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**A Brief History of the NPBL**
« on: July 12, 2006, 06:57:53 AM »
This is designed to be a history of league changes - structure, team names, notable ownership changes, some notable league firsts...  For a statistical history see the catobase league reports.  :)  Oh, and it is a work-in-progress...  Feel free to post things you'd like to see added and I'll try to get them in!

All dates (obviously) are game dates.  I wish I had real-life dates for some of these events, but I'm afraid I don't.

2000

The NPBL forms under commissioner Jason Kroner, using OOTP4.  (Around Christmas of 2002 in real-life)

Original "Ad" for the NPBL - here
Original Website - here

The league consisted of two 12-team sub-leagues; the Founding Fathers League and the Great Explorers League.  Each sub-league is divided into 3 divisions.  Here are the original 24 NPBL Franchises:

Founding Fathers League

NORTH
Massachusetts Patriots
New York Barons
Pennsylvania Locomotives
Rhode Island Knights

CENTRAL
DC Senators
Kentucky Cloverleafs
Maryland Admirals
North Carolina Clippers

SOUTH
Florida Bluefish
Louisiana Blaze
Mississippi Ravens
Tennessee Sabercats

Great Explorers League

NORTH
Colorado Citadelles
Montana Warriors
Oregon Trappers
Washington Griffins

CENTRAL
Illinois Jethawks
Kansas Storm
Minnesota Wolfpack
Wisconsin Lumberjacks

SOUTH
California Kings
Nevada Dragons
New Mexico Dukes
Texas Bandits

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At some point between the start of the league and the conclusion of the first season, the Rhode Island Knights relocated to Connecticut and became the Connecticut Knights.

In each sub-league, each of the division winners and 1 wild card team advanced to the postseason.  The first round was a best-of-five series with the second round being best-of-seven.  Then the two sub-league champions met in the first ever NPBL Championship Series (later named the National Cup).  The FFL champion Pennsylvania Locomotives swept the GEL champion Montana Warriors to claim the first championship.

2001

The Connecticut Knights re-name themselves the Connecticut Marines. 

?Jesse Berry (satchel) becomes 2nd commissioner of the NPBL?

2002

The Montana Warriors disband, and the players are assigned to the upstart Utah Scorpions.
The Tennessee Sabercats re-name themselves the Tennessee Express.

2003

The GEL shuffles itself a little bit, changing its divisions from North, Central and South to East, Central and West.

Illinois, Kanas, Minnesota and Wisconsin, all members of the original GEL Central, now compose the GEL East division.  Colorado and Utah of the former GEL North combine with New Mexico and Texas of the former GEL South to comprise the GEL Central division.  Oregon and Washington from the North and California and Nevada from the South comprise the new GEL West division.

2004

The Colorado Citadelles re-name themselves the Colorado Rams.
The Oregon Trappers re-name themselves the Oregon Owls.

2005

?The NPBL becomes an OOTP5 league.?

2006

The Kentucky Cloverleafs disband, and the players are assigned to the upstart Virginia Cannons.
The Minnesota Wolfpack re-name themselves the Minnesota Wolves.
The Pennsylvania Locomotives re-name themselves the Pennsylvania Freedom.
The Tennessee Express re-name themselves the Tennessee Hounds.
The Texas Bandits re-name themselves the Texas Banditos.

2007

The Utah Scorpions become the first team to win multiple NPBL Championships.  They won their first title in 2003.

2008

The California Kings re-name themselves the California Lions.
Just prior to the 2009 roll-over, the NPBL becomes an OOTP 6 league.

2009

2010

League founder Jason Kroner returns to the league as owner of the DC Senators.  His tenure lasts just one season.
Rob Chapman (Chappy) becomes 3rd Commissioner of the NPBL, taking over mid-season after a month of no simming.

2011

League website moves from www.npbl.net to www.npblbaseball.net

In the first major re-alligment in NPBL history, the league shifts to 4 6-team divisions, as follows:

Founding Fathers League

NORTH

Connecticut Marines
DC Senators
Maryland Admirals
Massachusetts Patriots
New York Barons
Pennsylvania Freedom

SOUTH

Florida Bluefish
Louisiana Blaze
Mississippi Ravens
North Carolina Clippers
Tennesee Hounds
Virginia Cannons

Great Explorers League

EAST

Illinois Jethawks
Kansas Storm
Minnesota Wolves
New Mexico Dukes
Texas Banditos
Wisconsin Lumberjacks

WEST

California Lions
Colorado Rams
Nevada Dragons
Oregon Owls
Utah Scorpions
Washington Griffins

The top two teams in each division now reach the playoffs, composed of 2 division champs and 2 wild card teams per league.  The league office also expands the first round of the playoffs, the newly named Wild Card Round, to a best of seven series. 

