Jan 13 2062: Edwards Steps Down to Usher in New Urbana Era - by El jefe on October 27th, 2023
Frank "The Tank" Edwards stepped down as Urbana Cubs manager today after 15 seasons at the helm. Overseeing the most successful run in Urbana's Broken Bat history, Edwards led the team to 1288 wins, 4 League championships and 3 promotions to Legends. Citing the need for a new voice to lead the Cubs into the future, Edwards was thankful to Owner El Jefe for giving him the opportunity to manage such a strong crop of young gentlemen and praised incoming manager Salomon Mesa as a luminary ready to take the league by storm. Still at the young age of 60, Edwards is uncertain whether he will entertain other managerial gigs or retire back on the shores of Florida.
Oct 26 2057: Wolf Tanner gets long overdue Hall-of-Fame nod - by El jefe on December 20th, 2022
Wolf Tanner cemented his legacy as the greatest waiver wire pickup in Cubs history today, as he was inducted into the Hall-of-Fame along with fellow IF stalwart Abelardo Bustos. Tanner put together arguably the greatest offensive season in Cubs history in 2047, posting 37 HRs, 137 RBIs, 41 2Bs, 16 3Bs, 48 SBs, and a .953 OPS, which was part of an incredible 6-season stretch that saw Tanner post three 30-30 seasons.
The Gold Glove SS also won 3 League Championships, received 2 All-Conference nods, and 2 additional All-Star selections during his career. He ranks in the top 10 of almost every offensive category and holds the record for most Game MVPs with 107.
Oct 26 2057: Bustos joins Urbana Hall of Fame - by El jefe on December 20th, 2022
Abelardo Bustos announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2057 regular season, ending a 13+ year career that saw the OF/3B/DH amass 1943 hits, 993 runs, 452 doubles, 206 HRs, 967 RBIs, an .807 OPS and a .303 avg with RISP....numbers that placed Bustos in the Top 5 or 10 of multiple offensive categories.
Bustos's accolades also include the 2054 III.2 MVP at the ripe age of 33, 3 League Championships, 5 All-League selections, and 8 All-Star selections across five league levels.
Upon his retirement, Bustos was immediately inducted into the Urbana Hall-of-Fame. Congratulations to Bustos on his career achievements and thank you for your contributions to the Urbana organization http://brokenbat.org/player/225253
Apr 25 2057: Cubs historic season propels promotion to Legends - by El jefe on November 2nd, 2022
Arguably the best season in the history of the franchise culminated in a nail-biting finish that saw the Cubs win 36 of its last 50 and outscore Orlando 33-14 in the final series to squeak by Waterloo on a RD tiebreaker for the II.1 East Division title. The historic run resulted in Urbana's first promotion to Legends, much to the pride of team owner El Jefe (who patiently oversaw a ground-up rebuild) and the long-suffering Urbana fan base. Team MVP "JC Smooth" Juan Carlos Santiago put up a .956 OPS to go along with career highs in HR/SB/doubles, an all-league nod and only 5 errors at second base. Not to be one-upped, Chad Butler and his .854 OPS also received an all-league nod and recorded career highs in the same categories, "El Sicario" Lorenzo Ochoa hit 30-homers for the 3rd straight season to lead the league, Bernie Rains regained some of his old form to lead II.1 with 17 wins, and young stud Jeronimo Peralta led in strikeouts and shutouts.
Oct 30 2055: Cubs roar into LL2 with III.2 championship sweep - by El jefe on July 19th, 2022
Cy Young in-waiting Jerónimo Peralta threw a 6-hit shutout in Game 4 to complete the sweep of the favored Arcadia Cavaliers and usher the Cubs into II.1 on the right foot. Abelardo Bustos followed up his 2054 League MVP with a League Championship MVP, hitting .357 with a .996 OPS and two multi-hit games. The League Championship series win is the third in as many tries for manager Frank "The Tank" Edwards.