Year 1: June 2285
Batter of the Month
Ken Turner certainly put together a successful month. It was good enough to win the MBL Batter of the Month award for June.
The 29-year-old center fielder for Ultra Luxe hit .344 with 5 home runs, 14 RBIs and 18 runs scored.
This season Turner has delivered 73 hits in 254 at-bats for a .287 average with 11 home runs. He is getting on base at a .361 clip and his totals also include 37 RBIs and 43 runs scored. This year Turner has played in 68 games.
Pitcher of the Month
Lucky 38's Bob Jackson went 4-1 in June. Now, he's the toast of the Mojave Baseball League. Today he was crowned the Pitcher of the Month for June.
In 5 starts he posted a 1.85 ERA and struck out 36 batters in 39 innings.
This season Jackson has worked 95 innings with 81 strikeouts en route to a 7-3 record and a 3.03 ERA.
News and Notes
6.1.85 - Suspension (Major chem Use)
Matt Palmer, the hard-throwing leftie with the Atomic Wrangler, was caught with jet today, meaning he will serve a 15-game suspension. The suspension comes at a bad time, especially with the Wranglers in the middle of a seven-game losing streak.
Palmer has been OK for the struggling casino team. He’s 3-2 on the season with a 4.24 ERA.
6.2.85 - Suspension (Chem use)
Just one day after a player was caught using a chem, H&H Tool Company’s Jason Williams was caught using steady. Considered to be one of the less lethal chems in the Wasteland, steady is known to enhance a person’s concentration.
Williams was probably trying to improve on his putrid .235 batting average and strikeout percentage. The young outfielder has 28 hits on the season and 27 strikeouts.
6.5.85 - Injury (Creature attack)
Sunset Sarsaparilla’s Mike Plasmagun could’ve had it worse, but the soft drink company’s star outfielder only suffered a minor injury from a radroach attack.
The team said it may hold him out of action for the next couple of days and monitor if he has any ill effects from the nasty cut on his left calf.
Plasmagun said that he was helping a young lady who was cornered by the dirty pest, but he failed to finish it off before it snapped at him and just catch his leg.
Radroaches are a bad enough pest in the Mojave. We don’t need them gnawing on our players.
6.7.85 - Suspension (Chem use)
The King’s School of Impersonation may have to find someone to impersonate a bullpen catcher for a few days as backup catcher Evan Pryor was busted for steady use. The little used youngster was probably just bored, but he’ll have to sit out without his uniform on for the next few days.
6.8.85 - Suspension (Major chem use)
Perhaps the biggest chem bust of the season came today when Lucky 38’s Derek “12 Bottles” Keller was caught using Psycho.
Keller, who won May’s Player of the Month Award, will now miss the next 20 games of the season. It is also a big blow for Lucky 38 since Keller leads the team in several key categories, including homeruns (13) and RBI (49).
Psycho carries the most severe penalty of all chems because of users’ unpredictable behavior following its use. Players found to have used psycho are permanently banned from the league if they have just two more incidents.
6.8.85 - Commissioner Press Conference
Though the league was going great, Lee was determined to address some issues and states of events throughout the league. At the halfway point of the season, he gave a speech recorded onto holotape and broadcast over the Mojave radio stations. Though his speech was much longer, I will only share the highlights of the speech below.