2012

?The NPBL becomes an OOTP 6.5 league.?

?The NPBL draft stays at 4 rounds, but the league begins generating 5 rounds worth of players.  The 24 remaining players are thrown into the FA pool following the draft, where they can be claimed under the regular FA claiming rules.

The Connecticut Marines re-locate to Idaho and become the Idaho Spuds.  The franchise moves from the FFL North division to the GEL West division.
The Oregon Owls also re-locate.  The Owls move to Maine and re-name themselves the Maine Timber Kings.  They leave the GEL West division to take Connecticut's place in the FFL North division.

2013

The Illinois Jethawks become the first franchise to win three National Cup Series'.  They won their first in 2009 and their second in 2011.

Mark Delia was named the inaugural winner of the Reggie Jackson Award (postseason MVP), after hitting .515 with 8 HR and 20 RBI in the playoffs.

2015

League founder Jason Kroner returns to the league as owner of the Florida Bluefish.

The Mississippi Ravens win their second straight National Cup Series, becoming the first team to win it all in back-to-back seasons.  They also become the first team to reach 4 titles, with their other three coming in 2006, 2012 and 2014.

2016

Matt Yordy, owner of the Virginia Cannons from 2006-2012, returns to the NPBL as owner of the Minnesota Wolves.

SP Aaron Bacon and RF Sully "Sudden" Sullivan are elected to the NPBL Hall of Fame in the first election.  Bacon's was a unanimous vote.

2017

The DC Senators move from the FFL North division to the FFL South division.
The Virginia Cannons re-locate to Ontario, Canada and become the Ontario Canadiens.  They are the first franchise in NPBL history to be located outside of the USA.  They also move from the FFL South division to the FFL North division.

Solo Acosta, the original owner of the Maryland Admirals, returns to the NPBL as owner of the Utah Scorpions.

CF Alex Garza, who was the 1st overall selection in the NPBL's dispersal draft, becomes the third player elected to the NPBL Hall of Fame, and is the 2nd player to elected unanimously.  Pitcher Armando Quinonez is also elected as the hall's 4th member.

2018

LF Anthony Beckford and C Malachi Sain become the 5th and 6th members of the NPBL Hall of Fame.  Beckford joins Bacon and Garza as the 3rd unanimous decision.

2019

The Nevada Dragons re-name themselves the Nevada Jacks.

The commissioner proposes adding a pair of franchises to the league at the start of the 2020 season.  The owners vote, and with 9 owners voting 'NO', the proposition fails.

SP Dennis Wright becomes the 7th member of the Hall of Fame.  He is the 4th unanimous selection.

2020

The league activates two OOTP6.5 features that were previously turned off.  (1) Japanese/Cuban Players May Enter League (to be distributed during the amatuer draft) and (2) Retired Players May Come Back (to be assigned to their most-recently-played-for teams).

The DC Senators move offices across the way and become the Virginia Grays.  They are the second NPBL franchise to call the state of Virginia home (see the Virginia Cannons 2006-2016), though they will play in DC's stadium until a new stadium is built.

For the first time since elections began, nobody is elected to the HOF.

2021

Mississippi Ravens star Ryan Turner becomes the first player to return from a career-ending injury.  He goes 16-7 with a 2.89 ERA, then hangs up his cleats on his own terms.

The Ontario Canadiens announce that they will move to New Jersey at the end of the 2021 season.

1B Jimmie Davis, SP Robert Garza and IF Rey Moncayo all earn HOF enshrinement, giving the Hall 10 members.  It was a long wait for Davis, who finally gets enough votes in his 6th try.

2022

The Virginia Grays use their 4th round pick to draft the right to sign Cuban defectee Faro Melendez.  The Minnesota Wolves sign the second Japanese/Cuban pro, Yoshino Eda, after the draft.

The Ontario Canadiens relocate to New Jersey and become the New Jersey Shore, ending the NPBL's tenure as an international league.

