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Old 05-13-2019, 12:15 AM   #161
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2035 Year in Review

Frontier League: The Boston Minutemen coasted to their fourth straight division title, winning 99 games to take the Northeast Division by 17 games. Although their offense was slightly less dominant than in past seasons (perhaps due to losing Joe DiMaggio to a knee injury after 49 games), Boston's pitching staff was stronger than expected. Boston finished second in the Frontier League in runs scored with 937, and led the league with 233 homers. Nolan Arenado had another MVP-caliber season, hitting .358 and slugging .639 with 88 extra-base hits, including 33 homers, to go with 114 RBI's and 139 runs scored. First baseman Ernie Banks hit .309 and slugged .604, bopping 50 homers and driving in 149 runs. Right fielder Moises Alou hit .318 with 37 longballs and 110 RBI's. Righthander Jim Tobin went 13-8 with a 3.70 ERA. Bob Spade went 17-9 despite a bloated 5.23 ERA.

The Detroit Purple Gang returned to the postseason after a two-year hiatus, narrowly winning the Great Lakes Division with 95 wins. Although the Purple Gang ranked 20th in the Frontier League in homers, they nonetheless finished 6th in the league in runs scored. Center fielder Ken Henderson starred, hitting .348 with 46 doubles, 28 homers and 114 RBI's. First baseman Gail Hopkins hit .315 with 32 homers and 112 RBI's. Shortstop Francisco Lindor hit .280, drilling 30 homers and plating 114 runs. Detroit's pitching staff starred, allowing the fewest runs in the Frontier League. Southpaw Frank Papish went 19-9 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Bob Shirley went 16-5 (including a 12-0 start), ending the year with 299 career wins, as well as a 3.29 ERA. The Ottawa Parliamentarians had the best year in team history, winning 92 games -- a 22-game improvement over 2034 -- and making the playoffs for just the second time in team history. First baseman Frank Thomas starred, posting a .341/ .456/ .671 slash line, while drilling 52 homers and driving in a league-best 155 runs. Shortstop Tim Anderson had a breakout season, hitting .328 with 39 doubles, 23 homers, 104 RBI's, and 25 steals. Center fielder Ian Happ clubbed 36 homers and drove in 104 runs. Chappie McFarland led a no-name pitching staff, going 15-9 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Fireballer Lee Smith led one of the deepest bullpens in the league, posting 25 saves with a 2.51 ERA.

The Chicago Mules looked like the best team in baseball for four months, then narrowly avoided a historic collapse. The Mules slumped to a 15-34 record from early August through the last week of the season before a season-ending sweep of Milwaukee to salvage the Great Plains Division title with 90 wins. The Mules ranked just 20th in the Frontier League in runs scored, but narrowly missed having the strongest pitching staff in the league. Right fielder Augie Bergamo hit .343 with a .440 on-base percentage, including 44 doubles, 11 homers and 82 RBI's. Left fielder Gene Clines hit .360, leading the league with 237 hits and 15 triples, while scoring 103 runs. Center fielder Gorman Thomas popped a team-high 26 homers and drove in 69 runs despite an abysmal .204 average. Righthander Bob Moose put together another Cy Young-caliber season, going 15-10 with a 2.77 ERA, a league-best 1.03 WHIP, and 225 strikeouts. Closer Roy Parmelee notched 34 saves with a 1.57 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. The Omaha Falcons overcame an early-season slump to win 13 of their final 18 games to sneak into the playoffs with 88 wins. Veteran catcher Gabby Hartnett hit .289 with 29 homers and 97 RBI's, while ageless right fielder Cliff Heathcote hit .297 with 46 doubles, 27 round-trippers and 115 RBI's. Left fielder Bob Bescher set the table, hitting .304 with a .443 on-base percentage, stole 44 of 52 bases, and scored 119 runs. Righthander Don Aase went 15-13 with a 3.85 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP, while Bill James posted a 15-9 record with a 3.99 ERA.

