Thursday, December 1, 2016

Season 32 Wrap Up - Cheyenne Wins it All!

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Cheyenne takes the Season 32 crown!

Another Cobbfather World Series is in the books and this time it's Cheyenne that came out on top, with perhaps one of the most difficult routes to the title in Cobbfather history, defeating 3 100-win teams en route to claiming this season's crown!  Cheyenne's 102-win season only netted them a wildcard berth, as division rival Salem edged them out for the division title.  After defeating Fargo in the play-in round, they squeezed out a 3-2 win over top seed Texas, which advanced them to the ALCS against division rival Salem.  This time Cheyenne prevailed in a hard-fought 6-game battle.  They then had to conquer defending champion Montgomery, which they did in a 7-game duel.  Cheyenne post an impressive .802 team postseason OPS, with consistent, solid production throughout their lineup. That, along with solid pitching, allowed them to overcome a few bullpen blowups to take the title.  This is yanks21's first title in Cheyenne, 4th overall in Cobbfather, and most impressively, 30th total in HBD.  Wow!

Thanks everyone for a great season, and we'll see you back for Season 33 after a hopefully quick rollover!

Season 32 Award Winners

Here's a recap of who took home the hardware in Season 32!

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
American League - Willie Cerda, Texas - .322 AVG 41 HR 134 RBI
The list of career accolades for the Texas slugger keeps growing, as he took home his record breaking 6th MVP trophy in Season 32.  He also made his 6th All-Star appearance and won his 7th Silver Slugger award.  What's next for Cerda?  It seems he has a decent chance to break the all-time Cobbfather Home Run record, as he is just 59 away, and seems like he will have the longevity to get there.  What a career it has been for Cerda.

National League - Jared Gonzales, Montgomery - .300 AVG 50 HR 126 RBI 16 SB
In the NL, we have a first-time winner, as the Montgomery centerfielder took home the MVP trophy.  He also made his 4th All-Star team in Season 32.  With several impressive offensive seasons under his belt, Gonzales took it another step up, posting career highs in almost every offensive category to lead the way for a most impressive Montgomery squad.  Definitely a well-deserved win, and nice to see a player in his 30's break through for his first MVP win.

CY YOUNG AWARD
American League - Felipe Sosa, Salem - 22-5 2.22 ERA 159 K
Sosa, the AL leader in Quality Starts who also tied for the lead in wins, took home his first Cy Young award capping off a tremendous season for a solid Salem squad.  The 30 year-old lefty also made his 2nd All-Star team in Season 32.  He's been a formidable pitcher only playing for Salem his entire career, so it's nice to see his efforts rewarded as well.

National League - Erubiel Morales, Montgomery - 16-4 2.19 ERA 134 K
Looking at his ratings, it would be hard to predict Morales would ever win a Cy Young, given his low stamina, his potential for throwing a lot of innings is limited.  But Montgomery gave him a shot in their rotation anyway, and it was a major success that allowed him to bring home the Cy Young trophy.  Morales fell 5.2 innings short of qualifying for the ERA and WHIP titles, but would have won both if he had.  Good to see a guy like Morales win it every once in a while, it shows that a wide variety of pitchers can be useful!

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
American League - Giovanny Stanley, Cheyenne - .314 AVG 26 HR 74 RBI 46 SB
The Cheyenne 1st baseman Stanley, who poses the rare combination of power, great batting eye and top tier baserunning skills, took home the AL Rookie of the Year honors by showing off his abilities with a most impressive stat line for Season 32.  His Season 32 batting average may be about his ceiling, but he has upside in all other categories, so he should be a regular going forward on many of the awards list.

National League - Rex Washington, Houston - 12-5 2.73 ERA 112 K
It was a rough season in Houston in Season 32, dealing with some tough injuries, including a tough elbow injury for NL Rookie of the Year Washington, who won despite finishing the season on the DL. It doesn't look like the injury will affect him greatly going forward, and at his age, there's a possibility that he could regain some of what he lost.  Even if he stays at his current ratings, he looks like he'll be an excellent arm going forward, if he can keep the ball down, and more importantly, stay healthy.

