over Ceres, 4-3 2520 – Ganymede over Mercury, 4-3 2519 – Earth over Jupiter, 4-2 2518 – Mercury over Venus R., 4-1 2517 – Jupiter over Venus S., 4-3 2516 – Mars over Mendez, 4-2 2515 – Ceres over Jupiter, 4-3 2514 – Luna over Mendez, 4-3 2513 – Mercury over Mendez, 4-3 2512 – Mendez over Luna, 4-1 2511 – Ceres over Luna, 4-3 2510 – Luna over Earth, 4-3 2509 – Luna over Mars, 4-1 2508 – Mars over Luna, 4-2 2507 – Luna over Mars, 4-3 2506 – Mars over Earth, 4-2 2505 – Mars over Earth, 4-1 2504 – Mars over Mercury, 4-1 2503 – Earth over Mercury, 4-1 2502 – Earth over Mercury, 4-0 2501 – Earth over Mercury, 4-2 2500 – Earth over Mercury, 4-2
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    Solar League Baseball - A Future History: 2539 Season

    2538 Season Divisional Quick Recaps AL Enterprise Division: The Mercury Mets and the Mars Warriors switched places this year, with the Mets taking the divisional title while the Warriors take second place. The Venus Sparrows was second in the Astro League with 116 stolen bases. The Earth Astronauts will miss the postseason for the first time since 2535. The Luna Apollos seemed to have lost their 2535 mojo (when they were in the Galatic Series) as they finished last in the division for the 4th time in 5 years. AL Endeavour Division: For the first time since 2531 (eight years), a team that is not the Callisto Cubs has won the division, and that is the Ceres Belters. The Ursula Majors were just one game away from winning the division title, but had a hot streak at end of the season to sneak into the playoffs. The Cubs had an opportunity to be a Wild Card team, but couldn’t match the Majors. The Io Vulcans and the Jupiter Kings round out the cellar of the division. CL Sputnik Division: The Kennedy Rockets have launched, and there’s no coming back, as they won games at a blistering pace for a 116-win season. The Pamoja Guardians had a tremendous season, finishing with 90 wins and clinched their second straight postseason appearance. Despite strong pitching, the offense couldn’t help the Mendez Islanders. The Valles Marineris Canyons and Venus Reign finished at the bottom of the table. CL Soyuz Division: Just like last season, the Europa Mastodons and the Titan Scorpions finished 1-2 in the division. The Ganymede Giants rebounded from a 54-win season with 77 wins to take third place. The expansion teams, Neptune Mariners and Pluto Hounds, continue their struggles. Awards Astro League Most Valuable Player RF Dan Marier, Ursula Pitcher of the Year SP Chris Frost, Mercury Rookie of the Year RF Tim Huber, Ceres Reliever of the Year CL Edgar Su, Venus S. Cosmo League Most Valuable Player RF Jack Dill, Titan Pitcher of the Year SP Israel Johnson, Europa Rookie of the Year 1B Ryan Peters, Pamoja Reliever of the Year CL Bill Ostrowski, Kennedy
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    Solar League Baseball - A Future History: 2539 Season

    2538 Preseason Hall of Fame RHP Ron King Ron King, born in Kennedy, Luna, was one of the greatest right-handed closer of all time. He got elected into the Hall of Fame on his first year on the ballot with 73.3% of the vote. He finished with 324 career saves, good for 8th of all time. He also had a career ERA of 2.49 He had an 11-year career, all with the Titan Scorpions. He posted seven straight seasons of 31+ saves. During his final season, he had a career-high 40 saves. He has a career WAR of 18.8, which was good for an average of 1.7 WAR per season. His consistency helped him to a Pitcher of the Year award in 2527, and won Reliever of the Year five times, and was an All-Solar nine times. He