Toledo Titans

The Toledo Titans are a baseball club located in Toledo Ohio. The team is ran by GM TJ Reynolds, and owned by Ben Kirby. The Titans play at Pacestter Park, in nearby Sylvania, Ohio. Toledo participated in the 2015 ML Expansion Draft and selected 1B Jose Rodriguez with their first round pick.

Toledo Titans
Toledo, Ohio
Third League 2015-2017
Silver League 2018
Premier League 2019-Present
Team History
Toledo Titans - Toledo, Ohio.
Team Accolades
Highest USBA Cup Finish: 2015, Semi-finals (Lost 2 games to 0 to SC Storm)
Highest Americana Cup Finish: 2018, Finals (Lost 2 games to 0 to ACKC)
2017 Third League Champions
2018 Silver League Promotion Playoff winners
General Managers
TJ Reynolds: 2015-Present
Team Reports
[http://www.usba14.us/http-docs/your-league/reports/teams/team_129.html]

Team Finishes

(ML) 2015: 52-56 11 GB, 7th
(ML) 2016: 63-45, 23 GB, 2nd (lost first round 3L promotion playoff to the Chicago Hawks)
(ML) 2017: 71-37, 0 GB, 1st (gained automatic promotion to the Silver League)
(SL) 2018: 65-43, 1 GB, 2nd (defeated the Chicago Gold Sox in SL promotion playoff 8-1, 3-10 to gain promotion to the Premier League)
(PL) 2019: 48-60, 34 GB, 5th
(PL) 2020: 51-57, 30 GB, 5th

Team History


2015

The first year in Toledo was a frustrating one. The Titans dropped below .500 early in the season and never returned to the .500 mark. The team did enjoy some success in the USBA cup, beating Ellenburg in round 1, and walking off in games 2 and 3 against Lone Star to reach the Quater-Finals. Toledo played SL side SC Storm and was swept. The Titans finished the year with a 52-56 record and finished 7th in the ML. Chip Bishop won Toledo Rookie, Pitcher, and Player of the year, going 13-3 with a 2.28 ERA. Toledo 1st round expansion draft pick Jose Rodriguez won batter of the year hitting .255, slugging 22 HRs, and knocking in 68 RBIs. Right Fielder Noboru Ichihara won Toledo Defender of the Year and won a Gold Glove in RF.

2016

The 2016 Titan season started with a lot of trades, including OF Sherman Davis and 2B Wilber Moon from Buckhead. Toledo also aquired SP Rusty King from Brooklyn. The Titans started slow, but picked up the pace after trading for star C Enrique MVP Perez. After beating the Chicago Gold Sox in the USBA Cup, Toledo ended up losing to Columbus in 3 games. Toledo finished up the year in second place in the ML with a 63-45 record. They fell to the Chicago Hawks in the first round of the playoffs. Manuel Rojas won Toledo Pitcher of the Year, going 13-5 with a 2.59 ERA and 140 Ks. Sherman Davis won Batter of the Year, hitting .345 with 13 HRs and 59 RBI. Rookie of the Year was won by SP Lou Medows, who went 6-9 with a 3.68 ERA.

2017

The 2017 season was a good one for the eventual Third League Champion Toledo Titans. The season started off slow. Toledo was behind Oakland for 1st in the 3L for most of the year. In the 2016 USBA Cup Group Stage, the Titans started off slow by being swept by former 3L rivals Lone Star. The second group stage series was better to the Titans, with Toledo pulling a HUGE upset, beating PL champs Boston in 16 innings in Game 1, 2-1. Toledo took game 2 and swept the back to back PL shield winners. After Buckhead accusation and former San Diego stand Gerald Moore struggled, Toledo pulled off the first 3 team deal in USBA history. Sending draft picks, players, and cash to Brooklyn and California, and receiving SP Wayne Hurst, OF Ivan Gonzalez, MR Mauri, and 2B Ray Porch. This trade powered the Titans. Toledo swept Thunder Bay in the last group stage game to advance past Lone Star and into the Sweet 16 of the USBA Cup. Toledo drew Brooklyn, and won game one in NYC, but dropped the return game in Ohio. Brooklyn beat up Toledo in game 3, and knocked the Titans out of the cup. With the USBA Cup gone, the Titans focused everything on gaining promotion. A 15 game winning streak in August moved Toledo 6 games clear of second place Oakland, but they were not out of the woods yet. The Titans struggled in September, but held on to clinch in Panama City with one game to spare. The 2017 Toledo pitcher of the year was Lou "Flower" Medows, who led the team in Wins and ERA as well as strikeouts. Catcher Enrique Perez won the Batter of the year award, leading the team in RBI and HRs. Third Baseman Herman Hayes won Toledo Rookie of the Year.

