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Turkish Delight -- The Istanbul Ottomans Story

Discussion in 'OOTP Discussion (Out of the Park Baseball)' started by Yankee151, Jul 14, 2014.

  1. OU11

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    Rat made his own bed with that 6 ER in 3.1 inning start. If i hadn't already extended corbishly he'd be gone too
     
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    Istanbul Ottoman Great Daniel 'Banjo' Caine was inducted to the HoG today. Caine spent many years with the Ottomans, both in the WBL and in the MPB prior to the league's beginnings in 2033. We here in Istanbul are happy to see him enter the HoG as a member of the inaugural class, and we are honored to see him go in with the Ottoman Cap.

    http://utopia.allsimbaseball9.com/game/lgreports//players/player_6559.html
     
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    2050 Istanbul Opening Day Lineup

    Despite a couple of years of struggle following two playoff appearances, the 2050 Ottomans have brought in some big names old and new, and at least look prepared to provide quality entertainment to the fans as their rebuild begins. Let's take a look at the opening day lineup including all the new faces.

    Starting Lineup
    RF Carlos Beltran, L Cuba 2.6 WAR last season, the 24 year old looks to improve.
    2B Juan Padilla, S Venezuela 2.0 WAR lat season with Seoul, acquired in a trade that also brought a 3rd rounder in. His veteran presents will look to lead the team, and he provides great defense despite a waning bat.
    SS Tomas Gonzales, R USA 28 total HR between AA and AAA, he accumulated 3.8 WAR in Casablanca in just half a season and is ready to prove why he was the #4 overall in one of the most loaded drafts ever.
    DH Hugo Yazici, R Germany The 3B with Turkish Origins has been a legend in Moscow, but he is taking his 3.8 WAR down south to provide a mix of offense and defense on the hot corner when necessary.
    C Murray Saunders, R USA Saunders, brought over in an exchange for legend Fang Jabiri, got his shot last year and made the most of it, posting a 3.4 WAR with an all-star appearance. One of the league's best young C's will continue again.
    LF David Alcarez, R Chile Alcarez was signed as a MLFA late last season, returning home to Istanbul after time spent in Kabul's system. He briefly shone before injury, and will look to recover his form from last year.
    1B Ron Cooper, R USA The 25 year old was signed as a MLFA this offseason after putting up 2.6 WAR in AAA, and will look to make the most of his first WBL chance despite a career of relative obscurity.
    3B Jefferey 'Grumbles' Eglinton, R USA Despite just 0.9 WAR last year, the Ottoman hierarchy is confident he can still live up to the potential he had early in his career and make an impact in the 8 hole.
    CF Ewan Marsham, L Kitts A predominantly defensive player, Marsham gets his shot with Hubcaps and Martinez knocking on the door. He had a brief appearance in AAA last year and makes the jump to WBL to see what he can do.


    Bench
    2B Pedro Chavez, R Costa Rica A defensive specialist at 2B, he will be relegated to the bench following Padilla's arrival but still looks to show what he can do off the bench.
    SS Lucio Lopez, S Mexico Lopez has been a stalwart in Turkey since his arrival in 2045, and will continue to perform defensive duties for the Ottomans across the diamond.
    C Noureddine Imarika, R So. Africa Imarika fell off a cliff last season, but he has one year remaining on a 9m/yr deal and will at least warm the bench for Saunders.
    CF Bobby Farrell, S USA Farrell is mostly here as a 4th OF, as his -1.9 WAR last year won't be seen very much in the lineup. Still, he could prove useful in the season to come.


    Rotation
    LHP Abdul-Nasser 'Hercules' Rafiq Egypt Herc makes his return to Istanbul on a nice ST FA deal, he brings 3.0 WAR between two teams from last year and will lead the staff.
    RHP Ronnie 'Redbeard' Collins USA Redbeard was the 1-1 last year and his 6.5 WAR in Casablanca is more than enough proof that he's ready to prove himself in the bigs. Still, he will be in the #2 slot for now to keep him a bit humble.
    LHP Manuel Olarte Guatemala Olarte was brought over from LV, and he has proved his worth to be considered for the rotation in his own right with a 122 ERA+ in Casa last year. Still 22, he will look to work out any kinks this year.
    LHP Tony Roman USA Roman makes his return to the Istanbul rotation following a 2.2 WAR showing last season. Now in the #4 slot, pressure is off and he will look to shine.
    RHP Sergio Garcia Venezuela Garcia also returns, bringing a 4.0 WAR from last year. With an improved defense and run support he should be a nice fill in for the #5 role until some of the AAA youngsters start knocking.


    Bullpen
    LHCL Munemori Takashi, Japan
    RHSU Alfredo Fiorelli, Italy
    LHSU Xavier 'The Sheriff' Miranda, Nicaragua
    RHRP Andl Ebussuud, Istanbul, Turkey
    RHRP Nunno Favela, Brazil
    LHRP Dean Byford, England
    RHRP Alberto Gonzales, Mexico


    Let's wish the Ottomans a good year as they transition into competition within the next couple of years.
     
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    Dying at the thread title, I know I'm new here but well done.
     
