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    Pretty much any sport you can think of, graphic design, road tripping, discovering new diners and dives. Might be Guy Fieri. Might be less of a douche than that.

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    Made in New York - A '98 Yankees Dynasty

    Watson Out, Cashman In Yanks GM Resigns, "Cash" is King - Knoblauch Added February 7, 1998 - BRONX, NY In the end, enough was enough. After three years of life in the Steinbrenner Universe, Bob Watson resigned as General Manager of the New York Yankees. The 1996 MLB Executive of the Year, Watson helped lead the Yankees to one World Championship during his tenure and three consecutive playoff berths. Replacing him is 30-year-old Assistant GM Brian Cashman. Yankees owner George M. Steinbrenner, III insisted that there was no bitterness in the divorce. "Everybody knows I'm not easy to work for. Bosses are bosses, I'll stand on my record with the Yankees." Watson has agreed to stay on with the Yankees for the time being in order to see out the arbitration cases with Bernie Williams and Andy Pettitte while Cashman begins to assemble the rest of his staff. There are already questions about Cashman's fitness for the job given his young age, but the Catholic University grad asserted that he's the perfect man for the job. "I've been with the Yankees since 1986," Cashman explained. "I've been around the team and the players and I know the culture. I know exactly what I'm getting into." What he's getting into is a pressure cooker situation under the intense New York spotlight, and there has already been a major announcement since Cashman's takeover. The Yankees traded for Minnesota second baseman Chuck Knoblauch, giving up blue chip prospect Eric Milton and other minor league talent. Knoblauch figures to slide in as the Yankees' leadoff hitter and new double play partner for shortstop phenom Derek Jeter. While the deal was championed by Steinbrenner and reviled by Watson, Cashman executed the deal for The Boss. The road to redemption from the collapse of 1997 has come in full force. With new minor league affiliates in Rochester and Albany, a new GM, and brand new faces on half of the infield, it's been a typical Steinbrenner rebuild of an offseason. Only time will tell if such changes pay big dividends. Around the League: Acting Commissioner of Baseball Allan H. "Bud" Selig has announced a freeze on minor league relocations. After the latest round of player development contract negotiations, which saw a number of changes, Selig imposed a permanent relocation freeze. "With all these teams moving around, it doesn't allow for a fanbase to develop," explained Selig. "We want to cultivate our fanbases and allow teams to grow with their communities." That could create problems in certain areas, where the Baltimore Orioles are now stuck with Columbus as their Triple-A affiliate, and for Chicago, whose Triple-A team is located in Calgary, Alberta. It is currently unclear if current minor league team ownership can relocate on their own while maintaining team affiliation. The decision is another head-scratcher from an Acting Commissioner that isn't afraid to think outside the box. This year's All-Star game will be the first game in which the winning league will have home field advantage during the World Series. Despite the confounding and sometimes controversial changes implemented, a vote to install Selig as permanent Commissioner is expected to take place sometime this year.
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    Made in New York - A '98 Yankees Dynasty

    Raines and Strawberry Back Left Field Duo Re-Ups, Answers Offseason Need January 16, 1998 - BRONX, NY A big question mark for the Yankees going into the offseason was what to do in left field. After passing on free agent Greg Vaughn last offseason, the Yankees once again stood pat with their tried and true left field duo of Darryl Strawberry and Tim Raines, with Chad Curtis also returning after being dealt to the Yanks in mid-June of last year. Strawberry, who will be 36 this March, battled injuries all of last season and only managed to play in 11 games. Raines, 37, hit .321 in a part-time role last season. This year he projects to be New York's leadoff hitter. The Yankees have expressed interest in moving Derek Jeter from leadoff to second in the order, a move that was made possible by Wade Boggs' departure to Tampa Bay earlier this offseason. As for Curtis, the 28-year-old hit .291 with 12 homeruns in 93 games with the Yankees last season. The Yankees also have Ricky Ledee and Shane Spencer scheduled to start the year in AAA Rochester. With the Winter Meetings and holiday season in the rearview mirror, the focus now turns to Spring Training. The Yankees will have pitchers and catchers report to Tampa on February 14, with position players following soon after on February 19. Williams and Yankees continue arbitration squabble Bernie Williams is entering his final year of arbitration, and it certainly hasn't been an easy road to travel. The two sides are locked in a lengthy arbitration battle that will see the superstar centerfielder command even more than the $5.3 million salary he earned last year. The Yankees have efforted to sign Williams to a long-term extension over the offseason, but Williams seems content to explore the free agent market in the fall.
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    Made in New York - A '98 Yankees Dynasty

