Friday, March 10, 2017

Season 33 Wrap Up - Houston Takes the Crown

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Houston is your Season 33 Champion!

Another tough, hard fought Cobbfather postseason is in the book, and it's Houston that has emerged from the fray as the Season 33 Champion!  rawdk, one of the two owners who has played all 33 seasons in Cobbfather, takes home his 5th championship by outlasting Florida in a back-and-forth six game duel in the World Series.  The Houston win marks the continuation of an interesting trend.  Each of the last four Cobbfather champions were never ranked #1 in the Power Rankings in the season they won.  Houston, who moved to Arlington this past offseason, held the top spot in 4 out of the 5 power rankings in Season 32, and had been #1 at some point over the past 5 seasons.  In Season 33, they flew under the radar, starting and finishing the season ranked #2.

Perhaps it was being free of having to carry the torch of the #1 ranking that got them their first title since Season 28.  They didn't hit all that well in the postseason, striking out alot and having an OBP under .300, but they connected with the long ball when they needed to.  Their pitching and defense was outstanding in the postseason, as it has been all season, which ultimately was too tough for any of their opponents to overcome.

It was another disappointing World Series loss for Florida, marking their 4th World Series loss in the last 8 seasons.  Hats off dodgersrays, however, as making the World Series four times is an extremely impressive feat.  He's fielded some excellent teams that have deserved to win it all.  As many of us know, the playoff gods can be quite cruel.

That does it for Season 33, see you back for Season 34 after a hopefully very quick rollover!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Season 33 Award Winners

Here's your recap of the Season 33 Award Winners!

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
American League - Francis King, Salem - .348 AVG 34 HR 137 RBI
The winner of the Season 33 AL MVP by a single vote, it would still be tough to argue that he's not a deserving winner.  King was the AL batting champ and also led the league in RBI and OPS.  This is the 31-year old's first MVP win, although he has had a number of impressive seasons where he warranted consideration.  He also won a Silver Slugger Award this season.   Congrats to King on breaking through and winning the MVP in a very tight race!

National League - Julian Barber, Colorado - .340 AVG 43 HR 112 RBI
Yes, OK, Barber plays in Colorado, which helps the offensive stats a bit, but when a player wins the batting title and leads the league in Hits, Runs, Slugging, OBP, and OPS, it's hard to ignore regardless of where he plays, and NL MVP voters felt the same way, resulting in the 26 year-old Barber taking home his first MVP crown.  On top of the aforementioned accomplishments, he also was an All-Star starter and won a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove.  What a season indeed!

CY YOUNG AWARD
American League - Carlos Colome, Salem - 26-3 2.25 ERA 175 K
And yet another award decided by one vote, this season has emphasized that your vote matters! Colome takes home the AL Cy Young with a tremendous season setting new Cobbfather records in Quality Starts and Innings Pitched and tying the all-time mark for Wins.  He also won the AL ERA title and was a 2-time Pitcher of the Week, on top of making his 3rd All-Star team.  Not a bad season for the 25 year-old lefty who is showing that pitch ratings aren't everything!

National League - Red Collins, Florida - 18-7 2.33 ERA 194 K
The only repeat winner in the major awards this season, Collins takes home his 2nd Cy Young trophy, also having won in Season 30.  He was the NL leader in ERA, Strikeouts and WHIP and tied for the lead in Quality Starts and Shutouts, making him quite the strong candidate.  The voters agreed, awarding him a landslide win.  He also made his 4th All-Star appearance this season.  The 34 year-old righty is still going strong, and another Cy Young push next season wouldn't be surprising.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
American League - Sean Gosling, Charlotte - .268 AVG 40 HR 108 RBI 20 SB
The 23 year-old Charlotte 3rd Baseman lived up to the hype of being the #1 overall draft pick in Season 30, putting forth an excellent campaign that earned him AL Rookie of the Year honors. Gosling is the total package, with elite fielding ability for a 3B, plus-plus power and very nice hitting splits, with some upside, as this is only his 3rd pro year.  Indeed, it would not be a surprise to see Gosling further up the awards chart in the future.

