Monday, August 26, 2013

Season 20 Wrap Up

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Colorado Springs takes it all in Season 20!

The top two teams in the final regular season rankings battled it out in the Season 20 World Series, and it was # 2 Colorado Springs who bested # 1 Dover in a tough six game series.  Welington Aquino was a major factor in the playoffs for Colorado Springs, belting six home runs and driving in 11.   Arthur Camilli has to be considered the playoff MVP for Colorado Springs.  While the Starting Pitching got roughed up at times, whenever they had the lead, Camilli slammed the door shut, going 6 for 6 in save opportunities, with a 0.73 ERA in 12.1 innings. 

Dover played well, but the big trophy eluded them once again, as they have been runner-up in the World Series 4 times (S4, S7, S19, S20) without winning.  The playoffs can be brutal.  But Dover definitely has the talent to get back to the Series again next season for sure, and in the meantime, jiml60 can be consoled by reminiscing on his 11 other championships in other worlds.

Thanks to all for making it a great season.  Hopefully we'll have another quick rollover, and get going on Season 21 soon.  Spread the word, and let me know if you have any good candidates for what should be our very few openings this offseason.  See you next season!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Season 20 Awards Recap

While Dover and Colorado Springs are battling it out for the World Series crown, the Season 20 Award Winners were announced, let's take a look to see who took home the honors!

Most Valuable Player
American League -  Dustan Jackson, Kansas City -.309 AVG 45 HR 130 RBI 43 SB
Jackson had an incredible season leading a potent Kansas City offense by leading the AL in Runs and RBI and also posting a 40/40 year.  Pretty hard to argue against him with those numbers.  He won his second Silver Slugger award as well this season, but surprisingly, did not make the All Star team.  This is his first MVP award, and it is well deserved indeed.

National League - Greg Riley, Texas - .316 AVG 54 HR 159 RBI
After showing promise in his rookie year, Riley had a break out sophomore season, leading the NL in in Home Runs, RBI, Hits, SLG and OPS.  It's a pretty safe bet when you do that, you're going to win MVP.   He made the All Star team and won a Silver Slugger award as well.  At only 24, this could be the first of many MVP's for him, if he can avoid the injury bug.

Cy Young Award
American League -  James Haselman, Tampa Bay - 22-2 2.19 ERA 225K
Every superlative has been exhausted in describing Haselman, and I think everyone knows how great he is by now.  Haselman becomes the first ever 5 time Cy Young Award winner in Cobbfather history, and this is his 3rd consecutive win as well.  It doesn't look like he's showing any signs of slowing down either, so it's likely he'll continue to raise the bar for pitching excellence for seasons to come.

National League - Don Monahan, Dover - 21-2 2.90 ERA 194 K
Monahan had an extremely strong year as part of the league's best regular season team to capture his first Cy Young Award, edging out teammate Willie Arredondo for the trophy.  Monahan was acquired last season, and has been lights out for Dover ever since.  He definitely could be back in the winners circle again in future seasons, but will have strong competition, a few on his own team, amongst others.

Rookie of the Year
American League -  Paulie Flynn, Atlanta - 18-7 3.07 ERA 176 K
Flynn was the winner of the AL Rookie of the Year honors by a wide margin.   He proved to be quite the workhorse, with 10 Complete Games, and setting a new Cobbfather record by tossing 5 shutouts.  This could be just the start for Flynn, as he has the makeup to win several more awards throughout his career, although competing with Hasleman for Cy Youngs won't be an easy task.

