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Riverdogs Cruise to World Series Title

The Jackson Riverdogs swept the Minnesota North Stars to claim the Season 8 World Series Championship. This is the first title for the Riverdogs, who lost in the opening round of the playoffs each of the last two seasons.

The Riverdogs were led in the postseason by young slugger Darren Owens who hit .500 with 13 homeruns and 26 runs batted in in only 48 at-bats. Owens, who spent the early part of the season at AA, pounded 51 bombs in the regular season after being called up.

From the hill, the 'Dogs were led by rotation anchors Jesus Guerrero and Bryant Stocker, who combined to go 5-0 and allow only 8 earned runs in 43 innings.

Furthermore, the River pups playoff roster hosted something like only 6 guys over the age of 30, as well as a meager payroll of 46M, one of the lowest in the league. Add it all up and you get not only a WS trophy, but a franchise that looks like a dynasty in the making.


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Hardball Dynasty'sJose Almonte
Jose Almonte
Years Active: -2 to 11
Years with North Stars: 0-11
Claim to fame: 1,496 consecutive games played (Capra record)
Awards: All-Star (1, 4), Silver Slugger (4)

Almonte was an on-base machine, with 7 seasons of .400 OBP or better. That was also his career mark and he had 7 100-walk seasons. He also scored 92 or more runs each of the first 5 seasons of Capra, and hit 38 doubles in season 4. A forearm nerve injury ended his record games-played streak, particularly impressive considering he was a catcher.

Hardball Dynasty'sWesley Wilson
Wesley Wilson
Years active: 27-41
Years with North Stars: 36-41
Claim to fame: 98 RBI on a dismal 96-loss team in 37

Wilson had a long career and finished it with 3 straight seasons hitting over .300 with the club. His .322/.381/.547 slash line at age 34 was impressive.

Hardball Dynasty'sJeffrey Brow
Jeffrey Brow
Years active: 3-13
Years with North Stars: 3-…