— Official ULB (@ULB_Commish) December 30, 2014
Portland Mavericks starter Roy Halladay made his 3rd start last night, and by all accounts, improved his trade value with a solid effort that showed that he is still capable of dominating the league. Halladay improved to 1-1 on the season and went 8 innings with 7 strike outs while allowing the Buffalo Blizzard just 6 hits in a 3-0 shutout.
Halladay missed time in 2008 with a sprained ankle, but seemed to be be poised to resume his domination of the ULB in 2009 before he was shut down in spring training with shoulder inflammation. Halladay missed nearly 3 months, and made 2 minor league rehab assignment starts before rejoining the big league club. He showed rust in his first two starts of the season allowing 6 runs and 9 hits against Columbus on June 25th. His next start came against the San Juan Storm, and Halladay again struggled, allowing 8 hits and 7 earned runs (plus one unearned) while walking 3.
Halladay will have at least 4 more starts before the Trade Deadline to continue to improve his trade value. He is owed roughly 11 Million for the rest of the season at this point, and will become a free agent at the end of the year. Halladay had a vesting option for 2010, but will not be able to meet the requirements for it to vest. The three time Nolan Ryan Award winner will most likely end up playing for another contender before the Trade Deadline, as the Mavs continue to shop their veteran players despite being 48-42 where they currently hold the 2nd Wild Card Federal League Playoff slot.
@ULB_Commish I just realized Portland finished last season with exactly 1000 all-time wins, the first team to do so.
— Zap Rowsdower (@ScottyRayJ) November 20, 2013
@ULB_Commish Our .586 W% is 62 pts higher than any other team, and our 7 playoffs also lead. Still waiting for that championship.
— Zap Rowsdower (@ScottyRayJ) November 20, 2013
The Portland Pioneers are once again heading to the Union Cup Playoffs, having secured the Federal League Western Division crown. Portland’s dominance this season has been evident from the very beginning of the season, as they started out 20-3 to kick things off.
They have compiled a win loss record of 103-38, and should easily break the Jersey City Giants record of 106 wins, set way back in 1996. Of the potential playoff match ups, they look good against all three of the teams that could stand in their way to a Union Cup appearance. They will most likely end up facing the Salt Lake City Bees, who they have gone 11-6 against this season.
The San Juan Storm are the likely Eastern Division Champs and also the reigning Union Cup Champs are 3-11 against the Pioneers. Last year when they met up in the Federal League Championship Cup, the Storm took the series 4 games to 1. One can bet that the Pioneers have not forgotten the sting on that defeat and would love nothing more than to send the Storm packing in the Playoffs.
The New Orleans Gold Sox have gone 5-9 , and the Buffalo Blizzard have gone 3-7 against them. They have a 4 game series in Buffalo from September 16th to the 20th, and they face the Bees in Salt Lake City 6 more times, a 3 game series from the 13th to 15th, and again the following week from the 28th to the 30th. They will not face the Gold Sox again during the Regular season. They last met up in Portland, and the Pioneers swept the last 3 games series back in August.
Whoever ends up facing the Pioneers in the playoffs will have a tough series, but as history has shown in the ULB, the best team in the regular season does not always win. The Pioneers might have the Federal League MVP in Daniel Fornes, the Nolan Ryan Award winner in Roy Halladay, but success in the playoffs will depend on the entire team staying hot. We will have to wait and see if the Pioneers decide to give their starters extra time off before the Playoffs start in just under a month, but GM Scott Jeffries will have to walk a fine line between letting rust build up, and keeping his players well rested.
The Portland Pioneers will honor Civic Stadium for their final homestand at the the oldest ballpark in the ULB. The Pioneers will hang up their current duds and wear Portland Beavers Uniforms for the rest of the season, beginning with the series against another former PCL team in the Salt Lake City Bees.
Portland Pioneers Owner Phil Knight introduced the uniforms at a press event on Sunday.
“We designed these uniforms just for final homestand. General Manager Scott Jeffries was adamant about doing something to honor the Beavers legacy here at the ballpark, and this seemed like the best way to do that. We sell a lot of retro Beavers merchandise here at the ballpark, and we know that our fans still have a special connection with the past here in Portland. So this is our way of saying thank you to the fans and to Civic Stadium.”
