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North Division Update: Both Bridgeport and Long Island won tonight, with the Ducks remaining a half game ahead of the Bluefish. Bridgeport has one game left, Long Island has two. Each team has identical win totals.

Lunar Out: Somerset Patriots C Fernando Lunar suffered a quad injury and is expected to miss at least the next two weeks of play. Somerset is expected to sign a catcher as soon as possible – Marcos Sanchez and Sandy DeLeon are two names that come to mind as being available. There’s another catcher rumored to be in talks with the team, but he’s unavailable right now.

Lunar will also be unavailable to participate in the All-Star Game, and will likely be replaced by Camden’s John Pachot.

UPDATE: The Patiots have traded a player to be named later for Bears C Jeremy Booth. Fernando Lunar has been put on the DL. Lunar was replaced on the All-Star team by Surf C John MacLeod. Surf OF Gary Johnson was also added to the team, giving the third place Surf 10 All-Stars.

The Road Warriors are a third place team, and they’ve got four guys in the game…

Anyway, MacLeod was hitting .185 with 0 HR and 5 RBI going into tonight’s action. Pachot was hitting .233 with 5 HR and 20 RBI. I’d have either said Pachot or Travis Anderson (.202, 1 HR, 10 RBI) should have replaced Lunar, but MacLeod is getting a reward of sorts for catching Lincoln Mikkelsen’s no-hitter.

Futures Game: After I got done talking to Yankees prospect Phil Hughes about his thoughts on being selected to the Futures Game, I got to thinking if there had been any Atlantic Leaguers ever selected to the game. And, of course, there were a few. I was surprised to see a few of the names on there, shocked to see one of them.

Jeff Austin, 2000 — Ducks
Stephen Drew, 2006 — Riversharks
Jimmy Journell, 2002 — Bluefish
Juan Pena, 2001 — Pride
Mike Rivera, 2001 — Surf
Luis Saturria, 2000 — Ducks
Billy Sylvester, 2001 — Patriots

I can’t dig up a 2000 box score — only Saturria pops up in the game story as having grounded into a fielders choice — but here’s a rundown of how the others did. Drew obviously hasn’t played yet, as the game takes place tomorrow. 4PM, ESPN2.

Journell did not pitch.

Pena was taken yard by Adam Dunn in the 3rd inning. He gave up another hit to Joe Borchard and also walked Nick Johnson. He also threw a wild pitch.

Rivera was 1-for-2, but overthrew his second baseman, Felipe Lopez, on a steal attempt by Chase Utley.

Sylvester closed out the game for the USA squad, facing just one batter, Angel Berroa.

From getting to watch Mike Pelfrey make his MLB debut tonight and seeing Hughes pitch in the Futures Game tomorrow, it’s nice to see some of my Eastern League feature subjects make it big.

That’s Right, All The Marbles: The Ducks home game against the Atlantic City Surf on July 10th will more than likely decide the North Division. The Ducks are a half game ahead of the Bluefish heading into today’s games, and Bridgeport only has two more games to play. The Ducks have three, including this rescheduled contest. The Ducks finish up against the Road Warriors at home (duh) and Bridgeport takes on Newark, also at home. – Mike Ashmore

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1. Anonymous - July 8, 2006

Very, very interesting Mike. Great work!

2. Anonymous - July 9, 2006

The funny thing about the catcher situation is that they did not break down like I think it was the East Coast Hockey League this year. Which had no good goalies leftfor the 3rd spot, so they took the 4th best goalie from the western division and put him on the east squad.

3. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 9, 2006

Well, I’m glad they didn’t do that…would have been like asking Sandis Ozolinsh to wear a Panthers jersey in the skills competition after he got traded.

You want a good All-Star Game idea? Give the winner of the game home field advantage in the championship series. If they’re not going to give it to the team with best regular season record — which they currently don’t — then why not adopt Major League Baseball’s idea and give the game a little more legitimacy.

Currently, the South Division has the third home game. The North Division will have it next season, and so on. It alternates each year.

I bet the teams would be selected a little more carefully if that were the case. Make it mandatory that the managers of the teams in the previous year’s championship series are managing the All-Star teams, because they’ll understand how important that home field advantage can be.

25-man rosters; fans pick the starters and the starting pitcher from each team. Release the fan voting totals! Give the player with the most votes special recognition as being the leading vote-getter. No more than eight players from any one team, and no less than three.

The players, media, and general managers should each have some impact in the vote. Then, each All-Star manager should have a few selections as well.

What are your ideas for the All-Star Game? Post em’ here…

-Ashmore-

4. Anonymous - July 9, 2006

I would love for the AL to release the vote totals for the players as how know idea where my favorite players stood. I really enjoy this website and check in for news daily. Appreciate all the work you put into this.


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