Archive for Thursday, July 22, 2010

Chamber chews on news about T-Bones

July 22, 2010

Scott Steckly said the Kansas City T-Bones get better and better each year, and this year is no exception.

With a record of 34-18 and having won 8 of their last 10, the T-Bones are at the top of the Northern League.

“We are an incredible team whether you enjoy baseball or not we are a lot of fun this year,” he said. “We are expecting a lot of big things to happen this year.”

On July 15, Steckly wanted to share the story of the T-Bones success with the Basehor Chamber of Commerce during its regular monthly meeting.

During the meeting, Steckly turned it over to the chamber and answered their questions.

Steckly fielded questions from how the league compared to Major League Baseball — they’re around an AA team — to how much the players were paid.

Steckly said typically the players on the team make anywhere from $500-$3,000 a month, but only during the months they are playing. Some families will even host a player during the season.

But he said it is all a steppingstone to something bigger.

“If you walk into the clubhouse and ask the guys why they are playing this game, they are going to tell you they want to get to the big leagues,” he said. “Everyone in the room will say they want a ring. Everybody wants to win and they all want that ring on that finger because that’s a huge deal, but they are all trying to get to the next level.”

Each year the T-Bones lose about 1-10 players to the bigger leagues. He said he was thankful this year that they only lost one player with how well they were doing.

He said the team management understands T-Bones are just a steppingstone for many of these players and he wants the players to move on, he just hopes they wait until their season is over in September.

But, he said, the T-Bones were more than just baseball, it was about entertainment.

“Whether you are 2 or 102, you are going to enjoy the T-Bones,” Steckly said.

More information on T-Bones baseball including their schedule can be found on their website, tbonesbaseball.com.

The chamber’s next meeting will be at noon Aug. 19, at Reece & Nichols, 1106 N. 155th St.

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