    Tampa Yankees Holding Steady Amid flurry of affiliation changes, Tampa and Yankees ho-hum December 29, 1997 - TAMPA, FL Made you look! After a whirlwind fall into winter where the New York Yankees have a new Triple-A and Double-A franchise, here in Tampa it's no news... which is good news. The Yankees moved their spring training operations to Legends Field here in Tampa last spring, and the Tampa Yankees have been around since 1994. There's no sign of that changing any time soon. The one rumbling that might upset this beautiful balance is a recent "Rename the Team" contest, which suggested that a majority of fans wished to go back to the name "Tampa Tarpons", the name of the old Florida State League team that played at Al Lang Field from 1957 to 1988. There has been no indication of a name change announcement in the near future. As for the Tampa Yankees, they'll be looking for redemption after missing the playoffs in 1997. The T-Yanks have one Florida State League championship to their credit, won back in their first year in 1994 when they defeated the Brevard County Manatees. An interesting and eclectic group of future stars will be wearing the pinstripes in 1998, led by first base phenom Nick Johnson and speedster second baseman Alfonso Soriano. Here in Tampa, it's all systems go and nothing new to report to the big club. We'll just make sure the grass is nice and lush for Spring Training.
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    Made in New York - A '98 Yankees Dynasty

    Chili & Chili: A Picture Perfect Day for Yankees Yankees Move AAA Team to Rochester, Sign DH Chili Davis December 10, 1997 - ROCHESTER, NY On a normal day, the signing of a premier player would be the biggest news in Yankeeland. This... is no normal day. While the Yankees scooped up veteran DH Chili (pronounced CHIL-lee) Davis to help their Major League team, the town of Chili (pronounced CHI-lai) and the Rochester region have scooped up the team's new Triple-A affiliation. After spending the past 18 years in Columbus, Ohio, the Yankees decided to end their partnership agreement. After the Orioles opted out of their player development contract with the Red Wings after this year's championship season, the Yankees quickly came calling. "It's a match made in heaven," said Rochester Community Baseball COO Naomi Silver at the introductory press conference. "The Yankees are THE team here in New York, and with Albany coming on board as well, it's a great time to be a baseball fan in Upstate New York." George M. Steinbrenner III, Principal Owner of the Yankees, was on hand to celebrate the occasion as well. "The Yankees are America's baseball team, but more importantly they're New York's baseball team. To add Rochester and Albany reaffirms the Yankees commitment to the development of Upstate New York." The Yankees also have a farm team in Oneonta, a member of the New York-Penn League. "Rochester Community Baseball will continue to own the team," confirmed Steinbrenner. "We're excited for the opportunity to play at the brand new Frontier Field, and we want to set up roots here in the Rochester community and build a long lasting relationship." The question, therefore, was whether the team's name will change. Known as the Rochester Red Wings since 1929, when they first affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Red Wings red contrasts with the Yankees signature navy blue. After a momentary glance at Ms. Silver, Mr. Steinbrenner chuckled. "We're keeping the name the same. Rochester has had the Red Wings for decades now, and we don't want to mess with a good thing. Just as long as you don't change it to Red SOX," he said to laughter and applause. The Yankees' move to Rochester was a decision made not only because of the fanbase, but also the proximity to the parent club and their new Double-A team. Rather than traveling 600 miles from Albany to Columbus, Yankees minor leaguers can now hop on the Thurway to get between affiliates. The change in parent clubs may come as a shock to Rochester residents. The Red Wings had been affiliated with the Orioles since 1961. This will only be the third parent club to affiliate with the Red Wings. Founded in 1899, the Red Wings are the oldest continually operating minor league sports franchise in North America. Ms. Silver's father, Morrie Silver, was a businessman and philanthropist who helped keep the Red Wings in Rochester after the Cardinals put the team and their former stadium up for sale. He led a drive to sell shares of ownership stock in what came to be known as the "72 Day Miracle". Mr. Silver passed away in 1974. Asked whether her father would have been excited to be affiliated with the Yankees, Ms. Silver grinned. "Oh, definitely. He loved baseball and he loved the community, and the Yankees are known for their contributions to both. I'm sure he's putting on a Yankee cap and chatting it up with Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin!" Red Wings tickets will go on sale following the holiday season.
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    Made in New York - A '98 Yankees Dynasty

