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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 t…

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 maint…

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 thr…

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 C…