The Seattle Whales rode a hot start and a blistering finish to take the Northwest Division with 97 wins. Seattle led the Frontier League with 939 runs and a .370 team on-base percentage. Center fielder Lee Mazzilli starred, hitting .363 with a .458 on-base percentage, 40 doubles, 34 homers, 133 runs scored, and 124 RBI's. Veteran rightfielder Sherry Magee hit .293 with 33 homers, 121 RBI's, and 25 steals. Third baseman Milt Stock hit .313 with 213 hits, including 42 doubles, 14 homers, 121 runs scored, and 33 steals. Junkballer Brad Bergesen posted a 17-8 record with a 3.13 ERA. Al Benton recovered from an early-season injury to notch an 11-2 record with a 3.91 ERA. The Portland Skunks used their customary late season run, including a 13-game winning streak in mid-September, to win 94 games. Left fielder Mike Easler had a career season, hitting .340 with 42 homers and 114 RBI's. First baseman Jeff Bagwell hit .305 with 44 round-trippers and drove in 115 runs. Right fielder Cliff Floyd hit .304 and slugged .591, popping 35 homers, driving in 114 runs, and swiping 48 bags. Portland's pitching staff ranked third in the league, as southpaw Mark Thurmond went 16-11 with a 3.37 ERA, and righthander Denny McLain sported a 16-9 record with 188 strikeouts. Closer Rube Vickers saved 36 games while yielding a 2.24 ERA. The Vancouver Viceroys returned to the postseason after a four-year absence, winning 90 games despite finishing below .500 from June 1 onward. Second baseman Rougned Odor dominated offensively, hitting .300 and slugging .643 with 44 homers and 124 RBI's in just 121 games. Center fielder Andrew McCutchen hit .300 with a .402 on-base percentage, smacking 29 homers, driving in 89 runs, while scoring 109 runs and stealing 46 bases. Shortstop Aledmys Diaz hit .338 with 14 homers and 72 RBI's, while rookie catcher Charles Johnson drilled 20 longballs and drove in 66 runs in just 323 at bats. Southpaw Dennys Reyes paced a better-than-expected pitching staff by going 15-7 with a 3.05 ERA, while Jeremy Hellickson went 12-12 with a 4.02 ERA and 195 strikeouts. The Denver Spikes missed the postseason by one game after a 9-18 September swoon left them with 87 wins. Slugging right fielder Dave Robertson hit .325 with 53 homers and 154 RBI's. Second baseman John Knight hit .329 with a .424 on-base percentage, including 43 doubles, 22 homers, 88 RBI's, and stole 46 of 50 bases. Chris Reitsma went 16-12 with a 3.03 ERA, while closer Chick Brandom appeared likely to win his third Reliever of the Year Award after posting a league-best 45 saves with a 1.37 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.

Continental League: The Washington Ambassadors had a strong second half, seizing control of the Atlantic Division in the final week of the season to take their fifth straight division title with 100 wins. Washington set a HRDL record with an incredible 305 homers, as four players topped 40 homers, and four more topped 25 longballs. Right fielder George Hendrick hit .302 with 42 homers and a team-high 133 RBI's. First baseman Lee Stevens hit .296 with 47 jacks and 129 RBI's. Third baseman Willie Jones and left fielder Gus Zernial combined for 85 round-trippers and 228 RBI's. But center fielder Johnny Groth had the best all-around season of them all, hitting .334 with 38 doubles, 27 homers, 100 walks, and 125 runs scored. On the mound, Henderson Alvarez went 20-7 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Southpaw Ricky Romero went 16-7 with a 3.78 ERA before being sidelined by a back injury in mid-September. The Hartford Huskies led the division for most of the season, winning a franchise record 98 games despite playing .500 ball for the last two months. Center fielder Tris Speaker was an MVP favorite, after hitting a franchise-record .376 with a .475 on-base percentage, including 60 doubles, 16 triples, 19 homers, 125 RBI's, 135 runs scored, and 75 steals- plus elite defense. First baseman Justin Bour built on his Rookie-of-the-Year campaign from 2034, hitting .346 and setting several franchise records of his own, by slugging .654 with 52 longballs, 155 RBI's, and 140 runs scored - including 35 second-half homers. Hartford's pitching staff sparkled, ranking second in the Continental League in runs allowed. Southpaw Steve Barber led baseball in victories while posting a 21-8 record, a 2.99 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and 212 strikeouts. Chris Carpenter posted a sparkling 20-5 record of his own, leading baseball with a 2.44 ERA, while posting a 1.02 whip and 186 strikeouts before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in late August. Closer Chris LeRoux saved 34 games while yielding a 2.10 ERA.

The New Orleans Crawfish did not miss a beat despite the offseason departure of All-Star third baseman Manny Machado, winning 97 games to take the Southeast Division, making the playoffs for the twelfth time in fifteen seasons. The Crawfish led baseball with 972 runs, and finished second in the Continental League with 253 round-trippers. Center fielder Hank Lieber made a splash, hitting .324 with 43 homers and a franchise-record 146 RBI's. Right fielder Yasiel Puig hit .310, popping 40 homers and driving in 129 runs while scoring 119 times. Rookie Max Alvis ably filled Machado's sizable shoes, hitting .314 and slugging .519 with 30 longballs, 108 RBI's, and 18 steals. Left fielder Tommy Davis set the table, hitting .325 with 211 hits, including 41 doubles, 27 homers, 81 RBI's, and 132 runs scored. New Orleans advanced despite a subpar rotation, led by Joe Presko and John Montefusco, who combined for a 28-15 record despite both posting ERA's over 5.00, with Presko surrendering 50 homers in just 230 innings. Closer Terry Adams led a strong bullpen, posting an 11-4 mark with 34 saves and a 2.67 ERA. The Ducks narrowly held off the 94-win Atlanta Ducks. Left fielder Jim Greengrass hit at a .309 clip with 41 longballs and 138 RBI's, while right fielder Gary Roenicke matched him, hitting .304 with 38 homers and 139 RBI's. Third baseman Ken Reits hit .321, blasting 24 homers and driving in 84 runs. Adam Jones patrolled center field while having a career season at the plate, hitting .301 with 34 homers and plating 108 runs. Ed Walsh led a solid pitching staff, going 17-8 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP, while Paul Toth tallied 19 wins despite a middling 4.19 ERA. The Miami Flamingos rode a terrific first half to their first playoff spot in 15 years, winning 87 games despite a 41-48 second half record. The Flamingos were led offensively by second sacker Jose Vidro, who hit .346 with 43 doubles, 33 homers and 120 RBI's, and right fielder Frank Robinson, who set a franchise record with 47 homers and drove in 137 runs while hitting .294. Center fielder Kevin Kiermeier hit .279 and slugged .517, including 23 homers and 89 RBI's, before suffering a season-ending ankle injury in mid-September. Carl Druhot led the pitching staff, going 12-10 with a 4.14 ERA, while Joe Grahe went 12-7 with a 4.41 ERA.

