Portland Panthers

Portland Bow Out, But Vow To Be Back

The Portland Panthers bowed out of the CBL Divisional Series with a 3-1 Game 4 loss to Mahoning Valley this morning. The game hinged on a 2 run 5th inning, Panthers pitcher Pierce Johnson allowed a lead off single to former Panther farm hand Bobby Manning, before walking switch hitter Mike Simmons and allowing both batters to advance into scoring positions on a wild pitch. Both runners scored on successive groundballs. The Panthers threatened in the bottom of the 5th when Outfielder Pat Fallon made it to 3rd with 0 outs but Scrappers pitcher Cooper was able to strike out Wallace and Barreto before inducing a ground out from John Devine, stranding Fallon. Luke Maile, in what might be his last game as a Panther, managed to pull back 1 run with a Home Run that travelled 377 feet into the left...

Portland part ways with Utley

In a move that will surprise no-one, Panthers GM Phil Doyle announced to the assembled press his 25 man squad for the imminent season and the omission and subsequent release of 2B Chase Utley. Utley was one of the few to remain from the previous regime. Awarded a monster $98m, 5 year, free agency contract was always likely to be a burden in its later years, but unfortunately Utley failed to live up to the deal in the early years either. A career OPS+ of 99 would highlight that Utley failed to perform to his contract and it was well known around the league that GM Doyle would have accepted a bag of balls in exchange for the 40 year old. Utley is now a free agent and is considering his options for the future – there is not much call for a league average, poor fielding 40 year old. Port...

Panthers Unveil New Northwest Stadium

New Panthers, new ownership, new stadium. New Panthers Owner Geoff Brown sat next to GM Phil Doyle to announce the opening of their new home – New Northwest Stadium. Built on the site of the the old Vaughn Street Park, the 49,900 seat stadium will officially open on Monday 2nd April when Portland will start the new season against Vallejo Admirals. Brown explained that a local naming competition had taken place and New Northwest had won. New Northwest was the name of a newspaper published in Portland from 1871 to 1887 by the woman’s rights activist Abigail Scott Duniway. Duniway used the newspaper to campaign for reform and votes for women. “Duniway was an influential and important person in the both Portland’s and American history and we are delighted to recognise h...

Brown Takes Over Panthers

Geoff Brown yesterday completed the paperwork on his long awaited takeover of the Portland Panthers. Brown reveiled he had been instrumental in bringing the team to Portland. Brown, the former owner of Scottish soccer team St Johnstone said he was eager to see how his money was being spent. He reiterated that GM Phil Doyle’s job was safe and he trusted him completely to build a solid platform for Portland to build on. Brown also confirmed to our reporter that he would be a hands off owner. He stated he would continue to live in Scotland and only travel to the US 2 or 3 times a year. “I’m in constant contact with Doyle and we are both on the same page in terms of how we see this ball club developing.” Brown also confirmed that an announcement on a new stadium would c...

Minutemen move to Portland

After weeks of speculation Boston Minutemen GM Phil Doyle was able to confirm that League Commissioner Tim has signed the consent forms for the Minutemen to move from Boston to the City of Portland and would become the Portland Panthers. GM Doyle said “I am grateful to League Commish Tim for approving the move, this is an exciting time for the ball club and we are looking forward to giving the people of Portland a ball club to be proud off.” Doyle went on “We must thank Boston for their superb support over the year we have been here, but the draw of moving to a new purpose built stadium in Portland” The GM also launched a new logo and uniforms and stated that he hoped this would lead to a fresh start for the ball club and its’ players. “Sometimes some pl...

Verdugo Pitcher Of The Month

Boston Minutemen Pitcher, Ryan Verdugo will be wishing the season could continue. His hot streak saw him win September’s Pitcher of The Month award after posting a 4-0 record from 5 starts. Incredibly in his last 4 starts Verdugo pitched 31.1 innings giving up just 15 hits and 2 runs ! When facing the media Verdugo commented on how he was feeling good and that all the hard work behind the scenes was paying off. Verdugo also paid tribute to Pitching Coach Tommy Phelps “That guy is great! He sits you down and tells you straight what you’re doing wrong and then how we are going to fix it. He always emphasises the we – it’s a team game and I’m glad he’s part of our organisation!” The 43 year old Korean, Phelps, joined the Minutemen this year afte...

Boston Welcomes 4 on Deadline Day

New Boston GM Phil Doyle wasted no time in showing his intent to redesign the Boston roster. 4 players left the 40 man roster and were replaced with catcher Devin Mesoraco, 3B Matt Carpenter and minor leaguers 3B Jeimer Candelario and Catcher Steve Bean. Doyle said about the moves “Clearly, we had minimal chance of reaching the playoffs this year with our existing roster and so when the opportunities presented themselves to make the squad younger and cheaper it was an easy decision to make. The guys leaving us part with our best wishes, but they weren’t part of the long term plan. Mesoraco has already slotted into the primary Catcher and his new team mates have already commented on his exceptional leadership behind the plate and he is also leading the way with the bat, hitting ...

New General Manager arrives in Boston

  New GM Phil Doyle arrived at Curve Ballpark and immediately set about evaluating the playing and coaching staff. Doyle had been enjoying some time off since leaving the PATP Montreal Royals. Speaking to the Boston media for the first time Doyle admitted he was a bit surprised to receive a call from Owner Augusto Lopez and League Commissioner Tim Imasa, but jumped at the chance to take on the improving Minutemen “We are not where we want to be, but clearly this is a ball club on the up. Mr Lopez asked me if I thought I could continue the hard work done by previous GM Dave Vanlandingham and make this club a championship contender. That is obviously not going to happen immediately and with the league talking about expansion, Mr Lopez was keen to stress he didn’t want a boom...

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