Monday, September 18, 2017

Season 35 All-Star Recap

Results
National League    1
American League  0
W - T. Arnold
L - J. Hartman
S - A Gonzalez

Home Run Derby Winner: Trever Phillips, Philadelphia - 29 HR
All-Star Game MVP: Benny Romano, Monterrey - 0-2, RBI, SB
Futures Game MVP: Juan Siqueiros, St. Louis - 3-6, 2 HR, 3 RBI, SB

Appearance Leaders
American League - Wiki Unamuno, Houston; Yeico Miranda, Norfolk - 6 appearances
National League - Jhoulys Olmedo, Minnesota; Felix Tanaka, Baltimore - 5 appearances

Teams With Most Players
American League - Houston - 5
National League - Monterrey - 8

Complete Rosters

American League All-Stars
Starters
Player
Franchise
Appearance
C
Angel Johnson
Jackson
1st
1B
Crash Cepeda
Albuquerque
2nd
2B
Calvin Hukata
Detroit
2nd
3B
Sean Gosling
Charlotte
2nd
SS
Ugueth Perez
Fargo
4th
LF
Wiki Unamuno
Houston
6th
CF
Raul Galvez
Salem
4th
RF
Rubby Javier
Boston
2nd
DH
Kyuji Shinjo
St. Louis
1st

Pitchers
Player
Franchise
Appearance
P
Jace Sale
Boston
1st
P
Yeico Miranda
Norfolk
6th
P
Jimmie Hartman
Jackson
2nd
P
Midre Tavarez
Houston
2nd
P
Olmedo Valdez
St. Louis
2nd
P
Armando Merced
Houston
4th
P
Wascar Molina
Albuquerque
1st
P
Charles Lee
Little Rock
1st
P
Chick Munson
Houston
4th
P
Terrell Brownson
Little Rock
1st
P
Spud Newcomb
Boston
1st
P
Don Reid
Fargo
1st
P
Rube Hewitt
Charlotte
1st

Reserves
Player
Franchise
Appearance
C
Rob Gagne
Atlanta
2nd
1B
Claude Hughes
Houston
2nd
2B
Hipolito Villar
Jackson
2nd
3B
Edgardo Melendez
Little Rock
1st
SS
Dan Pribanic
Boston
2nd
LF
Jamey Crawford
Albuquerque
1st
CF
Norman Berry
Little Rock
3rd
RF
Corey Walker
Fargo
1st

AL All-Stars by Team
Houston 5
Boston 4
Little Rock 4
Albuquerque 3
Fargo 3
Jackson 3
Charlotte 2
St. Louis 2
Atlanta 1
Detroit 1
Norfolk 1
Salem 1

National League All-Stars
Starters
Player
Franchise
Appearance
C
Seth Robinson
Nashville
2nd
1B
Benny Romano
Monterrey
1st
2B
Yohan Gomez
Buffalo
2nd
3B
Cesar Ozuna
Monterrey
1st
SS
Jumbo Camacho
Buffalo
2nd
LF
Haywood Swann
Nashville
2nd
CF
Kirt Raggio
Sioux Falls
2nd
RF
Yoenis Portillo
Buffalo
2nd

Pitchers
Player
Franchise
Appearance
P
Al Balentien
Monterrey
2nd
P
Andre Harper
Richmond
4th
P
Gregor Lopez
Buffalo
1st
P
Jhoulys Olmedo
Minnesota
5th
P
Ernest Lewis
Kansas City
1st
P
Dante O'Connor
Montgomery
1st
P
Felix Tanaka
Baltimore
5th
P
A.J. Gil
Sioux Falls
1st
P
Bryant Landrum
Monterrey
4th
P
Monte Daley
Sioux Falls
1st
P
Raul Delgado
Kansas City
1st
P
Virgil Murphy
Monterrey
1st
P
Alberto Gonzalez
Monterrey
2nd
P
Tommy Arnold
Richmond
1st

Reserves
Player
Franchise
Appearance
C
Michael Mancuso
Monterrey
3rd
1B
Matt Prior
Kansas City
1st
2B
George Dubler
Nashville
2nd
3B
Marcell Johnson
Montgomery
4th
SS
Junior Wilson
Monterrey
1st
LF
Yohan Mairena
Buffalo
1st
CF
Trever Phillips
Philadelphia
1st
RF
Dizzy Hawkins
Dover
3rd