The Dallas Wildcatters won their third straight Texas Division title with 89 wins on the strength of a league-best pitching staff that allowed just 692 runs. Offensively, they were led by left fielder Mike Greenwell, who hit .333 and slugged .543, with 28 homers, 115 RBI's, and 30 steals. Third baseman Brook Jacoby popped 31 homers and drove in 118 runs. First baseman Chick Gandil hit .337 with 51 doubles and scored 104 runs. Righthander Hank Borowy posted a 17-13 mark with a 3.52 ERA and 251 whiffs. David Palmer sported a 14-8 record with a 3.37 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Red Ames went 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA. Dallas edged out the Austin Mustangs by one game, as Austin won 88 games to make the playoffs for the first time in 10 seasons. First baseman Mo Vaughn dominated offensively, hitting .330 with a .618 slugging percentage, launching 45 jacks and driving in a franchise-record 151 runs. Left fielder Bob Johnson smacked 43 homers, drove in 110 runs, and scored 121. Catcher Keith Moreland hit .325 and slugged .532, bopping 22 homers and driving in 93 runs. Second baseman Ryne Sandberg hit .288 with 38 doubles, 26 homers, 75 RBI's, 121 runs scored, and 32 steals. George Susce led a workmanlike pitching staff, going 13-9 with a 4.08 ERA. Charlie Puleo went 10-5 despite a subpar 5.30 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. The Houston Pythons won 86 games, and they were edged out for the final wild card spot by the Flamingos by a single game. They were led offensively by left fielder Larry Hisle, who hit .346 and slugged .682, setting franchise records with 53 round-trippers and 146 RBI's. Three other Pythons (center fielder Ryan Thompson, first baseman Adam LaRoche, and right fielder Eddie Rosario) each smacked over 40 homers. Crafty southpaw Jerry Reuss posted a 20-7 record with a 3.45 ERA, while Rick Wise went 17-9 with a 4.75 ERA.

The Los Angeles Kangaroos ran away with the Southwest Division, winning 107 games to take the division by 23 games, scoring a HRDL-best 972 runs and posting a team .296 average. Shortstop Corey Seager starred, hitting .331 with 40 doubles, 33 homers and 133 RBI's. Right fielder Ron Northey had a career year, hitting .320 with 37 homers and 142 RBI's. Third baseman Frank Baker rallied from a slow start to hit .322 with a .545 slugging percentage, including 30 homers, 107 RBI's, 128 runs scored, and 22 steals. Second sacker Jerry Priddy hit .308 with a .416 on-base percentage, including 16 homers and 82 RBI's. Nap Rucker led a deep pitching staff, posting a 16-7 mark with a 3.61 ERA and 208 strikeouts. Closer Mark Clear notched 7 wins with 39 saves, sporting a 2.47 ERA and struck out 98 batters in 69 innings. The defending champion Albuquerque Conquistadors won 84 games, falling just short of the last wild card slot. Once again, Albuquerque posted a potent offense, finishing third in the HRDL with 960 runs scored. Third baseman Manny Machado had a monster season after signing as a free agent, hitting .344 and slugging .709, blasting 55 homers and driving in 129 runs in just 137 games. First baseman George Brett hit .303 with 49 doubles, 36 round-trippers and drove in 117 runs while scoring 132 times. Slugging catcher Tex Erwin pounded 43 longballs while plating 113 runs. Righthander Bob Gibson led an otherwise-mediocre pitching staff, going 16-4 with a 3.67 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.
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2035 Playoff Report

