Cooperstown Iron Horses (CIP)      

2012 Parker title, 2009 Wildcard, 1999 Carter Division title

CBA Strat-o-matic League

Stadium: Wrigley Field
Conference: Rusty Staub
Division: Gary Carter

Oct 26th, 2015
Tim Hudson, a likely CBA Hall of Famer, has announced that the 2016 will be his last.  "It's time to hang it up and spend time with my family," Hudson said "I think I have one more season left in me where I can help a team win, whether it's in Cooperstown or elsewhere, but that will be it."
 
Hudson currently sits at 10th all time in CBA in strikeouts, 4th all time in wins, 3rd in innings, 2nd in starts and 9th in shutouts.
 
His 5th start of 2016 will make him the CBA all time leader in that category, passing Andy Pettitte who currently holds that title.
 
If Hudson can earn 14 wins in 2016, he'll leapfrog Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez to become CBA's most winning-est pitcher.  Whether he can manage that feat or not, this season Hudson joined those three pitchers as the only members of the 200 win club, currently sitting at 204. 
 

It remains to be seen if Hudson will be on the Iron Horse roster next season, or if teams who find his veteran presence appealing inquire about a trade.  He won't pitch like the Tim Hudson of old, but you can pencil him in for about 120-125 innings and an ERA around 4.40-4.45.  Tim said he may be willing to pitch out of the bullpen as well if it's what's best for the team.  Regardless of his role, it will be fun watching him pass some CBA legends in some impressive categories as he writes his own story in the history books.

IRON HORSES GALLOPING TOWARDS 2015

Associated Press

February 17, 2015 8:07 AM

 

COOPERSTOWN - There were lofty goals in Cooperstown during the 2014 season.  With Madison Bumgarner and Jose Fernandez already leading a strong starting rotation, a midsummer trade for ace Clayton Kershaw indicated anything short of a championship would be considered failure.  Unfortunately, the Ohio defense prevented those goals from being realized, and the focus has turned to 2015. 

Trading from depth to improve the roster has always been an important part of the Iron Horse strategy and this offseason has been no differrent.  Justin Upton was acquired to strenghten the middle of the lineup, Leonys Martin will provide much needed CF defense and speed and Luis Valbuena will man 3B against RHP so David Wright can focus on mashing LHP.   

The rotation appeared to be set for 2015 with a trio of aces; Kershaw, Bumgarner and Fernandez leading the way and veterans Tim Hudson and Jason Hammel stabilizing the back end... until Jose Fernandez made a startling announcement.  In a recent press release he announed he’d be missing the majority of the season to pursue his passion for cave exploration.  He’ll pitch 50 innings, then leave the team for his spelunking trip.  He will however, return in time for a bullpen role in the playoffs if the Iron Horses are lucky enough to make it.

To fill the void, the Iron Horse front office once again hit the phones and struck a deal with Joliet, trading away Josh Hamilton to bring in Nathan Eovaldi to fill the 5th starter spot in the rotation.  The abscence of Fernandez will make the roles of Hudson and Hammel that much more important. 

When asked about the draft, GM Jon Stamets indicated all eyes will be looking to the future.  “Basically, we have a complete team with 5 good starters, six great relievers and every starting spot in the lineup filled.  We’ll be looking for a SS to backup Tulowitzki, and some starting pitcher depth, but we’re ready to roll with the 25 players we’ve got right now.  We have 9 picks in rounds 3 through 6 and because we have no pressing needs, we’ll look to fill our Punxsutawney Pony roster with the best young talent available.”  When asked who the Iron Horses are considering to select with their 1st round pick, Stamets was a little more mysterious, “Let’s just say that’s not a concern of ours right now.” 

Has a gentleman’s agreement already been made?  After 8 trades with 7 different teams, it appears a 9th may be on the way, but we’ll have to wait until after the first pick of the draft to find out. 

Cooperstown Roster 2015

1997 1998-2002 2003-2004 2005-2006 2007-2009

 


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Age: 31 (Born 1982)
Hometown: San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
Years playing strat: 12

 

 

 