    Yankees Closing on Stadium Renovation Deal Agreement would keep Bombers in Bronx Long-Term November 24, 1997 - BRONX, NY No grumbling. No gnashing of teeth. No threats of moving to New Jersey. The New York Yankees and City of New York are rumored to have an agreement in place for the renovation of Yankee Stadium. The ballpark, originally built in 1923 and renovated from 1974-1976, is in need of minor repairs and a facelift after the debuts of modern stadiums in Baltimore and Texas. The agreement is still pending and monetary figures have not been announced. However, Bronx borough president Fernando Ferrer expects a deal to be announced in the coming weeks. "We want to keep the Yankees in the Bronx and we want to keep them in Yankee Stadium. The atmosphere here can't be beat and we don't want to start brand new. The City and borough aren't expected to see any tax hikes, and the Yankees are prepared to pay for a majority of the renovations." The primary goals of the renovation will be to remove the steel support beams and reinforce the existing structure to eliminate obstructed view seats. There are also plans for a family area near Monument Park and a grass feature to replace the black seats of the "hitters eye". Other renovations would involve accessibility to help Yankee Stadium lead the way for sports stadiums in their compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The timeline for renovation is unknown, but it is believed that work will not take place during the season, which would push the likely completion to 2000 or beyond. Phone calls placed to Yankees owner George Steinbrenner were not returned at press time. Around the League: New York Yankees: Acquired 3B Scott Brosius from Oakland as player to be named later in previously announced deal that sent P Kenny Rogers to Oakland. The Yankees also lost P Brian Boehringer (Tampa Bay) and Minor League P Ben Ford (Arizona) in the 1998 MLB Expansion Draft. New York Mets: Re-signed 1B John Olerud to a 2-year contract extension. The Mets lost Minor League P Cory Lidle (Arizona) and IF Carlos Mendoza (Tampa Bay) in the 1998 MLB Expansion Draft. Florida Marlins: Traded P Robb Nen to San Francisco. Sent P Kurt Miller to the Cubs. Traded CF Devon White to Arizona. Lost P Tony Saunders (Tampa Bay), P Mike Duval (Tampa Bay), and OF Randy Winn (Tampa Bay) in the 1998 MLB Expansion Draft. Released John Wehner. Released Rob Natal. Released Alex Arias. Traded OF Jeff Conine to Kansas City. Traded P Ed Vosberg to San Diego.
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    Made in New York - A '98 Yankees Dynasty