Frontier League: The heavily-favored Boston Minutemen knocked off the pesky Omaha Falcons in seven games, nearly blowing a 3-1 lead. Third baseman Nolan Arenado earned MVP honors after hitting .308 with 3 homer and 9 RBI's. Four more Minutemen (shortstop Red Rolfe, right fielder Moises Alou, first baseman Ernie Banks, and second baseman Sal Bando) each smacked a pair of homers. Righthanders Jim Tobin and Bill Hands each earned a win while posting ERA's of 2.84 and 3.00, respectively. Omaha was led by left fielder Bob Bescher, who hit .393 with 2 homers,10 RBI's. 6 runs scored, and a pair of steals, and shortstop Kurt Abbott, who hit .440 with a homer and 5 RBI's. The powerful Portland Skunks sprayed the overmatched Chicago Mules, prevailing in 6 games, with all four Portland wins coming by a single run. Portland was led by right fielder Cliff Floyd, who hit .333 with five extra-base hits, including a homer, 3 RBI's, and 4 steals. Closer Rube Vickers notched a win and 2 saves with 7.1 shutout innings. Southpaw Jim Rooker earned a win in Game 3 with 7 innings of one-run ball. Chicago rightfielder Augie Bergamo took home MVP honors in a losing effort, hitting .556 with 7 walks, 3 doubles, a triple, and 4 RBI's. Chicago ace Bob Moose earned two wins with 13.1 shutout innings, allowing just 4 hits and striking out 17, including a Game 5 masterpiece where he allowed 1 hit in 7.1 innings. In perhaps the most dramatic wild card series in HRDL history, the Detroit Purple Gang outlasted the Ottawa Senators in seven games, with the home team winning all 7 games. Detroit needed 11 innings to win both Games 1 and 2, and won Game 7 on a pinch-hit, walk-off ninth inning grand slam by Larry Sheets after Ottawa scored 3 runs in the top of the frame. Detroit center fielder Ken Henderson took home the hardware after hitting .310 with 3 homers and 5 RBI's. Second sacker Philip Gosselin hit .385 with 2 RBI's. Southpaw Bob Shirley hurled 13 innings with a 1.38 ERA, but failed to get a win. Frank Papish yielded a 2.57 ERA in 14 innings, earning the win in Game 6 with seven shutout innings. Ottawa slugger Frank Thomas hit .407 with 3 homers and 4 RBI's in a losing effort, while third baseman Stan Hack set the table, hitting .444 with 7 RBI's and 5 extra-base hits. The Seattle Whales upended their division rival Vancouver Viceroys in 6 games, including the final three. Third baseman Milt Stock was named MVP after hitting .333 with 2 round-trippers and 6 RBI's. Second baseman Jim Gilliam hit .333 as well, with a homer and 6 RBI's, while first baseman Daric Barton led all hitters with a .414 average. Crafty righthander Al Benton posted a 2.45 ERA, including 7 shutout innings of 2-hit ball in the clinching Game 6. Vancouver third baseman Danny Clark hit .409 with a pair of longballs and 3 RBI's.

The Portland Skunks blasted the Boston Minutemen, scoring 30 runs in a four-game sweep. Right fielder Cliff Floyd took home MVP honors for Portland, hitting .533 with 2 homers, 3 RBI's, and 7 runs scored. Third baseman Kevin Orie hit .500 with 5 extra-base hits, including a homer, and drove in 4 runs. Catcher Michael Barrett hit .467, with a round-tripper and 6 RBI's, while Jeff Bagwell hit .333 with 3 homers. Rube Vickers posted 3 saves while hurling 5 shutout innings, while Joe Decker hurled 6 shutout innings in Game 4 to earn the win. Boston's Sal Bando hit .438 with 3 homers and 4 RBI's in a losing effort. Although the Detroit Purple Gang took the first three games from the powerful Seattle Whales, they couldn't seal the deal, dropping the final four games as Seattle advanced. Seattle right fielder Sherry Magee earned MVP honors after hitting .346 with a homer, 3 steals, 6 runs scored, and 9 RBI's. Left fielder Byron Browne hit .333 with a homer and 7 RBI's. Junkballer Brad Bergesen yielded a 2.25 ERA in 12 innings, holding Detroit to a lone run in a crucial Game 6 victory. Detroit was led by first baseman Gail Hopkins, who hit .333 with 3 homers (including 2 in a valiant effort in Game 7) and 6 RBI's, while second sacker Philip Gosselin led all hitters with 12 hits and a .444 average. In the League Championship Series, Portland continued their winning ways, extending their postseason winning streak to 9 games as they swept their division rival Seattle Whales, winning every game by two runs or less. Cliff Floyd added another award for his trophy case, hitting .429 with 2 homers, 3 doubles, 3 steals, 3 RBI's, and 6 runs scored. Jeff Bagwell hit .353 with a homer and plated 3 runs, while catcher Michael Barrett and center fielder Chris Young each smacked a pair of longballs. Rookie Joe Decker earned the win in the clinching Game 4, allowing just 2 runs in 6 innings. Catcher Gene Oliver led Seattle, hitting .375 with 4 RBI's.

