Today, among numerous fans crowding the street all the way down to Zilker Park, a legend is being enshrined, #53, Jeff Richards. The first great batter of the Baseball Classic. It is an oddly warm morning in the beginning of November, and many wondered why the honor was not delayed until the beginning of next season, for the team’s first home game. The news of more in store spread as it began, and surprise that in addition to the rise of the #53 to the team’s retired post in the right field second level, the #3 will be enshrined, for the owner of the Outlaws who today, is announcing his retirement and stepping down as the owner and president of the team. The 16 year head honcho, Blue, announced alongside his colleagues and friends of whom he brought to bring the team the success it had earned, that he found that it was time to step down. “The Outlaws are my baby, I hope what we have keeps on forever, but from here on out, it’ll be without myself at the helm. Now maybe I can finally grab that Shiner from the concession stands, and enjoy nine innings behind home plate. I’ll see you all there.” Much is left to be organized for the future of the operations of the team, it is expected that the search for new ownership begins immediately.
Comissioner Joe Peters had this to say of Blue and his successor, “Austin leadership is proud to present the new GM of the legendary Austin Outlaws Baseball Club, Tranar Keats. Traner is an Austin native and has the management skills necessary to bring a championship back to his home town.” After, Tranar, had a statement prepared for both Brooklyn and Austin fans, “I am happy to accept the position as GM on the Austin Outlaws. I have a lot of pride for this great city and can’t wait to bring a championship back. I want to thank Blue for building such a great organization here. He will be greatly missed. I feel there are great things ahead for this team with the foundation that it has in place. I also would like to thank the fans of Brooklyn that stood beside me this season. I think things are heading in the right direction there. There is some good young talent there that will be great in the future. Now let’s head down to 6th Street and have a party tonight to celebrate this past season and the seasons to come. Thanks again Austin!”
Aaron Blue had a decorated 15 year career with the Outlaws and his #3 has been retired by league officials.