2018

2018 was an incredible season. After gaining promotion to the Silver League in 2017, Toledo made their first big move of the year by trading for Lone Star Baseball Club superstar Michael Neely. The Titans sent OF Jeff Sharp, 1B Jose Rodriguez and SP Jose Alinez to the Texans. Toledo did not sign many Free Agents, but did make a very underrated trade with California for OF/2B Brad Brown. The season started off with a bang, as Toledo CF Nathan Santos took the second pitch of the year deep, scoring Toledo's first Silver League run. The Titans got off to a hot start, winning 7 of their first 9 games. Toledo drew a tough group in the USBA Cup group stage, drawing a group involving Louisville of the Premier League, and two former PL clubs in the Gold Sox and Hartford. Toledo split the cup series with Chicago and Louisville, and swept Hartford. They finished with 4 points, but were eliminated on Run Differential. Toledo would make their first ever Americana Cup appearance, drawing SL side Norfolk in the Round of 16. After dropping the first game, Toledo rallied to win Game 2 6-0, and shutout Norfolk again in Game 3, 2-0, with Chip Bishop pitching a gem. At this point in the SL season the titans were 31-20, tied for 2nd in the Silver League and 3 games back from Chicago for first. The Titans drew another SL side, Rocky Mountain, and the Elite Eight of the Americana Cup. Again Toledo dropped Game 1 in Denver 6-4, but took Game Two in Toledo 6-5, forcing a Game 3 in Colorado. A 4-4 day by Nathan Santos as well as a gem by Ryoichi Maruyama pushed Toledo to a 8-0 beat down of Rocky Mountain. With this win Toledo was in the Final Four of the Americana Cup, joining SL teams Atlanta and ACKC, as well as old ML foe Oakland. Meanwhile the Silver League race was heating up. On August 18th Toledo was tied with SL powers Chicago with a record of 51-30. The Titans drew the Atlanta Smoke in the Final Four of the cup, and again dropped the first game of the series. Game 2 was a different story though, as Toledo defeated Atlanta 9-2 in Georgia, forcing another Game 3 for the Titans. In that Game 3 Toledo faced an old friend, SP Bill Grange, who was traded to Atlanta for a second round pick earlier in the year. Billy G was hit hard by the Titans, giving up 4 runs in 4 innings, as Toledo moved on to the Americana Cup final, beating Atlanta 5-3. This set up a date with destiny, a clash with Athletic Club Kansas City in the Final. The series did not go well for Toledo. ACKC beat up on Wayne Hurst in Game 1, winning in KC 11-3. Game 2 was not much different, as this time Chip Bishop was shelled, leading to ACKC beating Toledo back home 9-2 and winning the Americana Cup. The season was not over though for Toledo. After the cup break there was 12 games left to play, and Toledo was tied with Chicago for 1st place with a 58-38 record. Toledo took 2-3 from P'76 to move 2 games clear of both Atlanta and Chicago, then got revenge for the Americana Cup, sweeping ACKC, to hold the lead over Atlanta at 2 and Chicago at 4. With 6 games to play Toledo headed to Chicago for the biggest series of the year, unfortunately Toledo dropped 2-3, only winning Game 1 on a 9th inning rally. With 3 to play Toledo was tied atop the Silver League with Atlanta, who had rallied in September. Toledo lost the first 2 games of their last series of the year against lowly NOVA, dropping Game 2 in a dramatic, 12-13 loss. Going into the final game of the year Toledo needed a win and an Atlanta loss to force a 1 game playoff for the SL crown. The Titans took care of business on their end with a 5-1 win over NOVA to avoid the sweep, but Atlanta defeated Hartford to clinch the Silver League title. All was not lost though as the Titans prepared for the SL promotion playoff clash with Chicago. Game 1 was played in the windy city, with Toledo exploding for a 8-1 win. Game 2 in Toledo was broken open imminently with a huge 1st inning off of Chicago starter Wayne Craig. The game wasn't close after that, and ended on this play, "Ramos sets, the 2-2, on the ground to Martinez! He tosses to Neely and the Titans have done it!!!! Back to back promotions! Toledo is going to the Premier League!!!. The 2018 Toledo Pitcher of the Year was SP Wayne Hurst, who went 11-6 with a 3.60 ERA. Catcher Enrique Perez had an amazing year, hitting .366 on his way to the Silver League batting title. He also hit 38 HRs and knocked in 92, compiling a 7.4 WAR. He took home his second straight Batter of the Year award

2019

The 2019 season, Toledo's first in the Premier League, started off exciting. The Titans pulled off deals to aquire LF Robbie Roach and P Edwin Ellis from Seattle and Boston, as well as signing some key Free Agents including RF Pedro Willis, SP Pedro Ritodiaz, CF Luis Mendoza and CL Eric Miller. The Titans also picked up old man Don Brown to backup Enrique Perez, and traded star 3B Herman Hayes to the Chicago Gold Sox for SP Devin Hinton. Toledo won their first PL game, beating Phoenix 8-1 and started off playing 500 ball, but collapsed. The Titans then went on a slide that saw them drop to last place in the Premier League. In the USBA Cup, Toledo opened up group play with a split against fellow Ohio club Grafton. After sweeping Hartford, Toledo swept old 3L rivals Thunder Bay to win the group and move onto the knockout stage. In the R16, Toledo drew ACKC in a rematch of last years Americana Cup final. Toledo was dominated by the KC pitching, dropping both games 2-3, 0-3. The Titans got hot in July, winning 9 of 12 and crawling out of the PL cellar all the way to 5th, above .500 by a game and only 4 back of 4th place Atlanta. The Titans then dropped the series to Brooklyn, was swept by California and Louisville, and a series in Buckhead before finally beating Lexington 2 games to 1. They only won that series in August, dropping 3 more and limping to a 6-15 record in the month. September wasnt much better as Toledo was swept by Boston and lost 2 of 3 to Phoenix. On September 5th Toledo was 40-53, just one game up on a relegation spot. Back to back series victories over Atlanta and Lexington helpped Toledo's PL survival chances. After losing 2 of 3 to Buckhead, the club rebounded by winning 2-3 in Louisville to clinch another season in the PL and finish 5th with a record of 48-60. Toledo's Pitcher of the Year was Devin Hinton. The former Gold Sock went 10-9 and led the team with a 2.90 ERA. The Toledo Batter of the Year was 1B Michael Neely. Neely was the PL's top 1B by WAR, and hit .321 as well as knocking 21 HRs and 59 RBIs.