NL All-Stars By Team
Monterrey 8
Buffalo 5
Kansas City 3
Nashville 3
Sioux Falls 3
Montgomery 2
Richmond 2
Baltimore 1
Dover 1
Minnesota 1
Philadelphia 1

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Season 35 Power Rankings #2

We're past the midway point of Season 35, which means it's time to check in with another edition of the power rankings!  To start off, there's yet another change at the top!  It's Fargo coming in at #1 with improved pitching and offense since the last rankings after already being off to an impressive start!  Previous #1 Monterrey, is still going strong and comes in at #2.  Coming in at #3, all the way up from #19, it's Sioux Falls, who posted the best record in the world since the previous rankings.  Buffalo and Houston round out this edition's top 5.  Now, for the biggest climbers and biggest falls since the last rankings!

Biggest Climbers: #3 Sioux Falls (+16), #6 Philadelphia (+11), #17 Milwaukee (+8), #7 Jackson (+7), #12 Nashville (+6)

Biggest Falls: #18 Detroit (-14), #14 Kansas City (-11), #21 Albuquerque (-11), #24 Charlotte (-11), #16 Florida (-9)

Here are the complete rankings, good luck to all in the 2nd half!

Pitching Offense LAST 41
Team  W L PREV Rank Chg Rank Chg W L
1 Fargo 53 29 5 3 1 6 4 27 14
2 Monterrey 55 27 1 14 -1 1 0 26 15
3 Sioux Falls 49 33 19 2 15 20 3 30 11
4 Buffalo  49 33 8 4 -1 15 3 27 14
5 Houston 49 33 6 1 0 21 -2 23 18
6 Philadelphia 48 34 17 16 4 8 6 26 15
7 Jackson 48 34 14 13 3 13 -1 27 14
8 Montgomery 46 36 2 8 0 7 -4 20 21
9 Boston  49 33 12 25 -6 2 6 25 16
10 Little Rock 47 35 9 21 1 3 2 22 19
11 St. Louis 46 36 15 5 1 16 -1 24 17
12 Nashville 45 37 18 23 8 5 4 25 16
13 Richmond 44 38 16 6 6 19 -2 24 17
14 Kansas City 43 39 3 6 -4 11 -4 19 22
15 Salem 44 38 20 10 -1 17 8 26 15
16 Florida 46 36 7 11 -6 24 -4 21 20
17 Milwaukee 38 44 25 15 13 10 3 23 18
18 Detroit 44 38 4 24 -17 9 -3 19 22
19 Baltimore 43 39 11 9 4 17 -6 19 22
20 Dover 40 42 22 19 2 21 0 22 19
21 Albuquerque 37 45 10 26 -8 4 -2 15 26
22 Cheyenne 41 41 21 28 2 14 2 20 21
23 Portland 39 43 23 12 -2 28 0 22 19
24 Charlotte  40 42 13 30 -5 12 -8 18 23
25 Colorado Springs 35 47 27 20 4 23 3 17 24
26 Norfolk 34 48 30 22 5 27 4 19 22
27 Los Angeles 33 49 28 17 9 30 -7 14 27
28 Oklahoma City 27 55 29 18 -8 31 1 14 27
29 Minnesota 30 52 26 29 -6 26 -4 13 28
30 Boise 25 57 31 27 2 29 0 12 29
31 Atlanta  23 59 32 32 0 25 2 12 29
32 New York 22 60 24 31 -18 32 -3 5 36

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Season 35 Power Rankings #1

It's time for the first power rankings of Season 35!  There's a new number 1, and it's Monterrey reaching the top spot for the first time ever.  Montgomery stays at #2, followed by 3 teams climbing more than 15 spots each to round out the top 5: Kansas City, Detroit and Fargo!  Here are the biggest climbers and biggest falls since the preseason rankings!

