It was the great poet Ralph Waldo Emerson that once said, “Life is a Journey, Not a Destination”. Definition of journey is,”an act of traveling from one place to another” and for 20 teams for over 130 games the journey is coming to an end. Its often said the journey is more enjoyable than the destination, the ups and downs is what makes the journey special and this year is no different. For the first time in franchise history, Colorado and Altoona could finish with a winning record, while Calgary and Regina could finish below 500. Erie and Minneapolis could for the first time in a very long time finish above 500. You have the stables of the league in Richardson City,Vancouver,Mahoning Vallye,Manchester and Charlotte still strong, still looking at winning records.
Out with the old and in with the new has been the trend all year. Strasburg, Taillon,Rodon and Kilpatrick are all missing from the leaderboards. In their place, Acosta, McKenzie, Donaldson and Davidson. Some buck that trend, in a year of rebirth, Freddie Freeman has found his swing and Archie Bradley fell in love with his new home. The league is full of young talent, oldest player in top 8 for batting AVG is Castro at 30, for ERA Perez at 33.
It’s not just the rise and fall of players that happens during the journey but GM’s as well. GM of Manchester Marauders Sy, took a team destined for a down year sprinkled some dirt on it and turned it into a .600 ball club. Colorado Gold Sox has won more games this year with a month to go than they ever have in their history. Minneapolis Millers are 7 wins away from coming home with best record in franchise history, fielding a team of has not’s and use too’s.
Teams are not built on pure hitting, pitching or fielding but a combination of both with a splash of desire and willpower. It’s a long season,injuries, trades, and demotions always play a part, it’s the strength of the collective group from the bench player all the way up to the GM that make journey memorable.
So with a month to go in the season we will leave you with this,
“The destination can be found when the burdens of journey become the vision prosperity.”