Continental League: The heavily-favored Los Angeles Kangaroos outlasted the pesky Miami Flamingos, who made their first playoff appearance in 15 years, winning in 6 games. Los Angeles shortstop Corey Seager earned MVP honors after hitting .435 with 2 homers and drove in 5 runs. Center fielder Bobby Tolan hit .393 with a homer, 6 runs scored, and 6 RBI's. Right fielder Ron Northey hit .364 with 5 extra-base hits, including a homer, and drove in 6. Trade deadline acquisition Don Drysdale paid immediate dividends, notching two wins and posting a 3.00 ERA in 12 innings. Miami second baseman Jose Vidro hit .333 with 3 homers and 8 RBI's in a losing effort. The Hartford Huskies eliminated the Dallas Wildcatters in 6 games after jumping out to an early 3-0 series lead. Left fielder Ryan Rua led Hartford, hitting .333 with 3 homers, 7 RBI's, and a pair of steals. Center fielder Tris Speaker hit .375 with a .464 on-base percentage, swiping 5 bags, and scoring 4 runs. Relievers Chris Leroux, Tyson Ross, and Brayan Villareal combined for 2 wins and a save while hurling 13.1 shutout innings. Dallas left fielder Mike Greenwell earned MVP honors in defeat, hitting .462 with a homer, 3 doubles and 13 RBI's, including 3 games of driving in at least 3 runs. Dallas first baseman Chick Gandil hit .407 while plating six runs. In a Southeast Division matchup, the Atlanta Ducks easily dispatched the New Orleans Crawfish in five games. Righthander Ed Walsh earned MVP honors, going 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA and 15 strikeouts, including a 10-whiff shutout in the clinching Game 5. Third baseman Ken Reitz hit .375 with 3 doubles and 3 RBI's. Second baseman Roberto Alomar hit .364 while scoring 5 runs, while left fielder Gary Roenicke hit .294 with 3 longballs and drove in 5 runs. New Orleans was led by right fielder Yasiel Puig, who hit .391 with a homer and 6 RBI's. After dropping the opener, the Washington Ambassadors took four straight games from the Austin Mustangs to advance. Third baseman Willie Jones took home the hardware after hitting .400 with 4 homers and 10 RBI's. Washington leftfielder Gus Zernial hit .400 as well, popping 2 homers and driving in 7 runs. Shortstop Tom Tresh hit .350 with a homer and drove in 3 runs. Righthander Henderson Alvarez went 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings, while Franklin Morales yielded a single run in 8 innings in earning a Game 2 win. Austin center fielder Chet Lemon hit .316 with 3 homers and 7 RBI's in defeat.

The Los Angeles Kangaroos shut down the Hartford Huskies in the Division Series, holding Hartford to just 12 runs in 6 games. Kangaroo first baseman Wes Parker hit .316 with two homers and 5 runs scored. Center fielder Bobby Tolan and catcher Rich Wilkins each blasted a pair of homers as well. Steve Woodard earned a win with a 1.38 ERA and 10 strikeouts, while Don Drysdale yielded a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings, earning the win in the decisive Game 6. Hartford first baseman Justin Bour was tabbed MVP in a losing effort, after hitting .409 with 3 homers and 5 RBI's. The Washington Ambassadors blasted the Atlanta Ducks in 5 games. Shortstop Tom Tresh was named MVP after hitting .625 with a homer and 4 RBI's. First baseman Lee Stevens hit .412, popping 3 homers and driving in 5 runs, while center fielder Johnny Groth hit .333. Righthander Franklin Morales went 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in 14 innings. First baseman Hank Greenberg let Atlanta, hitting .381 with 2 homers and 6 RBI's. Washington then dominated the Los Angeles Kangaroos in the League Championship Series, winning four straight after dropping the opener for their third-straight 5-game series. Center fielder Johnny Groth earned MVP honors after hitting .400 with 2 homers, 3 doubles, 4 runs scored, and 6 RBI's. Second sacker Bobby Valentine hit .364, while catcher Stephen Vogt hit .300 with a pair of homers. Franklin Morales continued his brilliant postseason, hurling six shutout innings in a Game 2 victory, while Henderson Alvarez earned a win in the clinching Game 5 while posting a 2.40 ERA in 15 innings. Left fielder Dale Mitchell led Los Angeles, hitting .381 with 5 runs scored, while first baseman Wes Parker hit .368 with a homer and 4 RBI's.

World Series: The 100-win Washington Ambassadors were mild favorites over the 94-win Portland Skunks. Washington raced out to a 3-0 lead before dropping two games to the Skunks. The Ambassadors pulled out Game Six to win the series, snapping the Frontier League's six-year streak of winning the World Series. The Frontier League had won 14 of the last 17 series, before the Ambassadors' triumph. In a first, Portland third baseman Kevin Orie was selected as the World Series MVP in a losing effort.

Washington pulled out Game 1 by a 6-4 score, scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh to seize the lead. Washington left fielder Gus Zernial hit a two-run homer off Portland southpaw Mark Thurmond to tie the game, and a single by first baseman Lee Stevens gave Washington the lead for good. Long reliever Mace Brown was credited with the win with 1.2 scoreless innings, and closer Chris Short threw two shutout innings to earn the save. Washington won Game 2 4-3 in dramatic fashion, tying the game in the bottom of the ninth on a pinch-hit single by Lou Novikoff, and winning in the 11th on a walk-off double by Lee Stevens off reliever Gene Walter. Five Ambassadors pitchers held the powerful Portland lineup to just five hits, but one was a Jeff Bagwell homer off starter Oswaldo Peraza. Chris Short earned the win in relief with two perfect innings, fanning three. Washington took Game 3 by a 2-1 tally, as shortstop Tom Tresh homered off Portland starter Pete Falcone. Henderson Alvarez surrendered just one run in seven innings, earning the win for Washington. Portland's Bagwell and Kevin Orie each had two hits, including a double, in defeat.

