Chicago Hawks

The Chicago Hawks are a Menard's League Expansion team founded in 2015. They current General Manager is Anthony Yaghmour, who took over in 2016. The Hawks play their home games in Hawks Park, which is in Chicago, IL.

Chicago Hawks
Established 2015
Chicago, Illinois
Menards League 2015-Present
Team History
(ML) 2015: 50-58, 13 GB, 10th
(ML) 2016: 55-53, 31 GB, 5th
(ML) 2017: 56-52, 15 GB, 6th
(ML) 2018: 49-59, 18 GB, 9th
(ML) 2019: 67-41, 6 GB, 2nd
Team Accolades
Americana Cup Winners: (2019)
General Managers
Unkown: 2015-2015
Anthony Yaghmour: 2016-Present
Team Reports
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Team History


2015

Summary: The Hawks were founded as an expansion team in 2015. Florim Zhulati was taken as the Hawks first expansion pick. Zhulati came off of an impressive season with the premier league Atlanta Smoke.

The regular season was rather disappointing for Hawks fans, as Chicago finished off 50-58 and in 10th place. The team lacked a power hitter, as shortstop Reece White lead the team with 7 home runs. White had an excellent season, batting .283/.362/.375 with 7 home runs, 37 RBI's, and lead the team in most hitting areas. 20-year-old rookie Mal Wadley, straight out of college, batted .256/.325/.372 with 6 home runs and a team leading 43 RBI's.

The expansion draft's 1st round pick had an excellent first season, with a dominate 2.39 ERA, 5.1 WAR, and 13-9 record. Zhulati was one of the most dominate hurlers in the Menard's League in 2015, and sadly, it all went down hill from there for the former ace. Keith Blanton proved to be a semi-reliable closer, posting a 3.32 ERA with 20 saves, but a record of 1-and-4.

The inaugural season set the stage for new general manager Anthony Yaghmour, as he would take control for the 2016 season.

2016

Summary: New to the league, General Manager Anthony Yaghmour took control of his hometown team. The team had a decent year, finishing 55-53 and in 5th place.

First-baseman Cristo Nieto left the premier league and signed a major league contract with the Hawks. He preceded to lead in most batting categories for the Hawks that year, including average (.291), on-base percentage (.421), slugging percentage (.508), OPS (.929), VORP (38.3), runs (47), total bases (155), home runs (14), and RBI's (49).

Another addition from the Premier League, Tim Powell, signed a 4-year contract with the Hawks. He had an excellent year, leading in almost every pitching category for the Hawks. Powell led in ERA (2.52), wins (11), innings pitched (201.1), strikeouts (133), WHIP (1.11), walks per 9 innings (1.66), opponent on base, slugging percentage, and OPS (.281/.372/.652). Powell would later win the Outstanding Pitcher Award the next year, in 2017.

2017

Summary: The Hawks improved in 2017, finishing 56-52, but falling to 6th place.

Acquired in a trade the previous year with Atlanta, Bobby Moore had a breakout year. The 1B/OF went .329/.390/.581 and was led the team in all three categories. He also led in VORP (45.2), OPS (97.1), Doubles (25), Total Bases (180), home runs (17), and RBI's (59).

The main star on the team, however, was Tim Powell. Powell was named the 2017 Oustanding Pitcher Award in the Menard's League. Powell finished the season 13-6 with a stellar 1.93 ERA and minuscule 0.88 WHIP. Powell's excellent control led him to the lead the team in wins, ERA, WHIP, complete games (5), shut outs (3), innings pitched (172.1), and more.

Ex-Hawk Florim Zhulati had his first year on the Hall-of-Fame ballot. He did not make the Hall, but he earned the right to stay on the ballot for another year.

2018

Summary: The Hawks went down hill from 2017 with a 49-59 record. The Hawks finished 18 games out of first and in 9th place.

Newley acquired third baseman Bryan Manning was one of the few bright spots for the offense. He hit .305/.434/.603 with 29 HR and 77 RBI's. Manning decided to accept is player option to come back to the Hawks for a second year.

Tim Powell pitched another great year, going 14-6 with a 2.37 ERA. He struck out 120 and walked only 27. He finished with a WAR of 5.0.

October concluded with Victor Padilla signing an 2-year, $6,230,000 extension. Padilla finished 2018 with a 10-6 record and 3.21 ERA. Reece White and Alberto Salinas did not receive arbitration in November, and went to free agency. Catcher Jack Turner's contract expired and he also filed for free agency.

Free Agency: In November, Peter Rivers signed a 1-year contract worth $1,600,000. Rivers came from the Premier League. He finished 2018 with a 9-8 record and a 3.46 ERA. After Rivers, Jeff Reynolds signed a 1-year, 1.9 million dollar contract. Reynolds is looking to rebound after a 5-10, 7.79 ERA showing in the Silver League. The Hawks decided to send their 1st round pick to the Premier League Boston Patriots for 3 prospects.

December started with Cliff Dixon signing a 1-year, $1,900,000 contract. The 34-year-old catcher hit .220/.359/.319 for Jacksonville this year. He also had 2 home runs and 18 RBI's. 2 days after Irving Hanson signed a big deal, 3-years, worth a total of $20,910,000. The 40-year-old closer played for the Premier League Lexington BC.

In the March draft, the Hawks only had 4 picks in 5 rounds due to the earlier trade. Dan Mitchell, SP was taken 36th, Carl Gore, 1B was taken 68th, Jeremiah Spencer, SS was taken 100th, and Derrek Church, LF was taken 132nd. The Patriots took Scott Anderson #7 overall from the pick that the Hawks traded to them.

++++2019
Summary: Finishing in 2nd place in the Menards League, the Hawks were the favorites to earn the second promotion spot. North Virginia thought differently. They swept the finals and the 67-41 Hawks remained in the ML, but are a favorite to win it next season.

The Hawks had excellent pitching this year, which led to wins. Jeff Reynolds, Peter Rivers, Victor Padilla, and Seth Rice all enjoyed ERA's under 4.00 in the rotation. Jim Dixon saved 21 games and former Cy Young winner Tim Powell and veteran Martin Benthall were productive out of the pen.

Mal Wadley hit well, going .289/.363/.555 with 20 home runs and 46 RBI's. Bryan Manning hit .261 and hit 25 out of the park along with 65 RBI's.

Manning was hit 8 times, tieing 2017 Mal Wadley for the most hit by pitches in a season. Reynolds struck out 144 batters, shattering Dave Andrews record of 136, which he set last year.

Americana Cup: The Hawks won the Americana cup this season.

Trades*

May 1st, 2016: Chicago Hawks send John Brewer, 1B to the Atlanta Smoke for Jim Dixon, CL and Jorge Montoya, RF.
June 18th, 2016: Chicago Hawks receive Fernando Rivero, SP, Esteban Marquez, RF, Bobby Moore, 1B, Joe Guy, CF from the Atlanta Smoke.+
June 30th, 2016: Chicago Hawks receive Martin McNamara, SP as a loan from Lexington BC.^
February 25th, 2018:Chicago Hawks send $1 to the Boston Patriots for Dani Hernandez, SP.
November 24th, 2018:Chicago Hawks send their 1st round pick to the Boston Patriots for Andres Martinez, SP, Javier Santos, SS, and Lorenzo Ramirez, C.

*Some information may be incomplete do to lack of full history.
+No known player sent from Atlanta to Chicago.
^Loaned Player

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