Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Season 7: Relocation, relocation, relocation

As season 7 starts in Williamson, we will take a look at the franchises that relocated in the offseason. Many of the new parks should have a noticeable effect on the statistical leaderboards as well as the league standings.

Tacoma Engineers - Formerly the Chicago Cubs, playing at Wrigley Field. The move to an extreme pitcher's park (-4, -4, -4, -4, -4) should make the Engineers' pitching look even better than it does already. With EIGHT pitchers rated at 80 or above overall, Tacoma could potentially post the best team ERA in Williamson history.

Seattle Dragonflys - Formerly the Honolulu Sensamillas, playing at Aloha Stadium. One of the founding owners in the World, Jay Louttit has returned to the league and moved the Dragonflys to another pitcher's park (-2, -3, -2, -2, -2). The franchise won the World Series in season 2, but has recently fallen on hard times due to low scouting budgets in the early seasons. As they say, flags fly forever.

Madison Ham Fighters - Formerly the Philadelphia Ham Fighters, playing at Citizens Bank Park. An original owner, wafrost has moved from a decent hitter's park to a hitter's heaven (2, 3, 2, 3, 4). After trading for Tony Castro he looks to be tailoring his team to the new ballpark.

Baltimore Big Sticks - Formerly the Wichita Wings, playing at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. boyk10, a new owner, has moved his team from a pitcher's park to a fairly neutral park (1, -3, -2, 1, 1). He will try to return the franchise to it's former glory days when the team resided in Cleveland.

Atlanta Elite Senators III
- Formerly the Texas Titans, playing at Ameriquest Field. foxspor54, who has been out of Williamson since Season 3, has returned and moved his new franchise to a neutral field (1, 0, 0, -1, -1). He will attempt to make the first playoff appearance in franchise history.

Tucson Boilermaker Express - Formerly the Oakland On-base Percentage Obsessives, playing at Network Associates Coliseum. roba1930 has made a bold move, moving the team to an extreme hitter's park (3, 3, 4, 3, 3). He will hope to ride his high-power offense to his 4th playoff appearance in the past five years.

Salem Warlocks
- Formerly the San Jose Squeables, playing at Municipal Stadium. An original owner, aginor has decided to move the franchise after 6 up and down seasons in San Jose. He has moved from one of the biggest pitcher's parks in the league to a neutral park (0, 0, 0, 1, 1), which should help the offense, but might make his notoriously inconsistent pitching even more frustrating.

Scottsdale Minotaurs - Formerly the Colorado Lumber Company, playing at Coors Field. Fresh off his fourth World Series appearance in five seasons, WiredTiger has decided to take a chance and move the team. His new park (2, 2, 2, 2, 2) is not nearly the bandbox that Coors is, which will hopefully allow some non-Colorado position players to make the All-Star team this season.

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