2063 Weaver Champs: Amity White Sharks (9x)

Congratulations to the 2063 Weaver League Champions, the Amity White Sharks!

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For a fanbase so accustomed to success, Amity’s recent Weaver Cup drought of 12 seasons was starting to become a concern. After back-to-back 116 win seasons ended with consolation prizes, White Sharks fans were clamoring for a slash-and-burn rebuild, convinced that the veteran core in place was just not good enough to be a viable contender. Management, however, was convinced that their steady approach was the right path: gather veteran depth through trades and the FA pool, draft great pitching, and skillfully play the matchups to put the team over the top in 2063.

Amity’s championship fairy tale really began at the end of 2062. With Sapporo claiming their second straight Polanski crown, management opted to surgically retool their roster for depth at key positions. Longtime stalwart 3B Home Run Baker was dealt away at the trade deadline for 3 players (1B Chris Nen, SS Nels Lochhead, and RHP Jack Blair) and a R1 pick. Also, after a strong recruiting pitch focused on Amity’s championship legacy, RHP Mike Clark was signed away from Cairo in Free Agency to bolster an already excellent rotation. With RHPs Evan Landry and Luc Gauthier, as well as LHP John Hutchison, Amity could make a credible claim to being among the Inferno League’s best pitching staffs.

On the offensive side of the plate, Amity was propelled by its All-Star caliber outfield. RF Christian Yelich (.294/35/87) won the IL MVP, CF Cristobal Torriente (.270/23/47) finally flashed the skills that made him a top prospect, and LF Harry Plantier formed a potent platoon with LF Corey Xin. Shrewd trades for 2B Denys Harkush and 1B Elmer Hershey at the trade deadline plugged 2 more holes in the lineup and proved to be big upgrades at their positions.

In the ILCS round, Amity faced their longtime rival, the New York Nukes. White Sharks-Nukes has been a fixture in the ILCS for nearly the entire history of Weaver, and this iteration proved to be just as exciting as years past. After splitting the first 4 games, New York won Game 5 at home 3-0 and looked poised to claim the ILCS in Game 6 with a 3-0 lead entering the bottom of the 9th. Nukes RHP Al Burkett may have started partying a little too early, though: with a clear lack of focus on the mound, Burkett’s command abandoned him and Amity was able to somehow rally to tie the game 3-3 in the 9th, eventually winning it in the 11th. Then, in Game 7 with everything on the line, White Sharks analytics experts made a gutsy call. 1B Chris Nen would be called on to start, despite not having played in the series. Nen would go on to repay the analysts’ faith, capping a dramatic series turnaround by crushing a decisive HR in Amity’s 3-2 Game 7 win.

With the momentum train rolling on Amity’s side, Rio’s storybook campaign came to a stunningly swift end as the White Sharks swept the Jaguars in the Weaver Series 4-0. RF Christian Yelich and RHP Mike Clark dueled for Weaver Series MVP: Yelich hit .647 with 4 HRs, while Clark logged 16.1 innings and only gave up 2 runs.

White Sharks players and management is now tasked with an enviable goal: can Amity repeat and claim the franchise’s 10th Weaver Cup, tying them with Entebbe? The haters might say that the Polanski is ripe for a turnover and that this was a one-time fluke… but the smart money in Vegas knows that it is foolish to ever bet against the White Sharks. Congrats Amity!

2062 Weaver Champs: Cairo Scorpions (4x)

Congratulations to the 2062 Weaver League Champions, the Cairo Scorpions!

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Entering the 2062 Weaver season, pundits around the league made little mention of the chances of a Cairo Scorpions repeat. Usually when a team claims that “nobody respects us”, it’s just a motivational tactic to drive their own performers. In this case, though, preseason chatter around the league revolved around the Scorpions’ postseason competition. Sapporo looked “primed for a Cinderella run”, New York was “battle tested by the hyper-competitive Lockwood Division”, and Vancouver’s roster was stacked top-to-bottom with All-Timer level stars.

Confident in their skills, the Scorpions paid little heed to social media chatter and set off on their mission to lockdown a postseason berth. The team started off hot, posting an 18-5 record in April before tapering down in July, bottoming out at 14-13. Although Cairo led the Barnes Division tape-to-tape, Vancouver got most of the press as the Mounties led Weaver with 115 wins and made 2 impact trades in preparation for a revenge date in the BLCS.

Scorpions batters and pitchers pounded their Blizzard League counterparts during the regular season. Cairo’s starting lineup featured six everyday hitters that smashed 25+ homers each, and the core four members of the starting rotation all had ERAs hovering just around 2.00. Five Scorpions were named to the BL All-Star team: first basemen Buck Leonard and Scott Coffman, as well as RHP Jacob DeGrom, RHP Alan Jackson, and LHP Blake Snell.

Cairo jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the BLCS thanks to dominant pitching starts by DeGrom, Snell, and RHP Wayne Bigelow. After Game 3, Scorpions players went out to explore the nightlife along Robson Street in Vancouver and enjoyed themselves… perhaps a little too much. Vancouver rallied in Game 4, shutting out Cairo 8-0, and used a 5-run 7th inning to take Game 5.

