Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Decade of Dominance - Pawtucket G-Maniacs

Bip Booth - Cobb Times Herald

Decade of Dominance - There Once was a Team From Pawtucket...
The G-Maniacs started life in Cobb in the city of Helena, then moved to Boise, and are now in Pawtucket. No matter where they have been, they have held an ironclad grip on the AL North, winning it an astounding 8 consecutive times, not including their win in season 10. They have one of the premier pitchers in the game in Dean Hernandez, a very talented team top to bottom, and are major contenders for the World Series championship.

#5 - Pawtucket G-Maniacs
Franchise Power Ranking: 90.5
Best Year: 108-54, s8 - Worst Year: 71-91, s1
Postseason Achievements: 8 Division Titles, 6 DCS Titles, 1 ALCS Title.
Best Player: Tom Petitte - Petitte gets the nod over Carl Sarturria and O.T. Jarvis because he is still with the team, all three players were equally good, and have similar stats.
Best Pitcher: Dean Hernandez - The Dean of Pawtucket may not be the teams career leader in wins or strikeouts, but he already is the leader in complete games with 33, and will in all likelihood be the teams career leader in everything by the time he retires.
Best International Prospect:
Esteban Leon
Best Draft Pick: Randall Rodgers
Franchise Theme Song: O.G. Original Gangsta by Ice-T - The Times Herald is sure that someone on the G's has this as their theme song when they come into the game.
Franchise Highlights: Franchise has won the AL North every season since season 2. Franchise has only had one losing season. Franchise has won 6 DCS titles, tied for the most in league history. Franchise made the World Series in season 9. Franchise traded for Dean Hernandez in season 7, landing the ace pitcher that has been the face of the franchise ever since. Franchise has drafted strongly, landing many major league prospects.
Franchise Lowlights: Franchise has never been a very big player in the international market. Franchise had a losing record in season 1.
Franchise Outlook: Rock of Ages. The G-Maniacs have been winning the AL North for as long as anyone can remember, and it doesn't look as if that will change any time soon. With Dean Hernandez leading a rotation of very skilled pitchers, and a potent offense to match, Pawtucket is and will be a legitimate World Series contender for at least 2-3 more seasons. Life is good in Pawtucket, that's for sure.

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