Thursday, December 18, 2008

Decade of Dominance - Fargo Fug Nuts

Cortez Mack - Cobb Times Herald

Decade of Dominance - Paging mrploppie... Trade Call on Line One.
One of 8 original teams, the Fargo Fug Nuts are one of the most successful teams in league history with a past of regular season dominance that is unequaled. Unfortunately for Fargo regular season success hasn't translated into postseason victories that often, with the team breaking through thier rut of first round flameouts in season 6 with a World Series championship. Known for the wheeling and dealing of owner mrploppie as much as their winning ways, the Fug Nuts show no signs of letting up.

#4 - Fargo Fug Nuts
Franchise Power Ranking: 90.5
Best Year: 121-41, s8 - Worst Year: 78-84, s1
Postseason Achievements: 8 Division Titles, 2 DCS Titles, 1 NLCS Title, 1 World Series Title.
Best Player: Diego Nieto - Fargo has had numerous talented players from Jose Barrios to Corey Green, but Nieto is the only one who has stuck around long enough to be the career leader in hits and RBI's for the Fug Nuts.
Best Pitcher: John Chang - Chang has been the one constant through all of the lineup changes in Fargo, and it's because he is very good. He leads the team with 126 wins, 1,341 K's, and 4 All Star appearances.
Best International Prospect:
Victor Johnson
Best Draft Pick: Jim Green
Franchise Theme Song: My, My, Hey, Hey by Neil Young - "It's better to burn out, than to fade away..." which is more often than not what the Fug Nuts do in the playoffs.
Franchise Highlights: Franchise has won the NL North every season except season 1. Franchise has only had one losing season. Franchise posted the best regular season record in Cobb World history with a 121-41 season 8. Franchise won the World Series in season 6. Franchise has been involved in more trades than any other team in Cobb World history, more often than not coming out on top of the deal. Franchise has signed several elite internationals, including Victor Johnson, Joseph Funaki, and others. Franchise has been the home to all time greats suchs as Jose Barrios, Kazuhiro Ong, Corey Green, and many others through the years.
Franchise Lowlights: Franchise had a losing season 1, the only time in team history. Franchise has made several bad trades in it's history, most notably the deal of Vernon Jones and Marc Anderson to the Corn Cleats for Lonnie Shumpert and Russell Pall. Franchise has essentially given up on drafting players in recent seasons, including the failing to sign any of their picks in season 10.
Franchise Outlook: More of the same. The more things change in the Fug Nuts lineup, the more things stay the same in the standings, as Fargo continues to have a lock hold on the NL North. Through constant smart dealing and development of young talent, the Fug Nuts should continue to throw 100+ win teams on the field for the next 2-3 seasons. But as fewer teams become willing to deal away young talent to Fargo, and as their recent history of horrible drafts catches up with the team, they might eventually start to decline. The Cobb Times Herald doubts that will happen any time soon though.

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