Could the Mounties pull off a reverse sweep? It looked close, but Scorpions players realized the gravity of their situation and knew it was time to buckle down. Cairo won Game 6 behind 3 homers from the heart of their lineup, and late season acquisition RHP Walid Debbane shut the door on Vancouver’s late rally in the 9th inning at 4-3.

With four wins left for a title, 1B Buck Leonard knew that Cairo couldn’t afford another lapse in judgment versus a potent New York Nukes team. Incensed by the team’s lackadaisical play in Games 4 and 5 of the BLCS, Leonard took over Games 4 and 5 of the Weaver Series himself, hitting a home run in each game. Meanwhile, on the mound, RHP Jacob DeGrom notched 2 wins in Games 1 and 4, and the Scorpions collectively muzzled the Nukes offense to a grand total of 13 runs in 5 games.

With 2 consecutive Weaver Series wins, how long will Cairo’s run last? Is a 3-peat on tap, or maybe even more? Not 4, not 5, not 6… not 7? With the talent core in place and a skilled front office staff at the wheel, anything seems possible. Congrats Cairo!

2061 Weaver Champs: Cairo Scorpions (3x)

Congratulations to the 2061 Weaver League Champions, the Cairo Scorpions!

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After a 2060 season where Cairo finished just 3 games back, Scorpions fans huddled around the hot stove all winter hoping that management could acquire the final piece needed to propel the team back into the playoffs. Calabria, while aging, still had a monster lineup on paper and a top-tier rotation: could the Scorpions knockout their rivals and put an end to that dynasty?

Sensing their excitement, management followed through with an aggressive strategy of player acquisition. First, RHP Wayne Bigelow was signed from the Godfathers, accomplishing the dual goal of strengthening the rotation while weakening a contender. Then, 1B Buck Leonard was signed as the franchise’s Negro League All-Timer. Leonard’s smooth stroke and deceptive power would prove equally adept at setting the table as well as driving in runs. Lastly, in a surprise trade prior to Opening Day, Cairo acquired SS Shunsuke Onoda from the Long Beach Lobsters for 2 prospects and a pick. Onoda, nearing retirement, desperately wanted to finish his career a winner and would provide steady veteran leadership to a squad of talented newcomers ready to make their move.

From that point on, the burden of high expectations may have been the toughest opponent the Scorpions dealt with all season. Cairo clobbered the Blizzard League for a 120-42 record, and ended up winning the division by 10 games. The Scorpions won both of their head-to-head matchups with Calabria and Roehm Division winner Vancouver, 10-8 and 8-4, respectively.

In the BLCS, the Scorpions dropped Game 1 on home turf 5-1, but the players all agreed postgame that it was just a case of first-time playoff jitters. Cairo rebounded to take the next 3 games, with starting pitchers RHP Wayne Bigelow, RHP Jacob DeGrom, and LHP Blake Snell all posting dominant performances. Vancouver rebounded to take Game 5, but the Scorpions quickly put the kibosh to any thoughts of a comeback by plating 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th and putting DeGrom in as a surprise closer to end the series.

With postseason jitters out of the way, the Weaver Series was almost over before anyone knew it had started. Cairo swept Oakland 4-0, and the Lumberjacks never seemed capable of reproducing the emotional high that had powered their extra innings ILCS Game 7 win against Sapporo. Then again, when facing a postseason rotation of Snell, Bigelow, and DeGrom, mustering any sort of offense will be a challenge.

With the 2061 season complete, it seems that high expectations will again be a burden for Cairo. Now, the question isn’t “will they beat Calabria?” but “can they match up with the great early 30’s Scorpions teams?” Led by Hall of Fame CF Craig Coluccio, those Scorpions managed to win 4 BL Barnes titles, but were upset 3 times in the BLCS and only claimed one Weaver Cup.

Can this generation of Scorpions put those memories of underachieving to rest? With so many of their stars just entering their prime, it sure does seem likely! Congratulations!

2060 Weaver Champs: Vancouver Mounties (2x)

Congratulations to the 2060 Weaver League Champions, the Vancouver Mounties!

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As the season began, doubt began to creep into the minds of Vancouver fans that the Mounties would never be able to get over the hump. There always seemed to be something in the way: a veteran Long Beach team refusing to give up their spot atop the Roehm, a powerhouse Calabria squad competing against the ghosts of past dynasties, league administration seemingly dead set against the team’s rise… The Vancouver front office felt this vibe too, and the daily staff meeting always seemed to focus on the same topic: “should we rebuild, or should we stick it out and give it one more try?”

After some initial stumbles, the Mounties were in firm control of the Roehm Division by early May and cruised to a playoff spot, finishing 21 games ahead of the Lobsters. With a BLCS matchup looming against a looking-to-threepeat Calabria, betting worldwide heavily tilted towards the Godfathers. Vancouver didn’t back down, though, and successfully split the first 4 games of the series.