FIREMAN OF THE YEAR
American League - Jiggs Cuddyer, Boston - 2.89 ERA, 39 SV - 1st win
National League - Jhoulys Olmedo, New York - 3.18 ERA, 50 SV - 2nd win

SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS
American League
DH Timothy Steinbach Atlanta 1st
C Marvin Crosby Boston 1st
1B Willie Cerda Texas 7th
2B Calvin Hukata Detroit 1st
3B Wilfredo Guerrero Iowa City 1st
SS Jaret Miller Atlanta 3rd
LF Leonardo Jefferies Cheyenne 1st
CF Raul Galvez Salem 3rd
RF Francis King Salem 2nd

National League
P Bo Nelson Florida 1st
C Derrick Frank Dover 2nd
1B Adalberto Cerveza Dover 2nd
2B Yohan Gomez Buffalo 1st
3B Eli Calixte Dover 1st
SS Kirt Raggio Cincinnati 3rd
LF Mitchell Sweeney New York 2nd
CF Heath Kelly Florida 1st
RF Wiki Unamuno Montgomery 4th

GOLD GLOVE AWARDS
American League
P Omar Suarez Detroit 1st
C Chris York Cheyenne 1st
1B Michael Henn Pawtucket 1st
2B Paul Francoeur Pawtucket 1st
3B Alving Palmeiro Colorado Springs 5th
SS J.B. Taylor Pawtucket 1st
LF Donaldo Javier Pawtucket 2nd
CF Hub Paul St. Louis 1st
RF Leonys Santos Iowa City 1st

National League
P Raul Delgado Salt Lake City 1st
C Yamid Latos Los Angeles 1st
1B Harry Amarista Richmond 5th
2B Alex Tavarez Los Angeles 1st
3B Louie Banuelos Buffalo 1st
SS Ugueth Perez Montgomery 2nd
LF Fernando Cortez Vancouver 1st
CF J.T. Constanza Trenton 2nd
RF Willie Esposito Richmond 1st

Friday, November 11, 2016

Season 32 League Leaders

Here is a recap of your Season 32 League Leaders!

All-Time Top 5 Performances in Season 32
Shutouts - Midre Tavarez, Texas - 4 - Tied for 4th All-Time

Multiple Category Leaders
Dizzy Hawkins, Atlanta - 4 - HR, Hits, Runs, SLG
Red Collins, Florida - 4 - ERA, Strikeouts, Quality Starts, WHIP
Abraham Tannehill, Cincinnati - 3 - AVG, SLG, OPS
Hugh Sexton, Houston - 3 - IP, CG, Shutouts
Calvin Hukata, Detroit - 2 - SB, OPS
Wiki Unamuno, Montgomery - 2 - Hits, Runs
Ahmed Ratliff, Cleveland - 2 - HR, RBI
Thomas Hutchinson, Pawtucket - 2 - ERA, WHIP
Carlos Colome, Salem - 2 - Wins, IP
Felipe Sosa, Salem - 2 - Wins, Quality Starts
Midre Tavarez, Texas - 2 - Wins, Shutouts
Bo Nelson, Florida - 2 - Wins, Quality Starts

Complete League Leaders
OFFENSE
American League
Batting Average Benny Franco Cheyenne .327
Home Runs Dizzy Hawkins Atlanta 53
RBI Timothy Steinbach Atlanta 153
Stolen Bases Calvin Hukata Detroit 59
Hits Dizzy Hawkins Atlanta 203
Runs Dizzy Hawkins Atlanta 130
OBP Wandy Guillen Cheyenne .439
SLG Dizzy Hawkins Atlanta .588
OPS Calvin Hukata Detroit .972
Cyrus Morton Cheyenne .972

