Jun 27 2041: Memories of Lou James - by Seca on July 6th, 2019
The Dinos have signed an expensive bat first 2B recently of a Legends West team in hopes of stabilizing the position and perhaps the season.
That was the news back in 2024 when Waterloo brought in Lou James. James provided some starch for the middle of the order, hitting 25 HRs and earning an all star selection while helping the Dinos to a 3rd place finish in their inaugural Legends season.
Poor defensive play led to James and the Dinos parting ways during the 2025 season, but he returned to the club in 2029 and was part of the club's first Legends pennant and championship.
The James story is playing out again in 2041 with the Dinos signing expensive bat first 2B Juan Tirado, recently of a Western division rival.
"This season has taken an unexpected turn, as we've added a number of ML ready prospects off the wire." said GM Seca. "With a lot of youth at the bottom of the order, it's really important to get some production from our veterans. In truth, we can only afford Tirado for a payday or two. Hopefully Juan can help turn our fortunes in that time."
Jun 10 2041: Evolution - by Seca on July 2nd, 2019
There is always churn on a BrokenBat roster. But Waterloo fans may be forgiven if they feel a little dazed by the amount of turn over on the Dinos this season.
Gone from last season’s pennant winning team are starting pitchers Narvaez, Brooks, and Wolf, as well as relief pitcher Ashley. Also elsewhere are 1B/DH Stroud and Markham, 3B Boyd and Chae, and C DeJesus.
New to the team are starting pitchers Sinclair and Gutierrez, C/DH Aguilera, 3B/1B Toscano and Sheridan, and 3B Garcia. Other new faces from the minors include RP Burton and Hacker, and OF Gomez.
Many of the new players are aged 24-28. ‘It’s a demographic we’ve historically targeted, never more so than the past few seasons.” Said GM Seca. “We had a very poor run of luck in the early ‘30s with our draft. We’ve tried to supplement through waivers without a lot of success. For whatever reason this season there have been a number of guys slip to us we really like. We’re very optimistic these players will have an impact.”
Most are pretty green tho. A little more weight to carry for Dino veterans Marino and Schuler. And continued brisk program sales as Dino fans try to figure out who the heck all these guys are.
Apr 14 2041: Yips-asaurus - by Seca on June 16th, 2019
Dino 2B Rodger Olson seems to have contracted the yips.
The "outstanding" fielder was amoung the league leaders in errors last season with 18. Through 14 games this season he already has half that total. 9 errors means Olson, as an individual, has as many or more errors than 10 teams in the league. More than twice as many errors as any other individual, and there are some shockingly bad defensive players in the league.
What's worse; Olson has been taking his defensive struggles to the plate with him, batting .196 with a 528 OPS to begin the season.
2B has long been a problem for Waterloo. The signing of Olson in '39 was seen by many as a repreive. And the Dinos have gotten 1.5 serviceable seasons from him. But now ...
"It's untenable." said a grim faced GM Seca. "We'd love to let Rodger 'figure it out', but we have neither the roster space nor the financial flexibility to carry him. Frankly, if there were any decent options to replace him, he'd be gone already."
Aug 09 2039: Lupusectomy - by Seca on February 12th, 2019
Dino manager Larry Cleary held a press conference after today's game against Conroe to announce that second year starting pitcher David Wolf has been removed from the rotation.
It has been a tumultuous season for Wolf who posted respectable numbers in his rookie season (3.94 ERA, 4.60 FIP) and finished 2nd in RPOTY voting. This season has seen regression on all fronts; an ERA hovering near 6 and just 1 quality start in 17 attempts.
"We are extremely frustrated with David's performance." Said Cleary. "Our staff has shown him time and again what he needs to do to improve, but he goes out and repeats all the same mistakes. He's just not putting the effort in, and that's not fair to the rest of the guys on this team who are."
Effective immediately Wolf will be consigned mop up duty in the bullpen. Rogelio Alvarado will assume his spot in the rotation.
May 10 2039: McMVP - by Seca on January 19th, 2019
The Dinos are celebrating Greg McCarty's 2038 MVP award with a bobblehead giveaway preceding today's game against Kalamazoo. The first 20,000 fans through the gate will get the keepsake.
It is McCarty's second MVP award, though his first with the Dinos. His other award was back in 2028 with the then Palo Alto Aliens in VI. Coincidentally, Waterloo's only previous MVP award was won by Teshaun Larsen, also in 2028.
Despite turning 36 this offseason, McCarty has returned and looks just fine. Through the first 30 games he has 5 home runs, a batting average over 300, and an OPS over a thousand. He was asked to move from short to the hot corner last season, and has done so seemlessly having played 47 games at the unfamiliar position without an error.
"Dude's a ball player." said Dino outfielder Josh Lewis while trying to encase one of the mini McCartys in a Double Bubble bubble. "Gives us all something to aim for."