Time to call a spade a spade…
Not only is the Kansas City T-Bones baseball team a really lame joke, it’s a failed business operation that’s been bleeding Wyandotte County taxpayers the get go.
First a correction for a common mistake that Steve Vockrodt made in his story in Tuesday’s Kansas City Star calling the T-Bones as a “minor league team.”
The Bones have no claim to being in the minor leagues.
To be a Minor League Baseball team you have to be affiliated with Major League Baseball – no two ways about it.
Minor league baseball teams range from Triple A at the highest level down to the Rookie Leagues.
The T-Bones are an Independent League team, which is below the lowest of the low in the minor leagues. Accordingly the quality of play is way below that of the lowest minor league teams.
As I wrote two years ago, the odds of a T-Bones player making it in the majors is dwarfed by the odds of them landing a gig sacking groceries or riding a trash truck.
The campy novelty of the T-Bones honeymoon didn’t last long.
Seven years in the T-Bones original league folded and the team was forced to join the fledgling American Association.
In 2013 KCK had to kick in $174,000 so the Bones could pay the mortgage on the team’s ballpark. After which in order to pull the T-Bones chestnuts out of the fire, the county stepped in and purchased the ballpark to ensure the team’s “long-term tourism success.”
That deal set Wyandotte County back $5.5 million in 2014.
Now with attendance down 25 percent from 2010 the Bones are trying to negotiate their way out of nearly a half million dollars in overdue utility bills and penalties.
Since when have individuals and businesses been allowed to not pay their bills without their utilities being cut off?
One Wyandotte County official claimed recently that if the Bones were allowed to fold, the Board of Public Utilities would get “zero dollars back.”
Hold it right there…
What part of the Bones mountain of red ink does Wyandotte County not get?
How long do they plan to continue putting good money after bad for a third rate sport, an organization that’s obviously not making it and that would be missed by precious few?
Hey, parents who want drag their kids to KCK to see bad baseball they can either watch their kids play or stay home and catch the decline of the Royals for free on TV.
Seriously, the T-Bones didn’t even get the name of Kansas City’s famous steak – the KC Strip – right. Who are they kidding – who are we kidding besides ourselves?