Tanner Chayse, Leo Cleland, Lane Commons, Donald Granger, Aragorn King and Clarence McNatt are enshrined it the largest HOF class in history.

2023

Edgardo Castillo, Mark Delia, Christopher Ferrante, Brian Marshall, Samson Steele (see 2024) and Thomas Showers (see 2024) all enter the Hall of Fame, which featured voting from a record 23 owners.

2024

The NPBL owners approve interleague play - for one season only - to help celebrate the NPBL's 25th season of play.

The commissioner's office also unveils a new expansion proposal, which will be voted on by the owners.  The plan suggests adding 4 teams to begin play in 2026.  The measure, revised so that the new teams will begin play in 2027, passes 15-4.

John Baptista, Pete Kahle, Michael Koo, Jr. and Harold Petrillo are elected to the Hall of Fame.  In addition, Thomas Showers and Samson Steele, who failed to reach 75% of the vote but did receive the minimum required 16 votes in 2023, are retroactively added to the 2023 class.

2025

Expansion is ratified by the owners, winning approval in 15 of 19 cast votes.  The proposed expansion teams are to enter the league in 2027, one season later than originally planned.

Gandalf Greyheme, Summer Nelson, Matt McQuade, Deangelo Ramos and Steven Williams are all elected to the Hall of Fame.

2026

The Maine Timber Kings relocate to Rhode Island and are dubbed the Rhode Island Reds.  Former Connecticut owner and NPBL commish #2 Jesse Berry is at the helm, marking the first time all three NPBL commishes have been active in the league at the same time since 2010.

Another large HOF class is inducted, this one featuring Seamus O'Dule, Grady McDonaghey, Jason Kroner, James Yim, Ryan Turner and Lowell Stang.

2027

The NPBL expands, adding one franchise to each of its 4 divisions.  The FFL North gained the Ohio Raptors, the FFL South welcomed the Kentucky Colonels, the GEL East added the Michigan Militia and the Hawai'i Kula Sox joined the GEL West.  An expansion draft was held, with the expansion clubs drafting players exclusively off of clubs in their respective leagues.  Each existing franchise lost 5 players, and the amateur draft was extended to 5 rounds.  The draft would continue to last for 5 rounds for 5 seasons before returning to the standard 4 rounds in 2032.

The first pick of each expansion club was as follows:

1 Ohio - P Greyson Maybury, Florida Bluefish
2 Kentucky - 2B Matt 'Swan Lake' , New Jersey Shore
1 Hawaii - CF/RF John Pigeon, Utah Scorpions
2 Michigan - CF/RF Marcus Gavardo, New Mexico Dukes

Six players are added to the quickly expanding (there's that word again) Hall of Fame.  Pitchers Hugo Holt, Diego Castillo and Dennis Morelock are enshrined alongside position-players Tyson Bacon, Zachary Matthews and Tony Ocejo.  Bacon & Matthews would receive even higher honors this same year...

Owners vote to rename the League's annual awards after NPBL legends:

The Babe Ruth Award (best hitter) was re-named after Tyson Bacon, who beat Anthony Beckford by 4 votes.
The Walter Johnson Award (best pitcher) became the James Yim Award, with Yim taking 16 of the 18 votes cast.
The Jackie Robinson Award (best rookie hitter) became the Bick Horizon Award, with Bick capturing 15 of 18 votes.  The other 3 votes were all in favor keeping it the Robinson Award.
The Fernando Valenzuela Award (best rookie pitcher) was re-named after Ryan Turner, who took 10 of 16 votes.
The Lee Smith Award (best closer) was re-named after Deangelo Ramos, and officially extended eligibility to all relief pitchers.
The Willie Mays Awards (best fielders) were re-named after defensive wizard Zachary Matthews, who captured 15 of 19 votes.
The Reggie Jackson Award (postseason MVP) was renamed after Mark Delia, who had also been the first player to win the award.

2028

The 2028 HOF class is half as large as the prior year's group:  SP Art Toczek gets in, as do infielders Christopher Stormes & Carmelo Fons.

2029

3,000 hit club member Mason Highsmith is the lone Hall of Fame inductee.

Andrew 'One Pack' Kegler becomes the last official recipient of the Mark Delia Award.  Although the award may be handed out in later years, OOTP no longer tracks it (never really did; it was a catobase feature).

