UFLB Unveils Iconic Names that will Represent the League’s 6 Divisions
Ultimate Fantasy League Baseball named its conferences after legendary broadcasters Vin Scully and Harry Caray, but the division names were reserved for the top-six bidders in the franchise auction, and now we know the six superstars whom divisions will be named after.
The one guideline that franchises had was that each division was to be named after a member of Baseball’s Hall of Fame, and the six franchises did not disappoint with their choices.
The Reapers earned first dibs for naming their division thanks to being the top bidder in November at $11,000 USD worth of SCORE Coin (SCO), and they went with a player who many consider the greatest player of all time, and certainly one of the most popular athletes ever, Babe Ruth.
“Even as obvious and predictable as the choice seems to be, with the first choice the Babe seems like the only choice to be made,” said Reapers co-owner Phil Bevis. “When looking at the greatest ball player of all time, the Babe is one name that is definitely not left out and the pinnacle of baseball greats in most people’s minds. The Babe was an enigma and a brand within himself, and we are proud to be able to name and represent the first division of the UFLB as, ‘The Babe Ruth’ Division. Now in the words of the Babe, ‘Let me show you how it’s done.... Loser!’”
A career that spanned 22 years with Boston and New York, Ruth is even bigger than baseball as an American sports hero. From movies to candy bars and more, he was one of the ‘first five’ to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, in 1936. Ruth was the first player to hit 50 and 60 home runs in a season and the first MLB player to reach 500 long balls.
Coming in at No. 2 in the November franchise auction were the Arctic Eagles and they also went with an iconic New York Yankee. Considered the greatest switch-hitter in MLB history, the Eagles will try to soar in the Mickey Mantle Division.
“Mantle was the definition of a gamer, as he was known to play with broken bones and torn ligaments throughout his Hall of Fame career,” mused Arctic Eagles owner Jope. “He was a true five-tool player, who could swing it from both sides of the plate better than anyone in history.”
‘The Mick’ was inducted into Cooperstown in 1974, and in 1999 was named to MLB’s All Century Team. Not only was Mantle one of the best at the plate — the only player to hit 150 home runs from both sides — but he retired with the highest stolen base percentage in the game. The term ‘tape measure home run’ came from one of Mantle’s monster shots in 1953.
The third-highest bidding franchise was the Scorpions and with an ownership group consisting of three Canadians, it’s not surprising they went with one of the best to ever wear the uniform of MLB’s only current Canadian club. The Scorpions will throw out their first pitch in the Roy Halladay Division, named after one of the best to ever take the hill for the Toronto Blue Jays.
“Roy ‘Doc’ Halladay was one of the most dominant pitchers of all time — he instilled fear in every batter to ever stand in the box against him and backed it up in the playoffs as well, remember the no-hitter for the Phillies in the NLDS?” asked Sho Alli, one of the Scorpions’ three owners. “When people think of some