RECORD

RUNS

BAT AVG

HOME RUNS

Team

WON

LST

PCT

TEAM

OPP

DIFF

TEAM

OPP

TEAM

OPP

CIC 1997

85

77

.525

680

639

41

.261

.254

133

139

CIC 1998

78

84

.481

697

703

-6

.254

.251

167

150

CIC 1999

94

68

.580

806

657

149

.261

.248

194

164

CIC 2000

56

106

.346

739

1041

-302

.252

.287

205

250

CIC 2001

68

94

.420

733

903

-170

.250

.267

177

214

CIC 2002

107

55

.660

941

659

282

.281

.243

267

138

TDS 2003

78

84

.481

724

711

13

.245

.255

170

186

DDP 2004

77

84

.478

796

840

-44

.269

.274

215

227

CIP 2005

60

102

.370

732

974

-242

.266

.282

160

246

CIP 2006

65

97

.401

744

915

-171

.268

.287

186

248

CIP 2007

60

102

.370

685

906

-221

.264

.271

129

256

CIP 2008

79

83

.488

753

869

-116

.260

.264

203

201

CIP 2009

94

69

.577

928

894

34

.292

.272

216

234

CIP 2010

91

71

.562

798

681

117

.276

.250

209

183

CIP 2011

52

110

.321

653

930

-277

.250

.285

178

234

CIP 2012

101

61

.623

929

627

302

.291

.252

241

175

CIP 2013

69

93

.426

661

767

-106

.244

.268

172

181

CIP 2014

107

55

.660

760

529

231

.268

.229

180

139

Totals

1421

1495

.487

13759

14245

-486

.264

.264

3402

3565

 

 

Cooperstown Iron Horses Team History Page and stats.

Cooperstown Iron Horses Encyclopedia Team Statistics

OWNER
Timeline Owner/Manager Location
 
From 1997-03-01 to 2003-02-28 Scott Owens Gresham, Oregon, USA
From 2002-03-05 to 2004-07-20 Nick Flory Henrietta, NY, USA
From 2003-02-20 to 2004-02-27 Joe Damore Lewisvile, Texas, USA
From 2004-07-21 to 2004-09-08 Jeff Goldberg NY, NY
From 2004-09-09 to 2009-08-10 Ryan Wyckoff Tombstone, Arizona
From  2009-08-10 to Present Jon Stamets  
Name and Location
Year Location
1997-03-01 Scott Owens: Cooperstown Iron Horses
2003-03-01 Dan DiVirgilio: Texas Desperados
2004-03-05 Melford Bebble: Durango Dirtbags
2005-02-01 Ryan Wyckoff:  Cooperstown Iron Horses
2009-02-01 Jon Stamets:  Cooperstown Iron Horses
 

 

Historical record
.464 WON LOST
1997 85 77
1998 78 84
1999 94 68
2000 56 106
2001 68 94
2002 107 55
2003 78 84
2004 77 85
2005 60 102
2006 65 97
2007 60 102
2008 90 72
2009 94 69
2010 91 71
Total    

Cooperstown Iron Horses Encyclopedia Team Statistics

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Cooperstown undergoes major overhaul.

 
Cooperstown -- While most GM's were finishing holliday shopping and arranging holiday travel arrangents, Bob Fidler and Jon Stamets were hammering out the details on a blockbuster trade that will reshape the present and future of each of their teams.
 
It has been a whirlwind of an offseason for the Iron Horses, and now that the dust has settled, Cooperstown fans are struggling to find familiar names in the newly revamped roster.  Gone are anchors of the rotation Adam Wainright, Jon Lester and Kiroki Kuroda.  Onto greener pastures are hitters Justin Morneau, Travis Hafner, Raul Ibanez and Magglio Ordonez along with closer Francisco Cordero. 
 
Without the offensive firepower needed to hang in the tough Parker division, the Iron Horses acknowledged a change was neccesary.  "Considering the age of the veterans on the team, we needed to go for it now, or step back, retool and come back strong in 2012," Jon said, "We've made the team younger and added players who should be cornerstones of the team for years to come."
 
The rebuild began with help from the newly relocated Skoakie.  GM Josh "Wolfman" Shapiro wants to kick of the rebirth of his storied CBA franchise with a championship sesaon.  Skoakie added a veteran presense and middle of the order bat to the lineup in Magglio Ordonez.  Cooperstown was able to add young speedster Eric Young Jr. as well as a solid young backstop Nick Hundley. 
 
Next came a deal with Joe Wallace and his San Diego team.  "We needed a big left handed bat and a lefty in the rotation," Joe explained.  They certainly solved that need adding perenial MVP candidate Justin Morneau as well as young ace Jon Lester and catcher Nick Hundley.  Cooperstown added established youngsters Delmon Young and Jhoullys Chacin and also filled their closer need with Francisco "KRod" Rodriguez as well as oft-injured, but ace calibur SP Jake Peavy.  "We were hoping to focus a deal around Harden and Peavy, but we knew that in order to obtain a pitcher like Lester, either Daniel Hudson or Jhoullys would need to be included," Joe said.  In the end it was Chacin heading to Cooperstown.
 
Cooperstown and Stirling came together in a couple small deals sending utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. and young OF Lasting Milledge to the Iron Horses.  Stirling added picks to the deal in exchange for picks a round higher.  "When it came time to establish our 24 man roster, we just didn't have the room for those two guys," Stirling GM Malachi Nellum said, "We were just happy to see them go somewhere they could be better used and wish both of them the best."
 