retired at the ripe age of 32 after suffering a career-ending injury with at torn UCL in his right elbow. The Scorpions retired his jersey number 3 in 2533. It was the first retired number in team history. HOF Classes 2538 – CL Ron King (Titan) 2537 – 3B Jacob Havens (Venus R), RHP Mario Reynoso (Venus R), 3B Motofumi Kimura (Jupiter) 2536 – CL Tyler Davis (Venus R) 2535 – CL Ryan DeMaggio (Ceres) 2534 – SS Jon Marquez (Jupiter) 2533 – 2B Mike Lazcano (Jupiter) 2532 – 2B Ryan Peterson (Mercury), LF Ryan Cox (Mendez) 2531 – CL Tony Hansen (Kennedy), CL Keith Quigley (Mendez) 2530 – 2B Adam Morgenstern (Ceres), 2B Ian Martin (Luna) 2529 – 3B Peter Dierauer (Mars) 2528 – 3B Rob Beckman (Venus S.), RF Bubba Forrest (Mars), 2B Kyle Recupero (Mars), SP Steve Shook (Luna) 2527 – CL Joe Tieszen (Jupiter), 1B Bret Hopson (Mars) 2526 – no players inducted 2525 – 1B Skip Flanagan (Earth), C Matt Bradbury (Venus S.) 2524 – RF Josh Macura (Luna), CL Alex Pier (Mercury) 2523 – LF Jim Jackson (Luna) 2522 – RF Miguel Medrano (Mars) 2521 – no players inducted 2520 – SS Zack Dobson (Earth) 2519 – C Dylan Nulph (Mars), SP Dylan Heuer (Earth) 2518 – CF Luke Tasler (Earth) 2517 – RF Xie-li Shui (Mercury), CL Jerrod Pickens (Mercury), 3B Jonny Furman (Earth) Preseason Preview
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    Solar League Baseball - A Future History: 2539 Season

    2537 Postseason League Divisional Series It was a series that was a lot closer than it looked, but the Earth Astronauts swept the Mars Warriors in three games. There were two one-run game, while the third game was a 4-2 score. Despite rolling into the postseasons with 89 wins, the Callisto Cubs couldn’t figure out the postseason, as they lost to the Mercury Mets three games to two. The Kennedy Rockets rode the hot bat of 3B Mike Lane, who had two homers, to drop the Scorpions in four games. In a total back-and-forth affair, the Pamoja Guardians won Game 4 and 5 to advance to their first CLCS. League Championship Series ALCS – The Earth Astronauts gave themselves a false sense of hope, when they won Game 1. The Mercury Mets went on to win four straight games to clinch a berth in the Galactic Series. The Mets will look for their first title since 2518 (19 years ago) CLCS – Behind LF Eddie Fiala’s 3 homers and 9 RBIs, the Kennedy Rockets were able to stop the Pamoja Guardians’ Cinderella run in six games. The Rockets will try to win their second title in three years. Galactic Series Game 1: The Kennedy Rockets started the Galactic Series in style today, downing the visiting Mercury Mets at Kennedy Field by a score of 13-2 to stake an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. Rockets left fielder Eddie Fiala was named player of the game after he went 2-4 with 2 home runs and a walk. He drove in 6 runs and scored twice. Game 2: The Mercury Mets topped the Kennedy Rockets by the score of 3-2 and moved into a 1-1 tie in the Galactic Series today. The largest share of the credit went to player of the game and Mercury starter Dan Godar, who threw 7 innings of 2-hit ball in the win. Game 3: He may not do it as often as in his glory days, but Tim Dyer showed today that he could still put on a show. The 34-year-old Kennedy first baseman blasted the Mercury Mets pitching staff in Game 3 of the Galactic Series at Caloris Coliseum today, taking player of the game honors and helping the Rockets move one game closer to a Galactic Series appearance. Dyer went 3-5 with 2 home runs. He scored 3 runs and drove in 5 as the Rockets took the 8-4 win. With the win, Kennedy holds a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. Game 