Thanks to the efforts of the Bay City Independents archivists we are privy to the fact that many a record or milestone are in peril of being passed or reached in this season's foray by the Bay Citys to Greenfield Village as they take part in this year's version of the World's Tournament of 1867. In the past nine seasons more then thirty men have donned the scarlet and white of the Independents, and of those only eight have tallied more then a 100 runs in their career. Entering this weekend's play, Jayme "Cap" Johnson is only 7 runs away from joining that select company, and while he might enjoy reaching that milestone a much greater mark is even closer to being achieved by the only two-time Most Valuable Ballist in Bay City's history, Sean "Tanner" LeRoux, that being the 250 runs scored mark. LeRoux, being one of only two men in club history to have 200 runs, currently resides at 245 runs, the other would be Alan "Kid" Garcia who stands in second place all-time for Bay City with 233. Both LeRoux and Garcia are also poised to break the all-time season mark for runs scored in a season this weekend. The record is currently held by Tom "Cat" LeRoux, with 37 runs scored in 2011. Tanner and Kid have 35 and 30 runs scored respectively in 2013.
Although Garcia is fairly unlikely to catch LeRoux this weekend, he is in position to catch or pass a couple of other season high water marks. Currently Garcia is averaging nearly four hits a game for Bay City, and has 50 hits for the season heading into play at the World's Tournament. If Garcia stays on average, and Bay City is fortunate enough to play four games or more this weekend, then "The Kid" might break the season high mark for safeties of 64 set in 2011 by none other then Dean "Sawmill" Koch. As lofty a goal as that is it's not the only one within reach of Garcia at this point in the season, as he currently has 4 triples for the year after 13 games played. The record for Bay City, is 5 for a complete season which was achieved by Jeff "Silverback" Rahl in his rookie campaign of 2011.
LeRoux and Garcia are not alone in their chase of lofty season marks this weekend, as Tanner's elder sibling, Tom "Cat" LeRoux has already bested the season mark for two base hits, set in 2012 by Jeff "Silverback" Rahl when he stretched out 19 howitzers, with 20 on the season. He is now poised to top the 23 extra base hits mark posted by Rahl in 2012 as well. LeRoux now sits at 21 of the multi-baggers, but his pursuit is shared by Rahl himself who is only 4 behind him with 17.
While offensive records, and individual achievements are both fun to pursue, and amusing to mark, each of these gents would tell you that success this weekend will be achieved through wins at the World's Tournament. The Independents have 17 wins at the Tournament currently, and the boys in white and red would love to add more to that total starting Saturday, and the key to that is defense. Defense can only be played as a team, and wins are achieved by sacrificing ones' self, for the advancement of the club. So, while it may be interesting to chase the aforementioned marks, each of these gents know that their true success will be marked in the success of their club.