National League - Benny Romano, Monterrey - .303 AVG 37 HR 123 RBI
Romano, also in his 3rd pro year, came from the International circuit out of the Dominican.  He was able to post equally impressive numbers this season on his way to earning the NL Rookie of the Year. The 22 year-old played in all 162 games, posting an excellent batting average and elite power numbers.  There's little doubt that he has the ability to be one of the major power bats in Cobbfather for seasons to come.

FIREMAN OF THE YEAR
American League - Troy Hudek, Charlotte - 2.31 ERA, 37 SV, 1st win
National League - Andre Harper, Richmond - 4.63 ERA, 52 SV, 1st win

SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS
American League
DH
Robert Hamilton
Houston
1st
C
Sean Dahl
Colorado Springs
3rd
1B
Albert Cruz
Milwaukee
10th
2B
Wandy Guillen
Cheyenne
2nd
3B
Tony Cassevah
Salem
2nd
SS
Jaret Miller
Atlanta
4th
LF
Ubaldo Alvarez
Little Rock
1st
CF
Raul Galvez
Salem
4th
RF
Francis King
Salem
3rd

National League
P Renyel Beato New York 1st
C Seth Robinson Nashville 1st
1B Julian Barber Colorado 1st
2B Gerry Camilli Florida 1st
3B Yasmany Cubillan Florida 1st
SS Willie Tejeda New York 2nd
LF Wiki Unamuno Montgomery 5th
CF George Dubler Nashville 1st
RF Ahmed Ratliff Cleveland 2nd

GOLD GLOVE AWARDS
American League
P Thomas Lyon Milwaukee 4th
C Rick Rigby Salem 1st
1B Alex Mercedes Atlanta 3rd
2B George Flores Charlotte 1st
3B Javy Melian Fargo 1st
SS Oswaldo Cubillan Little Rock 1st
LF Bruce Lambert Detroit 1st
CF Jon Curtis Detroit 1st
RF Patrick Browne Little Rock 2nd

National League 
P Hugh Sexton Nashville 1st
C Felix Yosida Florida 2nd
1B Julian Barber Colorado 1st
2B Orel Sveum Kansas City 1st
3B Benj Clemens New York 1st
SS Jumbo Camacho Buffalo 1st
LF Trever Serafini Cleveland 1st
CF J.T. Constanza Minnesota 3rd
RF Louie Bennett Buffalo 1st

Monday, February 27, 2017

Season 33 League Leaders

Here's a recap of your Season 33 League Leaders!

All-Time Top 5 Performances in Season 33
Quality Starts - Carlos Colome, Salem - 34 - New Cobbfather Record
Innings Pitched - Carlos Colome, Salem - 280.0 - New Cobbfather Record
Wins - Carlos Colome, Salem - 26 - Tied for 1st All-Time
Wins - Armando Merced, Houston - 25 - Tied for 3rd All-Time
Saves - Andre Harper, Richmond - 52 - Tied for 4th All-Time

Multiple Category Leaders
Julian Barber, Colorado - 6 - AVG, H, R, OBP, SLG, OPS
Red Collins, Florida - 5 - ERA, WHIP, K, QS, Shutouts
Carlos Colome, Salem - 4 - ERA, W, IP, QS
Francis King, Salem - 3 - AVG, RBI, OPS
Wandy Guillen, Cheyenne - 2 - R, OBP
Chick Munson, Houston - 2 - K, Shutouts
Hugh Sexton, Nashville - 2 - CG, Shutouts
Jason Brock, Richmond - 2 - IP, CG