Portland did not go down quietly. Trailing 3-0 in the Series, the Skunks blew out Washington 10-4 in Game 4, jumping out to a 3-run lead in the first inning behind homers from outfielders Chris Young and Mike Easler off Tommy Hunter. Easler finished with 2 hits, a walk, 3 RBI's, and 3 runs scored, while Cliff Floyd popped 3 hits including a double. Joe Decker earned the win, allowing four runs in 7 innings, including homers by Washington's George Hendrick and Gus Zernial. Portland exploded in Game 5, winning 16-6, as they scored 10 runs in the first two innings off Washington starter Ricky Romero. Kevin Orie went 3-for-3 with two walks, a homer, 2 RBI's, and 4 runs scored. Second baseman Jake Wood also went 3-for-3 with 2 RBI's and 4 runs scored. Mark Thurmond was credited with the win, after surrendering a workmanlike 6 hits and 4 runs in 6 innings. But Portland's dreams of a miraculous comeback were shattered in Game 6, as Washington broke a 2-2 tie by scoring 3 runs in the fifth inning on their way to a 6-2 series-clinching win. Washington's George Hendrick broke the game open with a 2-run homer in the fifth inning, while Lee Stevens tacked on an insurance run with a seventh inning homer. Oswaldo Peraza earned the win, yielding two runs in 5 innings, striking out 7. Bill Stoneman and Chris Short hurled four shutout innings. Chris Young and second baseman Jake Wood provided solo shots for Portland's offense, while Denny McLain, returning from injury, took the loss.

In a surprise, Portland's Kevin Orie was named MVP after hitting .455 with a homer, 3 doubles, 5 walks, and 3 RBI's. DH Wayne Gross led Washington, hitting .333 with a homer and 3 RBI's. Hendrick popped 3 homers and drove in 5 runs, but only hit .160, while Zernial led Washington with 7 RBI's, thanks to his two homers. Short made a strong push for World Series MVP honors, hurling 6 shutout innings, allowing only 3 hits, while Peraza went 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA in 11 innings. For Portland, Jeff Bagwell matched Orie's numbers, hitting .455 with a homer and 3 RBI's, while Jake Wood, Mike Easler, and Chris Young each popped a pair of homers.
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Frontier League MVP- Larry Walker, RF, MIL (46): .396/ .494/ .753, 226 hits, 51 doubles, 3 triples, 49 HR, 134 RBI, 144 runs, 103 BB, 50 SB, 211 OPS+, 12.2 WAR
Second place- Minnie Minoso, LF, TOR: .378/ .453/ .698, 232 hits, 25 doubles, 57 HR, 153 RBI, 146 runs, 65 BB, 3 SB, 187 OPS+, 8.9 WAR
Third place- Nolan Arenado, 3B, BOS (1): .358/ .469/ .639, 208 hits, 46 doubles, 9 triples, 33 HR, 114 RBI, 139 runs, 123 BB, 4 SB, +10.0 Zone Rating, 178 OPS+, 10.5 WAR
Fourth place- Frank Thomas, 1B, OTT (1): .341/ .456/ .671, 201 hits, 30 doubles, 4 triples, 52 HR, 155 RBI, 141 runs, 127 BB, 178 OPS+, 6.7 WAR
Fifth place- Lee Mazzilli, CF, SEA: .363/ .458/ .630, 198 hits, 40 doubles, 2 triples, 34 HR, 124 RBI, 133 runs, 95 BB, 28 SB, 173 OPS+, 8.8 WAR

Frontier League Cy Young Award- Don Wilson, KC (39): 20-10, 2.44 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 262 IP, 246 K, 77 BB, 6 CG, 2 shutouts, 195 ERA+, 9.0 WAR
Second place- Bob Moose, CHI (8): 15-10, 2.77 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 237 IP, 225 K, 50 BB, 1 CG, 171 ERA+, 7.4 WAR
Third place- Mike Minor, CAL (1): 20-7, 2.79 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 242 IP, 219 K, 46 BB, 3 CG, 170 ERA+, 7.1 WAR
Fourth place- Smoky Joe Wood, PIT: 15-4, 2.90 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 239 IP, 263 K, 70 BB, 2 CG, 1 shutout, 163 ERA+, 8.2 WAR
Fifth place- Frank Papish, DET: 19-9, 3.09 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 222 IP, 169 K, 54 BB, 154 ERA+, 6.2 WAR

Frontier League Rookie of the Year: Ian Happ, CF, OTT (47): .276/ .352/ .545, 139 hits, 17 doubles, 5 triples, 36 HR, 104 RBI, 90 runs, 60 BB, 15 SB, +12.9 Zone Rating, 121 OPS+, 4.8 WAR
Second place- Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, KC: .282/ .368/ .483, 186 hits, 39 doubles, 31 HR, 111 RBI, 120 runs, 88 BB, 19 SB, 114 OPS+, 3.8 WAR
Third place- Oscar Judd, LHP, CHI (1): 10-3, 2.79 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 132 IP, 116 K, 50 BB, 170 ERA+, 2.7 WAR

