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Team: Davenport Cobras [ID #273] Bookmark Davenport Cobras

Location: Davenport, IA (Midwest)

League: II.1 - East

Owner: jetsrock48 send message
          [since November 25th 2013 | last seen October 18th 2017]

Manager: Tracy Wisniewski

Ballpark: The Cobra Pit

Rank: #71 - Rating: 193.36

Fan Mood: 89.10

Prestige: 30

Color: Sunray

Team Notes:

• Jan 15 2034: Federico Solano was selected to the national team of Puerto Rico.
• Jan 15 2034: Gerard Gauthier was selected to the national team of Canada.
• Jan 15 2034: Ramiro Campos was inducted into the team Hall of Fame.
• Jan 15 2034: Ramiro Campos was released.
• Jan 15 2034: Tyler Edwards was inducted into the team Hall of Fame.
• Jan 15 2034: Tyler Edwards was released.
• Sep 14 2033: Christian Zappa was released.
• Mar 02 2033: Bradley Repetto was released.
• Feb 05 2033: Christian Zappa was claimed off of waivers.
• Feb 05 2033: Bradley Repetto was claimed off of waivers.


League Record:

Wins: 0 Losses: 0 Pct: .000 Last10: 0-0 Streak: -

Ave: 0.0 - 0.0 RS: 0 RA: 0 DIFF: 0

Cup:

Group 99 [0 | Still Alive]

Press Releases:

Apr 25 2032: Giovanni Throws a No-Hitter - by jetsrock48 on May 30th, 2017

On April 22, Edgar Giovanni threw Davenport's 2nd no hitter in team history! Needing 104 pitches, Giovanni shut down the Brooklyn offense, walking 3 batters and striking out 8 on the night. Edgar was firing all night long as he threw 73 pitches for strikes, constantly challenging the hitters. Fredrico Solano committed an error at short on the night as well.

Offensively, Luis Fajardo led the way as he went 4/4 with two doubles. Fowler and Wagner each had two hits each, as well as a 2-run homerun.

Brandon Hendricks threw Davenport's first no-hitter last season, and former ace Giovanni follows that up with his own terrific performance in 2032. Edgar is coming off a disastrous season and this is his 2nd terrific start (after spending two weeks on the DL). The Cobras can sure use their former ace returning to glory as the team looks to make its way back to League II.

Fun Fact: Two-time gold glove winner Fredrico Solano has committed a combined 11 errors in 2031 and 2032 while manning SS. He has committed an error in each of the Cobra's No-Hitters.


Jul 08 2031: No Hitter! - by jetsrock48 on April 3rd, 2017

It has happened! Brandon Hendricks has thrown the first no-hitter in team history on July 1, 2031 against the Thunder Bay Red Raiders. He tossed 9 sharp innings, yielding no hits, two walks, and striking out three. Fredrico Solano committed an error at SS in an otherwise stellar defensive effort all around. Hendricks carved through the Red Raider lineup, finishing with 15 ground ball outs and 7 fly outs. A masterpiece.

The team mobbed Hendricks after his 96th pitch of the night. A day of celebration commenced in what has otherwise been a lackluster season for the 29 year old. He will look to continue this success in hopes that this is the turnaround game for Hendricks.


Nov 04 2030: Year End Analysis and Awards - by jetsrock48 on February 16th, 2017

2030 proved to be a special season for the Cobras. After a miserable collapse in 2029 at the end of the season, the Cobras proved strong enough this season to hold onto the division lead throughout the entire season, and won the Eastern division by 4 games.

Team awards were announced today, with official awards coming in a few days. These team awards and comprised through a poll of voting that involves all the coaches (50%), the fans (25%), and the GM/owner (25%).

Offensive MVP: Julio Bonilla - in only 413 AB and playing exclusively against righties, he slashed an amazing .320/.345/.574 with 17 HR and 24 SB.

Pitching MVP: Ramiro Campos - while his W/L record may not be sexy (11-13) Campos pitched 224.1 innings to a tune of a 2.81 ERA and a 1.119 WHIP. He started a total of 30 games this season and logged 20 Quality Starts - constantly giving the Cobras a fighting chance every time he stepped on the mound. 2030 proved to be another stepping stone for Campos as this was the year he finally hit 200 innings in a season.

Most Improved: Luis Fajardo - giving the Cobras the leadoff man that they have lacked the past few seasons, Fajardo really showed up his eye at the plate. Finishing the year with a line of .277/.382/.374 with 102 runs, Fajardo was constantly getting on base and setting up the offense for the heart of the lineup. He also played steady defense at 1B, finishing with a 99.2 FLD %

Rookie of the Year: JB Foster - coming up with the spotlight on him, Foster and fellow rookie Jeff Fowler transitioned well into the major league club. The Cobra community is accustomed to seeing the team baby their pitchers and use them in situational roles their first season. Foster exceeded expectations, finishing the year with 43.2 innings, a 3.30 ERA but a lack luster 1.466 WHIP. Foster has shown he will be a key part of the bullpen moving forward, and still only 23 years old he has plenty of room to grow.

