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PostSubject: Flying Fish-The Story and Log of the Vancouver Mendenhals 2008   Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:46 am

I'm going to try to do another log since I got bored with my GreenApple one, (they didn't make the playoffs, btw, Stamotopolis got 38/38 SV) and it's going to be about one of my favorite franchises, the Vancouver Mendenhals. I'm also writing a story at the same time, so that will also be incorporated into the log. I won't play every game, though, giving some Monthly updates, and also playing some key games. Lineups and stuff coming soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Flying Fish-The Story and Log of the Vancouver Mendenhals 2008   Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:17 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Flying Fish-The Story and Log of the Vancouver Mendenhals 2008   Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:40 pm

Here's part of Chapter 1:
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Chapter 1

The Start Of A Dynasty?



The day started as it would any other day in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on December 30, 2007. There were people going the westbound and eastbound lanes of Highway 1, getting to work. There were also people in the local bars, getting a few drinks, and living life the way, to them, it should be. This day was no ordinary day, though.
At that same time, ESPN reported that Vancouver was looking to make its own baseball team, and play in a local park near the city. They also reported Salt Lake City would also be in contention for an MLB franchise, along with Vancouver. It was up to MLB to decide whom to give the franchise to.
At the annual MLB Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada, the owners were asked to vote on who they thought deserved an MLB franchise. At the time, the Toronto Blue Jays were the only Canadian team in MLB, and owners wanted a second team to be placed there. There were some advantages for Salt Lake City, also. It could be part of the “Middle West expansion” MLB was planning to do. After going over city maps and expenses from the city mayors, they were ready to vote.
The result was placed in an envelope and was promptly mailed to Vancouver, Oklahoma City, and ESPN.
The results weren’t made public until the following week.
The vote ended up being tied, 15-15.
Since there was no rule in MLB stating what should happen in the case of a tie in owner voting, MLB decided to give the expansion go-ahead to both cities.
Fans in Vancouver were ecstatic about the decision, along with Salt Lake City residents. Immediately, average Joes from all over the countries flocked to either Vancouver or Salt Lake City, in hopes of making a team.
People came in one by one, trying to look for a position on the Vancouver team, later called the Mendenhals. What’s a mendenhal, you say? We’ll tell you later. There were open tryouts 24/7 at the park where they played, later to be called “The Mark of the Mendenhals.
When they got in, the Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, said that there would be a draft, but not any draft, though. It was set to take place on March 31st, 2008, and it included every MLB Player, including the people in AAA.
Fans and players were shocked at this news. They would have to give up their former teams, hopefully, and go to a new team with totally different teammates than before.
MLB Selected many scrub players to be the basis for both the Mendenhals and the Salt Lake City team, the SaltPepper. The draft went very well, as the Mendenhals selected many good players.
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PostSubject: Re: Flying Fish-The Story and Log of the Vancouver Mendenhals 2008   Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:12 pm

Mendenhal Times-April 1st 2008
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MENDENHALS RELEASE ROSTER FOR 08 SEASON

*:Sucess
**: Blue Bar Players
***: Gray-Bar Players

Fielders (Starters) (TRJ CON PWR RUN ARM FLD ERES)
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C Tom [2]** (2 G E G D D D)
1B In Sain*** (2 E D G E F F)
2B Carey Duran*** (1 D E F E C E)
SS Chris Darula*** (2 D D D D C D)
3B Mike Sweeney
LF Chris Snelling
CF Alex Trebek* (3 C C C D D D)
RF Enrico Santiago*
DH Freddy Bynum

BENCH
IF Patrick Colamarino* (2 E F E G D E)
C J.R. Towles
OF Carlos Gomez
OF Adam Jones
OF T.J. Bohn

PITCHERS (TPSPD CTRL STM PITCHES)
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SP Justin Verlander
SP Hiroki Kuroda
SP Griffin Tolar*** (86 E C CUT 2, SLV 1, FORK 1, PALM 2)
SP David Price*** (92 D C 2SFB 1, CUT 3, KNCB 1 FORK 1)
SP Damico Cresse*** (87 D C SLD 1, CB 2, FORK 3)
SM Todd McClellan*** (83 E C CB 3, FORK 2)
LR Alex Kelton*** (89 C C CUT 2, SLD 1, CB 2, FORK 2)
MR Joey Lozano*** (85 G C SLD 2, CUT 3)
SL Nick Kester*** (91 D C 2SFB 1, SLD 2 FORK 3)
SU Joel Zumaya
CL Ozzi Osbourne*** (84 G C SLD 3, CUT 2, CB 2)