Biggest Climbers: #5 Fargo (+26), #4 Detroit (+19), #3 Kansas City (+16), #16 Richmond (+12), #13 Charlotte (+11)

Biggest Falls: #30 Norfolk (-17), #19 Sioux Falls (-16), #21 Cheyenne (-15), #20 Salem (-12), #26 Minnesota (-9)

Looks like it will definitely be an interesting season in Cobbfather, good luck and here are the complete rankings!

Pitching Offense
Team  W L PREV Rank Rank
1 Monterrey 29 12 4 13 1
2 Montgomery 26 15 2 8 3
3 Kansas City 24 17 19 2 7
4 Detroit 25 16 23 7 6
5 Fargo 26 15 31 4 10
6 Houston 26 15 1 1 19
7 Florida 25 16 5 5 20
8 Buffalo  22 19 11 3 18
9 Little Rock 25 16 9 22 5
10 Albuquerque 22 19 18 18 2
11 Baltimore 24 17 7 13 11
12 Boston  24 17 16 19 8
13 Charlotte  22 19 24 25 4
14 Jackson 21 20 12 16 12
15 St. Louis 22 19 22 6 15
16 Richmond 20 21 28 12 17
17 Philadelphia 22 19 14 20 14
18 Nashville 20 21 10 31 9
19 Sioux Falls 19 22 3 17 23
20 Salem 18 23 8 9 25
21 Cheyenne 21 20 6 30 16
22 Dover 18 23 15 21 21
23 Portland 17 24 25 10 28
24 New York 17 24 32 13 29
25 Milwaukee 15 26 21 28 13
26 Minnesota 17 24 17 23 22
27 Colorado Springs 18 23 27 24 26
28 Los Angeles 19 22 20 26 23
29 Oklahoma City 13 28 29 10 32
30 Norfolk 15 26 13 27 31
31 Boise 13 28 26 29 29
32 Atlanta  11 30 30 32 27

Monday, August 28, 2017

Season 35 Preseason Power Rankings

These were based on Opening Day Rosters!

Starting Relief
Season 35 Pitching Pitching Hitting Fielding
Team  W L Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 Houston 102 60 1 2 13 1
2 Montgomery 94 68 7 4 1 4
3 Sioux Falls 95 67 3 3 8 4
4 Monterrey 103 59 6 1 3 30
5 Florida 108 54 9 8 2 15
6 Cheyenne 99 63 5 25 5 30
7 Baltimore 81 81 13 16 4 4
8 Salem 102 60 4 27 7 19
9 Little Rock 61 101 2 30 10 19
10 Nashville 88 74 16 7 6 26
11 Buffalo  82 80 14 13 11 12
12 Jackson 88 74 15 21 9 4
13 Norfolk 89 73 18 5 15 19
14 Philadelphia 76 86 11 12 17 17
15 Dover 79 83 23 20 11 25
16 Boston  81 81 10 5 24 15
17 Minnesota 91 71 12 22 16 19
18 Albuquerque 71 91 8 23 18 29
19 Kansas City 70 92 19 11 20 3
20 Los Angeles 74 88 25 19 14 4
21 Milwaukee 72 90 21 10 18 12
22 St. Louis 71 91 24 9 21 12
23 Detroit 80 82 26 29 22 4
24 Charlotte  85 77 17 17 27 19
25 Portland 64 98 27 18 26 17
26 Boise 61 101 20 31 29 2
27 Colorado Springs 65 97 30 28 25 4
28 Richmond 67 95 22 24 30 26
29 Oklahoma City 61 101 31 32 23 26
30 Atlanta  57 105 29 26 27 32
31 Fargo 96 66 28 14 31 19
32 New York 79 83 32 15 32 4

Friday, August 25, 2017

Season 35 Free Agency Recap

Welcome to Season 35 of Cobbfather!  Let's kick off this season's blog coverage with a recap of the biggest free agent signings of the Off-Season!

1. Red Collins, 36, SP
Previous Team: Cheyenne
Signed with Florida - 5 Years, $92.3 Million

Analysis: After a one season absence, the two-time Cy Young Award winner returns to Florida on a monster deal.  The back end of the contract is a bit risky given his age, but it's a risk Florida was willing to take to bolster its chances this season.  It never hurts to add a starter with a 2.97 career ERA to your rotation.

