Boston Shamrock to rejoin Fullcount. Beantown rejoices!

For immediate release
New York, May 24th, 2027

The Boston Shamarock, an original Fullcount team from 2010-2015, will rejoin the Fullcount League in 2028 play. Henry ‘Hulk’ Holden and a group of local Boston investors are pleased to annouce the re-admittance of the Shamrock, following a hostile takeover of the team, and a $50 Million exit penalty from the International League of the Americas (ILA). The Virginia Beach Stars, an expansion team in FCB from 2014-present, will relocate into the ILA, upon the conclusion of their sale to new owners, or no later than the start of the 2028 season.

“We’re just pleased to be able to announce that big league baseball is back in Boston… many people like my friend Tom Sellick Jr. have been working on this for years… it’s a dream come true” said Holden, one of the premiere sluggers in Fullcount. As part of the deal in place with the Virginia Beach and Boston franchises, both Henry Holden and Tommy John will join Boston upon it’s arrival in FCB. In preparation for 2028, A new GM for Boston will arrive shortly, and will be authorized to make cross-league trades with FCB owners for the remainder of the 2027 season.

Tom Sellick Jr, as a representative of the owners had this to say: “I’m pleased that we were able to get both Tommy John and Henry Holden in this arrangement. Holden is one of the best sluggers – ever – in the history of Fullcount baseball, and he’ll be able to stay in Fullcount, indefinitely, as a part of this arrangement. It makes me giddy like a school girl, my chest hairs stand up on end thinking about it…”

Boston has fielded a highly competitive team within the ILA, winning last season’s championship in 2026. It also won it all in 2025.

More announcements to follow.

Buffalo annouces new name, mascot

The Buffalo Wings franchise never flew. “We had such a backlog of merchandise, it was cheaper to return our ship containers to China, and pay wholesalers to burn it”, said Jhonny Yarkson, Director of Marketing and Partnerships. “With this new name change, and vigorous marketing, we can definitely rise to new heights in sales”

The name change is effective immediately

Meet Alex, Winnipeg Aeros GM

 

*Tell us a bit about yourself, what does Alex Bistroi do in his non OOTP life? Any unusual facts you can give us about yourself?

-          I am a full time student and full time social worker, plus I’m doing an internship. I’m a counselor in training and I’ll finish my degree in March’13. I’m Romanian by origin, and no, I am not a flexible gymnast, nor do I have any vampire cousins, though I did dress up like a vampire transvestite one Halloween ! I am also from the same town as Nadia Comaneci.

* Besides the boards, do you have a preferred method of communication – to speak with trading partners?

- The boards are good but email is also fine. I’m gearing up for the draft already, so my roster is pretty wide open for trades, especially for draft picks *hint*.

* What are one or two personal qualities that you as a counselor/social worker can
transfer to rebuilding/managing the Winnipeg Aeros?

- I am unconditionally supportive of all my players, which helps some pull out of their funk. Although I can’t ethically counsel them, you’d be surprised what they come to talk to me about. The other day our second baseman showed up in my office telling me that he was attracted to the opposing team’s mascot… a bird… I better not go any further. I also help my players meditate before games, though my closer keeps falling asleep and someone has to pour water on him.

* What’s your history with online baseball? How long have you been playing OOTP?

- I’ve tried several other leagues and was disappointed. I started playing off-line but it got boring after a while.

* As far as taking charge of the Winnipeg Aeros what has been your greatest challenge in

that role to date? and/or Greatest achievement? and/or Biggest mistake?

- My greatest challenge has been to survive following the previous GM (s) signings of some ridiculous contracts for veteran players. My greatest achievement has been revitalizing my minor league system. I thought my biggest mistake was trading SP Pedro Lopez to Montreal a few seasons back, but his potential dropped from 7.8.7 to 7.8.4, while (C) Xavier Laing is killing it in AAA (too bad Jon Webb is not panning out). I still regret giving up Pedro, if nothing else other than him being a 4’th overall pick. He may have done better on a crappy team. Hahahaha. I cracked myself up !


- My biggest mistake was taking a RP with the #4 overall pick a few seasons ago (I didn’t realize that 2 pitches meant he couldn’t be a starter). I’m still kicking myself in the ass for that. I got a lot of fan-hate-mail that season, and for good reason too !

* Now let’s take a look at some of your moves since joining the Winnipeg Aeros

which would you rate as the most and least successful?

- I already mentioned my biggest trade (Pedro Lopez). I also traded Aaron Harper to San Francisco last year but he’s also declining since the trade, while the SP I traded him for (Brooks Armstrong) still can develop into a respectable 4’th or 5’th starter. My most successful moves came from the Waiver Wire and Rule-5 drafts. I picked up Tokaji Naito in Rule-5 Draft last year and he’s an ace-in-the-making at 9.7.6 potential. I still have high hopes for Rafael Martinez whom I picked up in Rule-5 the year before. I’m still trying to figure out how (1B) Geoff Wallace fell in my lap off the waiver wire this year with a 8.7.7 hitting potential (and only 26 years old!).

