Kansas City T-Bones

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Kansas City T-Bones
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League American Association (Central Division)
Location Kansas City, Kansas
BallparkJust Bats Field at T-Bones Stadium
Year founded 2003
League championships2 (2008, 2018)
Division championships1 (2019)
Former name(s)
  • Kansas City T-Bones (2003–present)
  • Duluth–Superior Dukes (1993–2002)
Former league(s)
ColorsRed, Navy, Gold, White
                
Retired numbers1 (Dennis Pierce) 22 (Buck O'Neil)
OwnershipMark Brandmeyer / Max Fun LLC [1]
ManagerJoe Calfapietra
General ManagerChris Browne
Media Kansas City Kansan, The Kansas City Star
Website tbonesbaseball.com

The Kansas City T-Bones are a professional baseball team based in Kansas City, Kansas, in the United States. The T-Bones are a member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The T-Bones played their home games at Just Bats Field at T-Bones Stadium (formerly CommunityAmerica Ballpark) from 2003, when the team started as a member of the Northern League, through 2019. In 2011, the team joined the modern American Association. In 2018, the T-Bones won their first-ever American Association Championship by defeating the St. Paul Saints. [2]

Contents

History

The team was previously known as the Duluth–Superior Dukes (representing Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin), which had won the Northern League championship 1997, though league records do not reflect such continuity.

The T-Bones broke ground on T-Bones Stadium September 4, 2002, and just over nine months later played their first home game on June 6, 2003.

The team's mascot is named "Sizzle".

Northern League 20032010

2003

Eddie Pearson led the league in batting average (.362), RBIs (78), and hits (124). and was named 2003 Northern League Player of the Year.

2004

The T-Bones finished the regular season with a 4848 record. They went to the first round of the playoffs and exited the first round after losing 3 of 5 games to the Schaumburg Flyers. For the year, T-Bones player Eddie Pearson received the Most Valuable Player award, Rick Muntean received co-executive of the year, and the entire team received Organization of the Year. Several League Records were set by T-Bones players: Jonathan Krysa set records for innings pitched (165.1), total batters faced, and games started (24); Rick Prieto set new records for walks (78), and runs (97), while tying the league record for triples (10); and Eddie Pearson set the intentional walks record with 17.

2005

The T-Bones finished 4549 overall. They finished second in the first half with a record of 2719, just missing the playoff berth, but never contended in the second half due to the loss of several key players.

2006

Jonathan Krysa was named Northern League Pitcher of the Year with a record of 135 and a 3.74 ERA. However, the T-Bones finished third in both halves of the season. They led the second-half race until the final week, when a disastrous season-ending road trip ended their hopes. Their overall record of 4551 for the season was their franchise-worst record and gave them a 181194 (.482) record in their four years in Kansas City. On Oct. 16, 2006, the T-Bones announced the firing of manager, "Dirty" Al Gallagher, who had been the team's first and only manager. Andy McCauley replaced him. Gallagher has been in professional baseball since 1965 when he was the 14th player overall selected, taken in the first round by the San Francisco Giants, and took another managing job with the St. Joseph Blacksnakes.

2007

The team hired former Schaumburg manager Andy McCauley to replace Gallagher. The team began 2007 with only two players carried over from the previous season, and released them by mid-season for a 100% turnover of its 22-man roster. The T-Bones finished deep in last place in the Southern Division in the first half, but moved into the lead during the second-half and held that lead until a late-season collapse left them in a disappointing second-place finish. The team's overall 44-52 record was one game worse than the previous season's franchise record. Despite their disappointing finish, the organization was named Northern League Organization of the Year.

2008

The Northern League contracted to six teams, and a single-division full season schedule was used. The T-Bones finished only marginally better (46-50) than the two previous seasons, but nonetheless qualified as the fourth team in the playoffs. They shocked the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in the semifinal round of the playoffs, sweeping them in three games, and then defeated the Gary SouthShore RailCats three games to one to win the Northern League championship.

2009

The T-Bones matched their previous season's record (46-50) and finish (fourth in a six-team league), but could not advance past the first round, losing that series 3-2 to Gary. Shortly after the end of the season, the team announced that hitting coach Tim Doherty had been promoted to manager for the following season, replacing Andy McCauley.