National League
Batting Average Abraham Tannehill Cincinnati .329
Home Runs Ahmed Ratliff Cleveland 52
RBI Ahmed Ratliff Cleveland 133
Stolen Bases Felipe Bennett Cincinnati 66
Hits Wiki Unamuno Montgomery 198
Runs Wiki Unamuno Montgomery 126
OBP Yohan Gomez Buffalo .409
SLG Abraham Tannehill Cincinnati .642
OPS Abraham Tannehill Cincinnati 1.032
PITCHING
American League
ERA Thomas Hutchinson Pawtucket 2.09
Wins Carlos Colome Salem 22
Felipe Sosa Salem 22
Midre Tavarez Texas 22
Strikeouts Braeden Abercrombie San Francisco 230
Saves Bob Berg Cheyenne 39
Jiggs Cuddyer Boston 39
WHIP Thomas Hutchinson Pawtucket 1.00
Innings Pitched Carlos Colome Salem 258.2
Quality Starts Felipe Sosa Salem 28
Complete Games Bobby Kydd Fargo 9
Shutouts Midre Tavarez Texas 4

National League
ERA Red Collins Florida 2.45
Wins Bo Nelson Florida 19
Strikeouts Red Collins Florida 209
Saves Jhoulys Olmedo New York 50
WHIP Red Collins Florida 1.06
Innings Pitched Hugh Sexton Houston 235.0
Quality Starts Bo Nelson Florida 26
Red Collins Florida 26
Complete Games Hugh Sexton Houston 7
Shutouts Emmett Jefferies Houston 2
Groucho Leiter  New York 2
Don Martin New York 2
Hugh Sexton Houston 2

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Season 32 Final Power Rankings

The regular season is over, and as we head into the playoffs, let's check in with the final power rankings of the season.  And it's Texas who finishes atop the rankings with another dominant regular season.  They were #1 in 4 of the 5 editions of the rankings.  The other team to hold #1 this season, Salem, finishes at #2, with a very impressive run themselves.  AL West runner up Cheyenne checks in at #3, while Florida climbs to #4, with Pawtucket climbing 3 spots to #5.  Now for the biggest climbers and biggest falls since the last rankings!

Biggest Climbers: #14 Salt Lake City (+12), #13 Los Angeles (+10), #19 Detroit (+8), #9 Cleveland (+4), #18 Milwaukee (+4)

Biggest Falls: #26 Charleston (-9), #25 Houston (-7), #12 Monterrey (-5), #24 Richmond (-5)

It should be a very interesting postseason, as the AL looks to be a blood bath with several powerhouses, while 2 teams, Florida and Montgomery, appear to stand out above the rest in the NL.  Good luck to the playoff teams, here are the complete rankings!

Pitching Offense LAST 40
Team  W L PREV Rank Chg Rank Chg W L
1 Texas 113 49 1 1 0 5 -2 25 15
2 Salem 105 57 2 2 0 6 0 26 14
3 Cheyenne 102 60 4 6 -3 1 0 26 14
4 Florida 109 53 6 3 5 10 1 30 10
5 Pawtucket 104 58 8 4 0 14 -2 30 10
6 Montgomery 102 60 3 7 -1 4 0 22 18
7 Atlanta  90 72 5 13 0 2 0 20 20
8 New York (NL) 93 69 10 8 2 15 6 27 13
9 Cleveland 88 74 13 14 0 13 3 24 16
10 Buffalo  82 80 11 10 5 10 0 23 17
11 Cincinnati 89 73 9 25 -2 3 2 21 19
12 Monterrey 87 75 7 16 0 7 0 18 22
13 Los Angeles 75 87 23 5 -1 19 12 23 17
14 Salt Lake City 79 83 26 20 4 18 4 25 15
15 Las Vegas 81 81 14 11 -4 19 5 17 23
16 Fargo 85 77 12 9 0 27 1 18 22
17 Dover 79 83 15 23 2 9 0 18 22
18 Milwaukee 78 84 22 19 3 17 -1 21 19
19 Detroit 78 84 27 17 1 25 1 23 17
20 Trenton 75 87 16 15 -5 19 -1 16 24
21 St. Louis 74 88 20 11 1 30 0 19 21
22 New York (AL) 76 86 21 24 -5 27 2 19 21
23 Boston  70 92 25 30 0 8 0 18 22
24 Richmond 75 87 19 21 -2 26 -3 19 21
25 Houston 66 96 18 18 -1 22 -7 9 31
26 Charleston 75 87 17 21 0 31 -6 14 26
27 San Francisco 69 93 24 28 -1 15 -1 13 27
28 Vancouver 64 98 28 29 -1 12 1 13 27
29 Iowa City 65 97 29 31 0 23 -4 17 23
30 Charlotte  62 100 30 26 3 24 -4 14 26
31 Colorado Springs 52 110 32 32 0 29 -2 17 23
32 Portland 50 112 31 26 0 32 0 15 25

