Richardson City Blood Raven

Tale of The Tape: RC Wins 3rd Title In 5 seasons

RC had to win the last two series of the season, just to get in, against the two best teams in The HL. And they did. Down, but never out, was the story of the season. Club seriously considered a fire-sale at mid-season being .500 and out of the playoff race but without making a move, had the best 2nd-half record in the HL, to earn a wild-card berth; aided by it’s bullpen and #1 Offense. Then magic happened (an all-too-familiar narrative). Lest we forget that RC was on the verge of being swept by MV in the first round, down to their final strike, but Meadows wouldn’t have it. He hit a two out 434-foot blast against Edgin, scoring three for the win. By then, the air was out of MV, as RC out-scored MV 11-2 in the final two games of the series. Let’s look at some numbers. &nb...

RC Repeats: Tale of The Tape

Blood Raven. Singular. A team. A unity. All united in one common goal. When you look at The Blood Raven’s regular season record nothing jumps out at you, ‘flash in the pan’, one might think. The team with the most all-stars was somehow lucky, rather than good. But, if you look at beyond the surface, look at other context–all stats need to be looked at with other context (you wouldn’t judge a pitcher by the amount of wins he had would you?) it shouldn’t be a surprise that RC was able to win The Premier Cup a second straight season and finished the season strong going 17-4. With a 50M payroll, no less. But it was a surprise. To everyone but their GM.

From Underdogs to Champions–RC’s Championship Post-season Narrative (PART 1)

RICHARDSON, TX Consider this scenario: In The Premier Cup, the Grand-Daddy of Them All, as the saying goes, Richardson City was tied 2-2 with Vancouver– heavy underdogs going into Game 5 with Jose Fernandez on the mound for Vancouver and Miguel Almonte for RC. They had a huge mountain to climb to bring home their first championship, facing the second best pitcher in the game. Winner of this game likely wins the series. Richardson City trailed early in Game Five 3-0, backs against the wall. They don’t win this game The Canadians are likely hoisting the trophy. In the bottom of the 3rd, Santana gave them life with a ground-out to make it 3-1 and then Yorman Rodriguez came up to the dish. Fernandez made him fight off the first couple of pitches to get a pitcher friendly 0-2 count ...

Mililani Town HWB Preview

[tps_header] Mililani Town HWB Preview[/tps_header]   Richardson City’s Hawaiian Winter Baseball affiliate Mililani Town is ready to rock and roll. The roster is led by young pitchers and toolsy hitters in the middle infield, whom the club wants to give some extra looks. The depth chart is dominated by youngsters who haven’t gotten enough playing time in the regular season to show what they could really do. They get their shot now. The Islanders plan to go with a 15 man pitching staff to start–mostly due to a lack of outfielders that would be eligible for the league. Pot smoking is banned in the league and the club wishes not to risk a 50 game suspension, according to rumors. The club, nonetheless, is excited to give it’s plethora of teenagers an extra look (on...

Mililani Town HWB Preview

[tps_header] Mililani Town HWB Preview[/tps_header]   Richardson City’s Hawaiian Winter Baseball affiliate Mililani Town is ready to rock and roll. The roster is led by young pitchers and toolsy hitters in the middle infield, whom the club wants to give some extra looks. The depth chart is dominated by youngsters who haven’t gotten enough playing time in the regular season to show what they could really do. They get their shot now. The Islanders plan to go with a 15 man pitching staff to start–mostly due to a lack of outfielders that would be eligible for the league. Pot smoking is banned in the league and the club wishes not to risk a 50 game suspension, according to rumors. The club, nonetheless, is excited to give it’s plethora of teenagers an extra look (on...

