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Kansas City T-Bones to be Evicted Following Season

It appears as another independent team and city may be in jeopardy of going dark after the 2019 season… this time in the American Association.

It was announced today that the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas will be evicting the T-Bones for failure to make payments.

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Unified Government evicts Kansas City T-Bones for failed payments

Fox 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas is evicting the Kansas City T-Bones baseball team from their ball park in Village West.

The UG said the team defaulted on agreed upon payments to both the UG and Board of Public Utilities.

The government said the eviction letter was sent on Friday and has ordered the baseball team to leave the stadium and remove all of its property by Friday, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m.

The notice of the payments was sent Sept. 14, 2018, alerting the T-Bones it was behind in making required payments, according to the UG.

The UG said they re-worked the management agreement with the T-Bones in 2017 in an effort to keep the team in the stadium. Under the agreement, the team is responsible for paying current utility bills, past due utility bills and past due payments for use of the stadium.

The team is delinquent in paying $358,439.53 in current utility payments, $328,749.77 in past due BPU costs and $75,545.10 owed under the lease agreement for use of the stadium, according to the eviction notice.

The T-Bones owners have made only three out of 48 monthly payments of $1,678, making the baseball organization in default for 45 monthly payments.

The UG spent $8 million through an agreement in 2014 to buy the ballpark and make the T-Bones a tenant. Ehlert Development originally financed the $12 million ballpark, which was completed in 2003.

According to the UG, the eviction of the T-Bones from the UG owned ballpark does not erase the debts and that they reserve the right and intends to seek all remedies available to collect on the financial obligations.

In 2018, the T-Bones clinched their first American Association Championship.

FOX4 has reached out to the team for comment.

This will not effect the regular season, as the T-Bones end the regular season on September 2nd; However, the team is currently in 2nd place in the south division, and the championship series could last as late as September 16th.

*Update* Aug 19, 2019 7:45 PM ET

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*Update* Aug 19, 2019 8:55 PM ET

A statement from American Association Commissioner Joshua E. Schaub regarding the Kansas City T-Bones:

The American Association is aware of the press release sent by the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City regarding a dispute with Kansas City T-Bones flowing from utility payments. The league was aware the T-Bones were currently in negotiations with the Unified Government regarding the lease and had not been made aware of any ongoing disputes that would lead to today’s action.

The American Association will be working with the T-Bones and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City to resolve this matter and ensure American Association baseball stays in Kansas City for years to come.

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2019 CWL and Frontier Draft Opening Day Update

The regular season has started around independent baseball. This is the first update on the signings from the California Winter League and the Frontier League Draft.

About 50% of CWL signings are currently active on a roster while 40% of Frontier League Draft picks have made a team out of spring training.

If a player DID make an opening day roster, keep in mind that the posted statistics are based only on a few games since the season just started.

California Winter League Signings

CWL

MLB

JARRET MARTIN – TEXAS RANGERS (Pitched 4 games for AAA Nashville with a 17.47 ERA in 5.2 IP. Currently has a 7.20 ERA in 6 games and 5.2 IP with the York Revolution of the Atlantic League).

Frontier League

ANTHONY BALETO – RIVER CITY RASCALS (R-1 RHP 0-1 6.00 ERA 3 IP in 3 games.)
DEREK BANGERT – WINDY CITY THUNDERBOLTS (R-1 IF .000 avg 7 AB in 2 games. 1BB 3K. 1 RBI. Bangert was a Thunderbolt last year as well.)
JOE BECHT – WINDY CITY THUNDERBOLTS (R-2 OF .190 avg 21 AB in 6 games. 4 H 3 BB 6K 1 RBI 1 SB. Becht was a Thunderbolt last year as well.)
JACOB BOSTON – SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MINERS (Released in ST)
ELLIOT FORDE – WASHINGTON WILD THINGS (Inactive List)
GRANT GAMBLE – EVANSVILLE OTTERS (Released in ST)
RYAN GOWENS – GATEWAY GRIZZLIES (R-1 1-0 0.00 ERA 3IP in 1 game. 2K 1BB 1H)
JACKSON KLEIN – GATEWAY GRIZZLIES (Inactive List)
GLENN KUBEK – SCHAUMBURG BOOMERS (Released in ST)
AUSTIN MARCHANT – FLORENCE FREEDOM (Released in ST)
ALEX McCUNE – FLORENCE FREEDOM (Released in ST)
TRAVIS McQUEEN – RIVER CITY RASCALS (R-1 RHP 1-0 0.00 ERA 9 IP in 2 games – 1 start.)
NICHOLAS MICHAELS – LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS (Released in ST)
WILLIAM MYERS – EVANSVILLE OTTERS (Released in ST)
BRANDON NYLIN – WASHINGTON WILD THINGS (Released in ST)
FRANK PODKUL – JOLIET SLAMMERS (R-1 IF .182 avg 11 AB in 4 games. 1H 1BB 7K.)
KEVIN RILEY – LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS (Released in ST)
ALEX SANTANA – SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MINERS (E-2 OF/IF .200 avg 20 AB in 7 games. 4 H 4BB 12K 1 RBI.)
MICHAEL STRYFFELER – LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS (R-1 RHP 1-0 0.00 ERA 4IP in 3 games. 4K 5 BB 3H.)
SHINYA TOYAMA – SCHAUMBURG BOOMERS (Released in ST)
COLTEN TRAGER – JOLIET SLAMMERS (Placed on DL)

(21 signed, 8 have played)

