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Independent league baseball is awesome

Jul 13, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

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A story in the Chicago Sun-Times a couple of days ago — just coming to my attention via a fun thread over at Baseball Think Factory — is seven shades of awesome. I’ll let you read it for yourself, but the critical components are as follows:

  • Former Blue Jays manager Tim Johnson quitting before a game and having half of his roster quit with him;
  • Pitchers playing as position players;
  • Position players pitching;
  • One of those position players being 47-year-old Jose Canseco;
  • Kevin Costner: cheapskate?
  • Everyone being released or traded the next day and, presumably, Bugs Bunny or an elephant or something covering the rest of the season’s games.

Make sure you go over to the BTF thread too, as the sharpshooters over there offer lots of good random information about players in the story and the independent leagues in general.

And Dodgers fans: this probably puts your team’s financial difficulties into a more comfy perspective.

  1. roberson19 - Jul 13, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    I was at the game, entirely unaware of the behind the scenes stuff. Gotta say it was interesting, but not entirely surprising, seeing Jose pitch and I was thoroughly confused when Joey Gathright came in to catch.
    According to LaCock, Costner is just a figurehead/marketing ploy and has very little to no financial stake in the team.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Jul 13, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Just finished reading the article. I have never heard anything remotely happening like this. What a farce. It’s amazing. Well, just goes to show that if you don’t pay your players, it’s never a good thing. Mass mutiny.

    I wonder if Pete LaCock, the ex-interim manager, is related to Brian Bocock of the Phillies by any chance? A distant cousin, perhaps?

    • jamie54 - Jul 13, 2011 at 4:04 PM

      No, Pete LaCock’s claim to fame is being the son of former Hollywood Squares game show host Peter Marshall.

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 13, 2011 at 4:15 PM

        Yeah, just looked it up. No wonder he changed his name from LaCock to Marshall, the college he graduated from.

  3. dodger88 - Jul 13, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Don’t show this link to Ned Colletti. He might sign Canseco.

  4. Ick McWang - Jul 13, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Huh. Maybe Canseco can get back to the majors as a knuckleball pitcher if he held them to 3 runs or less over 6. At least as good as Tim Wakefield right now.

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