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9/06/2022 7:20 pm  #41

Re: Premier Baseball League

We finish with the last club to join the PBL and the last club alphabetically. Yonkers Athletic Club represents the suburbs of New York, a consistent opposing force to the inner-city teams Republic and Brooklyn. They're actually the oldest club in the PBL, approaching their 80th anniversary in 1952. Real estate mogul Stewart Shelby is the majority owner of the team and is determined, in all aspects, to be better than the NYC proper clubs.

To that end, he's employed the services of a certain Nicholas Backer, widely regarded as the best player currently playing the game. He can hit, he can defend, he's even taken the mound and done relatively well for a position player. Shelby has poured money into this Ys team and if they can't compete with the big boys it would spell disaster for everyone involved.

YAC has had a relatively consistent look since cap logos were first introduced in the 1910s. A large block Y is the logo and finds itself on the cap and sleeve, while the home uniform uses a script "Yonkers", replaced by a block "YONK" on the road. Why YONK and not YONKERS? When the first set of jerseys was made a spacing error left the last three letters off. It's stuck ever since.

Yonkers Stadium is an average stadium that the Ys have called home for quite a while. The field used to host a horse racing track, so the dimensions are wacky, but that has created some of the most famous moments for Yonkers, such as a deep triple from Lucky Red (when he was a player) driving in the pennant-winning run in 1936.

Last edited by QCS (9/06/2022 8:19 pm)

9/06/2022 10:32 pm  #42

Re: Premier Baseball League

Can't wait for the first season!

9/16/2022 8:41 pm  #43

Re: Premier Baseball League

I'm not dead yet! Surprisingly, being a full-time college student doesn't leave me with lots of time to write about fictional baseball. But I will carry on! The PBL will continue!

Midway through the inaugural season, here's where we stand!

At a Glance: Boston Harbor and Yonkers are at the top of the East while Federal and Brooklyn find themselves at the bottom. In the west, Forest City and Queen City reign with White City and Buffalo in the basement.

BOS: Boston Harbor, to no one's surprise, is on top of the East. In fact, they have the best record in the PBL as the only team over 40 wins at this point. The Anchors are looking to continue their dominance over the next 60 games.
YNK: Yonkers is behind Boston, but owner Stewart Shelby is satisfied with the team. They had a "rough" 1-2 start, after which Shelby reportedly visited the locker room and shouted "If you don't stay above .500 for the rest of the season, EVERYONE'S GETTING FIRED!!" It seems like the team listened.
NRK: Newark has been the surprise of the season for everyone, currently at third in the East with plenty of steam to go. Every player has improved and they've had a dominant bullpen, playing lights out day in and day out. That builds championship teams, so if the Maroons keep playing well, they could be on top sooner rather than later.
KEY: The Franklins are having a great season, their bats on fire like never before. In conjunction with Franky Livingstone, the team is a real contender in the East. The question still remains, however: can they beat Boston?
CHS: The Peaks haven't been living up to their name, actually playing a little worse than they were hoping to. The team was hoping to be in the top 3 of the the division but instead find themselves in 5th after a rough May.
NYC: Republic is also below where they wanted to be, as Cyrus Rowe hasn't been his usual self. Regularly he's been blown up by opposing teams and just hasn't been his usual self. Fans and teammates are worried and there have been rumors flying around that he's been injured all year.
HAR: The Greens have been as good as they can be, which is frustrating because they hold tons of talent. They're being held up by a managerial staff that doesn't know what to do and ownership that won't spend to improve. If things don't get better for them soon they could see fans starting to leave.
PIT: Having made the jump from the GLBA to the East to play with Keystone Athletic, the Triangles find themselves in tough competition. With this being his 9th straight year on a poor team, fans have been bringing signs that are asking Lucky to leave the team for greener pastures.
FED: Federal has been way worse this year than expected. It's honestly surprising to see them this bad. What happened? The bats went ice cold and pitching imploded. Nothing good has come from this season unless you're a Chespeake fan, in which case you're grateful for the opportunity to laugh.
BKN: Brooklyn, on the other hand, is right where people thought they would be. Hometown hero Gordy Fields has continued his slump and fans are not happy. The Blue Sox need a turnaround, and quick.

FC: The Foresters are, as expected, on top of the West. They're a good team from top to bottom and expect to be playing Harbor come championship time.
QC: It's Ohio taking the top two spots as the Monarchs are currently in second place. They are, surprisingly, actually living up to expectations and everyone in Southern Ohio is hoping they can keep it up.
MKE: Sporting is also challenging for the pennant, but there are still some concerns as the bullpen has been sloppier than usual. A few blown saves here and there are nothing unusual but it's been more often than normal for the team and some Brewers brass could be looking at a way to fix the problem.
FTW: Ft. Wayne is competing, but isn't quite at the level where they can truly challenge for the top. Maybe with a few extra pieces the Municipals could be near the Forest Citys and Milwaukees of the division.
CHI: CAC is just where they thought they'd be: right in the middle, not too good, not too bad. The Wind Sox will keep the course and carry on, hoping for improvement next season.
DET: It seems like the team is too focused on the "Cupids" nickname to bother winning baseball games. Detroit needs an overhaul fast if they want to be competing anytime soon.
STL: 96 has aged too much to try and take the top. The team is simply too old and is past its glory days, at least, with this current core. You can expect the front office to begin attempting to reload and in order to return the team to the pennant.
TOR: Toronto is a decent team stuck in a top-heavy division. Like other teams, they just don't have the talent to be one of the top teams but Athletic is still performing well in front of their home crowd.
WC: The Expos needed a spark, but they sure didn't get it. After an abysmal 6-12 start, they fired their manager before proceeding to perform even worse. An entire overhaul of the front office might be in order for White City.
BUF: Well, at least they look good. The Lakers have been awful but that's sadly to be expected for this team. The good people of Buffalo have slowly begun to lose hope but there are some holdouts who believe John White will eventually bailout the struggling team.

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9/16/2022 10:59 pm  #44

Re: Premier Baseball League

Not a bad start for Cincy, hopefully the boys in Purple and gold can keep it up and hopefully pass Cleveland in the West.

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