Complete League Leaders
Offense
American League
Batting Average Francis King Salem .348
Home Runs Albert Cruz Milwaukee 52
RBI Francis King Salem 137
Stolen Bases Lonny Guzman New York 75
Hits Marshall Leach Atlanta 191
Runs Wandy Guillen Cheyenne 130
OBP Wandy Guillen Cheyenne .441
SLG Rubby Javier Boston .649
OPS Francis King Salem 1.051
National League
Batting Average Julian Barber Colorado .340
Home Runs Oswaldo Blanco Colorado 47
RBI Mitchell Sweeney New York 134
Stolen Bases Yamany Cubillan Florida 72
Hits Julian Barber Colorado 224
Runs Julian Barber Colorado 150
OBP Julian Barber Colorado .419
SLG Julian Barber Colorado .595
OPS Julian Barber Colorado 1.014
Pitching
American League
ERA Carlos Colome Salem 2.25
Wins Carlos Colome Salem 26
Strikeouts Chick Munson Houston 237
Saves Lariel Benitez Houston 40
WHIP Armando Merced Houston 0.98
Innings Pitched Carlos Colome Salem 280.0
Quality Starts Carlos Colome Salem 34
Complete Games Randall Washington Houston 8
Shutouts Bob Graves Cheyenne 3
Chick Munson Houston 3
National League
ERA Red Collins Florida 2.33
Wins Red Watten Florida 19
Strikeouts Red Collins Florida 194
Saves Andre Harper Richmond 52
WHIP Red Collins Florida 1.03
Innings Pitched Jason Brock Richmond 234.0
Quality Starts Stevie Douglas Buffalo 26
Red Collins Florida 26
Complete Games Jason Brock Richmond 3
Hugh Sexton Nashville 3
Hack Lawson Dover 3
Shutouts Hugh Sexton Nashville 2
Red Collins Florida 2

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Season 33 Final Power Rankings

The regular season is complete for Season 33 of Cobbfather, so it's time to check in with the final power rankings of the season.  And there's a new #1!  It's Salem, who finished with the best regular season record and in the top 4 in both pitching and hitting.  The top pitching team and the squad who finished with the best record down the stretch, Houston, checks in at #2.  Previous #1 Cheyenne comes in at #3, while NL powers Florida and Montgomery round out the top 5.  Now for the biggest climbers and biggest falls since the last rankings!

Biggest Climbers: #15 St. Louis (+12), #18 Boise (+12), #6 Pawtucket (+7)

Biggest Falls: #27 Fargo (-10), #20 Boston (-6), #28 Detroit (-6), #30 Dover (-6)

It should be an interesting postseason with the top 3 all in the AL (2 in the same division!) and some great NL teams right behind them.  Good luck to the playoff teams, here are the complete final rankings!

Pitching Offense LAST 41
Team  W L PREV Rank Chg Rank Chg W L
1 Salem 111 51 2 3 0 4 2 30 11
2 Houston 105 57 5 1 0 7 1 31 10
3 Cheyenne 106 56 1 4 0 2 0 23 18
4 Florida 110 52 3 2 0 11 -4 29 12
5 Montgomery 99 63 4 5 1 5 -1 24 17
6 Pawtucket 94 68 13 7 1 20 -2 27 14
7 New York (NL) 89 73 10 9 0 12 2 25 16
8 Cleveland 91 71 7 11 -1 9 0 21 20
9 Little Rock 91 71 12 20 2 8 1 24 17
10 Buffalo  97 65 6 6 -1 15 0 17 24
11 Jackson 89 73 8 8 -1 17 0 21 20
12 Monterrey 86 76 9 21 -2 3 2 21 20
13 Kansas City 81 81 15 13 -1 19 1 21 20
14 Minnesota 84 78 11 10 3 22 -10 19 22
15 St. Louis 77 85 27 16 4 27 3 23 18
16 Sacramento 74 88 18 15 0 24 1 21 20
17 Charlotte  77 85 16 27 0 13 -1 19 22
18 Boise 75 87 30 22 -4 23 5 24 17
19 Richmond 74 88 19 18 7 25 -1 22 19
20 Boston  75 87 14 29 -2 6 -3 15 26
21 Milwaukee 70 92 20 17 0 18 3 18 23
22 Nashville 69 93 23 19 5 16 -1 19 22
23 Colorado 68 94 26 32 0 1 0 20 21
24 Los Angeles 71 91 21 12 4 29 0 20 21
25 Atlanta  69 93 25 28 2 10 1 19 22
26 Cincinnati 67 95 29 23 6 14 4 18 23
27 Fargo 71 91 17 14 -3 31 0 16 25
28 Detroit 70 92 22 25 -4 28 -1 15 26
29 Colorado Springs 64 98 32 31 0 20 1 17 24
30 Dover 68 94 24 26 0 26 -3 14 27
31 Portland 61 101 31 24 -10 32 0 14 27
32 New York (AL) 59 103 28 30 -8 30 -4 9 32