Analysis: The team was exactly what the experts said they would be coming into the season. Terrific pitching, good defense, and a struggling offense. 4 of the 5 starting pitchers finished with ERAs around 3.00, with former CY Young winner Edgar Giovanni struggling to a 3.82 ERA. Craig Vaughn proved to be a key member as well, constantly starting games with the massive amounts of injuries sustained by the starters. As a swingman, he finished the year with 44 games, 12 starts, 111.2 innings and a terrific 3.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP.

On the offensive side of things, 3B Pedro Arias and C Jeff Fowler struggled in the 8 and 9 spots in the lineup. Luckily, Julio Bonilla stepped up to offset the negatives. More production is expected out of the two as they grow older and gain more experience. Corey Elliott performed well in the #3 hole, slashing .268/.339/.452 with 22 HR and 29 SB. He may not be what he was two years ago, but he is still putting up respectable numbers. Bruce Grady was easily the team's most disappointing player. Putting up the worst numbers of his career and at age 30, much more is expected out of the starting CF in the prime of his career.


Jul 16 2030: Midyear Review and Saying Goodbye - by jetsrock48 on January 18th, 2017

Team owner and GM jetsrock48 finally pulled the trigger. He has called a press conference to discuss the release of Closer Larry Peterson. "The Davenport family would like to thank Larry for everything he has done for this organization. I know that before the season we had said that the plan was for Larry to play the year out and we would mutually part ways afterwards. But after the past few weeks, I personally called Larry into a meeting and he understood and agreed that the time to part was now. Mr. Peterson has been with this organization for the past 13 years, straight out of Vanderbilt Univ. Larry, I know you will have no trouble finding another team to play for and we wish you the best. For whatever plans you and have after baseball, I would personally like to wish you the best of luck to you and your family and the best success in any path that you choose. At this time I would also like to make it official that Larry will be the 6th induction to the team's Hall of Fame at the end of the season and he finishes with over 300 career saves - easily the highest in team history and a career ERA of 3.43. You have been the anchor in our bullpen for many years, finishing games with ease. Again, the Davenport family thanks you for your service and welcome to the team's Ring of Honor."

Rumors of Larry Peterson's release first started weeks ago after an incredibly strange season. Peterson started the first 1.5 months of the year flawless - not giving up a single run and in the midst of the best stretch of his career. Then it all crumbled. After his first blown save, a week later he suffered another. He seemed to give up at least a run in every outing after that and looked incredibly shaky while on the mound. He finally blew 3 games in a 6 game span and team manager, Tracy Wisniewski, announced that the Cobras were going with a closer by committee. Peterson hasn't appeared in a game in over two weeks. The fans knew what was coming and gave Larry a standing ovation during pregames and made him feel at home. A terrific career comes to an end for the Cobras and Larry served as a great mentor to J.B. Foster during the first half of the 2030 season.

As for the season itself, the Cobras sit in 1st place on the back of terrific pitching. Leading the league with an outstanding 3.33 team ERA, the starting pitching has been the talk of the town. Even with severe injuries to two of the five starters, the Cobras have had enough depth to push forward. Giovanni leads the pitching and three of the five finished the first half with ERAs under 3. The other two have been climbing towards that mark but sit in the 3.50 range. Giovanni and Edwards have been named this year's all stars. The hitting has been what we all expected - subpar. But it has been enough to win games and that is what matters. Headlining the hitters in the all star game is Julio Bonilla who is in the midst of an MVP type season, slashing .333/.350/.606. Fans have been shouting for Bonilla to play against lefties, but the team seems adamant in only playing him against righties. Joining Julio in the all star game are DH Billy Owen and 2B Corey Elliot. The team has seen steady progress out of young 3B Pedro Arias and rookie catcher Jeff Fowler as they both have shown good defense while gradually improving on offense as the season carries on. We will see if the Cobras can finish the season strong and retain their 1st place lead all the way to November.


Mar 15 2030: Top Prospects Promoted - by jetsrock48 on December 16th, 2016

The Cobras called up top prospect Jeff Fowler today and the buzz among the fans has begun. Fowler got his first taste in the big leagues in 2027 and struggled during his time up. He hopes for better results this time around and the team has assured him that the catching position is his. Saburo Agano, the Cobras starting catcher for the past 5 seasons is taking a back seat to the prospect, and has handled the demotion with class. "I understand the direction of this team. I've tried my hardest as a starter and am proud of my accomplishments, but my job now is to nurture Jeff. I look forward to see what he can produce and I want to help this team in any way that I can. Our future is bright."

Manager Tracy Wisniewski has also informed top pitching prospect, J.B. Foster, that he will also be promoted before the team's first cup game. He is expected to serve as the lefty specialist for the season, as the team hopes he can groom into the future closer, as Larry Peterson has announced this will be his last season with the team.

Team owner and general manager, jetsrock48 had this to say: "We've done a terrific job over the past decade in the draft. There were difficult decisions made in terms of who we decided to keep and who to let go, but our young players are the core of this team. Every player on the major league roster knows their role going into the year and we hope everybody can contribute. This should be another competitive year in League III and we hope to finish on top. All five teams are right up there in terms of talent and we are excited to get the ball rolling."