Commissioner Lee’s State of the League Address:
I am pleased with the league’s progress so far. There have been a lot of exciting games. I know the players are learning, but we can all see how much better they were from the first baseball camps until now. …
Just last week I was at the Kings and HHT game, and what a battle! The pitches looked like cazadores buzzing around. I can’t wait to see both teams play again. …
The investigators have given me reports on some of the incidents that have taken place. Though we do not yet know who is responsible for the series of events, we do know for sure there were planned attacks. The deathclaw that attacked members of the NCR team and killed Mr. Bowen was a human-owned deathclaw, not one of the wild. We know this based on certain whip streaks and other markings found on the deathclaw. … The person or people responsible will be punished by the NCR Army. I hope, I really, really hope, that no one involved in the Mojave Baseball League is responsible. …
Another pressing issue is something we anticipated could and would be a problem. Chems. So far, the number of suspensions for chem positives has been low, but it would be ideal to see that number decrease to almost nothing. The Mojave will be a lot better place when the stink of chems has been swept away. … Yes, I know some chems are helpful, but even those can be addictive. We have weighed the intensity of chems and how some can be used for performance enhancement. All suspensions are based on our suspension chart. …
Looking forward, we are seeking to expand our league more when possible. We have a large base of reserve players who would rather play than watch, so we might try to add a junior league as early as next season to give players a chance to play more. Also, we would love to find more sponsors to pay even more of our citizens to play ball for a portion of the season. …
I have been proud to see what the Mojave is becoming. More and more people are finding their way out of caves and irradiated dwellings and locating to our cleaner, healthier corner of the world. We still have no idea what the state of affairs out east are. As far as I know, and I am not in the center of things to know, the NCR is not expanding farther east just yet, but trying to establish a strong infrastructure here around New Vegas. That seems to be the current priority before expanding east. We may have to start calling New Vegas the Gateway to the East. …
Of course I am happy that Lucky 38 is doing well. I am the person who helped to put part of the team together, but now I am not making any front office decisions. Those are all Ms. Cass’ to make, along with her staff. …
I thank you fans of the Mojave for coming out to the games and supporting us. Hopefully more and more people can start making their way to the park as time goes on. Again, thank you to the players for doing such a great job, and I look forward to the second half of the season. Good bye.
6.15.85 - Suspension (Chem use)
The Atomic Wrangler’s Rich Eaton became yet another victim to the league’s anti-chem policy. Eaton was found to have used a stimpak without team doctors’ consent following a reported domestic situation.
Eaton, who has been solid for the Wranglers, will now serve an automatic five-game suspension because of his chem use.
6.18.85 - Suspension (player fight)
Gomorrah’s Clay Holden and the Kings’ Tony Simpson were suspended today based on a fist fight the players had prior to their teams’ game yesterday.
Reportedly Holden made fun of the “old man’s stupid haircut.” The two had words and then began fighting before being broken up by guard super mutants.
Because he started the fight, Holden gets the boot for three games, while Simpson will sit out two games. Both suspensions begin today, though neither team has a game.
6.19.85 - Suspension (Chem use)
The daily physical toll is starting to have an effect on players. Today the toll came with a tax. Sunset Sarsaparilla’s Carlos Colon was found to have used Med-X recently. Because the pitcher was caught, he will now lose the next five games due to an automatic suspension.
6.25.85 - Suspension (2nd offense chem use)
Terrible news for Lucky 38 and star third baseman Derek Keller. Keller is currently serving a 20-game suspension for Psycho use. Well, things just got more serious as Keller was found to be in possession of and under the influence of Mentats. Though not as serious as Psycho, Keller is on a three strikes system now. If he were to be caught with any more chems, he would be permanently suspended from the league.
Keller now has five additional games tacked on to his suspension, and he will be required to enter an offseason rehab program, assuming he is not busted for chem use one more time. What a dumb ass!
6.25.85 - Suspension (Chem use)
RobCo’s Albert Hernandez has been a seldom-used player on the season. Perhaps he was trying to get a jump with his chance to play a game yesterday under the lights, but the backup second baseman has now been suspended a game due to Cateye use.
Cateye is a weak chem that helps people to see better in poor light. Perhaps Hernandez needs to use more since he couldn’t see the league tester making his rounds before the game.
6.25.85 - Suspension (Chem use)
It’s been a busy day for the MBL chem testers. The third positive of the day is the Tops’ Josh Spread. The outfielder was found to have Steady in his system and will now be suspended for the next four games.
When asked about it, Spread did not appear to be steady on his feet. Perhaps the bottle of whisky he had in his hand causing his tipsiness, though.