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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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Royals Organization Releases Matt Fields

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*UPDATE* Matt has announced that the Arizona Diamondbacks have offered him a contract! Congratulations Matt and best of luck in the next chapter of your baseball story! 

Back when I first started Indy Ball Island around 9 months ago, I was really worried about how I would be perceived by players when I asked for an interview.

One of the first players I wanted to write a blog post about was Matt Fields. I had seen him play in the Frontier League a couple years ago, and I knew Matt had an interesting journey that I really wanted to capture.  His story of perseverance is what Indy Ball Island is all about.

Through a connection I had with his manager in the Frontier League, I was able to get in touch with Matt in November and hear him tell his story. (I highly recommend giving it a read if you haven’t already. You can see that post HERE.)

Matt was awesome to work with. He gladly agreed to help with my post and encouraged me to stick with the writing. We’ve kept in touch, and I was really enjoying following him with the AAA Storm Chasers this season.

Despite having a decent year so far – batting .244 with 4 HRS this season – the Royals organization decided to release Matt after the game on July 3rd.

I just wanted to write a post on here to personally thank Matt and all that he has done for me.  He will never know how much he helped me out in a time when I wasn’t too sure of what I wanted to be doing with this blog. That’s the thing with baseball… It really is a small, close-knit community. Through baseball and an awesome mutual friend, I was blessed to have Matt come into my life in a time when I needed it the most.

Thank you, Matt. I wish you nothing but the best in whatever is next!

Below is his own blog post on his “Next Steps”:

On Friday, July 3rd, I played what will likely be my last game of professional baseball.

After the game, we were auctioning off our special jerseys before the fireworks started. I signed my jersey for the winners, then made my way up to the clubhouse. The bus was leaving for the 8 hour trip to OKC shortly, so I was getting ready to shower before the trip.

As I started to get undressed, the clubbie came in and told me my manager wanted to speak with me. There are really only two reasons your manager calls you in after the game. You’re either getting called up, or you’re getting released.

So many feelings flashed into my mind all at once. I haven’t been performing like myself. Baseball is a business, and I’ve seen the moves being made. Though this is how it’s been my entire career, I’ve never really been on this side of the mirror. But even before I walked into my manager’s office, I knew what was likely coming.

I braved myself and stepped inside. He asked me to close the door. He explained it simply, that these were some of the toughest days he has, that there were moves that needed to be made, and that the club just didn’t have room for me any more.

With that, I was officially released by the Kansas City Royals.

I thanked my manager and went out to say goodbye to my coaches and teammates. I’ve built amazing bonds with these people over the last few years. Truthfully, they’re all family. Just like in any family, there are ones you like and don’t like, but I love them all.

I packed up my bags, walked out the clubhouse, turned around and said “thank you” before driving off.

Every player knows that there will be a day when they have to hang it up. I expected to be filled with sadness when it came. Certainly, I had many emotions running through in the moment. Truly, I feel a profound sense of excitement. I am grateful for all the chances I had to play the game I love. Now, I will allow God to continue to lead the way. Only He truly knows why we are here and what comes next, but I’m looking forward to the journey ahead.

I intend to work hard, stay open, and move forward with the next chapter of my experience. I’ll be sharing it here as well, and I hope you’ll stay with me.

(http://www.mattlfields.com/next-steps/)

You can also check out his other posts about baseball and life on his website. You won’t be disappointed.