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The independent leagues are tough, brother

May 26, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

Dmitri Young headshot.jpgThe independent leagues are a tough business, and I’m not just talking about the low pay and poor working conditions.

Former Tigers/Reds/Nats awesomefielder Dmitri Young is now a consultant and hitting instructor with the Oakland County
Cruisers of the Frontier League.  He was just on Sirius/XM and said that the team’s driver stole the team bus yesterday. Stole. The. Damn. Bus.

Of course, maybe this is less a function of life in the independent leagues and more a function of, you know, being in Oakland.

UPDATE:  I somehow mixed up Oakland, California for Oakland County, Michigan, which is where Young’s team plays.  My bad.  Oakland County, Michigan consists of the peaceful and respectable northern suburbs of Detroit.  Still, there are a lot of chop shops in Detroit, so maybe this was a border incursion . . .

  1. 100.5 - May 26, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    Oakland County, Michigan…not California.

  2. J Rose - May 26, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    And I’d say it has more to do with the latter than the former, but probably a little bit of both.

  3. YankeesfanLen - May 26, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    There you go again Craig, mixing up your 209s with 248s.

  4. Craig Calcaterra - May 26, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    And I should totally know better, because I used to live in the 313. Which now is the 810, but Flint is pretty damn tough all the same.

  5. tigerguy10 - May 26, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    What an ignorant A$$hole.. Stereotype much

  6. Wooden U. Lykteneau - May 26, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Or, perhaps they messed up his paycheck. Of course, none of the cities and towns that host indy-league baseball would do anything bush-league like that, right?

  7. Grand Cards - May 26, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    That’s going to be a problem, considering that this season the fledgling Oakland County team is going to be playing the majority of their season on the road. Not a good way to start.

  8. Grand Cards - May 26, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Also, for the record, Flint–tough as it is–is in Genessee County.

  9. Independent Baseball - May 27, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    The sad thing is that such a story is not even the “toughest” scenario many independent baseball team members have faced since 1993 (the first year of the Northern League and Frontier League). There are some wild stories, including those found in the book “Leagues of Their Own”. Stories about players not getting paid, coming home and having their gear locked out because the team didn’t pay stadium rent, etc. all pervade the indy leagues’ histories.
    Hopefully the team will find a solution and find a way to reduce the financial damages without impacting the quality of play.

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