2010

The Northern League expanded to eight teams again, but maintained the same playoff format, allowing the top four finishers into the post-season. The T-Bones enjoyed their most successful season under new manager Tim Doherty, winning 58 games and setting a new league record with 162 home runs, exceeding the previous high by more than 30%. They led through much of the year, but faded in the stretch to finish in second place, three games behind Fargo-Moorhead. T-Bones second baseman Jason Blackwood led the Northern League in home runs (31), RBI (86), runs scored (82), hits (141), total bases (271), and slugging percentage (.636) while finishing third in batting average (.331), and was named 2010 Northern League Player of the Year. The team beat Joliet three games to two in the first round of the playoffs, but were swept in three games by Fargo-Moorhead in the finals. The T-Bones were named Northern League Organization of the Year for the second time in four seasons, and CommunityAmerica Ballpark was named "Northern League Playing Surface of the Year" for the second straight season.

American Association 2011-present

2011

On October 13, 2010, the T-Bones left the Northern League, along with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, Gary SouthShore RailCats, and the Winnipeg Goldeyes to join the American Association for the 2011 season. [3] The team fell out of the race early and finished fifth and last in their division, though their winning percentage (.480) was better than any third-place finisher in the other two divisions. Outfielder Ray Sadler was the offensive leader, hitting .315 with 22 HR (2nd in the AA) and a league-leading 100 RBI. Outfielder Keanon Simon led the team with a .332 BA and tied for the league lead with 16 triples, while catcher Kala Kaaihue tied Sadler with 22 HR. Kris Johnson finished 3rd in the AA with a 3.23 ERA.

2012

The T-Bones, in their second year in the American Association, finished second in their division with a 51-49 record, but did not qualify for the playoffs. This was the first season for the T-Bones under Ken Hook.

2013

The T-Bones finished in 3rd with a 40-60 record.

2019

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas evicted the T-Bones from T-Bones Stadium on October 14, 2019 for failure to keep up rent and utility payments. [4] Days later, the Unified Government approved a stadium lease with an organization trying to purchase the T-Bones. [5] The purchase was completed. The new five-year lease has three five-year options. [6]

Year-by-year record

      First Half Second Half Overall    
SeasonLeagueDivisionW–LFinishW–LFinishW–LWin%PlayoffsManager
2003NLWest20–254th23–212nd43–46.483Did not qualify Al Gallagher
2004NLSouth20–284th28–201st48–48.500Lost semi-final 2–3Al Gallagher
2005NLSouth27–192nd18–305th45–49.479Did not qualifyAl Gallagher
2006NLSouth22–263rd23–253rd45–51.469Did not qualifyAl Gallagher
2007NLSouth18–304th26–222nd44–52.458Did not qualify Andy McCauley
2008NLN/A4th46–50.479Won semi-final 3–0; won championship 3–1Andy McCauley
2009NLN/A4th46–50.479Lost semi-final 2–3Andy McCauley
2010NLN/A2nd58–42.580Won semi-final 3–2; lost championship 0–3 Tim Doherty
2011AACentral5th48–52.480Did not qualifyTim Doherty
2012AACentral2nd51–49.510Did not qualify Ken Hook
2013AACentral3rd40–60.400Did not qualifyKen Hook
2014AACentral3rd48–52.480Did not qualify John Massarelli
2015AACentral2nd49–50.495Did not qualifyJohn Massarelli
2016AACentral4th42–58.420Did not qualifyJohn Massarelli
2017AACentral3rd57–43.570Did not qualify Joe Calfapietra
2018AASouth2nd62-37.626Won semi-final 3–2; won championship 3–1Joe Calfapietra
2019AASouth1st58–42.580Lost semi-final 1–3Joe Calfapietra
NL375–388.49013-12 (3-2)
AA455–443.5077-6
Overall830–831.49920-18

Playoffs

Current roster

Kansas City T-Bones roster
Active (22-man) rosterCoaches/Other

Pitchers

 

Catchers

  • -- Jose Montanez
  • -- Roy Morales ‡

Infielders

Outfielders

  • -- Rashad Crawford
  • -- Aaron Knapp
  • -- Chuck Taylor
 

Manager

  • 44 Joe Calfapietra

Coaches

  • 34 Bill Sobbe (hitting)
  • 36 John West (assistant)
  • 20 Frank White (first base)

Injury icon 2.svg Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster  updated April 8, 2020
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References

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Achievements
Preceded by
St. Paul Saints
1996
Northern League Champions
Duluth–Superior Dukes

1997
Succeeded by
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
1998
Preceded by
Gary SouthShore RailCats
2007
Northern League Champions
Kansas City T-Bones

2008
Succeeded by
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
2009