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  1. This is an absolutely fantastic series. I love the storylines and storytelling that goes into this. One question I do have is how exactly do the playoffs work? I'm confused about how a wildcard team can have a high seed yet still need to play a 1st round game. Can't wait to keep following along!
  2. Just a little update on this series, it's still very much alive (I have 7 of the 8 teams finished). It's just coming up with backstories for each team that is proving as a lengthy and long task that leads to writer's block pretty often. I'm very much excited to show you guys the rest of the teams just in the future the stories might not be as long and more focused on the designs. Another quick thing, If I made an Out of The Park template/save for the league, would you guys be interested, and/or want to use it? Let me know. Thanks!
  3. Thank you! I totally get what you're saying about it being close to the Rangers and its honestly super hard to create any team in Texas using Texas colors (I took them straight from the flag) without it looking too much like the Rangers. Plus their font in plain red and blue is way too gorgeous to not use for the set.
  4. The history only goes as in-depth as I go for each team so I don't have a list of champions. The most you'll get to see of that is what I put in for each team in their history. Many teams have a throwback but they are only worn for a game or two each year for certain events i.e. old timers day. For both of your ideas though I might go back after the project, try a throwback or two to the earlier parts of the team's history, and maybe a graphic of champions for the past few years but I will be putting out some 4th of July unis next month! Also here are the updated standings for today (June 2, 2017). Texas and KC continue to battle for 1st place as the are stilled tied with a gap now opening up between them and the rest of the league.
  5. They say everything is bigger in Texas, for example, food, land, and finally, Western League championships. The Texas Comets proudly have hoisted 13 Quinn-Kurtis Trophies since they joined the league as a founding member in 1951. They come into this year as the defending champions, having taken down Provo in last years final 4-3. Before we get to that though, let’s just say that it wasn't always this great in Texas. The Comets formed in 1941 in a town just to the northeast of where they currently reside in Houston as the College Station Texans. They started in the Rocky Mountain League where they were the farthest lying eastern team in the league. The expansion team took the place of the Tulsa Indians when Tulsa’s owner was arrested in a embezzlement case and lost all finances for the team due to fines. College Station started with the expectation that they were going to be bad and they certainly lived up to it. They were so bad for the next 5 years that attendance dropped from 8,000 a game to a mere 900. Their records over those first years were 14-132, 32-124, 23-133, 55-101, and 54-102. They made slight improvements but never finished less than 34 games behind the first place team. No one in College Station was going to see them and the product on the field was woeful. The team filed for bankruptcy right before the 1950 season. In 1950 a man by the name of Lyndon Kurtis, who was then the president of the RML, bought the team and took them down the road to Houston where he had a grand plan to turn the team into a contender and help kickstart the Western League. He had great ambition as he brought the team into the Western League in 1951 as one of the 4 original members of the league because in his words “I know I can make this team good. Just you wait.” With College Station behind them, the new name the Houston Cowboys, and with 85% of their roster new players, it was almost like a brand new franchise had emerged. The one problem was that they still couldn't get over .500. It took until 1961 for the team to get to 85 wins and they did with an 85-85 record, the highest win total they would achieve for the next decade. Kurtis held onto the team for some reason or another. Fans were interested in the team, but they didn’t have a steady flow of wins to keep their interest much past June. That all changed when in 1968, 2 men who ran a synthetic grass company from Houston, John Desmond and Rhett Williams, bought the team for a mere $90,000 (around half a million today). The space race had just ended and the two renamed the team the Texas Comets to hop onto the moon craze that was sweeping the country and moved the team into the brand new and other worldly Texas Ballpark. The field was the first outdoor stadium in the country to feature the brand new type of turf that later become popular in cookie cutter stadiums in the 1970s. The men built a brand new field for the Comets that was complete with turf, cutouts for the bases, and a model rocket in the lawn beyond the center field wall. In 1971 they had a breakthrough with the coming of a 19 year old catcher named Kyle Park. Park was bought by Texas from the Oklahoma Diablos for just $900 in early July when the team was 35-50. Kyle Park then went on a tear and the whole team rallied around him. He finished August with a .343 average with 34 homers and 67 RBI in only 65 games. The team turned it around and finished only 5 games out of second come the end of the year. Park became one of the greatest players ever to play in the Western League and leads the Comets all-time in homers, RBI, runs, and extra base hits. They went on to later win their first championship in 1974. They then won 2 more in the 70s, 2 in the 80s, 5 in the 90s, and then 3 since the year 2000 with the latest coming last year. The team this year is led by their core of Joey Westing at first, Tim Bertling on the mound as their top starter, and Willem Castillo manning 2nd. All three were in the MVP talk last season as they led Texas to the title while sporting a 108-62 record. They won game 7 in the most dramatic of ways with a walkoff homerun from Joey Westing in the bottom of the 13th to win 5-4 over Provo and claim the title. Texas’ set is my favorite of this whole series so far, including the ones I haven’t released yet. They sport the red, white, and blue colors that are seen on the Texas flag. The primary features the state of Texas with the script “Comets” underlined by a flying baseball. The Texas outline has in it a Texas flag. That script is featured on the home jersey with a blue cap that includes a red brim and the alternate T logo on the outline of Texas. All 3 jerseys feature a stripe of both red and blue on the home and away while the alternate has them as white and red, as well as those same stripes on the pants. The socks also feature the stripes with the flying baseball being shown on the stripes (I wanted them to be outside the box and beautiful all at the same time). The alternate hat is similar to the primary cap but features a red base instead of a blue. NRG Ballpark is a quirky ballpark that has very little foul territory down the lines, akin to Dell Diamond in Round Rock. The outfield wall juts in and out and makes the bounces tricky for opposing outfielders. Opened in 2010 it houses 41,500 fans and with their recent success, is filled on most nights.