2020

The 2020 season arguably the most successful in Toledo History. The team finished with the most Premier League wins in team history, and for the first time ever, the team held a Premier League Grand Championship spot for part of the season. The season started off well for Toledo, takig 2 of 3 from Chicago, and welcoming them back to the Premier League. The Titans were drawn into a group with both Chicago teams and the Seattle Aviators of the 3rd League. They opened up Cup play against the Chicago Hawks, who shocked the Premier League club by sweeping Toledo out of town. Toledo was then upset again by Seattle, but took one game to grab their first point of the competition. Going into the third series with the Chicago Gold Sox Toledo needed a sweep, and they needed to win big. The Titans won game 1 in a blowout, setting up a winner take all game 2 with the hated Gold Sox. Chicago rallied late to beat Toledo, and send the Titans to the Americana Cup for the 2nd time in 3 years. In Premier League play, Toledo ended one of the great streaks in USBA history, Brooklyn's legendary 1st place streak, on June 15th. Behind a gutsy outing from Lou Medows and 4 Michael Neely RBIs, Toledo won 6-4, ending the streak. Although the Titans started well, they came crashing down to earth mid-season, trading star SP Wayne Hurst to the hated Gold Sox for a package centered around SP Jamie Venditti, and trading fan favorite and Toledo legend Enrique Perez to California. The Titans also made some moves to bring in talent though, trading with Seattle for Boston legend Michael Greene. The 2020 season was injury plagued as almost every starter went down at some point during the season. Toledo made another Americana Cup run, bating former PL champs Lexington in the round of 16 off an Enrique Perez walk off homerun, and handling Oakland in the round of 8. Toledo faced off against Richardson City in the semis and looked like the team had G1 won, before an epic collapse. G2 went RC's way, knocking Toledo out of the cup for good. The club had a chance to spoil the playoff party for the Buckhead Bowties going into the season finally, but were swept. Toledo finished with a 6 game losing streak and a record of 51-57

Starting Lineups and Starting Rotations through the Years


2015

Starting Lineup
2B Trever Gardner
RF Noboru Ichihara
3B Jorge Gomez
1B Jose Rodriguez
SS David Martinez
LF Bob MacGruder
C Yao-Quing Ya
CF Pedro Moreno

Staring Rotation
Chip Bishop
Rodrick Draper
Manuel Rojas
Sergio Rey
Greg Beaver

2016

Starting Lineup
RF Sherman Davis
C Enrique Perez
2B Wilber Moon
1B Jose Rodriguez
LF Roger Shaffer
3B Herman Hayes
SS David Martinez
Pitchers Spot
CF Miguel Garcia

Starting Rotation
Chip Bishop
Manuel Rojas
Lou Medows
Ron O'Slattery
Rodrick Draper

2017

Starting Lineup
CF Nathan Santos
LF Salvador Vidal
C Enrique Perez
1B Jose Rodriguez
3B Herman Hayes
RF Sherman Davis
SS David Martinez
2B Ray Porch

Starting Rotation
Chip Bishop
Bill Grange
Lou Medows
Wayne Hurst
Rodrick Draper

2018

Starting Lineup
2B Brad Brown
RF Sherman Davis
1B Michael Neely
C Enrique Perez
3B Herman Hayes
LF Salvador Vidal
SS David Martinez
CF Nathan Santos

Starting Rotation
Chip Bishop
Lou Medows
Wayne Hurst
Ryoichi Maruyama
Ron O'Slattery

2019

*Starting Lineup*
CF Rick Harrison
LF Robbie Roach
1B Michael Neely
C Enrique Perez
RF Pedro Willis
3B Ivan Gonzalez
2B Harris Harden
SS David Martinez

*Starting Rotation*
Devin Hinton
Wayne Hurst
Pedro Ritodiaz
Chip Bishop

2020

Starting Lineup
SS David Martinez
LF Maxwell Ings
1B Michael Neely
C Juan Orozco
3B Ivan Gonzalez
CF Miguel Garcia
2B Brad Brown

Starting Roation
Devin Hinton
Chip Bishop
Walt Johnston
Lou Medows
Michael Fletcher

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