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 Post subject: Robins Roundup 2032/1
PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:50 pm 
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Start of a New Era in Brooklyn

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The Brooklyn Robins unveiled plans for a new ballpark today. The project named "Ebbets Field III" has been kept top secret until this point. Escalating maintenance fees is said to be the driving cause for the change. Brooklyn shelled out $5,775,000 each year to keep the historic park from falling apart. That is 3rd most in the league presently and that number was expected to exceed $7 million in two years.

The other factor involved is stimulating the financial model of the team. A new ballpark should bring more fans out to the park and possibly increase media revenue. After winning the Landis in 2026, the Robins spent excessively in the following seasons to try to repeat in the open window. They did manage to have the best record in the Johnson League in 2027, but were quickly bounced in the first round of the playoffs. 2028-2029 were financial disasters for Brooklyn. Everything they did right the previous seasons seemed to backfire in those two years. Bad contracts, bad trades, bad buyouts... you name it and the Robins botched it. Starting in 2030 they began the choir of rebuilding the team. Trading away Emilio Rodriguez, Orlando Medrano (7/6/2/8/6 Talents), Rick Ward (10/8/7 Talents), and Mario Mendez for future chips. They also let star players Sam Adams (5/5/9/6/3 Talents), Joey Budding (9/9/7 Talents), and Jose Garcia leave via free agency. The new ballpark should bring a fresh look to a currently stale franchise.

The dimensions of the park have cause a bit of a stir. Dating back to the days of the Baltimore Monarchs, the franchise has long been known for lumbering sluggers putting up big time power numbers in homer friendly parks. That will a change in 2032. The park, while being very friendly to singles hitters, will suppress power like some of the famed ballparks in the Frick League. The plan is to be different. This is the next generation of moneyball folks. There is a current trend of BBA GM's to like a similar type of player. How's that saying go..."chicks dig the long ball"? Well BBA GM's, for the most park, are enamoured by left handed sluggers and left handed pitchers. Going "pro right handed", the Robins will suppress the trends of the opposition and open up a greater devalued talent pool(right handed singles hitters and right handed starters) for them to pick from via trade/free agency. Original plans for the stadium appear to be more homer friendly toward right handed hitters, but were quickly adjust because of 4 reasons(Gillstrom, Lafitte, Guerrero, and Savage). Four of the best young power hitting first baseman in the game nested in the Johnson East.

One player not happy about the change is DH Enrique Salazar (7/5/9/5/7 Talents). Salazar has been with Brooklyn since 2026 and just recently joined the 200 HR club. At age 26, he is on the fast track toward joining the 500 HR club before all is said and done. A benchmark for hall of fame aspiring players. These dimension changes all but assure that Enrique will not want to finish his career in Brooklyn. One year from free agency, it will be interesting to see if the "Last Brooklyn Bomber" will be traded between now and then. As of now, Brooklyn officials swear that he will not be traded in the near future. You only play 81 games at home and most of the other Johnson League stadiums are lefty friendly.

One park feature that will draw some criticism is the capacity. At 35,000, EB III will be the smallest park in the BBA by nearly 6,000 seats and 10,000 to the third smallest. Truth be told though, Robins have averaged about 34,000 each of the last four season. So the majority of the season, they can't even fil the house. They will lose some money on opening day and rivalry games. The team plans to raise ticket prices slightly to compensate and the way the stadium is configured, more seats could be added as soon as next season. Hopefully the Robins will be good enough for that change to be made.

The park will be an open air stadium will natural grass. The grass will cut low to allow a lot of singles. It also puts an emphasis on infield defense. That is an area the Robins have been stressing and it can really exploit a team with bad infield defense.

If you're a fan going to the game and want to grab something to eat, there will be lots of food options. Red Robin has signed on to be the official burger of the park. Pepsi will be the cola product. The Dixie Cream Cafe will have a patio in left field serving "breakfast for dinner". Jack Daniels will sponsor the "Bullpen Bar" area. And we would be remised if we didn't mention the Coney Island Hotdogs that everyone knows and loves.

As you enter the park's home plate entrance, you will see a large team store. Inside you will find various items for all ages. There are baby Robin bibs for the little ones, pink hats for sis, throwback Daniel Labrie (8/4/6/10/7 Talents) Baltimore Monarch jerseys for pops, and discounted Rick Ward (10/8/7 Talents) merchandise for person that you don't really like that told you to bring back a souvenir. Stadium tours will be available during the winter and when the team is on the road in the summer. Brooklyn is currently lobbying to bring the 2035 All Star Game to the city. League officials refuse to comment but it's believed that they may hold off till the team adds more seats.

There are also rumors that there may indeed be a corporate name attached to the park. No word yet on what that may be. Fans will not be happy about that. Brooklyn has said that they know the impact of renaming and feel they may have a solution in hand. So with a new park, a bevy of cost controlled players, and a pocket full of budget space, could we be seeing the rise of the Robins? Only time will tell.

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I'm impressed. A very well thought out plan although it sucks that I now have to compete with you in the pro-righty market. That's been my corner since I built my new stadium a few years back.

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Yellow Springs fans are probably lining up to buy retro-Ward unis.


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Hmmmm...I have some excess bonus funds...perhaps I should get in on the bid process for corporate naming rights of your new stadium...

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