  6. Thanks for the kind words! For Houston the answer is quite simple. I defined "west" as all the land west of the Mississippi hence why Kansas City and Houston fit in. As for California it's not that I didn't want to include cities in California, it's just they way it worked out. I found great cities to place teams with nicknames that I loved that I could build great identities around. I looked at cities in Cali and none really gave me something I loved in their history as for each team's nickname I want to connect it to a city's history or baseball roots. All great questions and I hope these answers are able to help you understand my reasoning! I hope to have the next team up by Friday at the earliest or by Sunday night hopefully. With high school baseball playoffs starting up this week, time isn't something I've had a lot of in the recent days to craft a well thought out story. I will say though that Houston, the next team, is one of my favorite logos that I've ever made.
  7. Releasing the OOTP file would take a lot more work on my end (right now the sim is just the bare bones) but if enough people are interested I'd be glad to do it! Plus playing it on my own would be fun
  8. I mentioned in the OP that the 8 stars (I'll have to fix that, apparently on the league logo I couldn't read or count) each represented a team in the league Edit- The league logo is now updated with the correct amount of stars. Sorry about that For the standings and presentation I used Tertre which is on dafont.com. It's just a simple and clean font hence why I like using it in those cases
  9. Bump for some C+C
  10. Here's a little something extra that I'll be posting along with each new team I post. I am going to sim just the 2017 season on OOTP as something extra to add realism to the project. I won't be tracking trades, injuries, and such, and it is only for one year, but I am excited to see how to league would hypothetically play out for this season. You'll also get a sneak peek at the rest of the cities for the league. So here are the standings as of May 25, 2017 (today)! Currently KC and a team from Houston (who will be released next) are tied for first through 56 games with the rest of the league not far behind.
  11. The Wyoming Bison, the team which calls Cheyenne, Wyoming home, have been around for almost 90 years, the 2018 season will be their 90th campaign, under various names. They started in 1928 when two prospectors, Jim Kate, and Harry King, decided to assemble a group of newly graduated college students from the local area to form the Cheyenne Red Stockings. Most of the boys were from the University of Wyoming and Kate and King wanted them to be able to pursue baseball after college. The two entered the team into the Pioneer League with a roster that consisted of 12 players for an 86 game season. They fell flat on their faces, oh boy did they. They went 11-85 their first year on the circuit and only drew in 550 people a game at the Wyoming Grounds, which held 1,500 fans. Until 1935 they did not post a winning record or a winning percentage above .450, and the team was falling in both popularity and finances. The team was lackluster on the field and the players seemed more interested in the beer and wages than playing well. In 1936 their luck changed as a 30 year old man by the name of Morris Quinnhouse was hired as the team’s manager. His first order of business was to cut the entire team (he was famously quoted saying “I don’t want players that don’t want to win” in an article published the next day) and change the name of the team. That quote adorns the team’s locker room today and is a rallying cry for the players to give it their all every game. He wanted to start all over in Cheyenne and build from the ground up. They were changed to the Wyoming Bison as he adored the beauty of the bison in Yellowstone, which he visited every winter. The rest is history. He went around the region picking the best players and Wyoming never looked back. They won the Pioneer League every season for the next twelve years. It was, and still is, the largest string of consecutive championships in American sports history. They moved to Rocky Mountain League for one season in 1949 and joined the Western league as a founding member in 1950. Up to this season they have won 12 championships including a three-peat from 1956-1958 and won 4 in 5 years in 1998, 1999, 2001, and 2002. Today Wyoming is a team on the rise after being a bottom feeder team the past few years. Their prospects are littered with talent including the #2 and 3 prospects in the league thanks to a rebuild. They are lead by 25 year old pitcher Scott Wickman on the hill while 21 year old Joe Castle and 23 year old Teddy Porter man the corners as well as the 3 and 4 spots in the lineup. The Bisons logos and jerseys are a fan favorite in the West. They sport a silhouette of a running bison as the primary with red and brown. The red is a nod to the old red B that adorned the hats of the Bison all the way back during their championship run in the 40s. It’s on their brown primary cap with a tan colored outline. The jerseys, both home and away, feature the script in a western style cursive font. The alternate is a vest with a red base and tan cuffs. The alternate hat features a red base as well with a tan version of the running bison. Frontier Field is heaven for lefties as the 318 ft porch in right helps many homers get over the wall. Since 1998 the Bison have called it home while selling out nearly 60% of their home games since the opening. Hope you guys enjoy!