2. Ryan Fisher, 37, SP
Previous Team: Dover
Re-signed with Dover - 3 Years, $36 Million

Analysis: The 37 year-old lefty returns to Dover after winning the NL Cy Young Award last season. Even at his age, he still looks primed to have at least a couple of more excellent seasons.  The length of the contract and amount seems to be just about right.

3. Tony Cassevah, 32, 3B
Previous Team: Salem
Signed with Houston - 4 Years, $39 Million

Analysis:  Houston was quite active in Free Agency, and this is the first of their big signings.  Cassevah is a solid hitter and as a plus defensive 3B, with outstanding speed and baserunning ability.  It's kind of a surprise that he didn't get a bigger contract.  Perhaps age was a concern, but he should still be a major asset for at least the next few seasons.

4. Derrek Wells, 31, 2B
Previous Team: New York
Signed with Boston - 4 Years, $37.2 Million

Analysis: Wells is a plus fielder at either 2B or CF and has excellent contact, batting eye and speed. He isn't always the wisest on the base paths which results in some CS's, he doesn't have much power and his splits aren't great.  We'll see how this signing ends up for Boston over the next few seasons.

5. Sam Becker, 34, 2B
Previous Team: Sioux Falls
Signed with Salem - 3 Years, $25.9 Million

Analysis: Becker is another excellent fielding 2B, who is solid at the plate with plus power and batting eye.  Age is a slight concern with Becker, he could see some age-related decline soon, but looks like he will definitely help Salem this season.

6. Wilmer Ortega, 27, 2B
Previous Team: New York
Signed with Kansas City - 5 Years, $42.1 Million

Analysis: Ortega landed a nice 5 year deal with Kansas City.  At only 27, he should be solid throughout the length of the contract.  He has an excellent batting eye and nice speed, and the rest of his hitting ratings are solid as well.  He is a plus fielder at 2B or 3B too.  Nice signing.

7. Wiki Unamuno, 31, RF
Previous Team: Montgomery
Signed with Houston - 5 Years, $42 Million

Analysis: Unamuno is a great bat that has posted a .915 career OPS to date.  He has an excellent batting eye and tends to own lefties, while still doing well against RHP.  He has an impressive speed and baserunning combo which will allow him to steal some bases without getting caught too many times. Very nice signing, especially for the price, despite some age concern at the end of the deal.

8. Thomas Hutchinson, 38, SP
Previous Team: New Orleans
Signed with Baltimore - 3 Years, $23 Million

Analysis: The 3-Time Cy Young Award winner is winding down a tremendous Cobbfather career, but definitely still has some gas left in the tank.  He arguably still has the best ratings of any pitcher on the Free Agent Market this off-season and could be a Cy Young contender.  Not bad at all for the price, although some age-related decline is certain to come.

9. Jose Corcino, 29, SP
Previous Team: Fargo
Signed with Charlotte - 5 Years, $37.7 Million

Analysis: Corcino has a 4.00 career ERA, with upside for better numbers over the course of his new contract, as his only glaring weakness is a mediocre LH split.  The ratings seem to be a bit better than his career numbers.  At a little over $7.5 mil per year, it's worth the risk to see if he can reach his potential.

10. Hod Haynes, 29, 3B
Previous Team: Oklahoma City
Signed with Albuquerque - 4 Years, $30 Million

Analysis: Haynes is a versatile fielder with solid hitting ratings across the board, other than low contact, which will result in a high strikeout rate.  Despite that, he's still solid at the plate, posting an OPS above .800 every season he's been in the majors.  That, along with his defense, makes him a pretty good investment at what Albuquerque signed him for.

11. Cyrus Stottlemyre, 31, SS
Previous Team: Kansas City
Signed with Baltimore - 4 Years, $29.2 Million

Analysis: Stottlemyre is a plus fielding shortstop with an above average bat for the position and is a strong base runner.  Such a combination is not easy to find, for sure.  The only question is, with shortstop such a taxing position, will he meet the fate of early age related decline?  He should be a solid SS for a few more seasons, so this signing looks to be a good one.

