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Playoff-bound T-Bones may be without home for championship

Posted: 10:46 PM, Sep 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-02 23:46:26-04
T-Bones get new deal with KCK Unified Government

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The playoff-bound Kansas City T-Bones’ season may not be done before the team is evicted from its Unified Government-owned home in Kansas City, Kansas.

The reigning American Association of Independent Professional Baseball champion T-Bones wrapped up the regular season Monday with a 9-5 lost against the Sioux City Explorers at JustBats Field in Kansas City, Kansas.

But the embattled independent minor league baseball team’s season isn’t finished.

The surging T-Bones won the 2019 South Division title and will square off with the Explorers in a best-of-five playoff series, which begins Wednesday and Thursday in Sioux City, Iowa.

The series shifts to JustBats Field in KCK for Game 3 at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday.

If needed, Game 4 will be at 5:05 p.m. Sunday and Game 5 will be at 7:05 p.m. Monday at JustBats Field.

If the T-Bones advance past the Explorers, things get complicated.

The Unified Government has evicted the team from the ballpark effective Sept. 13, but the championship series doesn’t begin until Sept. 11-12 at the lower-seeded team.

Game 3, and possibly Games 4 and 5, won’t be played until Sept. 14-16.

It may be tough for the T-Bones to host those games without a ballpark, if they are the home team for the championship series.

But the options are limited for the T-Bones to keep playing on JustBats Field and involved paying around $750,000 in unpaid bills for rent and utilities.

The Unified Government is aware of the situation and has engaged the American Association in talks about the possibility the eviction could impact the championship series, but nothing has been finalized, a team spokesman told 41 Action News.