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Season 32 Power Rankings #3

It's that time again, we're back with another edition of the power rankings!  Texas tightened their grip on the top spot, with the best record since the last rankings by six games, getting it done with dominant pitching, and a tremendous offense.  At #2, it's Salem, who's up one spot, still playing excellent ball, followed by defending champion Montgomery at #3, who is looking forward to another potentially strong playoff run.  Cheyenne and resurgent Atlanta round out the top 5.  Let's check the biggest climbers and biggest falls since the last rankings!

Biggest Climbers: #19 Richmond (+9), #17 Charleston (+8), #10 New York (NL) (+5), #15 Dover (+5)

Biggest Falls: #27 Detroit (-11), #23 Los Angeles (-9), #13 Cleveland (-5), #8 Pawtucket (-4), #28 Vancouver (-4)

Here are the complete rankings, as we head down the stretch of Season 32, good luck to all!

Pitching Offense LAST 41
Team  W L PREV Rank Chg Rank Chg W L
1 Texas 88 34 1 1 0 3 3 33 8
2 Salem 79 43 3 2 0 6 -1 25 16
3 Montgomery 80 42 5 6 1 4 0 26 15
4 Cheyenne 76 46 2 3 3 1 0 22 19
5 Atlanta  70 52 7 13 5 2 0 26 15
6 Florida 79 43 6 8 1 11 0 25 16
7 Monterrey 69 53 10 16 -1 7 5 27 14
8 Pawtucket 74 48 4 4 -1 12 -5 18 23
9 Cincinnati 68 54 9 23 2 5 -2 21 20
10 New York (NL) 66 56 15 10 3 21 1 24 17
11 Buffalo  59 63 13 15 1 10 -1 20 21
12 Fargo 67 55 12 9 -2 28 2 23 18
13 Cleveland 64 58 8 14 -4 16 0 19 22
14 Las Vegas 64 58 11 7 4 24 -4 19 22
15 Dover 61 61 20 25 1 9 5 23 18
16 Trenton 59 63 17 10 -6 18 7 20 21
17 Charleston 61 61 25 21 2 25 1 24 17
18 Houston 57 65 18 17 0 15 9 19 22
19 Richmond 56 66 28 19 1 23 5 22 19
20 St. Louis 55 67 23 12 0 30 1 20 21
21 New York (AL) 57 65 22 19 -5 29 0 20 21
22 Milwaukee 57 65 19 22 0 16 2 17 24
23 Los Angeles 52 70 14 4 1 31 -4 13 28
24 San Francisco 56 66 21 27 0 14 -1 18 23
25 Boston  52 70 27 30 0 8 -1 19 22
26 Salt Lake City 54 68 26 24 -3 22 1 19 22
27 Detroit 55 67 16 18 1 26 -9 16 25
28 Vancouver 51 71 24 28 1 13 -3 18 23
29 Iowa City 48 74 30 31 0 19 0 18 23
30 Charlotte  48 74 29 29 -1 20 -5 16 25
31 Portland 35 87 32 26 -2 32 0 13 28
32 Colorado Springs 35 87 31 32 0 27 -7 13 28

Friday, October 14, 2016

Season 32 All-Star Coverage

We've made it to the Season 32 All-Star break, so let's see who will be playing in the mid-season classic this season!

In the AL, Texas came away with the most All-Stars with 6, while Cheyenne and Salem each had 5. It's Thomas Hutchinson of Pawtucket making his 9th All-Star appearance as the most senior member of the AL squad.  The AL team includes 11 first time All-Stars.