In Game 5, the Mounties offense scored 5 runs early to put the game out of reach, and Game 6 was set to enter extra innings, tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the 9th. Could Vancouver shock the world and eke out a series win late? With closer RHP Reggie Traffley on the mound, things looked good until RF Billy Thompson slugged a massive 3-run walkoff HR to send the BLCS to 7. Game 7, in contrast to most of the games in the series, was a pitchers’ duel: RHP Matt Harvey held Calabria to 2 hits over 7 innings, RHP Max Scherzer logged a successful hold in relief, and RHP Jack Blair got his good buddy Reggie off the hook with a clutch save.

With a BLCS win in the books, Vancouver’s matchup with the Amity White Sharks featured a reunion of sorts: both sets of team executives had competed against each other as they were coming up the ladder in the minor leagues. Although earlier matchups had usually gone Amity’s way, Vancouver’s win over Calabria had given them a quiet confidence, and it showed as they split the 4 games in ping-pong fashion.

RHP Matt Harvey, looking to rebound from a tough loss in Game 2, led Vancouver to a Game 5 win on the road, striking out 10 and allowing only 1 run in 7.2 innings. Now, with 2 games at home, could the Mounties finally get it done? Game 6 started slowly enough, with Amity posting an early 1-0 lead and holding on until the bottom of the 8th. Amity’s bullpen, quietly efficient during the regular season, chose the worst possible time to blow up and allowed Vancouver to tie the game; if RHP Ethan Wilmot or LHP George Cross had logged the save, Game 7 would be on tap and anything could happen. Mounties LF Frank Barlow, however, was ready for his spotlight. With Cross’ fastball delivery just a little bit high in the zone, Barlow pounced, smashing a 390 ft HR deep to right field, sending the Vancouver crowd into hysterics.

After 29 seasons of interminable waiting, it was time to finally celebrate in Vancouver! Congratulations!

1997-2059 Weaver Champs

Congratulations to all of the teams who have claimed sim baseball’s greatest prize, the Weaver Cup!

2059 | Calabria Godfathers (3x)
2058 | Calabria Godfathers (2x)
2057 | Panama City Locks (1x)
2056 | Long Beach Lobsters (4x)
2055 | Honolulu Volcanos (2x)
2054 | Stockholm Swedes (7x)
2053 | Sydney Rebels (1x)
2052 | Stockholm Swedes (6x)
2051 | Stockholm Swedes (5x)
2050 | Amity White Sharks (8x)

2049 | Stockholm Swedes (4x)
2048 | Stockholm Swedes (3x)
2047 | Stockholm Swedes (2x)
2046 | Milan Marauders (2x)
2045 | Stockholm Swedes (1x)
2044 | Amity White Sharks (7x)
2043 | Amity White Sharks (6x)
2042 | Calabria Godfathers (1x)
2041 | New York Nukes (3x)
2040 | Bora Bora Surfriders (10x)

2039 | Bora Bora Surfriders (9x)
2038 | Bora Bora Surfriders (8x)
2037 | Jamaica Rastafarians (2x)
2036 | Bora Bora Surfriders (7x)
2035 | London Bulldogs (1x)
2034 | Milan Marauders (1x)
2033 | Edmonton Orcas (1x)
2032 | Cairo Scorpions (2x)
2031 | Vancouver Mounties (1x)
2030 | Amity White Sharks (5x)

2029 | Jamaica Rastafarians (1x)
2028 | Bora Bora Surfriders (6x)
2027 | Amity White Sharks (4x)
2026 | Los Angeles Riots (4x)
2025 | Amity White Sharks (3x)
2024 | Cozumel Mayans (2x)
2023 | Bora Bora Surfriders (5x)
2022 | Amity White Sharks (2x)
2021 | Cairo Scorpions (1x)
2020 | Long Beach Lobsters (3x)

2019 | Los Angeles Riots (3x)
2018 | Tokyo Tsunamis (2x)
2017 | Tokyo Tsunamis (1x)
2016 | New York Nukes (2x)
2015 | Long Beach Lobsters (2x)
2014 | Rio de Janerio Capybaras (5x)
2013 | Hong Kong Dragons (1x)
2012 | Havana Cigars (1x)
2011 | Long Beach Lobsters (1x)
2010 | Cozumel Mayans (1x)

2009 | Belfast Bombers (4x)
2008 | Rio de Janerio Capybaras (4x)
2007 | Belfast Bombers (3x)
2006 | Los Angeles Riots (2x)
2005 | Rio de Janerio Capybaras (3x)
2004 | Rio de Janerio Capybaras (2x)
2003 | Belfast Bombers (2x)
2002 | Los Angeles Riots (1x)
2001 | Amity White Sharks (1x)
2000 | Honolulu Volcanos (1x)

1999 | Belfast Bombers (1x)
1998 | New York Nukes (1x)
1997 | Rio de Janerio Capybaras (1x)