  12. Thank you for all the great comments! Glad to see that KC is being so well received. I cannot believe I didn't see that. The original post is updated with the correct spelling.
  13. Baseball in Kansas City has existed ever since the year 1900, when the Kasas City Blues joined the Great Plains League. They destroyed the Great Plains league including putting up a 134-13 season in 1909. When the league disbanded in 1910, after the Blues had won 6 championships including having pitcher Ross Denbow win a club record 456 games in those 10 years with the club, they joined the Rocky Mountain League. In the RML they enjoyed a string of success including a run of 7 straight championship series appearances from 1934-1940. In 1951 they joined the Western League as a founding member and have had great success. They are the proud owners of 10 league championships, with their latest coming in 2013 on the back of current star Connor Johnson. The then only 23 year old played in 165 games that year and in the leadoff spot the shortstop had 17 home runs and 89 RBI with a league leading 67 stolen bases and 19 triples. He carried the team to a 2nd place finish with a 101-69 record, where they finished 6 games behind the league leaders. In the finals he went off the rails, going 14/23 with 4 homers and 13 RBI in the Blues’ 4-1 victory to capture the Quinn-Kurtis Trophy. This season they are led by Johnson, now 27 and still considered their top player, Japanese born catcher Hashimoto Sato, and center fielder Javier Cárcera. They are a team considered by many to have a ton of talent in the lineup, but a pitching staff with many question marks on the back end of their pen and rotation. The Blues’ jerseys and logos are considered to be a new take on a classic look that has been in KC for over 115 years. Throughout their history they have had navy pinstripes adorning their home jersey with an interlocking K and C in the hat, helmet, and on the heart on their jerseys. The KC has been modernized throughout the years, think of the Leafs and their logo trough the years, with the latest modernization coming in 2005. Both the away and alternate feature the Blues wordmark with a single stripe on the sleeves as well as the collar. The double blue was adopted in the 1960s when more color options were available to choose from in fabrics and KC fans loved it. Independence Ave Stadium was opened in 1945 to house the Blues. It is one of only a few fields in the WL to have a circular OF wall. It has a lot of foul territory down the lines and the 45,000 that pack it on most nights get a chance to see some spectacular diving catches in front of the dugouts and stands.
  14. Howdy folks, and welcome to the Wild West! This is something I’ve been working on for the past few weeks since the MLB season has started, making teams in-between work, school, and baseball. It is an 8 team league set west of the Mississippi and extends all the way to the Pacific Coast. DSaline’s USBL is a big part of the inspiration for this series which I used his ideas for fields for each team and trying to be extremely in depth with each backstory. Teams will mostly be released sporadically, but hopefully one team will be released a week with half of the league already finished. An important note is that neither the Pacific Coast League or old Western League existed in this universe. Enjoy! C&C is appreciated as always. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— In the year 1950, America’s baseball landscape in the West Coast was scattered and bland. There were many leagues from the Great Plains to the Pacific but they were scattered and small and mostly all lasted no more than a few years before disbanding. The Western League came about when the suffering Rocky Mountain League and Pacific League, the two best leagues in the West at the time, combined with a handshake by Jack Quinn and Lyndon Kurtis in a meeting between the 2 leagues in Houston, Texas. They planned for a smaller sized league to increase the caliber of talent on the field and for teams to be associated with a larger group of people, something both leagues had previously struggled at. The 1951 season started with teams in Kansas City, Houston, Cheyanne, Seattle, and Denver. Throughout the years the teams have changed, formed and collapsed, but the current set of teams have been around since the 1990 season when the league brought in two new teams to bring the total to 8. Teams play a 170 game schedule (yes, I based that loosely off the old PCL regular season schedule) starting the last week in March and ending around the first week in October. The top 2 teams then enter the playoffs where they battle for the Quinn-Kurtis Trophy, named after the men who brought the league together, in a best of 7 series. Some other minor notes, the DH has never been used in the Western League, the fans and owners laughed at the idea when a team brought it up in the 70s due to the fact that fans, owners, and players love having pitchers hit due to the strategy in it. Also, all teams have three uniforms, home, away, and an alternate to be worn either at home or on the road. The league logo depicts the majestic mountains found in the Western parts of America (i.e. Sierra Nevada’s, Rocky Mountains, etc.) against a backdrop of a starry sky with 8 stars. Each represents a team in the league. It is recolored for each ball club and appears on the back of hats and jerseys.
  15. Everything about this series has been fantastic. From the template to the jerseys to the logos it's been great. I am in love with the action templates you're using. They really make the jerseys seem more lifelike. One little nitpick I do have is the drop shadow on the Twins jersey. On the wordmark it looks great but maybe consider moving it to the numbers as well. Just to kind of tie together the script and numbers even more. Keep up the good work!