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    Veteran Presents:
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    A Waning Bat
     
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    Now that you came up with it I need a movie poster by friday, get on it.
     
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    Veteran presents are much better because they have more money
     
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    #JusticeForBanjo

    Following another year after the heinous revokation of Istanbul and WBL Legend Daniel 'Banjo' Caine from the Hall of GOATS, GM Yankee Cane made a small press announcement today about the matter.

    "This is an outrage. We all know Banjo is one of the all time greats in this league as well as his earlier career in the MPB. The fact that goats like him are kept out while some guy named Oort is in just shows the travesty of this hall."

    GM Cane also had some things to say about another potential WBL HoG Snub, San Francisco Minor Leaguer Buffalo's famous Closer, Peder Niklasson. "My heart arches for Peder Niklasson, as well as the people of Buffalo, New York and Sweden. Buffalo is a true world class city and to deny them a HoG member to possibly one of the greatest relivers of our time is a true travesty. My sympathies with GM @Lloyd Carr, and may we see our team's GOATS one day enter their rightful hall." While this journalist cannnot confirm the accuracy of Buffalo's claim to be a world class city, it was very clear that Cane was pouring his emotions out in this speech.

    GM @ZackMills and Owner-GM-Liason @Reel expressed their disagreement with Niklasson's potential induction, with the latter saying "I think if he had been seasoned in A-Ball for two more years we would've seen him put up bigger numbers." An event such as this only furthers a heated (albeit one-sided) rivalry between the east and west coast darlings of American WBL baseball. Mills did add, however, that he wouldn't mind seeing the all-time GOAT closer in the Hall, provided he remembers his time spent fondly in Sunnyvale, the AA affiliate of San Fran, with a Comets cap when he gets his bust.

    Most other league GMs have scoffed at the plight of Istanbul and Buffalo, but GM Cane has that covered. "I've talked to top scientists in Turkey and Ireland, and GM @Mr. Radpants is very close to finishing a warp drive. Maybe one day Banjo will be remembered as the star he was, as we find a new home for humanity and great baseball." As of this writing this journalist must confess his confusion at GM Cane's statement. In the offseason with a bottom of the barrel team, anything can happen.
     
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    Banjo was okay
     
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    Reminded me of this for some reason

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    Istanbul welcomes old and new faces

    The Istanbul Ottomans are first proud to announce that the city has been staved off from it's siege by the Spider-Peoples of Galaxy X42B-7Z, Thanks again in part by 2052 WBL Rookie of the Year and 2049 Intergalactic Defense Agency MVP, Wesley van Aaken. With this matter dealt with, the Istanbul press office has re-opened and is happy to announce some roster moves in anticipation of the new season.

    Dzzet Haktanir is coming home to Turkey. The 7-year vet spent much of his young career with Amsterdam, winning a ring in 2049. He's from Ankara, and said he is very excited to be working with the young core here in Istanbul. "I already have a ring, so now I'm focused on helping this young team along, and I'm excited to work alongside great players like van Aaken and Francisco Martinez in the outfield." While Haktanir has taken a step back since his role on the 2049 Amsterdam team, he can still pack a punch and shore up a question spot for the Istanbul lineup. No more Ewam Marsham or David Alcarez, now there's a famous name in the outfield for Istanbul fans to cheer. "I'm excited to visit Ankara when I have the spare time, both to visit my family at home and to speak with some of the young players there."

    In addition, veteran outfielder Lieh Chen is coming out of his 1-year retirement, signing a 1-year deal with Istanbul. He's a 3-time all-star and was one of the best players in the league in 2047, picking up both a stick and glove wizard award at Left Field. The vet will be filling in at 4th OF, bringing his veteran presents for the younger players to benefit from. "I'm excited to be here in Istanbul. Sometimes you just need a winner's touch to take you to the next level. I believe with me, Dzzet, Wesley, and Frankie, we have an outfield corps to be proud of. My 1-year break has me refreshed and ready to take on the world." Lieh had 2.1 WAR in a limited season for Amsterdam in 2051. "I'm also excited to help mentor minor-league player Wan-fu Wei, who I see becoming one of the greats in this league with the mentorship of both me and Special Advisor Al Walker."

    As for the younger player, Samuel Jephson has been called up to the majors again. He struggled in 9 games in a 2051 coffee cup, but after a big showing in AAA, he's announced that he'll be moving to Second Base to play alongside Thomas Gonzales. "I was very young in 2051, but the experience has helped a lot. Now I get to usher in a great generation in the infield in Istanbul. I'll be playing second this year, though I may move around as needed. Hopefully Blanks can join us soon and we can really show our stuff." Jephson is one of the fastest players in the WBL, and he'll look to utilize that speed for both infield plays and stolen bases. But don't let that speed fool you, this guy packs a big punch with the bat.

    Finally, rumors are circling that Joe Ray, catcher behind Murray Saunders, is making a move for the starting job. "I'm ready for the responbility. I've worked harder this offseason than anyone else out there. I love Murray like a brother and he's been a great mentor, but it's time for the teacher to become the student." Only time will tell if Ray can win the job.

    For all of us here at the Istanbul press office, let's hope for a continued exciting offseason free of integalactic invasions.
     
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