National League - Willie Cerda, Little Rock - .277 AVG 44 HR 107 RBI
The long awaited debut in the majors of Willie Cerda has a big success, as he captured the NL Rookie of the Year honors this season.  An international signee from two seasons ago, Cerda is an amazing hitter, with incredible power, that should allow him to win multiple awards throughout his career.  His numbers this year might be the low end of what he see from him throughout his career

Fireman of the Year
American League -  Arthur Camilli, Colorado Springs - 2.58 ERA 38 SV - 4th win
National League - Marvin Walsh, Pittsburgh -1.26 ERA, 43 SV - 2nd win

Silver Slugger Awards
American League
DH Joey Ryan Kansas City 2nd
C Vic Martinez Burlington 1st
1B Kendry Lunar Boston 1st
2B Dustan Jackson Kansas City 2nd
3B Carlos James Kansas City 3rd
SS Edgar Castro Colorado 1st
LF Crash Meacham Atlanta 1st
CF Vic Crowe Colorado Springs 1st
RF Stubby Shaw Boston 1st

National League 
P Juan Seanez Little Rock 1st
C Mark Martin Little Rock 5th
1B Greg Riley Texas 1st
2B Calvin Decker Little Rock 3rd
3B Pepe Guillen Minnesota 2nd
SS Albert Pineda Dover 2nd
LF Sammy Torres El Paso 2nd
CF Hub Petrov Buffalo 1st
RF Al James Pittsburgh 6th

Gold Glove Awards
American League
P Ron Gross Detroit 2nd
C Albie Lind Charlotte 1st
1B Vern Connelly Kansas City 1st
2B Benjamin Delcarmen Cleveland 3rd
3B Roberto Bennett Vancouver 9th
SS Walter Palmer Charlotte 1st
LF Clarence Loney Cleveland 3rd
CF Aaron Kennedy Boston 4th
RF Mike Worthington Tampa Bay 3rd

National League
P Carl Levis Philadelphia 1st
C Ron Murphy Texas 1st
1B Garrett Patrick Dover 1st
2B Ken Stammen Philadelphia 2nd
3B Joe Foster Buffalo 1st
SS Esteban James Pittsburgh 7th
LF Vic Gonzales Dover 1st
CF Jose Ortiz Omaha 1st
RF Donaldo Cordero Los Angeles 3rd

Monday, August 12, 2013

Season 20 League Leaders

The regular season is in the books for Season 20, so let's take a look at the league leaders!

In the American League, Kansas City duo Joey Ryan (Batting Average, OBP and OPS) and Dustan Jackson (RBI and Runs) dominated the leader board, while Luis Alarcon also led multiple categories (Home Runs and SLG). In the National League, Greg Riley had a most impressive season, leading the NL in Home Runs, RBI, Hits, SLG and OPS.  Wow!  Pepe Guillen captured the batting title, while leading the NL in OBP. Here's the complete offensive league leaders.

American League
Batting Average Joey Ryan Kansas City .344
Home Runs Luis Alarcon Colorado Springs 50
RBI Dustan Jackson Kansas City 140
Stolen Bases Khalil Floyd Helena 56
Hits Lastings Morris Colorado 210
Runs Dustan Jackson Kansas City 129
OBP Joey Ryan Kansas City .433
SLG Luis Alarcon Colorado Springs .619
OPS Joey Ryan Kansas City .996

National League
Batting Average Pepe Guillen Minnesota .326
Home Runs Greg Riley Texas 54
RBI Greg Riley Texas 159
Stolen Bases Ken Stammen Philadelphia 85
Hits Greg Riley Texas 203
Runs Garrett Patrick Dover 127
OBP Pepe Guillen Minnesota .404
SLG Greg Riley Texas .616
OPS Greg Riley Texas .993

In the American League, the dominant pitcher once again was James Haselman,who lead the league in ERA, Wins, Strikeouts, WHIP and Quality Starts.  His 0.90 WHIP was the 5th best all time, and his 28 quality starts tied for 5th best all time.  I think it's safe to say, a record breaking 5th Cy Young Award is in his future.  Also worth a mention, Paulie Flynn tied for 2nd best all time in Complete Games with 10 and set a new record for shutouts with 5.  Very impressive!  In the National League,  Willie Arredondo tied the mark for 5th most Wins with 23, while Rusty Hogan led the league in ERA and WHIP. Here are the complete pitching league leaders!