When the Wolfmen of Skoakie needed to add some offense from the left side prior to the cut deadline, he knew where he could find it.  "We contacted Cooperstown since names had been thrown around before and a deal came together quickly," Josh said.  Cooperstown sent lefties Raul Ibanez and Travis Hafner for right hander Alfonso Soriano and a late pick.
 
After dealing Soriano and Hafner, the Cooperstown lineup needed some pop.  Corey Light had a different need for his Bashers.  "Speed was something the Bashers hadn't had in quite some time, and Brett gives us that plus great OBP and defense in the OF," Corey said.  He was referring to Brett Gardner, who Bryan acquired from Cooperstown for 1B/3B Casey McGehee.  With the departure of Morneau, the Iron Horses not only filled the void he left at 1B, but added some extra punch to a lineup that's seen many of its best hitters depart the team.
 
It was clear no player was untouchable on the Cooperstown roster, and rumors were flying as to who could possibly be dealt next.  Could KRod or Delmon Young be sent packing before even suiting up in an Iron Horse uniform just like Hundley?  Could ace pitcher Jered Weaver be moved?  What about the team leader Brian McCann and others?  For now at least, these players will still call Cooperstown home, but the same can't be said for Adam Wainright, Hiroki Kuroda, newly acquired Alfonso Soriano and Jerry Hairston Jr. as well as long time closer Francisco Cordero. 
 
These players were traded to Bob Fidler's Indiana Redbirds.  At first, it didn't appear a trade was possible.  "I knew we didn't have the ammunition to pull off a deal for Wainright," Bob said.  Things changed, however, when the Redbirds acquired a pair of young phemoms, Madison Bumgarner and Bud Norris, in seperate deals with Kennesaw and Joilet.  "After those deals were made, the Cooperstown front office contacted us and let us know a deal might be possible."
 
For two weeks, through nearly daily corrospondance, the two sides negotiated, fine tuned and tweaked the deal, at one point erasing and starting over before coming to an agreement.  "This is the type of deal that I love.  Careful deliberation by both sides, evaluating not only the needs of our own team, but of the other team as well to help create a realistic agreement," Jon said. 
 
It was established that in order to let go of Wainright, Cooperstown was going to have to receive a young trio of starters including Norris and Bumgarner, as well as Tommy Hunter.  "We knew we'd need the 3 of them, but also acknowledged that price was too high for Wainright alone," Jon said.  With a premium on young pitching these days, the Iron Horses were willing to add aging, but still effective starter Hiroki Kuroda to the deal, along with Alfonso Soriano, Hairston Jr. and Francisco Cordero.  Indiana added young shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera as well as their 1st and 3rd round picks in this years draft.  "We have always been high on Cabrera, but with Jose Reyes as our starter, we were able to include him without hurting ourselves too much in the short term." Bob continued, "Wagner will be taking the ball in the 9th inning for us, but Cordero will be a reliable guy to go to in setup situations and spell Billy if needed.  Soriano's power is a welcome addition to the lineup and Hairston Jr.'s ability to play anywhere on the field gives us a lot of flexibility. 
 
The 2009 CBA champion Redbirds are certainly built to win.  Their rotation of Wainright, Oswalt, Kuroda and Garland give them one of the best big 4 in CBA.  "Right now Figueroa and Kazmir are penciled in to compete for the 5th starter spot, but we're still looking at options outside the organization."  Wainright now becomes a candidate likely to win 20 games or more, pitching for a team who's lineup contains Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton as well as three other players who should hit 20 or more HRs.  This deal makes the Redbirds a favorite for a playoff spot with the possibility of yet another CBA championship.
 
As for the Iron Horses, their eyes are set on 2012.  With a young quintet of starting pitchers consisting of Jered Weaver, Madison Bumgarner, Bud Norris, Jhoullys Chacin and Tommy Hunter and led by vets Javier Vazquez and Jake Peavy, 2011 will be used to evaluate their best options for a rotation going forward from 2012.  "We'll probably be limiting most guys to 100-150 innings with the exception of Weaver, even Javy and Jake will be given extra time off."
 
When asked if offseason dealings were over for the Iron Horses, Jon smirked and responded, "Never say never."  When asked about his draft plans, he was more specific.  "We plan to bring in a player or 2 to compete with Milledge in RF.  We will also be looking for a left handed bat to help out at 1B/3B and maybe in the OF as well.  There are a couple pen spots that need to be filled and you can never have too much starting pitching.  We're willing to fill these spots through trades though... I much prefer a bird in the hand, but now that we have 5 picks in the first 3 rounds, we should be able to find players who suit our needs."
 
Though most of the Iron Horse veterans have been traded, one thing is clear.  The Iron Horse's front office phone lines will always be open for incoming calls from other GM's for a trade, no matter how big or small.

 


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