13 February 2008

Salary Dispute Ruining Montgomery's Winning Season

At 73-46, and riding a seven-game win streak, reporters would expect the talk in the Constitution City to be about the Stits fifth division title in the seven year league history, or perhaps a playoff run that may bring the team in gray back to the World Series.

Instead, talk on the streets and in the locker room is downright ugly.

Constitution star Peter Mitchell has been a quiet ficture in the middle of the Montgomery lineup, but he will be a free agent at the end of this season - and he wants an extension right now. "Peter has paid his dues for Montgomery," the star catcher's agent Tommy Diaz said recently. "He just wants to be treated with the respect his play has earned."

Mitchell is the Constitutions' all time hit leader and runs leader. In his seven years with Montgomery, the slugger has batted .309, .316, .349, .372, .317, .354, and is currently batting .355 this season. The 30-year old star has compiled the top three single season batting average in the franchise's history and has reached 200 hits in three different seasons.

Speaking of the ongoing negotiations, Diaz has concluded that General Manager Beernoser is being unreasonable, and the Stits are therefore likely to lose their star hitter. "I conclude that General Manager Beernoser is being unreasonable, and the Stits are likely to lose their star hitter," Diaz said.

Diaz also pointed out that while Noser has always claimed poverty since Montgomery is a small market town, the team just signed Chip Turner to a $ 30 million contract, and Mitchell deserves at least as much. "But we're not even asking as much," the advocate pressed, adding, "Peter has come to work every day for seven seasons. He's never made trouble, never been injured, and has led the Stits to great success. Now he expects to be paid accordingly."

Batting coach Louis Robinson has worked with Mitchell and his sweet opposite field power stroke for four seasons. He said he doesn't want to take sides, but just wants his star hitter signed.

So where are we going from here?

The slugger met privately with GM Noser yesterday and while he has been characteristically silent during the negotiations, he did note after the meeting that "this was the g*d d***ed biggest pile of squirrel s**t that I've ever had to listen to. That piece of s**t, c**k-su****g, m****r-f*****g, pile of camel dung is going to make me leave this sorry-a***d m****r-f*****g franchise, that f*****g son of a w***e, g*d-d**n it to f*****g h**l. I've given seven f*****g years to this f****d-up team, and now I feel like my insides are being torn out by that monkey-faced, d****less mutant b*****d. It's like he's casting a fishing pole up my a*s and pulling my insides out with one of those m****r-f*****g three hook lure things, that sorry a***d goat faced s**t for brains."

First year bench coach Chili Hayes said he was "hopeful the two sides would come together shortly."

10 February 2008

The Futility File

Dion Lambert, Iowa City Beef.

As a swingman for the Beef, Lambert has appeared in 36 games and offers a 1-9 win-loss combined with a 8.29 era. Lambert leads all of Capra pitchers in walks by allowing 89 free passes in 84 innings. While opponents are hitting a not-terrible .289 against Lambert, they are reaching base at a staggering .439 clip while slugging .554 against the 28 year-old righthander. Lambert has been relegated to the bullpen after making 77 starts in his 4+ seasons in the bigs for career record of 17-41 with a 7.36 era and 2.03 whip.

Andrew Priest, Cleveland Brewdogs.

The old adage is that one has to be a good pitcher to lose 20 games, or they would not be handed the ball that much to begin with. Priest challenges this notion after going 6-20 last season with a 6.6 era. In the current campaign Priest is 3-11 with a 8.86 era. Opponents are hitting .324 and slugging .593 off of this 4th-year lefthander. Similarly, Priest managed a 2-15 record and 6.8 era in season 5. To maintain his career era, he'll need to lose about two whole runs off of his current numbers.

Jimmie Mitchell, Pawtucket Patriots.

Mitchell's current line of .250/.309/.341 is not particularly putrid. There are certainly worse figures around. Our concern lay in his stolen base, er, success rate of 4 swipes in 17 attempts. 34 year-old Mitchell is DHing for the Patriots this season after playing centerfield for the better part of his career. And despite an 88 batting eye, he's managed a meager 29/71 BB/K ratio on the season. All to the tune of 6.4M in what is surely the final year of his contract with Pawtucket.

National League takes All-Star Game, 8-2

In the 7th annual Mid-Summer Classic(although the first that has been actually simmed in Capra), the Senior Circuit coasted to an 8-2 victory over the American League in a game held last week.

With Brett Tracy on the disabled list due to a sore shoulder, Atlanta's James Bush got the nod for the NL while Ottawa's Dennys Yamakazi led the way for the AL. Both pitchers lasted two innings and each allowed a solo home run in the 2nd, with Fargo's Harry Pascual going yard against Yamakazi and Boston's Diego Santana crushing a ball over the left-center wall to even things up.

However, the NL offense pushed ahead in the third, led by Walt Cashman and Kip White run-scoring singles, followed by Charles Jones putting the brakes on the AL offense for the next three scoreless innings. St. Louis' Hong-Gu Hyun put the game on ice with a grand slam to dead center field in the 4th. Each side pushed across lone runs in the 7th and 8th innings, but the AL managed to squeak out only three hits from the third inning on. Hyun won player of the game honors, Jones got the win, and the National League walked away with bragging rights for now.

03 February 2008

Blog This

Added to the sidebar a sampling of other HBD blogs, which have been picking up in popularity over the last month. Look around and recommend any columns you'd like to see written up. Admin has said they will be adding blog links to World Home Pages, as well as widgets that will allow us to more conveniently post player images and profiles.

Home Run Derby Champ

Alexander Henry goes large in knocking 40 bombs out of the yard in today's Derby, the first ever for Capra. Henry, just 27 and already with 205 career round-trippers, is on pace for his best campaign yet at .353/.444/.684. Craig Phelps, Boise's new catcher, came in 2nd with 31 moonshots, while his teammate, RF Alberto Sosa, came in 3rd at 14. Note: all three of these guys play in the NL West.

American vs. National

Quick History: The Junior Circuit has two world series trophies(Seasons 1 and 6) while the Seniors had a run of four titles from seasons two through five. The NL features Capra's three career Wins leaders in pitchers Brett Tracy, Diego Ozuna, and Matty Ortiz. The NL also hosts Capra's two leading all-time home run hitters in Henry Menechino and Kip White. However, the AL carries four of the top five all-time pitchers in Strikeouts, an important marker of mound dominance: Julius Edmonds, Brendan Grissom, Chris Larkin, and Charles Jang(of course, they all trail Tracy).

Since the league's onset, the Nationals have featured a total of eight 100-win teams, while the American side has put together seven teams that passed the century mark. The Senior Circuit has suffered a total of four teams to lose less than 60 games, while the Juniors have endured six teams that couldn't reach 60 W's.

But that's all in the past. Currently, the American League hosts the best team in Capra: not only do the Montreal Royales have the best record, but they are the repeating champs as well. In fact, the AL currently has eight teams to record more than 50 wins thus far. The NL can offer up only five. And while the league leaders in most hitting and pitching categories are split pretty evenly between the two circuits, the AL hosts six of the top seven run-scoring teams in San Juan, Montreal, Scranton, Albuquerque, Boston, and Montgomery. Considering that AL pitchers have to face DHs, in addition to many of the monster hitting teams mentioned above, the fact that they're running neck and neck with their NL counterparts in statistical categories speaks well of the talent in the junior circuit.

Conclusion: you decide in the voting tab to the right. But if the Senior Circuit has historically dominated, there seems to be dawning a new age of AL strength considering that much of its top talent right now is so young.