The OOTP Grand Championship is set to get under way soon, with Representatives from 26 online leagues competing for the prize of being named the Grand Champions of OOTP. Our representative, Scott Jeffries, has been around the simcentral.net forums since Janurary of 2002. He was a long time member of the BBSC Current League, founded the BBSC Victory League and has been a member of virtually every simcentral.net OOTP league at some point in time. He also runs the TCBA, a former BBSC League. His record in the ULB currently stands at 725-543, and he has been to the Playoffs five times. While Mr. Jeffries has not as of yet captured the Union Cup Championship for his Portland Pioneers, he’s working on it. The Bulldog will be the only member of the BBSC family to compete in the Grand Championship, as both the RSL and SCMLB declined to compete. When factoring in his many years of service, plus the excellent job he did drafting the Pioneers club in the ULB, I believe we are in good hands. One of the most important factors in the OOTP Grand Championship will be about how you draft your club.
Teams will have a set amount of money to draft their 25 players with. Do you splurge on the best hitter available, even if he is overpaid? Or do you try to build a balanced club that values defense, hitting and pitching equally? Let’s hope Scott has this figured out and can that his angel (Billy Beane) and his devil (George Steinbrenner) whisper good advice to him at the right times during the season.
The OOTP Grand Championship season will be 100 games. There will be no injuries, no suspensions, and no minor leagues. All teams will play in a typical ballpark, all with the same attibutes and ratings.
The League will be hosted at GrandChampLeague.com though there is only a placeholder page there at the moment. Stay tuned for more as the league starts up.
The Portland Pioneers have received approval from the City of Portland to begin construction on their new stadium, which will debut in 2004. The ballpark will replace the current Nike Field.
“It’s an exciting day. We’re excited about moving into a new ballpark in 2004. Hopefully, we can get our fans excited about Pioneers baseball and get back to the top of the division to send Nike Field out on a high note.” said CEO and Owner Phil Knight.
The site location is one block north of the Rose Garden Arena in which the NBA Portland Trail Blazers play. The location has been labeled the “PPS Site” due to the fact that the Portland Public School system owns a large office and warehouse facility that occupies most of the property involved. The PPS has informed the city that it wishes to move into a new facility that is more suited to the size of their personnel, and warehousing needs.
The location borders NE Broadway, Wheeler Ave., and the East Side of the Willamette River looking into downtown Portland from the east side of the Willamette. The location is also directly next to Interstate-5, which runs north to Vancouver, WA. and to points south such as Salem and Eugene, OR.
Another part of this location is the proximity to the new lightrail construction, which is running north/south and is due to be completed in September of 2004. This regional public transportation system is a major factor in the concept design.
The Pioneers have added a patch celebrating their years at Nike Field at Civic Stadium to their uniforms for the 2003 season.
After shoring up their pitching staff with the addition of rookie Chris Jones, who will likely be their 4th or 5th starter, the Pioneers continue to seek a bat for their lineup. The Pioneers are reportedly unhappy with Aghali Rokki‘s stats at first, and will look to shore up the position with a trade. Could they be looking at Boston’s Frank Thomas? The Big Hurt is a free agent going into the upcoming offseason, and their are rumors he will be looking for a megadeal.
Another option might be Brooklyn’s Glenn Davis. Davis is hitting .287 with 7 HR, and while not the prototype 1B with power, Davis is an excellent option against righties. He could platoon with Rokki facing lefties. The price on Davis would likely be high, but Portland could have the prospects to entice him away from Brooklyn.
The Giants’ Ray Rice would also be a good fit in Portland, but one wonders if the animosity between GM’s Huff and Jefferies would prevent the pair from working together. One final option might be Curtis Underwood, who’s reportedly on the trading block. The Vipers 1B is hitting .222 with 14 HR, but a move away from Vegas would likely help his batting stats. Underwood’s stats at home read .175/.251/.350 and away he improves to .269/.337/.456.