2030

The NPBL upgrades to OOTP9.  It was a major upgrade, considering the NPBL had not upgraded to OOTP 2006 or OOTP 2007 (AKA OOTP8).  Because the best time to convert the league was on opening day, the 2030 draft was held in OOTP6.5.

Ben Lamela and Clarence Dibenedetto are Elected into the Hall of Fame.

2031

First draft run using OOTP9.

Traditional Hall of Fame balloting ends, and is replaced by case-by-case voting. 

2032

Antonio Hernandez becomes the first player elected to the Hall of Fame via the new case-by-case voting, and also becomes the first player elected to the Hall via the Veterans Committee ballot.

2033

The NPBL adds two low minor leagues, the 'Florida Rookie League' (R) and the 'California Summer League' (S A).  Both leagues play reduced schedules, with the FRL playing during the first half of the NPBL season and the CSL playing during the second half.  Due to scheduling complications, the teams actually both played during the first half of the NPBL season for 2033.

The league expands its playoffs to a Stanley Cup-style, 16-team tournament. The first round of this tournament consists of 7-game series, but those series would be played in 7 consecutive days, all on the home field of the higher seed. While originally instituted as a one-year trial, the playoffs proved popular enough to be adopted on a permanent basis after the season.

Allen Sampley is elected to the Hall of Fame.

2034

Richard McPherson and Hal Rehm are elected to the Hall of Fame, with McPherson becoming the 2nd player enshrined via the Veteran's Committee.

2035

Recognizing a need for more players in order to fully take advantage of OOTP9's fully-functional minor leagues, the NPBL returns to the 5-round draft, and begins generating an unprecedented 7 rounds worth of players each year.

A cap was also introduced, prohibiting teams from picking more than twice per round.  The rule was introduced to discourage premature trade-offs, which were polarizing the league into really really good teams and really really bad teams with nothing in between.

After 2 seasons of play, the California Summer League shuts down, leaving the NPBL with 4 levels of minors.  The Florida Rookie League announces that beginning in 2036, it will extend its season to 140 games.

2036

The NPBL upgrades to OOTPX.

After five real-life months off, the NPBL HOF resumes voting still on a case-by-case basis.  With John Yuda posting the the nominees at a fast pace (in order to make up for lost time), eight players are enshrined.  Starting pitchers James Alexander, J.L. Carrillo, wins leader David Echegaray, closer Arron Ledford, outfielders Jimmy Font, Felton Olney, Blair Payton and 1B John Gleaves all get plaques.

Adam Anderson becomes the 3rd player elected to the HOF via the Veteran's Committee.

The Bick Horizon and Ryan Turner Awards (for best rookie position player and best rookie pitcher) are merged into a lone rookie-of-the-year award, which retains the name 'Bick Horizon Award'.  Phil Lindsay, a second baseman, wins in the FFL, while pitcher Alonso Concepción wins the GEL Horizon Award.

2037

Citing 4 simultaneous vacancies, the commissioner engages in contraction talks on an informal basis.  The league decides to re-evaluate the situation after the 2037 season, but the teams are quickly filled and contraction is removed from the table.

Bill Worm, Ralph Ives, Ron Guinan, Joel Huertas, and Sanford Powers are elected to the Hall of Fame.

2038

Bill Dickie, Frank Gillbard and Andrew Kegler are elected to the Hall of Fame. Chris Lott was also enshrined in the Hall, becoming the fourth player to go in via the Veterans' Committee.

2039

The NPBL moves to OOTP11.

The Mississippi Ravens franchise, having struggled since losing longtime owner Shane Rigsby, is taken over by former Kansas owner Matt Streeter and relocated to Atlanta, becoming the Georgia Hornets.

Roderigo Pequero and Isaac Phillips are elected into the Hall of Fame.

2040

Cliff Butter, Tyler Lattimore, Richard San Juan, Chad Schmidt and Larry Sears are elected into the Hall of Fame.

2041

Dale Couch becomes the 2nd player in league history to hit 600 HR and later passes Pete Kahle for the all-time HR lead (606).
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Re: A Brief History of the NPBL...
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2007, 10:06:34 AM »
2042

Blinky Crouch, Xalbador Laguna, and Toshinobu Kashiwagi are elected to the Hall of Fame.  Scott Bartell is also enshrined via a Veteran's Committee vote.

The Florida Rookie League is moved to 2 states that do not have NPBL baseball.  Half of the clubs relocated to the state of Alabama, and the other half to Mississippi.  The league becomes the Rigs Rookie League in honor of former Mississippi Ravens owner Rigs. 