Continental League MVP- Tris Speaker, CF, HAR (23): .376/ .475/ .630, 221 hits, 60 doubles, 16 triples, 19 HR, 125 RBI, 135 runs, 112 BB, 75 SB, 20.2 Zone Rating, 179 OPS+, 11.7 WAR
Second place- Larry Hisle, LF, HOU (13): .346/ .426/ .682, 207 hits, 36 doubles, 3 triples, 53 HR, 146 RBI, 131 runs, 76 BB, 10 SB, +9.7 Zone Rating, 178 OPS+, 9.3 WAR
Third place- Justin Bour, 1B, HAR (6): .346/ .427/ .654, 215 hits, 35 doubles, 52 HR, 155 RBI, 140 runs, 93 BB, 1 SB, 171 OPS+, 7.7 WAR
Fourth place- Robin Yount, SS, MEM (2): .335/ .414/ .665, 210 hits, 55 doubles, 10 triples, 44 HR, 132 RBI, 127 runs, 88 BB, 27 SB, 168 OPS+, 8.1 WAR
Fifth place- Manny Machado, 3B, ALB: .344/ .404/ .709, 188 hits, 31 doubles, 2 triples, 55 HR, 129 RBI, 128 runs, 54 BB, 5 SB, 169 OPS+, 8.3 WAR

Continental League Cy Young Award- Clayton Kershaw, MEM (25): 16-5, 2.57 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 242 IP, 316 K, 34 BB, 4 CG, 3 shutouts, 203 ERA+, 11.8 WAR
Second place- Steve Barber, HAR (23): 21-8, 2.99 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 259 IP, 212 K, 81 BB, 6 CG, 3 shutouts, 174 ERA+, 8.2 WAR
Third place- Mark Prior, NAS: 14-11, 2.59 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 247 IP, 297 K, 68 BB, 1 CG, 1 shutout, 189 ERA+, 8.4 WAR
Fourth place- Chris Carpenter, HAR: 20-5, 2.44 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 207 IP, 186 K, 42 BB, 213 ERA+, 7.5 WAR
Fifth place- Hank Borowy, DAL: 17-13, 3.52 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 263 IP, 251 K, 83 BB, 5 CG, 2 shutouts, 148 ERA+, 7.8 WAR

Continental League Rookie of the Year: Max Alvis, 3B, NOR (26): .314/ .375/ .519, 195 hits, 34 doubles, 2 triples, 30 HR, 108 RBI, 114 runs, 50 BB, 18 SB, 121 OPS+, 4.8 WAR
Second place- Jarrod Parker, RHP, LV (21): 12-14, 3.10 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 232 IP, 160 K, 79 BB, 3 CG, 163 ERA+, 5.6 WAR
Third place- Jim Viox, DH, PHO (1): .323/ .403/ .472, 219 hits, 53 doubles, 6 triples, 12 HR, 91 RBI, 132 runs, 92 BB, 25 SB, 121 OPS+, 3.6 WAR

Top draft picks: 1. Mike Trout, CF, Minneapolis Penguins
2. Ted Simmons, C, Nashville Blues
3. George Harper, RF, St. Louis Pilots
4. Rico Petrocelli, SS, Buffalo Fighting Elk
5. Reggie Jackson, RF, Virginia Beach Admirals
6. Clyde Milan, CF, Phoenix Lizards
7. Mike Sweeney, 1B, San Antonio Marksmen
8. BJ Ryan, LHP, Oklahoma City Otters
9. Kirk Gibson, LF/ RF, Kansas City Mad Hatters
10. Art Devlin, 3B, Las Vegas Aces
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2035 Hall of Fame Voting

For the fifth straight year, the Hall of Fame welcomed at least three new inductees -- and this time, all three inductees were no-doubt locks who received over 90% of the vote despite a crowded ballot. Third basemen Wade Boggs and Andy Van Slyke were welcomed to the Hall with 98.9% and 90.7%, respectively, as was righthander Heinie Berger, who earned 97.3% of the vote.

Boggs, a six-time batting champion, remains the all-time HRDL leader with 4,088 hits and 756 doubles. Boggs was drafted 12th overall in the 2011 draft following the league's inaugural season by the Phoenix Lizards, and he came in second in the Continental League's Rookie of the Year voting after hitting .375 with a league-best .474 on-base percentage. The following year, he won his first batting title, hitting .394 with a .481 on-base percentage, with a career-best 244 hits and 20 homers, and finished second in the MVP voting. After an off year in 2014, he won the batting titles in 2015, 2016, and 2017, hitting .367, .360, and .368, respectively, while leading the league in on-base percentage two more times. After the 2017 season, Boggs jumped to the Jacksonville Gulls in free agency. Boggs won two more batting titles in Jacksonville, hitting. .363 with a league-high 234 hits in 2019 and .357 in 2021, leading the league again in hits with 214. After hitting .376 in 2022, Boggs signed with Detroit in free agency. Boggs was the model of consistency in Detroit, hitting between .312 and .333 every year, and posting between 6.3 and 7.5 WAR each season. Boggs signed with the Charlotte Aviators in 2029, where he spent three solid seasons, and he made his farewell tour in 2032 with the Washington Ambassadors, where he hit .303 at age 42. Boggs made 12 All-Star teams over his career and won five Silver Slugger awards. He retired with a career batting average of .339 (5th all-time, and tops among retired players) and an on-base percentage of .426 (4th all-time). He scored 1915 runs (4th all-time), and his total of 4,088 hits is nearly 400 more than the second-place finisher. In addition to leading all hitters with 756 doubles, he also popped 183 homers and drove in 1486 runs. Boggs retired with 139.1 WAR - second all-time. He also holds the career record with 222 hits and 46 doubles in postseason play, posting a career .299 average with a .384 on-base percentage in October. Although Boggs never won a title, he led three teams to the World Series: Phoenix in 2015, Jacksonville in 2022, and Charlotte in 2021.