On the NL side, it's Montgomery with an impressive 7 All-Stars leading the way, with Florida and New York each having 4 players make the team as the next most.  A lot of newer players seem to be on the NL squad, as Lefty Leverton of Los Angeles leads the way for most appearances, making his 5th.  There are 10 first time All-Stars on the NL team, with a lot making their 2nd or 3rd appearance.

Here are the complete rosters, congrats to those who had players make the teams!

American League All-Stars
Starters
Player  Franchise  Appearance
C Jesus Tarraga San Francisco 1st
1B Cyrus Morton Cheyenne 1st
2B Calvin Hukata Detroit 1st
3B Marcell Johnson Fargo 2nd
SS Rymer Mota Salem 4th
LF Leonardo Jefferies Cheyenne 1st
CF Raul Galvez Salem 2nd
RF Vladimir Troncoso Texas 8th
DH Timothy Steinbach Atlanta 1st

Pitchers
Player  Franchise  Appearance
P Felipe Sosa Salem 2nd
P Midre Tavarez Texas 1st
P Carlos Colome Salem 2nd
P Bob Graves Cheyenne 3rd
P Jiggs Cuddyer Boston 5th
P Tony Corpas Texas 1st
P Lariel Benitez Texas 2nd
P Bob Berg Cheyenne 2nd
P Enrique Bastardo Milwaukee 1st
P Thomas Hutchinson Pawtucket 9th
P Armando Merced Texas 2nd
P Ed Flair Pawtucket 1st
P Antonio Ishida Cheyenne 6th

Reserves
Player  Franchise  Appearance
C Marvin Crosby Boston 1st
1B Willie Cerda Texas 6th
2B Dizzy Hawkins Atlanta 2nd
3B Davey Franco Charleston 1st
SS Jaret Miller Atlanta 3rd
LF Donaldo Javier Pawtucket 4th
CF P.J. Roberts Pawtucket 3rd
RF Francis King Salem 2nd

AL All-Stars by Team
Texas 6
Cheyenne 5
Salem 5
Pawtucket 4
Atlanta 3
Boston 2
Charleston 1
Detroit 1
Fargo 1
Milwaukee 1
San Francisco 1

National League All-Stars
Starters
Player 
Franchise 
Appearance
C
Julio Contreras
Montgomery
2nd
1B
Benito Acosta
Las Vegas
3rd
2B
Oswaldo Blanco
Vancouver
2nd
3B
Eli Calixte
Dover
1st
SS
Alexei Castro
Trenton
1st
LF
Edinson Hernandez
Montgomery
4th
CF
Jared Gonzales
Montgomery
4th
RF
Wiki Unamuno
Montgomery
4th

Pitchers
Player 
Franchise 
Appearance
P
Andre Harper
Richmond
2nd
P
Jhoulys Olmedo
New York
3rd
P
Damaso Estrada
Monterrey
1st
P
Bo Nelson
Florida
3rd
P
Eduardo Jose
Los Angeles
1st
P
Lefty Leverton
Los Angeles
5th
P
Groucho Leiter
New York
3rd
P
Don Martin
New York
1st
P
Erubiel Morales
Montgomery
2nd
P
Red Collins
Florida
3rd
P
B.C. Ortiz
Florida
3rd
P
Del Chang
Monterrey
1st
P
Dock Kramer
Monterrey
3rd
P
Tomo Hayashi
Montgomery
3rd

Reserves
Player 
Franchise 
Appearance
C
Derrick Frank
Dover
1st
1B
Adalberto Cerveza
Dover
2nd
2B
Yohan Gomez
Buffalo
1st
3B
Brett Yarbrough
Cleveland
2nd
SS
Ugueth Perez
Montgomery
1st
LF
Mitchell Sweeney
New York
3rd
CF
Heath Kelly
Florida
3rd
RF
Daryl Mercedes
Cincinnati
1st

NL All-Stars by Team
Montgomery 7
Florida 4
New York 4
Dover 3
Monterrey 3
Los Angeles 2
Buffalo 1
Cincinnati 1
Cleveland 1
Las Vegas 1
Richmond 1
Trenton 1
Vancouver 1