Thursday, December 11, 2008

Decade of Dominance - St. Louis HoundDogs

Mortimer Phillpotts - Cobb Times Herald

Decade of Dominance - Highway to Helena
In seaon one of Cobb World, the St. Louis HoundDogs were known as the Toledo Toodleedoos. There was nothing remarkable about that team, but when they moved to Rochester the following season they built the foundation for a winning team that still stands today. The franchise made it to the World Series in season 2, and has commanded the NL East for most of the time since.

#11 - St. Louis HoundDogs
Franchise Power Ranking: 57
Best Year: 99-63, s8 - Worst Year: 68-94, s1
Postseason Achievements: 5 Division Titles, 1 Wild Card Berth, 1 DCS Title, 1 NLCS Title.
Best Player: Rico Romero - Although he isn't as famous as the shades donning Rico Estrada, Rico Romero has been the rock in the HoundDogs lineup and in the field, racking up 1,563 hits, 4 All Star appearances, 1 Silver Slugger, and 1 Gold Glove.
Best Pitcher: Banana MacBride - Lights out closer Banana was a 5 time All Star, a Fireman of the Year, and is the HoundDogs career leader in saves with 215.
Best International Prospect:
Jimmie Julio
Best Draft Pick: Chipper Harper
Franchise Theme Song: I Wanna Be Adored by the Stone Roses - As many owners in Cobb World know, HoundDogs owner rbf4 isn't shy about promoting his players, or his love of Brit Pop. This song combines both!
Franchise Highlights: Franchise made the World Series in Season 2, losing to furniss13's squad. Franchise has 5 division titles, and 1 Wild Card appearance. Outside of season 1, the franchise has never had a losing season. Franchise has drafted many fine players, including stud 1B Chipper Harper. Franchise has has been an active participant in the international market, signing players like 14.8 million dollar C Jimmie Julio. Franchise has maintained a winning record over many seasons with payrolls exceeding 110 million dollars.
Franchise Lowlights: Franchise was the first to have a losing season in the city of Toledo, posting a 68-94 record in season 1. Outside of season 3, franchise has never advanced out of the opening round of the playoffs. Franchise publicly bucked Lars the Greeks predictions in season 10, but none the less fell victim to the prognosticator's uncanny accuracy.
Franchise Outlook: The NL East has taken over the mantle of toughest division in Cobb World from it's AL counterpart, and the HoundDogs don't have an easy path to success with Syracuse and Wichita having young and very good squads, and Boston rapidly improving. Still, St. Louis will be in the playoff picture for the next few seasons at least, and with a good break here or there could challenge for the division title and beyond.

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