12. Terry James, 30, DH
Previous Team: St. Louis
Signed with Montgomery - 5 Years, $35 Million

Analysis: James is a gifted slugger with elite power, solid splits and a good batting eye.  His numbers were fairly mediocre for St. Louis last season, but he definitely has upside beyond what he did last season.  He can play catcher as well in a pinch, although his pitch calling abilities are a bit below average for the position.

13. Maikel Banuelos, 31, SP
Previous Team: Nashville
Signed with Minnesota - 2 Years, $13 Million

Analysis: The 31 year-old Dominican lefty is a control specialist with plus pitches.  His durability is a bit low, although he did go 193 innings in a nice campaign for Nashville last season.  He has good, not great splits and is slightly weaker against RH batters.  All in all, he's a good middle to back-end of the rotation type who should help the Minnesota staff.

14. Preston Graves, 25, RP
Previous Team: New York
Signed with Philadelphia - 4 Years, $25 Million

Analysis: The 25 year-old lefty reliever with outstanding ratings, other than a slight vulnerability vs. RH batters, and a great durability/stamina combo for a reliever, couldn't quite live up to the hype in New York, with 2 rocky seasons after a great rookie campaign.  Philadelphia nabbed him in Free Agency and if he can turn it around and post numbers like his rookie season, will be a great add to their bullpen.

15. Oswaldo Gil, 32, RP
Previous Team: Dover
Signed with Monterrey - 5 Years, $28 Million

Analysis: Gil has an interesting Durability/Stamina combo where he can probably pitch 2+ innings every few days or so.  He has outstanding control and great splits, but lacks a strong out pitch.  He only pitched 29 innings last season, but posted some outstanding seasons for Dover in the past.  There's no reason he can't do the same in Monterrey.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Season 34 Wrap Up - Salem Grabs the Crown!

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Salem is Your Season 34 Champion!

The Season 34 Playoffs are in the books, and it's Salem that emerges with the Championship trophy, defeating the Florida Sharks in the World Series in 5 games.  Salem has been among the elite teams in Cobbfather for the past few seasons, earning a #1 Power Ranking in Season 32 and 33, as well as twice in Season 34.  #1 ranked teams haven't fared too well in the playoffs in the last 4 seasons, but Salem broke the mold in winning the Season 34 title.  They took out a tough Cheyenne team in the Divisional Round and outlasted an upstart Jackson team in six-game ALCS battle.  The key for Salem this postseason was their outstanding pitching, posting a stellar 2.22 ERA, while still putting up good offensive numbers.  Congrats to wvwc on finally breaking through, leading Salem to its first Cobbfather championship!

Florida and dodgersrays definitely deserves a mention for their continued excellence, reaching the World Series 5 out of the last 9 seasons.  While they haven't won it all yet, many of us have not been there at all, so kudos on this feat of remarkable consistency as one of the NL's best teams.

That does it for Season 34, see you back soon for Season 35!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Season 34 Award Winners

The winners of the hardware in Season 34 have been announced, let's take a look at the winners!

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
American League - Raul Galvez, Salem - .308 AVG 52 HR 148 RBI 15 SB
The highly decorated Salem Center Fielder finally added an MVP trophy to his award case in Season 34, and his numbers certainly warranted it.  On top of an impressive stat line, Galvez pretty much did it all this season.  He made his 3rd All-Star Game, won the Home Run Derby, won the All-Star Game MVP and won his 5th Silver Slugger.  He also led the AL in Runs, Slugging and OPS.  What a season, indeed!

National League - 
Yoenis Portillo, Buffalo - .320 AVG 21 HR 92 RBI 37 SB
Yasmany Cubillan, Florida - .303 AVG 24 HR 113 RBI 52 SB
NL voters couldn't decide between the two young, speedy stars whose names both begin with Y, so Buffalo's Portillo and Florida's Cubillan will share this season's NL MVP award.  Portillo at just 21 years of age is one of the youngest MVP winners in Cobbfather history.  He also made the All-Star team this season and won a Silver Slugger.  The 24 year-old Cubillan is a 5-tool player who can pretty much do it all.  He also picked up a Silver Slugger award this season.  The future most definitely looks bright for these two youngsters.