* Which Winnipeg batter/pitcher draws the crowds the most? That is, which one Winnipeg batter/pitcher excites the crowds at the Winnipeg Sports Park the most? And why?

- (1B) Drake Koch and (SS) Stu Swanston. Because they started hitting home-runs, which is something our fans did not see a lot of in the past few years. Our fans are really into home runs. No one appreciates a good pitcher’s duel anymore, you know? Well, they better get used to it because our team is set for pitching in the future. Please don’t release this last statement to the press. Our fans have had enough to suffer through already.

* You successfully signed your top draft picks, Ted Michaud (2022) and Matt Hill (2023). What role do you see them having in the future of your franchise: ace starter, work horse, trade bait? And how would you compare them to your current number one pitcher…?

- Ted Michaud is rated 10.8.8 and Matt Hill is rated 9.9.9. They were both obvious #1 overall picks. They’ll surely challenge Eddie Anderson for the top of the rotation soon. Granted, this is only potential, but they’re about to see AAA action next year, so they’re getting there quick.

* Looking over your farm system there are some pretty tasty prospects which of them excite you most? Are any likely to step up soon?

- Both Ted Michaud and Matt Hill are on the way. They may even see some major-league action next season. I’m still hoping Jon Webbb will turn into something good. I do have some really good catching prospects like Xavier Laing (AAA). Nick Gentry (CF) is probably the most ready for major-leagues and he saw a couple of at-bats before the end of the season. He’s going to be a star. 

* Which players are the future of the Winnipeg Aeros and what do you expect from them?

- 4 starting pitchers, all top (if not overall #1) draft picks: Eddie Anderson (FCB), Ted Michaud (AA), Matt Hill (AA), and Gerald Ford (AA). If at least 3 out of the 4 won’t turn out to be aces, we will never have a shot at winning a title (because our hitting is pretty sub-par). But if they do, watch out !

* Let’s talk about rivalries: Any FCB teams you love to hate? Or indeed just plain hate? Any real rivalries?

-The San Francisco Saints are a team I think will be really good soon in our division. Their starting pitching will rival ours, and we can’t wait to compete with them some day. I think everyone in this league hates on Vancouver for being so good lately, secretly or openly. Yeah, I’d say I hate them. For being the best team for the last 3 seasons at least.

* If you had to choose just one, what would be your favorite FCB moment and why?

- I really had to think hard for this one, since our team has been the very worst since I took over. There haven’t been a lot of good times around here, but if I had to choose it was probably the “aha” moments I had as a result of learning how to manage my minor league roster and to help speed up development. I feel pretty competent now, but trust me, there have been a few “aha” moments on the way.

* Its fantasy draft time. If you could pick one player from any FCB team to put into your
[name of team] line up or rotation, who’d you take and why?

- Between batters, I’d take Luis Pepin as a slight favorite over Henry Holden, simply because he’s younger by 3 years, and a pretty sure hall-of-famer. Hell, they both are.

- Between pitchers, I’d take Hector Cuellar (SF) as a slight favorite over Forest Banks (Phx), again, because of 2 years age difference. Plus, Cuellar had a ridiculous season this year with a league-leading 2.91 ERA, something tough to accomplish in this league.

Meet Jeff, GM of Montreal

* Tell us a bit about yourself, what does Jeff Stoker do in his non OOTP life? Any unusual facts you can give us about yourself?

In real life, I’m a husband and father of 3 (10, 8 and 3.5). Love to watch baseball and basketball, play fantasy sports, draw, garden and work outside (at the risk of sounding much older than my 34 years), travel, listen to music, and just be with the family. Unusual facts – grew up in England (lived there as a teenager while my dad, who was in the Air Force, was stationed there for 6 years. Also unusual in that I’m a Mormon.

* Besides the boards, do you have a preferred method of communication – to speak with trading partners?

AIM – jeffnjenstoker is another good way to chat, as I’m usually around during the day at work

* What are one or two personal qualities that you as a Advertising Sales Manager can
transfer to rebuilding/managing the Montreal Expos?

Love working out deals with other GMs, finding ways to benefit both my own team and the one I’m trading with. Also enjoy watching my team come together from drafting, trades, etc.

* What’s your history with online baseball? How long have you been playing OOTP?
I’ve been playing OOTP for probably about 8 years. Did another sim league before that for a year or two, as well, but it paled in comparison to OOTP.

* As far as taking charge of the Montreal Expos: what has been your greatest challenge in
that role to date? and/or Greatest achievement? and/or Biggest mistake?