Berger, a workhorse, was drafted 46th overall by the New Orleans Crawfish in 2016. He came in third place in the 2017 Rookie of the Year voting, after posting a 3.26 ERA in 276 innings despite a middling 14-17 record. After two more solid years, Berger took the leap into stardom in 2020, leading the Continental League with 8.8 WAR and 279 innings, as he went 16-12 and finished second in the Cy Young Award voting. The following season was one for the ages, as Berger earned MVP and Cy Young honors, going 23-7 with a 1.68 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP, and a league-best 10.5 WAR in 300 innings and made the first of his six All-Star teams. Berger finished 3rd in the Cy Young voting in 2022, going 19-7 with a 2.88 ERA and 239 strikeouts. He nearly won another trophy the following year, finishing as runner-up in the Cy Young voting after leading the league with 22 wins, while posted a 3.27 ERA and fanning 236 batters. Berger remained exceedingly durable into his mid-30s, leading the league in innings pitched in 2026-28, while winning 56 games over those three seasons, including a league-best 20 in 2026. Berger continued to pitch effectively through 2030, when he posted a 3.33 ERA in 276 innings at age 37. After an off season in 2031, he signed with Vancouver for his swan song in 2032, winning 12 games at age 39. Berger retired with a 265-181 record, a 3.13 ERA, and 2877 strikeouts. He also posted 102.1 WAR. Berger ranked 7th in victories and 10th in WAR at the time of his induction. Over his storied career, Berger led the league in innings pitched six times, victories three times, and WAR three times. While Berger had a mediocre 9-8 postseason mark, he dazzled in 2022, going 2-0 with a 0.57 ERA, allowing just 14 hits in 31 innings.

Thirteen-time All-Star Andy Van Slyke was a fixture at third base for the Minneapolis Penguins after being selected 71st overall in the inaugural dispersal draft. He finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting in 2011, hitting .371 with 25 homers, 120 RBI's, and 39 steals while posting 11.0 WAR. Van Slyke was remarkably consistent at a very high level, posting at least 8.0 WAR in eight of his first ten seasons. Perhaps his finest season was 2015, when Van Slyke hit .337 with a career-high 38 homers, 93 RBI's, 118 runs scored, and 59 steals. He continued to be productive well past his prime, ripping a career-high 43 doubles while pounding 31 homers and driving in 116 runs while stealing 40 bases in 2030 -- at age 41. Van Slyke possessed a rare combination of power and speed: he popped at least 19 homers in an incredible 14 seasons, while stealing between 40 and 65 bases in his first 16 seasons. After spending 21 seasons in Minneapolis, Van Slyke spent his final season in Denver. Tremendously durable, Van Slyke remains the all-time leader in games played, with 3319. He retired with 3608 hits (3rd all-time), 2129 runs scored (2nd all-time), 1,058 steals (2nd all-time), 451 homers, 1792 RBI's, with a career. 295 average and .488 slugging percentage. He also remains second all-time in total bases. Van Slyke won a Gold Glove and six Silver Slugger awards, and he starred on Minneapolis's 2018 World Series winners, hitting .337 with 4 homers in the postseason while stealing 13 bases in 24 games. For his career, he hit 17 homers and stole 45 of 53 bases in 121 postseason games.

The leading vote recipients include:

Wade Boggs, 3B, PHO/ JAX/ DET/ CHA/ WAS: 98.9%
Heinie Berger, RHP, NOR/ VAN: 97.3%
Andy Van Slyke, 3B, MIN/ DEN: 90.7%
Joe Mauer, C, NOR/ BOS/ KC/ NAS/ DET: 70.7%
Kirby Puckett, CF, HOU/ CAL/ PHI: 66.8%
Trevor Story, SS, LA/ CHA/ ATL/ MIL: 52.9%
Dave Ferriss, RHP, DAL/ NAS: 49.9%
Pat Duncan, RF, SEA: 46.6%
Cody Bellinger, 1B, PHI/ DAL/ PIT/ HOU/ VAN: 45.8%
Gary Gaetti, 3B, BOS/ VAN/ AUS: 45.5%
Bobby Bonds, RF, MEM/ KC/ VB: 43.3%
Steve Bedrosian, RHP, OTT/ OKC/ CAL/ BUF/ STL/ DEN/ ANA: 42.2%

Among the top players who were removed from the ballot for failing to hit the 10% threshold were left fielder Del Ennis, who tallied over 3,100 hits, five-time stolen base champion Donie Bush, and 400-homer hitters Matt Chapman and Greg Luzinski. Also, seven-time All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki saw his eligibility expire after ten years on the ballot.

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