AAA Fielders
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*:Sucess
**: Blue Bar Players
***: Gray-Bar Players

IF Dustyn Pedroia*** (2 G E G F F E)
IF Mike Fontenot
IF Stephen Curtis Chapman*** (3 F D G E F F)
OF Jose Arteaga*** (3 E F D E E D)

Pitchers
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Michael Finegan*** (90 E C SLD 2, CUT 3)
Mike Zagurski
Karson Palmer*** (88 F C SLD 1, CB 3, SLV 2)
Ramon Troncoso
Fernando Hernandez
Humberto Sanchez
Keith Koogro
Angela Zantjer-Lin* (84 D C SLD 1, CHG 2); (2 E F E D D F)

More from Chapter 1:

Chris Darula was one of the many good players. He was a shortstop who had lots of contact and power to be a game-shifter in the mind of the Owner, Becky Fox. They also picked up many well-known players, such as Justin Verlander, Hiroki Kuroda, and Joel Zumaya. A surprise pick for them was Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek, who wanted to take up baseball as his “Summer Job” when not hosting the well-known game show. He was a walk-on to the club, along with teacher Angela Zantjer-Lin and Keith Koogro. This team might be destined for a championship, but there’s two things missing…a GM and a Skipper! COMING UP IN CHAPTER 2!
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PostSubject: Re: Flying Fish-The Story and Log of the Vancouver Mendenhals 2008   Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:19 pm

How do you like this so far? Comments are appreciated, as well as any tips on what I should do. Also, the next chapter is ready!
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CHAPTER 2

THE SEARCH FOR MANAGEMENT

After the Dream Draft, as it was called later on, the Mendenhals had no GM, or for that matter no Manager at all. Owner Becky Fox wanted to change all that. On April 1st, 2008, she hired McCoy Benson to be the GM, while hiring as manager Kazuhito Clapton, both for a 10 year contract. The Mendenhals still needed a lot of help on the basepaths, though, as they opened practice up to the players.
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PostSubject: Re: Flying Fish-The Story and Log of the Vancouver Mendenhals 2008   Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:08 pm

Nice. I like how in-depth you're going

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PostSubject: Re: Flying Fish-The Story and Log of the Vancouver Mendenhals 2008   Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:45 am

Highlights from opening day and April-Coming soon!
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Chapter 3

Opening day/April


The first opening day for the Mendenhals will always be remembered by when Whoopi Goldberg sang the national anthem in Dodger Stadium, and this season was underway as the Dodgers took the field against the Mendenhals.
It was a rocky start for the Mens, however, as Starting Pitcher Justin Verlander gave up an RBI Double to LA’s Miguel Tejada to make it 1-0. Both Verlander and opposing pitcher Josh Beckett exited in the 7th and 8th inning, respectively. Taylor Buchholz came in relief of Beckett and proceeded to give up a 2-RBI single to Chris Snelling, followed by a 2-run single by Carlos Gomez to make it 4-1. It was 5-1 going into the 9th when Ozzi Osbourne came in in a non-save situation, and a tag-out by In Sain sealed the victory for the Mendenhals, 5-1. The winning pitcher was Joel Zumaya, while the losing pitcher was Josh Beckett. The player of the game was Chris Snelling, for driving in the 1st run in Mendenhals history.
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PostSubject: Re: Flying Fish-The Story and Log of the Vancouver Mendenhals 2008   Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:32 am

Very impressive..... thats dedication....
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PostSubject: Re: Flying Fish-The Story and Log of the Vancouver Mendenhals 2008   Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:54 pm

Once April is done, we will hold a press conference with GM McCoy Benson. Feel free to send in questions when April is done!
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PostSubject: Re: Flying Fish-The Story and Log of the Vancouver Mendenhals 2008   Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:13 am