    End of an Error Yanks Coming Home, Double-A Team Returns to Capital Region November 17, 1997 - ALBANY, NY The sounds of cracking bats and popping mitts will once again fill the Capital Region, starting next year thanks to change in ownership of the Norwich Navigators, the current Double-A minor league affiliate of the New York Yankees. Albany native Daniel B. Burke, former ABC Television President and former owner of the Portland Sea Dogs, purchased the team from Navigators owner Barry Gordon. Gordon is probably best remembered for moving the team formerly known as the Albany-Colonie Yankees to Norwich in 1995. "We saw this as a great opportunity," explained Burke in a telephone interview with the Times-Union. "The people of Albany have gone three years without baseball, and that's three years too many." When Mr. Gordon moved the Yankees to Norwich, CT, it was met with disappointment. However, the owners pushed the move in spite of a last ditch effort by former Governor Mario M. Cuomo to keep the team. After three years, Mr. Gordon reportedly grew tired of owning a team that was only the second biggest draw in Connecticut, being outpaced by the New Haven Ravens, also of the Double-A Eastern League. Earlier this year, Mr. Burke approached Mr. Gordon and offered $8.5 million for the team. With attendance already floundering in sparsely-populated Norwich, Mr. Burke began discussions of opting out of the contract at Senator Thomas J. Dodd Stadium. The opt-out was finalized in October, and the announcement of baseball's return to Albany was made today. In attendance at the press conference were Mr. Burke, Mr. Cuomo, New York Governor George E. Pataki, Yankees principal owner George M. Steinbrenner, III, and Albany mayor Gerald D. Jennings. "It's a wonderful day for Albany and a wonderful day for baseball," proclaimed Mr. Jennings. "When the Yankees announced they were leaving back in 1994, I asked the good people of Albany for their help in building a state-of-the-art stadium to bring a team back. Little did I know, it would be the team that originally left us!" Mr. Pataki also delighted in the Yankees' return to the state's capital. "The Yankees are synonymous with New York, and we couldn't be happier to have their minor league team back where it belongs here in Albany. With the brand-new downtown ballpark and first-class amenities, fans from all over will see what New York State and the Capital Region have to offer." The team is expected to begin play next season at the newly finished Times-Union Park, located on Broadway in the heart of Downtown Albany and within minutes of the Pepsi Arena, City Hall, and the New York State Capitol. "As I'm sure you know by now, I made my name in shipbuilding," said Mr. Steinbrenner at the introductory press conference. "I might just have to board a schooner and sail up the Hudson to see a few games," he quipped. Asked about the Yankees ALDS loss to the Cleveland Indians, Mr. Steinbrenner replied, "We're going to come back stronger than ever next year. We thought we had a team that could do it again this year, but it was those damn Indians. People say 'Damn Yankees' all the time? Well it's 'Damn Indians' now." A new name and uniform set are expected, which will be announced shortly after the new year. The team is now only 600 miles from the Yankees Triple-A affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. But the real advantage is the proximity of Albany to the Bronx, so rehabbing stars are closer to the big club. Opening Day for the as-yet unnamed ballclub will be in April 1998.
  7. Made in New York A 1998 Yankees Dynasty Game: MVP Baseball 2005 Rosters: BallFour custom 1998 rosters Difficulty: All-Pro Fair Trades: Off CPU Initiated Trades: On Budgets: On Trade Deadline: On Energy Level Effect: On Team Chemistry Effect: On Variable "Stuff": On After several fits and starts, it's BallFour here to breathe life back into MVP Baseball 2005 Dynasties! Please follow my custom created 1998 Dynasty, played wholly on the MVP Baseball 98 mod I've created. 23 June 2018: Still working on portraits for MVP Baseball 1998. Dynasty Goals Dynasty Goals TBD.
  8. hello would you like to collaborate on my mods mvp 2001?

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    90s Estadio Latinoamericano

    Version 1.0.0


    This is a stadium mod for Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana, Cuba. It's based on the awesome mod made by salva. I've just changed the scoreboard, the building in the background in left, and the outfield walls. This can be used for any game you wish to play in Cuba from 1993 to 2005. To install, import the .big file into your stadiums folder and add the .txt file to your datafile.
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    2018 All-Star Game uniforms

    Version 1.0.0


    This is a mod for the All-Star Game/ Homerun Derby in 2018, played at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals. Included are uniforms, font files, and uni select screens for both leagues. Please note that this mod will add one additional uni slot to both teams. To install, simply use TiT. Always remember to back up your files. Enjoy!
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    Frontier Field night version

    Version 1.0.0


    This is the night version of my Frontier Field stadium mod. It has more generic branding, rather than being listed as a Yankee affiliate throughout the park. I couldn't figure out how to get the lights to glow, so that's a bummer, but I like the way the skyline turned out! I hope you enjoy! To install, import the .big file into your stadiums folder.
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    Post Your Classic Games

    Nice one, dennisjames! As an Expos fan, can't say I'm too thrilled about the leadoff single, but I'm glad you gave Mile High a whirl!
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    Frontier Field

    Version 1.0.0


    This is a Minor League stadium mod of Frontier Field, home of the Rochester Red Wings. The ads reflect a fantasy stadium aspect, as if the Yankees were the parent club of the Red Wings. So it's not totally accurate, but it's a AAA stadium that hadn't been modded yet! This mod was based off bodhiball's PNC Field mod. For those curious, the building out by left field is the Kodak corporation headquarters. To install, paste the .big file into your stadiums folder, and import the .txt file into your datafile.
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    Mile High Stadium

    Version 1.0.0


    This is a stadium mod for Mile High Stadium in Denver, the first home of the Colorado Rockies. In MVP 1994 and other early 90s TCs, I believe it was just a Metropolitan Stadium mod that was used in place of Mile High. Using Cinergy Field as a base, I've created a close-enough-to-life Mile High Stadium. To install, just drag the .big files into your stadium folder and then import coorday.txt and coornite.txt into your datafile.
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    Jack Murphy Stadium (1970s version)

    MASSIVE necro-reply to this comment if friarfreak is still around. Stay tuned for MVP Baseball 1998, which will have a Qualcomm Stadium that's as true to life as it can get.