4: In an intense extra-innings affair, the Mercury Mets evened the Kennedy Rockets with a walk-off sacrifice fly from Jared McKee in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Mets a 3-2 win. With the win, Mercury tied the series at 2-2 in the best-of-7 Galactic Series. The Rockets’ bullpen couldn’t hold it together, as their starting pitcher Joe Shoemaker tossed 8 1/3 scoreless innings. Game 5: Game 5 was big. So was Israel Montoya. The Kennedy starter rose to the occasion at Caloris Coliseum today, earning player of the game honors after leading the Rockets to a crucial 4-0 victory over the Mercury Mets. Montoya threw 9 innings of shutout ball as the Rockets won on the road to seize a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 Galactic Series. He also racked up 6 strikeouts. Game 6: The Mercury Mets and the Kennedy Rockets will take the Galactic Series to a decisive 7th game. In a must-win situation today, the Mets beat the Rockets 3-2 at Kennedy Field to force the series into what will essentially be a one-game playoff. Mercury catcher Ian Welch was named player of the game in the win after he was 4-4 with 4 singles. He drove in 2 runs. Game 7: The series was ended in the most absurd fashion, possibly in the history of baseball, as the Kennedy Rockets won the Galactic Series on a walk-off… balk. In the bottom of the 9th inning, the Rockets’ Sal Dios reached on a single, advanced to second base, and stole third base. The play clearly rattled the Mets’ David Ramirez. He accidently dropped the ball, allowing Dyer to score the game-winning run. The Kennedy Rockets pulled out all the stops tonight, winning the Galactic Series in a hard-fought series with the Mercury Mets. It was a seesaw affair, but with a 2-1 victory at Kennedy Field, Kennedy lay claim to the franchise's 2nd championship. "I’ve never seen anything like that before,” said Rockets starter Ricky Lindsay, who tossed 5 1/3 shutout innings. “But we’ll take the win!” The champs finished the regular season with the best record at 102-60, and claimed first place in the Cosmo League Sputnik. Rockets pitcher Israel Montoya was named the series MVP, tossing a two-run complete game in Game 1 and a shutout in Game 5. Game-by-Game Results G1 – Rockets 13, Mets 2 G2 – Mets 3, Rockets 2 G3 – Rockets 8, Mets 4 G4 – Mets 3, Rockets 2 G5 – Rockets 4, Mets 0 G6 – Mets 3, Rockets 2 G7 – Rockets 2, Mets 1 Past Galactic Series 2537 – Kennedy over Mercury, 4-3 2536 – Europa over Venus S., 4-3 2535 – Kennedy over Luna, 4-3 2534 – Venus S. over Valles Marineris, 4-1 2533 – Earth over Valles Mariners, 4-1 2532 – Callisto over Valles Marineris, 4-0 2531 – Earth over Venus R., 4-3 2530 – Canyons over Earth, 4-3 2529 – Venus S. over Venus R., 4-2 2528 – Earth over Venus R., 4-2 2527 – Luna over Ganymede, 4-3 2526 – Earth over Mendez, 4-1 2525 – Earth over Kennedy, 4-2 2524 – Venus S. over Venus R., 4-2 2523 – Earth over Venus R., 4-2 2522 – Venus R. over Venus S., 4-2 2521 – Venus R. over Ceres, 4-3 2520 – Ganymede over Mercury, 4-3 2519 – Earth over Jupiter, 4-2 2518 – Mercury over Venus R., 4-1 2517 – Jupiter over Venus S., 4-3 2516 – Mars over Mendez, 4-2 2515 – Ceres over Jupiter, 4-3 2514 – Luna over Mendez, 4-3 2513 – Mercury over Mendez, 4-3 2512 – Mendez over Luna, 4-1 2511 – Ceres over Luna, 4-3 2510 – Luna over Earth, 4-3 2509 – Luna over Mars, 4-1 2508 – Mars over Luna, 4-2 2507 – Luna over Mars, 4-3 2506 – Mars over Earth, 4-2 2505 – Mars over Earth, 4-1 2504 – Mars over Mercury, 4-1 2503 – Earth over Mercury, 4-1 2502 – Earth over Mercury, 4-0 2501 – Earth over Mercury, 4-2 2500 – Earth over Mercury, 4-2