April 2043: Chicago Wins First 13

Defending champion Chicago begin the new season with 13 straight wins. Duluth loses 14 straight, Detroit wins 8 straight, and Windsor loses 8 straight. Thunder Bay signs some big names and seizes first place in Canada. Pitching dominates, with league ERAs around 3.00.

Chicago’s Harrison McGill (.333, 6 HR, 14 RBI) and Toronto’s John McIlymoyle (.325, 5 HR, 18 RBI) win Batter of the Month. Chicago closer Emmet Dodman (5-0, 7 SV, 2.75 ERA) and Hamilton’s Ernie Henderson (6-0, 0.54 ERA) win Pitcher of the Month. Henderson begins the season by pitching 32 scoreless innings. Kingston’s Greg Patterson (3-1, 2.59 ERA) and Toledo’s Gray Dijkstra (.240, 1 HR) win Rookie of the Month.

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Chicago Wins Their Eighth

The 2042 season featured a record-tying hit streak, a perfect game, a pitching triple crown, exciting races in both leagues, a tie-breaking game 145, and several tense playoff series. In the end, a familiar name had won the Championship: the Chicago Architects. The Architects made the playoffs for the 20th time in 28 years and won their eighth Championships.

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Bears are Champs

The Traverse City Bears were the last team standing in 2040, doing it the hard way as the Wild Card. A team that was good enough to take down the favorite Chicago Architects was not going to be stopped by the Canadian Wild Card entry, the Hamilton Mounties (79-65). Just 74-70 in the regular season the Bears found a way to bring it all together come playoff time.

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