For the second time is 6 seasons, contraction becomes a hot topic as good owners become harder to find.  Owners vote 16-1 in favor of contracting by 4 teams following the season.

2043

The Kansas Storm (3271-3695, .470), New York Barons (3586-3382, .515), Rhode Island Reds (aka Oregon Trappers, Oregon Owls, & Maine Timber Kings, 3422-3545, .491), and Texas Banditos (aka Texas Bandits, 3334-3636, .478), all in existence in some form or fashion since the NPBL's debut in 2000, are contracted. 

Kansas does not remain without a franchise for long, as the Georgia Hornets are relocated to Kansas to become the 2nd incarnation of the Kansas Storm.

Owners also vote to eliminate the divisions, adopting an alignment of 12 FFL and 12 GEL teams playing a nearly balanced 162 game schedule (11 of 17 voters favored this option, with 5 preferring to to have 4 6-team divisions and 1 voting to return to the NPBL's original 6 4-team divisional layout.

To balance out the divisions and fix some geographical outliers, Georgia (now Kansas) and Louisiana moved to the GEL, while Michigan and Illinois moved to the FFL.  The new layout looks like this:

Founding Fathers League

Florida Bluefish
Illinois Jethawks
Kentucky Colonels
Maryland Admirals
Massachusetts Patriots
Michigan Militia
New Jersey Shore
North Carolina Clippers
Ohio Raptors
Pennsylvania Freedom
Tennessee Hounds
Virginia Grays

Great Explorers League

California Lions
Colorado Rams
Hawaii Kula Sox
Idaho Spuds
Kansas Storm
Louisiana Blaze
Minnesota Wolves
Nevada Jacks
New Mexico Dukes
Utah Scorpions
Washington Griffins
Wisconsin Lumberjacks

The members of the four contracted clubs are all thrown into a draft pool, with each of the 24 remaining NPBL franchises drafting for 5 rounds (120 players) to distribute the top talent while the remaining players enter the free agent pool to be claimed throughout the season.  RF Roberto Salazar is the first player taken in the draft from Rhode Island by the new Kansas Storm.

2048

The NPBL moves from OOTP11 to OOTP13.

After five seasons without divisions, the NPBL restores them and modifies the postseason.  In past divisional alignments, the GEL had been split East-West, but this time they were split North-South, just as the FFL was. 

The pool of playoff teams shrinks from 8 per league (16) to 6 per league (12), with the 4 division winners earning 1st round byes.  This was an option not available in older versions of OOTP, but one that we wanted since contracting to 24 teams (having more than half the league in the postseason was overkill).

The new divisions:

Founding Fathers North

Illinois Jethawks
Massachusetts Patriots
Michigan Militia
New Jersey Shore
Ohio Raptors
Pennsylvania Freedom

Founding Fathers South

Florida Bluefish
Kentucky Colonels
Maryland Admirals
North Carolina Clippers
Tennessee Hounds
Virginia Grays

Great Explorers North

Colorado Rams
Idaho Spuds
Minnesota Wolves
Utah Scorpions
Washington Griffins
Wisconsin Lumberjacks

Great Explorers South

California Lions
Hawaii Kula Sox
Kansas Storm
Louisiana Blaze
Nevada Jacks
New Mexico Dukes

Despite the new divisions, the NPBL played a balanced schedule in 2048.

2049

To celebrate the league's 50th season, the NPBL engages in interleague play for the 2nd time (the first time being in celebration of the 25th season). 

Each squad played a 3-game series with every team from the other league.

2050

A new, unbalanced schedule is introduced.  Teams play each team from their own division 18 times and teams from the opposite division 12 times.

2052

The Kentucky Colonels pack their bags after 25 seasons in Kentucky and become the Georgia Generals.  Kentucky, one of the 2027 expansion teams, made the playoffs 9 times in 25 seasons but never won a championship.  The Generals are the 2nd attempt at a franchise in Georgia, which was briefly home to the Georgia Hornets from 2039-2042.  The Georgia Hornets finished last in all 4 seasons before moving to Kansas in 2043.

2058

The Ohio Raptors move North of the border and become the Nova Scotia Fishermen.  It marks the NPBL's return to Canada after a 36-year absence.  It also marks the second year in a row that a 2027 expansion team relocates.

