T-Bones name new manager
Baseball played the way it should be, that's the promise team officials made Wednesday afternoon as the Kansas City T-Bones continued preparations for their inaugural season.
"You're going to see good, old-fashioned baseball played by guys who do it for the love of the game," said Michael Hurd, the team's executive vice president.
The T-Bones made a series of announcements Wednesday from the media center at the Kansas Speedway.
Hurd introduced Al Gallagher as the T-Bones' manager. Gallagher, who has four years of managerial experience in the Northern League, played four years in the majors before an injury ended his career.
"We'll be out there to win every game that we can, and we'll give you that entertainment value you've been looking for," Gallagher said.
Gallagher, who will also serve as the team's director of baseball operations, earned the nickname of "Dirty Al" while playing college baseball at the University of Santa Clara. During a 25-game winning streak, in which he had also hit safely in every game, he refused to wash his uniform including his underwear, team officials noted for fear of hurting the streak.
Darryl Motley, who won a World Series ring with the Royals in 1985, was also named the T-Bones' hitting coach.
"I'm here for one reason and that's to win a championship," Motley said. "I'm going to do everything I can to make that happen."
The team's logo, which was also unveiled Wednesday, depicts a power-hitting bull. Children under the age of 12 will soon have the opportunity to submit possible names for the bull. Entry forms are available at the team's Web site, www.tbonesbaseball.com.
The T-Bones will play in the 10-team independent Northern League, which includes teams like the Lincoln (Neb.) Saltdogs, Joilet (Ill.) Jackhammers, Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada) Goldeyes and the Gary (Ind.) Southshore Railcats.
The T-Bones begin their inaugural season on May 23, when they travel to Minnesota to play the Northern League's most well known team, the St. Paul Saints. After a 13-game stretch on the road, they play their home opener June 6 against the Sioux City Explorers.
The T-Bones stadium, which is currently under construction across the street from the Kansas Speedway, will include several one-of-a-kind features, which team officials believe will make it a great venue for both players and fans.
"It's going to be a spectacular place to watch baseball," said Adam Ehlert, the team's general manager.