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    Default The 2059 Normal Cornbelters

    " For each of the past 6 seasons this organization has lost over 100 games, including over 130 loses in the last 3 of them and in fact has only 1 winning season in the last 17 years. Losing for this team was a way of life, we are starting a new begnning here, a new way of life"

    That was a quote from the new owner of the Normal Cornbelters, as the team makes the move to Normal hoping to change the history of this team. The process will be slow, but 2059 hopes to be the starting point towards building a better future.

    Pitching has been dreadful during those 100 loss seasons with last season hitting rock bottom as the only team in the league to allow over 1000 runs, allowing 1220 of them with a team ERA of 7.36! Gone from this years ML roster will be last years entire starting rotation. SP Jimmy Yeager (4-21 8.55), Ted Woolfolk (3-24 7.88), Wille Collum (4-24 7.25), Rex Maness (4-18 6.54) and Butch Butler (5-25 7.31). Butler retired after the season, Maness was released before the season and it is almost certain that Yeager, Woolfolk and Collum will be releasd before the start of the season. The Cornbelters wil start the season with not only a new starting rotation, but the entire bullpen will be new as well. Improvement is definitely expected, but don't look for miracles there will still be a lot of losing before the winning begins.

    Offensively last season this team was almost as bad as its pitching performance, finishing last in every offensive category. Hitting league lows in avg (.246), HR's (110) and runs scored (573). In fact they finished last in OBP, Slg %, doubles, triples and walks as well. But this year brings optimism as a new group of players join the team in hopes of providing some much needed spark to the offense. A few off season aquisions join a group of nice young rookies making their Major League debuts. SS Brendan Hocking, 1B Callum Jones, RF Collin Malkowski and CF Johnny Rose bring 4 top prospects to the lineup. Jones, Malkowski and Rose are top 3 overall draft picks and Hocking is a rising star picked up in the 10th round of the draft.

    The new Normal owner commented on is offense by saying, " I feel with the some of our top prospects joining the roster and the additional players we obtained in the off season we are very optimistic about getting an immediate improvement in our offensive game and a great start to a new beginning here in Normal, only time will tell but I like what we have done to get thngs rolling. It's only a start but we are committed to winning here in Normal, from here on out we are pushing forward losing is no longer an acceptable way of life."

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    Huzzah for a New Normal!


    (And props to the old SLC for stocking some pretty nice talent.)


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    Solecismic Series Champions - 2044, 2047, 2048, 2050, 2053, 2058, 2059
    Vaughan League Champions - 2044,2047,2048,2050,2051,2052,2053,2054,2058,2059
    Ice Cream Sandwich Division Champions - 2043,2044,2045,2046,2047,2049,2050,2051,2052,2054, 2055,2056,2058,2059,2060,2061
    Vaughan League Manager of the Year - 2043, 2044, 2048, 2050

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    Great preview... good luck Cornbelters!

    PS: Love the logo.
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    +1 for the logo for sure

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    We needed a corn team back in the league after the Shuckers left Annawan. Welcome, and welcome.


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    It'll be interesting to see Normal compete with Davenport, Indy and ChiTown for fan base.

    I'm still rooting for relocations to Gary and Ferguson eventually.


    Solecismic Series Champions - 2044, 2047, 2048, 2050, 2053, 2058, 2059
    Vaughan League Champions - 2044,2047,2048,2050,2051,2052,2053,2054,2058,2059
    Ice Cream Sandwich Division Champions - 2043,2044,2045,2046,2047,2049,2050,2051,2052,2054, 2055,2056,2058,2059,2060,2061
    Vaughan League Manager of the Year - 2043, 2044, 2048, 2050

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    Dig it!
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    Gindin League Wild Card 2008, 2018, 2028
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    Vaughan League Division Semi-Finalist 2036, 2037, 2038, 2048, 2052, 2053, 2054, 2055, 2056
    Skates Division Regular Season Champion 2057
    Skates Division Playoff Champion 2057
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