More from Chapter 3! Chapter 3 will also include the Press conference, so pm me in your questions, please!
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After that point the Mendenhals had a big game against the Marlins, in which starter David Price gave up 7 runs in 1.1 innings of work, but the Mendenhals came back, sparked by Enrico Santiago’s 6-6 day, and won 12-9, with Ozzi Osbourne getting his first career save.
At the end of that game, David Price was sent down to AAA after posting a 37.8 ERA, calling up Michael Finegan, a starter in his place. At the end of april for Finegan, he went 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA.
Overall, the Mendenhals April was, in the mind of Becky Fox, “Wonderful, and I hope we can continue this into May. Benson and Clapton have been doing a great job running the team, and we will catch up to the SaltPepper, and claim the division by the end of August."
The Mendenhals went 18-10 in the month of April, and Enrico Santiago got a Player of the Month Award for April for hitting 4 home runs, and he’s usually a light hitter, while the overall leader in pitchers ERA was Joel Zumaya, with a 0.81 ERA, and surprisingly, Tom [2] got 2 HRs, even with below-average power.
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PostSubject: Re: Flying Fish-The Story and Log of the Vancouver Mendenhals 2008   Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:13 am

LEADERS-BATTING
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Average-Mark Sweeney-.330
Hits-Enrico Santiago-40
HRs-" "-4
RBIs-" "-25
Stolen Bases-" "-5

LEADERS-PITCHING
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Starter ERA-Griffin Tolar-1.03
Relievers ERA-Joel Zumaya-0.81
Wins-Todd McClellan-3
Innings-" "-37
Strikeouts-" "-40

LINEUP
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1 Santiago .328, 4 HRs, 25 RBIs
2 Bynum .225, 0 HRs, 14 RBIs
3 Trebek .305, 1 HR, 13 RBIs
4 Darula .224, 3 HRs, 16 RBIs
5 Sweeney .330, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs
6 Snelling .276, 2 HRs, 15 RBIs
7 Duran .278, 0 HRs, 17 RBIs
8 Tom [2] .314, 2 HRs, 16 RBIs
9 Sain .244, 1 HR, 7 RBIs

PITCHING ROTATION
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Verlander: 3.38 ERA, 2-1, 31 Ks
Kuroda: 4.56 ERA, 2-0, 25 Ks
*Price: 37.8 ERA, 0-0, 0 Ks
**Tolar: 1.03 ERA, 2-1, 28 Ks
Finegan: 5.63 ERA, 1-1, 12 Ks
Cresse: 7.88 ERA, 1-1, 13 Ks

*-Sent down to AAA
*-Called Up from AAA

BULLPEN
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McClellan: 3.41 ERA, 3-1, 40 Ks
Kelton: 5.87 ERA, 2-1, 18 Ks
Lozano: 6.61 ERA, 2-1, 10 Ks
Kester: 7.30 ERA, 0-1, 6 Ks
Zumaya: 0.81 ERA, 1-1, 13 Ks
Osbourne: 2.53 ERA, 2-1, 4/5 SV/SVO, 19 Ks
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PostSubject: Re: Flying Fish-The Story and Log of the Vancouver Mendenhals 2008   Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:15 am

team is looking good so far eh?
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PostSubject: Re: Flying Fish-The Story and Log of the Vancouver Mendenhals 2008   Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:17 am

Mind if I post the press conference from MLBPPWorld?
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PostSubject: Re: Flying Fish-The Story and Log of the Vancouver Mendenhals 2008   Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:07 am

UPDATE!
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Chapter 4

The Month Of May…Hey-Hey!

The month of may was a roller-coaster month for the Mendenhals, as for the month, as of May 31st they were 11-15. After a lot of losses for the club in early May, Becky Fox decided it was time to bring some new players in. They signed right-handed flamethrowing reliever Felix Skalski to a contract, and so far his ERA is below 2.
The Mendenhals also made a lot of trades, but had to give up some key players. First they traded Hiroki Kuroda and Enrico Santiago to the Tigers in exchange for Dustin Pedroia and Joakim Soria. They also received some trades, also. The Twins offered RP Jonathan Sanchez for Adam Jones, and they accepted. Atlanta wanted Nick Kester, and giving up Nick Blackburn. The Mendenhals said yes to that.
The first night Dustin Pedroia was a Mendenhal was when he went 2-4 against the Rays, and the Mendenhals coming from 5 down in the top of the 9th to win 9-5.
That sort of rebounded their season, tied for first place with the SaltPepper, with the game to see who will take first place at the end of May starting soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Flying Fish-The Story and Log of the Vancouver Mendenhals 2008   Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:49 am

NOO, ENRICO!!!
Good job so far!

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PostSubject: Re: Flying Fish-The Story and Log of the Vancouver Mendenhals 2008   Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:49 pm

Thanks. Do you mind, again, if I post the MLBPPWorld press conference with the GM to save time?
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