2067

The league draft grows to 9 rounds.  In previous years, there had been 8 rounds generated and 6 drafted.  All generated rounds will be drafted from this point on, and the draft will grow to a targeted 16 rounds over the next decade.

2068

The league draft grows to 10 rounds.

The New York Independent League (NYIL) debuts.  The league was formed to give players that would otherwise be rotting away in the free agent pool a place to play and potentially develop.  Players in the NYIL are available to be signed by NPBL teams at any time.
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Re: A Brief History of the NPBL...
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2010, 02:40:20 PM »
163rd Games in NPBL HISTORY

2000 - Montana defeats Washington to take the GEL North title, while Washington winds up with the wild card berth.  Montana would go on to defeat California in the Wild Card Round and the Griffins in the GELCS before losing to Pennsylvania in the National Cup Series.

2001 - Louisiana defeats Kentucky.  The Blaze then lose to the North Carolina Clippers in the Wild Card Round.

2003 - Texas beats Utah to win the GEL Central Crown, while the Scorpions settle for the wild card berth.  Texas falls to the Griffins in the Wild Card Round, but the Scorpions defeat Wisconsin, Washington and Maryland to win the Cup.

2004 - Connecticut wins over Florida to take the FFL Wild Card spot.  They don't exactly make the most of it, falling to the North Carolina Clippers in the Wild Card Round.

2005 - Colorado defeats Wisconsin to capture the GEL Wild Card spot.  Utah eliminates the Rams in the Wild Card Round.

2006 - Illinois wins the Wild Card by beating New Mexico.  The Jethawks would then go on to beat the Griffins and the Banditos before falling to Mississippi in the NCS.

2007 - Louisiana beats Massachusetts to claim the FFL Wild Card spot.  Mississippi quickly takes care of Louisiana, eliminating them in the Wild Card Round.

2008 - Oregon defeats Washington to win the GEL West crown.  Oregon then falls to Illinois in the Wild Card Round.

2010 - Illinois over Wisconsin for the GEL East title.  Wisconsin gets the wild card.  Illinois beats the Oregon Owls in the Wild Card Round but falls to Colorado, who eliminated the Lumberjacks in the Wild Card Round, in the GELCS.

2011 - Texas beats Minnesota to win the GEL East Wild Card in the first year of 6-team divisions.  Illinois sweeps the Banditos in the Wild Card Round.

2015 - California beats Utah for the GEL West Wild Card spot, but falls to the Rams in the Wild Card Round.

2017 - It's Texas over Wisconsin for the GEL East Wild Card Spot.  Washington goes on to defeat Wisconsin in the Wild Card Round.

2020 - New York defeats Ontario to win the FFL North Wild Card.  Massachusetts ends the Barons season shortly after by sweeping them in the Wild Card Round.

2022 - Wisconsin defeats Texas to advance to the postseason via the GEL East wild card.  The Lumberjacks ended the regular season with a 3-game sweep of the Banditos to force the play-in game.  The Kansas Storm would end the Wisconsin miracle by defeating them in the Wild Card Round in 7 games.

2026 - Maryland wins 3-1 at New York to take the FFL North wild card.  The Admirals would fall to the Ravens in 7 in the Wild Card Round, losing game 7 by a 7-6 score.

2033 - Expanded playoffs began, doubling the number of playoff teams.

2034 - The Hawaii Kula Sox and the New Mexico Dukes finished the 2034 season with matching records, tied for the 8th and final GEL playoff spot.  They also split their regular-season series 3-3.  New Mexico hosted, and won, the play-in game 2-0.  New Mexico was then swept in the first round of the playoffs by Minnesota, who outscored the Dukes 25-6 in the 4 games.

2048 - Contraction causes playoffs to drop from 16 to 12 teams.

2068 - The Nova Scotia Fisherman finished tied for the 6th and final FFL playoff spot, and battled the New Jersey Shore for 11 innings in game #163 before coming out on top, 9-8.  Nova Scotia defeated Pennsylvania in the wild card round but fell to North Carolina in the divisional round of the playoffs.