2017 Blood Raven Season Review and Future Outlook

    RICHARDSON, TX After a strong start to the season, including leading the division for most of the first two months, The Raven went through a rough stretch in July–winning just 3 games, losing the division and ultimately finishing with a subpar 73-89 season. Take a step, take a step, as has been GM Imran Manderly’s motto and Richardson City took another step forward this year, the organization feels, despite it’s record. Take away that torrid and a rather unprecedented 3-19 July where nothing worked, no matter whom they played, the club finishes 70-70, right at .500. Which was near where they expected to be at. Take away their poor record against the bottom tier teams and the club has an even better record.  For the year, against all 8 playoff teams Richardso...

And Gonecarlo is on the move again…

RICHARDSON, TX From Miami, to Savannah, to Richardson City, Going-going-GONE-Carlo Stanton is on the move, yet again. For the second time in a span of a few months, Gonecarlo finds a new home. After dealing for him just a few months ago, Richardson City decided to trade him to Bowling Green to begin the off-season for a package revolving around five young players and Starting Pitcher James Paxton. The trade has a humorous if not an incestuous feel to it. Yorman Rodriguez (who will attempt to fill the hole left with Stanton’s departure) was originally in Richardson City’s system before being dealt for CF Kurt Olsen last season. Olsen, if you recall, was a key prospect that helped Richardson City land Gonecarlo in the first place. And now, Yorman is the key prospect that helped B...

2016 Season Review

What a season it was! After the league agreed to a new 120-game season, up from 82, even that proved to be one game too short. Trey and his Austin Bats were on the wrong end of the play-in game, losing in nail-biting, heart-racing, stomach-punch fashion to Syracuse. It also had to hurt watching Montreal clinch the East division title with a 60-60 record, three games worse than Austin. The Orange will play Frisco, while the other playoff series’ can be seen here. Let’s take a look back at the regular season. Inside the Numbers 17-16 Frisco’s record after trading several top prospects for starting pitchers Gio Gonzalez, Justin Verlander and Jordan Zimmerman. (49-38 prior to trade) 77 Number of wins Calgary had, best in the CBL. Traverse City was the only other team to eclip...

A look back at The Giancarlo Stanton and Chad Kroeger deal

                                     The Acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton Richardson City, the last team, one would expect, Stanton being traded to. General Managers Imran and Brian discussed the framework of the deal a month before his actual acquisition. Like Rappers, they only prefer to go by their first names. The interest level was mutual from both sides, as The Gnats needed a more balanced lineup (not to mention, the salary relief), a lineup not built on power, due to Citi Field being an extreme pitcher friendly park and The Thundercats, an expansion team, needed a player who can change the game. Somebody who can hit in the middle of the lineup.  Catcher Matt Wieters has been the club’s cleanup hitter for most of the year, and, though, he’s done well (.279/.328/.457 vs. R...

Richardson City Prospect Series, Volume 1: 3B Luis Encarnacion

As we approach near the end of the minor league baseball season–only The Southern and Midwestern leagues with games left to play–here’s a look at The Thundercat’s top prospect Luis Encarnacion. Richardson City doesn’t have a great minor league system, but they do have a few high ceiling guys, Encarnacion topping that list.     A down year for him, even a lost year, developmentally for this uberly toolsy, high upside player. After doing okay (around a league average 99 OPS+ ) in AAA last year as a 17 year-old, he struggled this season. Luis started off in AAA where he couldn’t keep the momentum going from last year and only managed .647 OPS in 72 games. The ownership group was not happy with the handling of the most prized prospect in the system...

Richardson City adds a top prospect to the system

  This just in: The Thunder Cats (you better get used to saying that name) have signed prized catching prospect Octavio Ramirez for a signing bonus of $6.6 million. That’s a hefty price tag. But, for one of the best power hitting prospects in the game, the club feels it was worth the price. GM Imran agrees, “I was actually willing to go over that, but some douche-bag named Ivan Martinez put a rifle to my head and tried to hold my family ransom. What the hell? I am just trying to pay the bills.” “What I like about Octavio, or Octavius as I like to call him, is that he has a great makeup which bodes well for his future.” According to the club’s perspicacious scouts, there are maybe 2 other prospects in the game who have Octavius’ power potential...

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