Kansas City T-Bones Blog

Saturday, February 15, 2003

Become a T-Bones Batboy
The T-Bones are looking for kids ages 12-16 to become T-Bones’ batboys for the inaugural season.

Do you want to tryout for the T-Bones?
Tryouts are currently scheduled for March 13th at Mac-n-Seitz and May 10th and 11th at Mid-America Sports Complex.

Friday, February 14, 2003

Sports Radio 810 WHB to Broadcast T-Bones Games
T-Bones Press Release - 14 Feb 2003

Northern League Transactions
2/13/2003 - Kansas City- Sold the contractual rights of OF Derrick Gibson (Veteran), to the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League.

WHB will broadcast T-Bones games for two years
Kansas City Business Journal - 14 Feb 2003

Jeffrey Flanagan
Kansas City Star, MO - 14 Feb 2003
"As expected, WHB (810 AM) officially signed a two-year deal Thursday to broadcast the T-Bones games. The second year of the deal is an option year in which either side has the opportunity to bail. Danny Clinkscale probably will be the play-by-play voice and will be supplemented by someone else for home games, probably on a rotating basis. One of those in the rotation will be Brian McRae, who told us last week he was interested."

Thursday, February 13, 2003

Mascot Naming Contest:
The Results Are In...

T-Bones Press Release - 08 Feb 2003
"Three different Kansas City area children, Nick Wooley, Jackson Reynolds and Sam Sprick suggested the name Sizzle. Each will receive four t-shirts, four hats, and four tickets to a T-Bones baseball game, where they will be invited to throw out a ceremonial first pitch. The three winners will also be invited to the T-Bones’ Hot Stove banquet, on March 14th, where Sizzle will be unveiled."

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Northern League Transactions
2/12/2003 - Kansas City signed C Jimmy Walker (Rookie) and RHP Tony Gomez (LS-4), acquired the contractual rights to RHP Jonathan Krysa (LS-1), from the Edinburg Roadrunners for future considerations.

Consideration of Olathe arena plan faces delay
Kansas City Star - 12 Feb 2003
"City Council members heard Tuesday night from a representative of Springfield hotelier John Q. Hammons, who is seeking tax incentives for an 8,000-seat arena and conference center. Steve Minton, the architect for Hammons, asked the council to expand the area eligible for tax incentives to accommodate a bigger project that would include a 6,500-seat baseball stadium and possibly a Bass Pro Shop. The council agreed to move forward with the request, although a final vote is not expected for more than a month. Today was the original deadline for Hammons to submit a redevelopment plan for building an arena, conference center and hotel on 27 acres at the southeast corner of 119th Street and Renner Road. Hammons got more time after he unveiled a larger project, which would require additional land for the stadium and a 120,000-square-foot retail store that could house Bass Pro."

"Minton said that Hammons could have a redevelopment plan ready for the city in 45 to 60 days. That plan will include revenue projections for the arena, conference center and stadium. No details were available about what teams would play at the arena or stadium, but Minton said Hammons was working hard on the project."

Council gives stadium plan positive nod
Olathe Daily News - 12 Feb 2003
"The developer of a proposed multi-million dollar sports arena, hotel and conference center got the green light from the Olathe City Council Tuesday to expand the plan to include a baseball stadium and a large retail building. Adding those two components would more than triple the size of the project area from 27 acres to 94 acres and expand the development, which is south of 119th street and west of Kansas City Road, across Renner Road."

"Steven Minton, senior vice president of architecture for the developer, said he could return to the council with an updated site plan and completed studies within two months. Minton said the 6,500-seat baseball stadium alone would add $15 to $20 million to the estimated $90 to $104 million investment to construct the arena, conference center and hotel."

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Northern League Transactions
2/7/2003 - Kansas City- traded OF David Jefferson to the Bangor Lumberjacks for RHP David Johnson
2/4/2003 - Kansas City- signed RHP Greg Bicknell. C David Ullery cleared waivers and is a free agent. Signed INF Sean Murphy

Olathe should reject tax-break request
Kansas City Star, MO - 11 Feb 2003
"Hammons is to present his project tonight to the Olathe City Council. He wants the tax breaks to help build an arena, baseball stadium, hotel conference center and retail store. Olathe officials already have approved some subsidies to develop land on the southeast corner of the I-35 and 119th Street interchange. Hammons wants the council to make land on the southwest corner eligible for new subsidies. That's where Hammons has discussed building a 6,500-seat baseball stadium. Under his proposal, this would be the third subsidized stadium for professional baseball teams in the metropolitan area. So far, it's not clear what team would play there."

Monday, February 10, 2003

Developer seeks more tax incentives for expanded Olathe arena project
Kansas City Star, MO - 08 Feb 2003
"Hotelier John Q. Hammons is asking Olathe for more tax incentives to help bankroll a proposed $100 million arena complex that has been expanded to include a baseball stadium. Hammons on Friday afternoon submitted plans that would broaden the scope of the project near the intersection of Interstate 35 and 119th Street. Hammons first proposed building a 300-room hotel, a conference center covering as much as 120,000 square feet and an 8,000- to 10,000-seat arena. The Springfield hotelier is now proposing much more, including a 6,500-seat baseball stadium along with a 120,000-square-foot box retail store. The hotel now would have 280 rooms and the conference center would be 100,000 square feet, less than half the size of Overland Park's $60 million convention center several miles away.

"This stuff is going to come together," Hammons said Friday. "Don't doubt that. It will happen." Hammons is scheduled to appear at Tuesday night's City Council meeting to discuss his proposal. Hammons would not say who would play in the arena or the baseball stadium. He also would not specify the retailer on Friday, although he previously had indicated that he wanted to bring a Bass Pro Shop to Olathe. Increasing the size of the arena project means that Hammons now needs a 67-acre parcel of land on the southwest corner of 119th Street and Renner Road in addition to a 27-acre site on the southeast corner."

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