Friday, February 10, 2017

Season 33 Power Rankings #3

It's just about time to head down the home stretch of Season 33, but before we do, let's check in with the latest power rankings!  And there's a change at the top!  Cheyenne reclaims the #1 ranking, which it held in the Preseason and in the first edition of the season, continuing their solid play in posting the best record in Cobbfather to this point.  Salem checks in at #2, really upping their game all-around since the last power rankings.  The #1 ranking jinx didn't hit Florida too hard, as they check in at #3 and are still playing solid ball.  Montgomery and Houston round out the top 5.  Let's see who the biggest climbers were and who took the biggest falls since the last rankings.

Biggest Climbers: #19 Richmond (+11), #21 Los Angeles (+10), #18 Sacramento (+6), #22 Detroit (+6), #24 Dover (+5)

Biggest Falls: #30 Boise (-12), #13 Pawtucket (-10), #31 Portland (-8), #28 New York (AL) (-7), #23 Nashville (-6)

Here are the complete rankings, good luck in what should be a great stretch run!

Pitching Offense LAST 40
Team  W L PREV Rank Chg Rank Chg W L
1 Cheyenne 83 38 2 4 0 2 1 27 13
2 Salem 81 40 4 3 2 6 2 28 12
3 Florida 81 40 1 2 -1 7 -1 24 16
4 Montgomery 75 46 5 6 2 4 0 28 12
5 Houston 74 47 7 1 1 8 10 25 15
6 Buffalo  80 41 8 5 2 15 -2 28 12
7 Cleveland 70 51 6 10 0 9 2 23 17
8 Jackson 68 53 9 7 -1 17 1 22 18
9 Monterrey 65 56 12 19 -2 5 5 23 17
10 New York (NL) 64 57 11 9 3 14 6 23 17
11 Minnesota 65 56 10 13 2 12 0 22 18
12 Little Rock 67 54 15 22 4 9 7 26 14
13 Pawtucket 67 54 3 8 -5 18 -9 18 22
14 Boston  60 61 13 27 1 3 -1 20 20
15 Kansas City 60 61 16 12 2 20 1 20 20
16 Charlotte  58 63 14 27 2 12 -7 18 22
17 Fargo 55 66 19 11 -1 31 0 20 20
18 Sacramento 53 68 24 15 5 25 -3 18 22
19 Richmond 52 69 30 25 -3 24 2 21 19
20 Milwaukee 52 69 20 17 -1 21 -6 17 23
21 Los Angeles 51 70 31 16 9 29 0 19 21
22 Detroit 55 66 28 21 2 27 1 18 22
23 Nashville 50 71 17 24 -6 15 2 15 25
24 Dover 54 67 29 26 -2 23 2 18 22
25 Atlanta  50 71 22 30 0 11 -4 15 25
26 Colorado 48 73 26 32 0 1 0 15 25
27 St. Louis 54 67 27 20 -2 30 0 17 23
28 New York (AL) 50 71 21 22 -1 26 -2 16 24
29 Cincinnati 49 72 25 29 -2 18 -4 15 25
30 Boise 51 70 18 18 -5 28 -1 14 26
31 Portland 47 74 23 14 -5 32 0 12 28
32 Colorado Springs 47 74 32 31 0 21 2 15 25

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Season 33 All-Star Coverage

The All-Star break is here for Season 33, so let's see who made this season's teams!

In the AL, Cheyenne led the way with 7 All-Stars, with Pawtucket having the next most with 4. Pawtucket's Thomas Hutchinson leads this season's AL squad, making his 10th All-Star appearance! There were 9 first-time All-Stars on the AL roster this season.

In the NL, Florida had a most impressive 9 All-Stars, one of the highest totals to date!  Montgomery also had 5 players make the squad.   It's a young squad for the NL this season, with no players having over 5 career appearances and 16 first-time All-Stars!

Here are this season's complete rosters!