I took the reigns of the Expos from the very start of the league. Have really enjoyed building it into a competitor, though my biggest challenge is competing in a tough division, where I often fall just short of the playoffs. Biggest achievement was to make a big tear a few years back in 2020, erasing a big lead (think it was about 9 games with a month left) and overtaking the Maniacs at the end of the season. Went on to win the championship that season for my second championship.

* Now let’s take a look at some of your moves since joining the Montreal Expos:
which would you rate as the most and least successful?.

Most successful would be my deal for Pedro Gonzalez a few seasons ago. He’s been a great power bat for my lineup and is signed at an affordable contract. Least successful, its early, but a few seasons back I traded for Pedro Lopez to be a stud pitcher at the top of my rotation, but a talent drop has hurt his command. Having a decent season this year, but not going to be the player I hoped he’d be.

* Which [name of team] batter/pitcher draws the crowds the most? That is, which one [name of team] batter/pitcher
excites the crowds at [team stadium] the most? And why?
I think fans appreciate quality baseball and quality baseball players. The league has many of them, but one I enjoy watching is Henry Holden. Great all-around player. His season from 2 years ago with a .385 BA, 42 Hrs, 125 VORP was amazing!

* You successfully signed your top draft pick, Larry Spencer. What role do you
see him having in the future of your franchise: ace starter, work horse, trade bait? And
how would you compare him to your current number one pitcher…?
My franchise has hurt for good pitching for some time. I’m just now feeling comfortable with some good arms in my system, though I’m patiently waiting to get some of those arms to the major league club. I think Spencer, along with supplemental pick Ron Burns, will help bolster my pitching depth and hopefully at least get me a solid pitcher down the road, or become a nice trade piece should I not have room by that time in my rotation.

* Looking over your farm system there are some pretty tasty prospects which of them excite you most? Are any likely to step up soon?
The ones that are closest and that excite me the most are Charlie O’Day (I’ve always been a sucker for a good SB guy), who is excelling in AAA right now. Also really like John Collins’ bat potential from the C position, though his defense is a bit lacking. He’s finally turning things around this year and becoming the offensive force I drafted him to be. Pepe Gomez is a pitcher that has really developed over the years and with some talent increases, looks to join Gabriel Guerrero in my rotation to take the reigns from some of my aging, less effective vets.

* Which players are the future of the [name of team] and what do you expect from them?
Offensively, I think Richard Mason, Jose Rea, Tucker Hardin (again, sucker for a speedster) and Javier Rodriguez. Love Pedro Gonzalez, though he’s scuffling a bit of late.

Pitching, my team has always struggled. Found a solid gem in Orlando Ferreira a few seasons ago in free agency that has been solid for me, and I have a handful of good young SP’s like Guerrero, and in the minors like Gomez, Cummings and new draftees Burns and Spencer. Hoping they can all gel and win me some more championships.

* Let’s talk about rivalries: Any FCB teams you love to hate? Or indeed just plain hate? Any real rivalries?
I’m in a super tough division, but Toronto is always in my sights. Tough team, always at the top of the division.

* If you had to choose just one, what would be your favorite FCB moment and why?
Probably winning my second championship. First was sweet, but my second was so unexpected. Mentioned it earlier, but I thought I was out of the race, came roaring back and ended up winning it all. Pretty fun to watch unfold.

* Its fantasy draft time. If you could pick one player from any FCB team to put into your
[name of team] line up or rotation, who’d you take and why?
Already mentioned my appreciation for Holden, but with pitching being at a premium in this league, I’d love to see a guy like young flamethrower Hector Cuellar in an Expos uniform. Great pitches, power pitcher, groundball pitcher, and young. Big career ahead of him. Those are the types are drafted early (and I’m usually middle to end of the first round) , are impossible to pry from their owners in a trade, and either never hit free agency or cost $20M per season in free agency once they do. Never am able to get guys like that on the Expos.

Meet Dave, GM of San Diego

* Tell us a bit about yourself, what does “Dave” do in his non OOTP life? Any unusual facts you can give us about yourself?
[Dave Schaff] :) I am a Camaro enthusiast. I own, and have highly modified my 2010 Camaro SS. It now makes 545 horse power, but i baby the heck out of it. I will be taking it to Indianapolis next week for CamaroFest.

* Besides the boards, do you have a preferred method of communication – to speak with trading partners?
In past league that i’ve participated in we used ICQ or Yahoo messenger to chat with owners that might be online at the time i am on. Sometimes it would even lead to a player swap (trade) or two.

* What are one or two personal qualities that you can transfer to rebuilding/managing the Top Guns?
I work as a Corrections officer here in Michigan so i am used to managing many behavior, and personality types. My players see me as the man in charge, and i think i get reasonably good feedback from them. The players are responding well on and off the field.

