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The saga of the Lake County Fielders

Oct 20, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

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Remember back in July how we wrote about the Lake County Fielders? That independent team that had the announcer quite on the air after ripping the organization a new one? And had a player boycott when the team didn’t pay them, leading to crazy stuff like Jose Canseco pitching?

Well, today Don Babwin of the Associated Press has a report about them, talking about all of that stuff, plus more, plus where it went wrong for the Fielders and for independent ball in general:

The players discovered the problem out on a road when team-issued debit cards suddenly didn’t work.  “Guys were skipping meals (and) they’d wait till they got to the clubhouse and eat the peanut butter and jelly,” said Qumar Zaman, the announcer who told listeners that he was quitting because the team didn’t pay him. The players’ mothers were calling to complain.

Ugly but fascinating stuff.

  1. SmackSaw - Oct 20, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    PB&J is bush. Had they made it to the show, they would’ve gotten fried chicken and beer.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 20, 2011 at 6:04 PM

      And CAKE!

      • SmackSaw - Oct 20, 2011 at 7:37 PM

        Cake or death?

  2. bigleagues - Oct 21, 2011 at 2:34 AM

    Don Babwin is yet another media member who needs a lesson in the difference between Minor League Baseball and independent baseball leagues.

    “Minor League Baseball” is a registered, protected trademark. It is a brand name for MLB affiliated farm teams.

    Independent baseball are all the other teams that are not affiliated with a MLB organization.

  3. Cris E - Oct 21, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    I had heard some of this before, but until now I thought it was mostly just a bush league owner that was at fault. The “Zion elders” come off looking pretty bad here, as does the league that thought independent ball could support travel reaching from IL to HI. The owners might have been terrible, but their worst move was opening the season in this situation.

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