American League All-Stars
Starters
Player
Team 
Appearance
C
Sean Dahl
Colorado Springs
5th
1B
Cyrus Morton
Cheyenne
2nd
2B
Wandy Guillen
Cheyenne
2nd
3B
Davey Franco
Jackson
2nd
SS
Clem Davis
Pawtucket
1st
LF
Giovanny Stanley
Cheyenne
1st
CF
P.J. Roberts
Boston
4th
RF
Ryan Martin
Pawtucket
4th
DH
Robert Hamilton
Houston
2nd

Pitchers
Player
Team 
Appearance
P
Carlos Colome
Salem
3rd
P
Troy Hudek
Charlotte
4th
P
Armando Merced
Houston
3rd
P
Thomas Hutchinson
Pawtucket
10th
P
Yeico Oliva
Cheyenne
4th
P
Braeden Abercrombie
Sacramento
3rd
P
Bob Graves
Cheyenne
4th
P
Antone O'Neill
Salem
1st
P
Olmedo Valdez
St. Louis
1st
P
Bob Berg
Cheyenne
3rd
P
Francisco Aramboles
Cheyenne
9th
P
Yeico Miranda
Pawtucket
4th
P
Tony Mota
St. Louis
4th

Reserves
Player
Team 
Appearance
C
Rob Gagne
Charlotte
1st
1B
Albert Cruz
Milwaukee
8th
2B
Hipolito Villar
Jackson
1st
3B
Tony Cassevah
Salem
4th
SS
Ugueth Perez
Fargo
2nd
LF
Emmanuel Moore
Charlotte
1st
CF
Norman Berry
Little Rock
1st
RF
Rubby Javier
Boston
1st

AL All-Stars by Team
Cheyenne 7
Pawtucket 4
Charlotte 3
Salem 3
Boston 2
Houston 2
Jackson 2
St. Louis 2
Colorado Springs 1
Fargo 1
Little Rock 1
Milwaukee 1
Sacramento 1

National League All-Stars
Starters
Player
Team 
Appearance
C
Michael Mancuso
Monterrey
2nd
1B
Julian Barber
Colorado
2nd
2B
Gerry Camilli
Florida
1st
3B
Yasmany Cubillan
Florida
1st
SS
Wesley Magadan
Montgomery
1st
LF
Wiki Unamuno
Montgomery
5th
CF
Hod Haynes
Colorado
1st
RF
Edinson Hernandez
Montgomery
5th

Pitchers
Player
Team 
Appearance
P
Juan Belliard
New York
3rd
P
Eric Owings
Dover
2nd
P
Red Collins
Florida
4th
P
Bryant Landrum
Monterrey
3rd
P
Red Watten
Florida
1st
P
Steve Douglas
Buffalo
1st
P
Jason Sprague
Florida
1st
P
Alberto Gonzalez
Colorado
1st
P
Philip Jenkins
Montgomery
1st
P
Felix Tanaka
Cleveland
1st
P
Felipe Barrios
Florida
1st
P
Bo Nelson
Florida
4th
P
Dock Kramer
Monterrey
4th
P
David Martin
Dover
2nd

Reserves
Player
Team 
Appearance
C
Edgardo Vazquez
Kansas City
2nd
1B
Albert Pineda
Florida
5th
2B
Tony Cespedes
Montgomery
1st
3B
Eli Calixte
Dover
2nd
SS
Jumbo Camacho
Buffalo
1st
LF
Dennis Stewart
Florida
1st
CF
J.T. Constanza
Minnesota
1st
RF
Louie Bennett
Buffalo
1st

NL All-Stars by Team
Florida 9
Montgomery 5
Buffalo 3
Colorado 3
Dover 3
Monterrey 3
Cleveland 1
Kansas City 1
Minnesota 1
New York 1

Results
National League 6
American League 7
W - Miranda
L - Gonzalez
S - Valdez
HR - U. Perez

All-Star Game MVP - Ugueth Perez, Fargo - 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, R
Home Run Derby Winner - Rubby Javier, Boston - 31 HR
Futures Game MVP - Olmedo Feliz, Boston - 1-2, HR, RBI