CY YOUNG AWARD
American League - Bob Graves, Cheyenne - 21-6 2.56 ERA 226 K
The 27 year-old righty out of Cheyenne, who has already made 5 All-Star teams, finally broke through with 1st Cy Young Award with another phenomenal season.  Graves was the AL leader in Wins and ERA and fell six strikeouts short of the Pitching Triple Crown.  Now that he has his first Cy Young, it will be interesting to see how many more he can rack up, as his ratings are near flawless.

National League - Ryan Fisher, Dover - 15-8 2.63 ERA 199 K
In a season where no NL pitcher finished with more than 16 wins, Fisher emerged at the top of the head to grab his 1st Cy Young Award.  It's a great story for the 36 year-old lefty, who never won a single award or honor entering the season.  He made his first All-Star team this season and led the NL in Strikeouts and Quality Starts which was good enough to bring home the hardware.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
American League - Graham Wallace, Charlotte - .267 AVG 40 HR 96 RBI 12 SB
Wallace was the runaway winner on the AL Rookie of the Year Award, pounding out 40 Home Runs and posting an OPS of over .900.  He also made the All-Star Team and won a Silver Slugger, capping an outstanding rookie campaign.  Judging by his ratings, this could be just the tip of the iceberg for the 25 year-old Charlotte LF, as his ceiling appears to be even higher than the line he posted in Season 34.

National League -
Yasmany Gonzalez, Nashville - 8-8 3.53 ERA 40 SV
Lance Garcia, Cleveland - .283 AVG 30 HR 98 RBI
It's yet another NL awards tie, as the NL Rookie of the Year will also be shared in Season 34. Nashville's closer, Gonzalez, had an outstanding year at the back of the pen, also earning an All-Star appearance. No reason to think he won't continue to thrive going forward, as a RH split that is only good, not great, is the only weakness in his makeup.  The 22 year-old Garcia is an excellent hitting 1st Baseman who should be able to post impressive Average and OBP.   He has good, not plus, power, so 30 HR may be around his ceiling, but he has upside in other categories for sure.

FIREMAN OF THE YEAR
American League - Troy Hudek, Charlotte - 2-1 3.52 ERA 40 SV - 2nd Win
National League - Al Balentien, Monterrey - 2-5 4.95 ERA 47 SV - 1st Win

SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS
American League
DH
Timothy Steinbach
Pawtucket
2nd
C
Victor Roberts
Sacramento
1st
1B
Albert Cruz
Milwaukee
11th
2B
Calvin Hukata
Detroit
2nd
3B
Sean Gosling
Charlotte
1st
SS
Edgardo Melendez
Little Rock
1st
LF
Graham Wallace
Charlotte
1st
CF
Raul Galvez
Salem
5th
RF
Francis King
Salem
4th

National League
P
Kris Saarloos
Dover
1st
C
Derrick Frank
Dover
2nd
1B
Paul Everett
Los Angeles
1st
2B
Yohan Gomez
Buffalo
2nd
3B
Yasmany Cubillan
Florida
2nd
SS
Willie Tejeda
Chicago
3rd
LF
Yoenis Portillo
Buffalo
1st
CF
Gerry Camilli
Florida
2nd
RF
Ahmed Ratliff
Cleveland
3rd

GOLD GLOVE AWARDS
American League
P
Braeden Abercrombie
Sacramento
1st
C
Ordomar Solano
St. Louis
1st
1B
Crash Cepeda
Sacramento
1st
2B
Magglio Guzman
Colorado Springs
1st
3B
Mason Thomas
Detroit
1st
SS
Ubaldo Trevino
Houston
4th
LF
Lon Parkers
St. Louis
1st
CF
Tom Cox
Houston
1st
RF
Leonys Santos
Little Rock
2nd

National League
P Quilvio Odor Montgomery 1st
C Grady Collier Boise 1st
1B Julian Barber Coloardo 2nd
2B George Dubler Nashville 1st
3B Kirt Raggio Cincinnati 1st
SS Jordan Simmons Los Angeles 1st
LF Peter Cone Coloardo 1st
CF Jhoulys Pescado Boise 1st
RF Kenji Iwamura Kansas City 1st