American League
ERA James Haselman Tampa Bay 2.19
Wins James Haselman Tampa Bay 22
Strikeouts James Haselman Tampa Bay 225
Saves Allen Cox Kansas City 40
WHIP James Haselman Tampa Bay 0.90
Innings Pitched Ned Meyers Colorado Springs 255.1
Quality Starts James Haselman Tampa Bay 28
Complete Games Paulie Flynn Atlanta 10
Shutouts Paulie Flynn Atlanta 5

National League

ERA Rusty Hogan Los Angeles 2.22
Wins Willie Arredondo Dover 23
Strikeouts Lewis Peterson Pittsburgh 232
Saves Marvin Walsh Pittsburgh 42
WHIP Rusty Hogan Los Angeles 0.93
Innings Pitched Lyle Wallace El Paso 252.0
Quality Starts Groucho Leiter Austin 26
Complete Games Mack Porter Washington 6
Shutouts Ben Lincoln Omaha 3

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Season 20 Final Regular Season Power Rankings

The Season 20 regular season is in the books and the playoffs are right around the corner, but first, let's take a look at the final power rankings.  Dover took the over top spot for the third time in a row, but the best records down the stretch were pitching heavy Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, so the playoffs will be interesting for sure.  These two teams came in at #8 and #6 respectively due to low offensive totals, but have to be considered strong contenders for the World Series title.  And you can't forget Vancouver, who is going for a three-peat, who played well down the stretch as well.  Good luck to the playoff teams, it will be fun to see who grabs the title with so many strong contenders!  Here are the complete final rankings.

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1 Dover 109 53 1 Looking solid heading into the playoffs, offense is firing
2 Colorado Springs 99 63 7 Great down the stretch, and well balanced all around
3 Tampa Bay  102 60 3 Played very well the last 40, earning AL's top seed
4 Little Rock 94 68 2 Struggled a bit towards the end, but numbers are strong
5 Buffalo  95 67 8 Pitching very solid, and getting enough on offense
6 Pittsburgh  106 56 6 Playing great, low offense hurt ranking, a top team for sure
7 Boston  96 66 4 Great offense, but pitching is a question mark in playoffs
8 Los Angeles 95 67 10 Best record in last 40, they are hot, incredible pitching
9 Vancouver  91 71 11 Playing better, and they know how to win in the playoffs
10 St. Louis 91 71 9 Great play down the stretch resulted in division title
11 Detroit  82 80 14 Probably a little unlucky this year, put up good numbers
12 Minnesota  89 73 13 Took steps forward this season, but just short of playoffs
13 Texas 94 68 5 Not great down the stretch, but made the playoffs
14 Atlanta  87 75 12 Back in playoffs after long absence, great young team 
15 Kansas City  83 79 15 They have the offense, but pitching needs an upgrade
16 Boise 82 80 17 Better pitching and they could be a playoff contender
17 El Paso  72 90 22 A bit unlucky, good, but not great numbers all around
18 Cleveland  80 82 26 Above .500 last 40, made good strides this season
19 Charlotte  79 83 18 Good young talent here, could use a bit more offense
20 Burlington  72 90 25 Team was unlucky, a few moves, and could be in the mix
21 New York  73 89 24 Decent enough pitching, but more offense needed
22 Omaha  76 86 16 Rough stretch run, after good first three quarters
23 Durham  71 91 28 Rough season, offense didn't produce like you'd expect
24 Austin  71 91 20 Really bad the last 40, and offense struggled all year
25 Syracuse  72 90 23 Pretty average across the board, but some good talent
26 Helena 66 96 19 Fell off at the end, but offense was pretty good this season
27 Philadelphia 71 91 21 Continuing to take steps forward, not a bad season 
28 Colorado  61 101 27 Their pitching staff needs major help, but good offense
29 Honolulu  67 95 29 Offense wasn't bad, but pitching needs some improvement
30 Seattle  59 103 31 Offense struggled, and pitching decent, but not enough
31 Washington  52 110 32 Not the worse down the stretch, but roster looks rough
32 Florida  55 107 30 Has some good, young players, but it hasn't come together