* What’s your history with online baseball? How long have you been playing OOTP?
I’ve been playing OOTP since version 4 so i’ve been privledged to see the game evolve over the years, and i have to say this is the best version to date. When OOTP ’08 came out i tried my first hand at being an online commissioner. Despite the shortcomings of ’08 i was able to get my feet wet, and it also served as a springboard, if you will, to being a commissioner in later versions of the game.

* As far as taking charge San Diego: what has been your greatest challenge in
that role to date? and/or Greatest achievement? and/or Biggest mistake?
When i first met with ownership all they asked of me was to achieve a record at or near .500 ball. In the spring i thought it would be touch n go, but as the games went by we began to win some big games. At the break we looked up and saw ourselves within striking distance of first place. Although the owner didn’t ask much of me i want to deliver for him, and bring this team back to it’s winning ways.

* Now let’s take a look at some of your moves since joining the Top Guns:
which would you rate as the most and least successful?.
We took the plunge and snagged OF- Hector Alomar off the waiver wire at the cost of a Type B free agent. He’s had a decent career, and we needed to plug a hole in the lineup. Hector started off slow, but has had a nice July. We also called up SP- Kevin Bailey, and he’s given us some good starts with that nasty forkball.

* Which Top Gun batter/pitcher draws the crowds the most? That is, which one [name of team] batter/pitcher excites the crowds the most? And why?
It’s funny you should ask. The crowd seems to support our roster moves with the biggest cheers coming for Hector Alomar, and Kevin Bailey. So given the huge support for those players we gave Alomar a three year extension, and kept Bailey up in the majors.

* You successfully signed your top draft pick, Nervarez. What role do you
see him having in the future of your franchise: ace starter, work horse, trade bait? And
how would you compare him to your current number one pitcher…?
We drafted starting pitcher Gustavo Nervarez with high hopes that he can anchor our rotation as staff ace someday. In fact the organization is so excited about this guy that my phone rings at least three times a week with questions of if and when we give Nevarez his big chance. Realisticallly i think he’s two years away, but having said that we don’t want to put a time table on him. When that time comes though look out.

* Looking over your farm system there are some pretty tasty prospects which of them excite you most? Are any likely to step up soon?
Well i can’t say any one player excites me over the other. I think what we have is a good foundation in which to build on. There are a couple of guys producing quite well; AAA catcher Edgar Edwards is hitting .398, AAA outfielder Carlos Torres has 28 homeruns, but at the same time our players at the major league level are holding their own. The off season will paint a better picture for us as a few guys move on with expiring contracts.

* Which players are the future of the Top Guns and what do you expect from them?
Nevarez and Bailey whom i mentioned earlier, AAA 1B Jason Southcott, and a nice crop of relievers to keep our pen strong. All have promising talent and we expect them, when they get their shot, to produce and come through when we need them.

* Let’s talk about rivalries: Any FCB teams you love to hate? Or indeed just plain hate? Any real rivalries?
Well i am new to this league so i’d say it’s too early to single out any one team as being our rival. I think over time we’ll run into that one team that will be the thorn in our side, and we’ll plan accordingly. For now whomever is standing in the way of winning would be our rival lol

* If you had to choose just one, what would be your favorite FCB moment and why?
The day owner Ramon Gonzales came to me and asked me to join the organization, and build him a winner. Mr. Gonzales as a very patient man, and i would like to make him proud by bringing a few championship trophies to town.

* Its fantasy draft time. If you could pick one player from any FCB team to put into the San Diego line up or rotation, who’d you take and why?
Right fielder Luis Pepin of Denver. He’s an incredible talent who should winning the Triple Crown this year. If it’s one area we’re lacking in it’s homerun power, and with my first fantasy baseball pick Pepin would fit nicely in the lineup

Michael ‘Dr. Evil’ Myers finds his groove in LA

Longtime FCB pest Michael Myers is having a remarkable comeback season, having found his groove with the Los Angeles Heroes. After a remarkable early career with San Diego, in which he was a dominant starter, Myers struggled as he signed for big money with Vancouver & got mixed up with the militant wing of the Salvation Army. Following Vancouver his career has constantly been in jeopardy, bookies were constantly speculating when his last game would be.

In this season, switching to the pen, Myers has emerged as a dangerous reliever who is only 2 strikeouts short of 2000k.

Myers attributes this re-emergence to spaceships, elvis, and to a strict diet of corn chips.

Hitter of the year award renamed

Commish Hbomb is pleased to annouce that the hitter of the year award will now be known as the Harold Murphy Award after Harold ‘Thumper’ Murphy, a second baseman who played for the D.C. Freedom for many years. “Thumpers career was cut short in 2021 by a career ending injury but he remains of the leagues top hitters, archiving a .413 batting average in 2012″. There may never be a greater hitter in the league who accomplishes so much in such a little amount of time”.