Player Profile – #13 – Brian “The Master”

Brian is a founding Regent of Tapey Beercone and one of the sport’s most storied players. He earned the nickname “The Master” from his time in the Piney Pinecone days, where he established himself as excellent in every aspect of play. A very inexperienced baseball player, Brian’s talent at batting owes itself to his martial arts skill. Brian was also the game’s best pitcher in its infancy carrying a nearly perfect record through the first two seasons. Along with these primary skills, Brian is a sneaky good baserunner, and an adequate fielder when called upon.

As a batter, Brian uses a very unique approach at the plate. His katana like swing causes mayhem for opposing defenses. He is one of the best contact hitters in the sport, using his quick-strike, slashing swings to produce hits through ground balls to the third base side which can rarely be converted into outs. He rarely ever strikes out, and while he doesn’t walk often, his skill at making hard contact to the left side, coupled with efficient running, turns him into a hitting machine who rarely makes outs.

The Master striking out The Reverend.

As a pitcher, few in the game can attempt to match Brian’s pedigree. After a run as the game’s de facto best pitcher during the early seasons, he started Season 3 with ten straight outs, the longest recorded streak of its kind. While he struggled and was outclassed later in the season, he charged back in Season 4, putting together one of the best campaigns of the season. Topping it off by throwing another out streak, this time eight straight, during the combined shutout he pitched with Ryan at Browns Downs II. Brian doesn’t pitch with dominance or speed, instead he succeeds by controlling his pitches, limiting his walks, and fielding his position well.

The Master at bat at Top O’ the World Park

His greatest achievement in the games early era was his exceptional play which led to a series of wins in Alaska. Over the course of the Alaskan trip, Brian pitched three straight resounding wins. He was nearly flawless all series as a batter, coming close to having a spotless game at every stop on the series. And his pitching was lights outs. While Awards were not given at the time, Brian was the easy pick for MVP that first season.

The Master slashes another line drive to left.

Since the game’s transition to the statistical era in season 3, Brian has seen his up and downs, and he has struggled at times, but he continues to show his brilliance. During a game at Hitachi Bowl, Brian combined a solid effort on the mound with a vintage performance at the plate. Taking advantage of the Bowl’s bumpy infield and treacherous left field, Brian slashed his way to a nearly perfect game with his bat going a ridiculous 18 for 20 with a double and a walk. That’s right, an absurd .900 batting average?! From the third inning onward, he would go the rest of the game without making an out, and the hitting streak he ended the game on finally ended at 16 straight, the longest in the sport’s history. He still holds a place within a group of the sport’s best contact hitters and he remains among the game’s best all-around players from the pitcher’s spot.

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