2069 - The Kansas Storm won their final 2 games of the season and the New Mexico Dukes dropped their final 2 to force a tie for the 1st round bye at 100-62.  Kansas extended their winning streak to 3 with a win.
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Re: A Brief History of the NPBL...
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2010, 06:17:24 PM »
#1 Overall Draft Picks

2000 - Alex Garza - Nevada Dragons
2001 - Alex Cabezas - New York Barons
2002 - Osvaldo 'Popeye' Moscato - New York Barons
2003 - Hal 'Golden' Rehm - Colorado Citadelles
2004 - Tony Ocejo - Louisiana Blaze
2005 - Chris 'Crazylegs' Lott - Nevada Dragons
2006 - Jeffrey Langston - Louisiana Blaze
2007 - Delmar Barrie - Pennsylvania Freedom
2008 - Leo 'Booker' Brailsford - California Lions
2009 - Bobby 'Cyclone' Nuno - California Lions
2010 - Karl Immell - DC Senators
2011 - James 'the Spade' Gaunt - California Lions
2012 - Joel 'the Spade' Huertas - Florida Bluefish
2013 - Denver 'the Patriot' Robinson - Florida Bluefish
2014 - Bill 'the Excorcist' Worm - Florida Bluefish
2015 - Jerry 'Dangerous' Jorge - Tennessee Hounds
2016 - Russ 'Kit Kat' Gobbler - Florida Bluefish
2017 - Bobby 'Banjo' Russell - Nevada Dragons
2018 - Paul 'No Hands' Hall - Nevada Dragons
2019 - Kevin 'Nitro' Smith - Idaho Spuds
2020 - Toshinobu 'Tosh Kosh' Kashiwagi - Mississippi Ravens
2021 - Greg Holt - Pennsylvania Freedom
2022 - Skipper Cage - Pennsylvania Freedom
2023 - Sixto 'Electric' Solis - Minnesota Wolves
2024 - Jeff Callahan - Minnesota Wolves
2025 - Dacio 'El Beasto' Herrara - Tennessee Hounds
2026 - Jesse Sellers - Utah Scorpions
2027 - Granger Gayton - Massachusetts Patriots
2028 - Buzzy Stevens - Minnesota Wolves
2029 - Richard 'Noodle' Reyer - Washington Griffins
2030 - Santos De Los Santos - Hawaii Kula Sox
2031 - Elia Assante - Washington Griffins
2032 - Miguel Carrasco - Ohio Raptors
2033 - William 'Shameless' Bower - Nevada Jacks
2034 - 'Soggy' Jeff Hogan - New Jersey Shore
2035 - Jason Craddock - Nevada Jacks
2036 - Jorge 'the Troll' Diaz - Utah Scorpions
2037 - Iron Horse Bocanegra - Pennsylvania Freedom
2038 - 'Slippery Mike' Hunter - Pennsylvania Freedom
2039 - Carlton Mathis - Pennsylvania Freedom
2040 - Walt 'Dutch Hammer' Geldof - Georgia Hornets
2041 - Chilly Gomez - Pennsylvania Freedom
2042 - Alex 'Bubo' Orati - Minnesota Wolves
2043 - Gustavo 'Dreamland' Jiménez - Colorado Rams
2044 - Brian Harris - Massachusetts Patriots
2045 - Mudflap Brown - Michigan Militia
2046 - Doodles Colbert - Virginia Grays
2047 - Dan Brandon - Hawaii Kula Sox
2048 - Chris Hull - Hawaii Kula Sox
2049 - Jorge Martinez - Nevada Jacks
2050 - Mark Duncan - Nevada Jacks
2051 - Kevin Henson - Kentucky Colonels
2052 - Ronald Wood - Maryland Admirals
2053 - Pat McCullough - Ohio Raptors
2054 - Andy Dwyer - Pennsylvania Freedom
2055 - Jerome Link - New Jersey Shore
2056 - Larry Atkinson - Ohio Raptors
2057 - Mad Eye MacFadden - Pennsylvania Freedom
2058 - Eric Sanders - Pennsylvania Freedom
2059 - Tom Cannon - Colorado Rams
2060 - Bob Phipps - Michigan Militia
2061 - Andrew Phillips - Minnesota Wolves
2062 - Jake Young - Illinois Jethawks
2063 - An-yi Pei - Illinois Jethawks
2064 - Micah Sims - Illinois Jethawks
2065 - Joe Robert - Minnesota Wolves
2066 - Mitchell Perry - New Jersey Shore
2067 - Juan Vidro - Minnesota Wolves
2068 - Malcolm Lee - New Jersey Shore
2069 - TBA
2070 - TBA
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