Kansas City T-Bones Blog

Saturday, May 24, 2003

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Saints win Northern league opener 9-5 over K.C. (Boxscore)
Minneapolis Star Tribune - May 24, 2003
It was pretty ugly as the Saints took a 9-0 lead in the 6th and KC didn't score until the 8th inning. The Bones stranded a lot of runners as they out-hit St. Paul and Sean Murphy failed to score despite 5 hits in the contest. T-Bones' starter Lance Franks lasted only 3 innings giving up 6 runs and Tom Masterman finished the game with 5 innings of relief.

More coverage of the T-Bones' inaugural game from the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the St. Paul Saints

Friday, May 23, 2003

The Kansas City T-Bones play their inaugural regular season game at 7:05 PM tonight against the St. Paul Saints at Midway Stadium. You can listen to the game on Sports Radio 810 AM WHB (or, if you prefer, the Saints' internet broadcast). The Saints get good coverage by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press and you may find a game story posted there before the Kansas City Star.

According to a Saints press release, the T-Bones traded IF Leland Swenson to St. Paul for a player to be named later.

It was announced on air tonight that the Fire Marshall set the capacity of CommunityAmerica Ballpark (including standing room only) at 7,093.

Fresh new look to old Northern League
Winnipeg Sun - May 23, 2003
A preview of the 2003 Northern League season

T-Bones open season tonight
Kansas City Star - May 23, 2003
"In the Northern League, players are toiling at the bottom of the rung, facing a long climb through Class A, Class AA, Class AAA and, ultimately, major-league baseball."

Actually, many players from the Northern League (and other independent leagues) that are signed by major league organizations start at the AA level or higher. Over half of the 27 former Northern Leaguers who made the big leagues started at the AA level or higher. Eight of these players went directly from the Northern League to AAA, including former Kansas City Royal Jeff Grotewold. Jeff went from playing for the Duluth-Superior Dukes (now the T-Bones) in 1994 to Kaufman Stadium in one short year.

Thursday, May 22, 2003

Council delays hearing on arena
Olathe Daily News - May 21, 2003
"The developer of a proposed arena, minor league baseball stadium, hotel and conference center at the southeast corner of 119th and Renner Road should have a better idea in a month of how a new state law will impact the development of the site. The Olathe City Council delayed Tuesday a public hearing for the project until July 17 after finding out that Olathe attorney John Peterson has joined the development team. "

Olathe council agrees to delay arena proposal again
Kansas City Star - May 21, 2003

Saltdogs win exhibition
Lincoln Journal Star - May 22, 2003

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

T-Bones to donate money to library for home runs
Bonner Springs Chieftain - May 15, 2003
The T-Bones are helping the Basehor Community Library in their effort to build a new facility. People can pledge a dollar amount to the new library for every T-Bones home run hit at CommunityAmerica Ballpark this year. The T-Bones will be providing tickets and merchandise as prizes.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

New construction photos at www.tbonesbaseball.com from May 19th.
The parking lot is looking real nice.

The Kansas City T-Bones have started the pre-season on fire!
T-Bones Press Release - May 20, 2003
Short article, but there are several pictures from Saturday's 6-5 win over the Canaries in Sioux Falls. I hope the T-Bones have better home uniforms because these road ones are ugly. They're sporting a sleeveless black jersey with white piping over a maroon t-shirt and grey pants. I never liked the mismatched jersey/pants look that Cleveland brought back in the mid 90s. But, considering how many teams are using them now, I might be in the minority. Another thing I don't understand about the T-Bones' uniform is the presence of a big American flag patch on the back of the jersey where the player's name should be.

T-Bones bank on new stadium
St. Joseph News Press - May 20, 2003
"Instead of playing as the town’s only team, as in Duluth, the T-Bones now must compete with Major League Baseball fans that prefer the Kansas City Royals. It’s similar to the situation the St. Paul Saints, a fellow Northern League franchise, and the Minnesota Twins have experienced the last several years.

'I hope our relationship is better,' said T-Bones manager Al Gallagher, a former San Francisco Giants third baseman. 'Finally the Saints and the Twins felt coexistence. They’re OK with it. And I hope we get that feeling here earlier than it got there because we are not here to replace the Royals. We want the Royals to do good so that baseball’s in the air. I hope I get a good player and someday he’s over in the Royals’ stadium and helping their team win.' "

Every T-Bones player has a story
Kansas City Star - May 20, 2003
"In 1998, while playing AA ball for the Royals, Brown counted Carlos Beltran and Carlos Febles among his Wichita Wranglers teammates. Former Royal Mark Quinn was on that team, too. Watching Beltran and Febles play for the Royals gives Brown hope that he may one day reach the majors. 'Seeing those guys play on TV, and I had played right next to them and was doing just as well as they were, tells me I can play,' said Brown, a first baseman. 'Now, I'm older and with more experience, I know more than ever. I just need to get the chance.' Even if that opportunity never comes for Brown, it's easy to see him having an enjoyable time playing for the T-Bones. 'Hitting a home run in front of 5,000 fans,' Brown said, 'you can't find that anywhere.' "

Monday, May 19, 2003

Northern League Transactions
5/19/2003 - Kansas City - Released RHP Aaron Bond (LS-3).

Sunday, May 18, 2003

The T-Bones beat the RedHawks, Canaries and Explorers over the weekend. Their final exhibition game will be played on Wednesday, May 21st vs. the Lincoln Saltdogs.

More construction photos taken May 14th.

T-Bones Undefeated in Pre-Season!
The Boneyard - May 16, 2003

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