American Association

TYLER GARKOW – WINNIPEG GOLDEYES (Rookie RHP 0.00 ERA 1 IP 1K)
KEVIN GRENDELL – LINCOLN SALTDOGS (Traded to: Fargo-Moorhead on 4/2. Traded to: Sussex County (Can-Am League) on 5/13. LS-2 LHP has not played)
DANIEL HERRERA – LINCOLN SALTDOGS (Rookie C has not played)

(3 signed, 1 has played)

United Shore Pro Baseball League

SETH BURRIS – EASTSIDE DIAMOND HOPPERS (Released)
NICK CAMPANA – BIRMINGHAM BEAVERS (OF .583 avg 7 H 14 AB in 3 games. 6 RBI 13 total bases.)
NOAH GOTSIS – EASTSIDE DIAMOND HOPPERS (RHP 1-0 0.00 ERA 5 IP, 1 start. 5 H 6K.)
ZACK GRAY – EASTSIDE DIAMOND HOPPERS (IF .167 avg 2H 12AB in 3 games. 3 RBI.)
WESLEY JONES – EASTSIDE DIAMOND HOPPERS (IF .417 avg 5H 12 AB in 3 games.
JENSEN KIRCH – WESTSIDE WOOLLY MAMMOTHS (Released)
T.J. WARD – BIRMINGHAM BEAVERS (IF .214 avg 3H 14 AB in 3 games. 1 RBI)
TODD WEISS – BIRMINGHAM BEAVERS (OF .000 avg 1 AB 1BB)

(8 signed, 6 have played)

Can-Am League

BEN MAUSETH – NEW JERSEY JACKALS (Released)
PARKER SNIATYNSKI – LES AIGLES de TROISRIVIERES (Rookie OF .500 avg 2 AB in 1 game. 2BB 1H 1K.)
JESSE RUSSO – LES AIGLES de TROIS-RIVIERES (Released)

(3 signed, 1 played)

Mexican League

KYLE LAZCANO – DURANGO GENERALES (Now playing for Delfines de La Paz in the Liga Norte de México)

International

GEN UTAMURA – PARIS UNIVERSITÉ CLUB (FRENCH
ELITE LEAGUE)
JUDAH WOLLENBURG – LOUVAIN LA NEUVE
PHOENIX (BELGIUM BASEBALL LEAGUE)

Frontier League Draft Picks

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Round 1

  1. Gateway Grizzlies- Reign Letkeman– RHP (R-1 1-0 0.00 ERA 6IP 1 start. 5K 2BB 2H)
  2. Florence Freedom- Ed Voyles- RHP (Released in ST)
  3. Gateway Grizzlies- Gunnar Buhner– 2B (R-1 .182 avg 2H 11AB in 5 games. 4BB 6K 2 RBI)
  4. Schaumburg Boomers- Joe Dougherty– RHP (R-1 2.07 ERA 4.1 IP in 3 games. 3K 2BB 4 H)
  5. Southern Illinois Miners- Cody Thompson- RHP (Placed on DL 5/8)
  6. Florence Freedom- Carson Lee- 2B (Released in ST)
  7. Schaumburg Boomers- CJ Lee- RHP (Released in ST)
  8. Evansville Otters- Anthony Maselli– SS (R-1 .000 avg 1BB 3K 5AB in 4 games)
  9. Gateway Grizzlies-Fernando Villegas- C (Released in ST)
  10. Joliet Slammers- Noah Sadler- LHP (Released in ST)
  11. Washington Wild Things- Joe Jones– RHP (R-1 0.00 ERA 1.2IP in 1 game. 4BB 1H 2K)

Round 2

  1. Windy City ThunderBolts- Brynn Martinez– SS (R-1 .308 avg 8H 28AB in 8 games. 6 RBI 3SB 1BB)
  2. Windy City ThunderBolts- Tanner Bos- 1B (Released in ST)
  3. Schaumburg Boomers-Pass
  4. Southern Illinois Miners-Jonah Deon-Hargraves- C (Released in ST)
  5. Florence Freedom- Pass
  6. Lake Erie Crushers- Luke Laurita- LHP (Released in ST)
  7. Evansville Otters- Tanner Pruett- LHP (Released in ST)
  8. Joliet Slammers- Justin Curry– RHP (R-1 0-1 3.85 ERA 2.1 IP in 2 games. 3BB 3K 2H)
  9. Washington Wild Things- Joba Ferrell- OF (Released in ST)

Round 3

  1. Gateway Grizzlies- Pass
  2. Windy City ThunderBolts- Pass
  3. Southern Illinois Miners- Nick Duron– RHP (R-2 0.00 ERA 1 Save. 1.2IP in 2 games. 1BB 1H 2K)
  4. Lake Erie Crushers- Brodie Bryan– OF (R-1 .217 avg 5H 23AB in 7 games. 4 RBI 1K 8K 1SB)
  5. Evansville Otters- Pass
  6. River City Rascals- Sam Thoele- RHP (Released in ST)
  7. Joliet Slammers- Kevin Mampe- 3B (Released in ST)
  8. Southern Illinois Miners- Jake Simpson C (Released in ST)
  9. Lake Erie Crushers- Pass
  10. River City Rascals- Tyler Sharp- RHP (Released in ST)
  11. Southern Illinois Miners- Heath Renz– RHP (R-2 5.78 ERA 4.2 IP in 3 games. 4K 4BB 5H)
  12. River City Rascals- Kyle Fimbrez– RHP (R-1 0.00 ERA 5IP in 3 games. 3K 1 BB 5H)
  13. River City Rascals- Jake Willsey- SS (Released in ST)

(27 signed, 11 have played, 1 additional on the DL )

 

Indy Ball Island will do another update after the first month of games are complete.