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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Court order, unpaid bills delay Tornadoes game

The Worcester Tornadoes had an unwelcome delay of game tonight after a local company, armed with a court order, tried to collect on more than $4,000 in unpaid cleaning bills incurred by the independent baseball team.

Stephen S. Buchalter, president of Enterprise Cleaning Co. of Worcester, said lawyers for his company obtained a court order that enabled it to collect the game’s receipts and take possession of the team’s uniforms, bats, gloves and other equipment.

The life of a repo man is always intense.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 14, 2012 at 07:59 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: business, deadbeats, general, indy leagues, massachusetts

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   1. Bhaakon Posted: August 15, 2012 at 03:21 AM (#4208578)
You'd think that the players themselves would own at least some of the listed equipment, even if the team initially supplied them. I can't imagine a player turning his glove in to the team when he gets traded or released, even in the indy leagues.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: August 15, 2012 at 08:08 AM (#4208590)
Stephen S. Buchalter

Any relation to the general?
   3. Howie Menckel Posted: August 15, 2012 at 09:00 AM (#4208605)

Can-Am League already is down to only five teams including this one. yikes

The Tornadoes are the team that Jose Canseco got some ABs for this summer, btw.

   4. Tim Wallach was my Hero Posted: August 15, 2012 at 09:21 AM (#4208611)
Can-Am League already is down to only five teams including this one. yikes

Well, they are almost down to three. Quebec City, Rockland and New Jersey are strong franchises, but that's about it. There has been talk in Quebec City of moving the franchise to another stronger league. But they're either too far (like the American Association) or their schedule is too long (i.e., Atlantc League) for a City like Quebec where there's still snow on the ground in April. It's a shame, really. Quebec City people love their team and they're tired of seeing it play in a sub-par Indy league.
   5. NattyBoh Posted: August 15, 2012 at 11:28 AM (#4208694)
I'm equidistant between Rockland and the Jackals. There is no comparison between the ballparks. The construction at Montclair State has made parking a problem for Jackals games. I don't like waiting to exit a multi-level garage for an indy game.

A couple of years ago Floyd Hall indicated in the local paper that the Jackals were close to break even; the Skyhawks lost money. Newark hasn't been successful since it's first couple of years. Atlantic City let their stadium rot when the team folded, but they are supposed to be fixing it up. Unless they can grab some old NY-Penn league towns the league appears to be in a lot of trouble, even if they get another franchise or two in Canada.
   6. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 15, 2012 at 11:35 AM (#4208700)
The Tornadoes are the team that Jose Canseco got some ABs for this summer, btw.

That explains it. Canseco listed the clubhouse as his address and the repo men were looking for his bearskin rugs and diamond chandeliers.
   7. Tim Wallach was my Hero Posted: August 15, 2012 at 11:45 AM (#4208708)
Unless they can grab some old NY-Penn league towns the league appears to be in a lot of trouble, even if they get another franchise or two in Canada.

Agreed. This league (whether under its current name or its former) never seems to be able to keep successful franchises going for too long. Many franchises have had success over a couple of seasons in the past decade, but many have ceased to exist. The Tornadoes are a prime example of a good franchise gone bad.

I know the league hopes to establish teams in Trois-Rivières, Montréal and maybe Ottawa. But Montreal has no proper stadium to host indy baseball (well, Montréal has not proper baseball stadium period) and the other two are just as elusive at this point.
   8. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: August 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM (#4208712)
Newark hasn't been successful since it's first couple of years
That's a shame, because the stadium in Newark is actually pretty decent.
   9. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 15, 2012 at 11:58 AM (#4208720)
But Montreal has no proper stadium to host indy baseball (well, Montréal has not proper baseball stadium period)

There's like 50 baseball fields in Laval alone! And there's already a team logo! The success of the Frontier League will tell you the suburbs are where it's at.
   10. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 15, 2012 at 12:11 PM (#4208732)
Newark hasn't been successful since it's first couple of years.


The citizens apparently prefer soccer.

What can you do with people like that?
   11. Der-K is at full whelm. Posted: August 15, 2012 at 12:14 PM (#4208733)
I wish Quebec City could join the NYP - they deserve stability. Also wish Newark could have landed the interim AAA spot w/ the Yankees this year.
   12. Lassus Posted: August 15, 2012 at 12:23 PM (#4208740)
Unless they can grab some old NY-Penn league towns the league appears to be in a lot of trouble, even if they get another franchise or two in Canada.

Alfonso Soriano Utica is available.
   13. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: August 15, 2012 at 01:05 PM (#4208771)
The citizens (in Newark) apparently prefer soccer.

Then why is the brand new, state-of-the-art soccer stadium just across the river -- which houses a first-place team in the largest market in the country -- a third-empty on game days? (I've been to Red Bull Arena and it's very nice. They can't sell 25,000 tickets every other week? In New York? A shame, really.)
   14. NattyBoh Posted: August 15, 2012 at 02:25 PM (#4208841)
Then why is the brand new, state-of-the-art soccer stadium just across the river -- which houses a first-place team in the largest market in the country -- a third-empty on game days?


Unless you take PATH the parking situation is not good. The giant vacant lot in front of the stadium could be used for parking, but you often get to park a mile or more away. Remember that this was going to be a lot bigger with more luxury boxes but they trimmed it down when the Great Recession hit.
   15. NattyBoh Posted: August 15, 2012 at 02:30 PM (#4208844)
This league (whether under its current name or its former) never seems to be able to keep successful franchises going for too long. Many franchises have had success over a couple of seasons in the past decade, but many have ceased to exist. The Tornadoes are a prime example of a good franchise gone bad.


I read somewhere that the current Tornadoes ownership had trimmed down the debt considerably. Some decent (but not great) ball and you can't beat the price. Last week I saw Angel Berroa, the former KC ROY playing left field. When Rich Garces was playing I taught my kids to chant "El Guapo!"
   16. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 15, 2012 at 02:40 PM (#4208862)
The citizens apparently prefer soccer.

What can you do with people like that?


I'd guess that the Sounders are almost as popular as the Mariners in Seattle right now. They're probably not quite there yet, but a couple more disappointing seasons from the M's and the Sounders could get there.

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