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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Lake County Fielders accused of providing subpar baseballs

Ha! More proof of a deadball conspiracy!

Just when Lake County Fielders officials thought their troubled season couldn’t get any worse, they are left trying to explain the early-inning suspension of a home game over claims they provided inferior baseballs for the players.

Friday night’s suspended game against the Calgary Vipers prompted an angry response from Fielders owner Richard Ehrenreich.

Ehrenreich said Monday the baseball-quality gripe originated with the Vipers’ starting pitcher, and he called it “the most childish nonsense” he’s encountered in his independent baseball league ownership tenure dating to when he launched the Schaumburg Flyers in 1999.

The recreational baseballs purchased at a sporting goods store were not the ones officially manufactured by Rawlings for professional play, Ehrenreich said, but they weren’t so bad as to cause the sudden suspension of the game.

“They were brand new. These weren’t Little League balls,” he said.

Repoz Posted: August 09, 2011 at 11:29 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hack Wilson Posted: August 09, 2011 at 12:09 PM (#3896128)
Hey, everyone in the Chicago area is comfortable playing with 16" Clinchers, and you don't need mitts.
   2. Brian C Posted: August 09, 2011 at 12:32 PM (#3896138)
What a worthless piece of #### this Ehrenreich guy sounds like:
As for the baseball controversy, Ehrenreich said he was compelled to issue a stern letter that was posted in the clubhouses for the teams and umpires before Saturday's game.

Ehrenreich wrote the players and umps needed to search their souls for what's important in life if they believed suddenly ending the game was justified or proper for the fans and community. He said it's likely the crowd included parents visiting children at nearby Great Lakes Naval Station.

“Last night, something tragic happened,” Ehrenreich wrote. “No, not a baseball game that was suspended because some ballplayers thought the quality of the baseballs was subpar. (Thirty) American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan in the deadliest day for American forces in the last 10 years.”
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 09, 2011 at 01:12 PM (#3896153)
CHASS-NUT: FIELDERS' BALLS NOT UP TO SNUFF, MR PRESIDENT!
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 09, 2011 at 01:44 PM (#3896168)
I'm getting the feeling this team is part of an elaborate reality show by executive producer/owner Kevin Costner.
   5. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: August 09, 2011 at 01:54 PM (#3896173)
Umpires suspended the game after 1½ innings, therefore agreeing with the Vipers' protest about the balls. An official box score for Friday's contest was unavailable, so it's not known exactly how many fans were at the city of Zion's temporary baseball stadium.
I had no idea the Fielders were based in Zion. Fail them and they won't forget it.

It's never good when it goes bad. No one likes to feel like they've been had. And it may be okay, but they won't wear your t-shirts now.
   6. Dan The Mediocre Posted: August 09, 2011 at 02:03 PM (#3896177)
What a worthless piece of #### this Ehrenreich guy sounds like:


Is that his version of "Won't someone please think of the children!"
   7. Yonder Alonso in misguided trousers (cardinal) Posted: August 09, 2011 at 02:09 PM (#3896181)
#5 - Holy cow, a Local H shout-out. Even here, I never thought I'd see it. It warms my heart.
   8. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 09, 2011 at 02:46 PM (#3896211)
Teams typically purchase baseballs in bulk. However, Ehrenreich said, the uncertainty about the Fielders' future is why the team didn't place its usual order for the Rawlings professional model last week.....Ehrenreich said he expected to announce Tuesday whether the Fielders will complete the season. The team is supposed to begin a four-game series in Maui on Wednesday, then return home for the final 25 contests.

An announced crowd of 6,800 attended the Fielders' inaugural home opener on July 2, 2010. The box score from Sunday's home game with the Vipers listed attendance at 149.
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 09, 2011 at 03:33 PM (#3896255)
The team is supposed to begin a four-game series in Maui on Wednesday . . .

I wouldn't fly over open water in whatever bargain basement cropduster is chartered for this trip.
   10. Run Joe Run Posted: August 09, 2011 at 05:33 PM (#3896340)
If you are pitching in an independent league why the hell are you ######## about the baseballs. Fans (the few there were) came out to see the game and they won't play without the "official" baseball? I have no fondness for Ehrenriech, but not playing is bush league even for that bush league
   11. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 09, 2011 at 05:49 PM (#3896348)
Friday night’s suspended game against the Calgary Vipers prompted an angry response from Fielders owner Richard Ehrenreich.

Shouldn't it have been a forfeit?

If they can't afford to buy balls, they must be about to fold.
   12. bfan Posted: August 09, 2011 at 06:16 PM (#3896363)
Shouldn't it have been a forfeit?

If they can't afford to buy balls, they must be about to fold


Welcome to the new normal; you cut expenses any way you can.
   13. asinwreck Posted: August 09, 2011 at 06:17 PM (#3896365)
Times like these make me wish Hunter S. Thompson was alive to write The North American Baseball League Is Destitute and Depraved. Someone's going to write a terrific book about this season, maybe Jim Caple?
   14. Walt Davis Posted: August 09, 2011 at 09:05 PM (#3896488)
Ehrenreich continued:

"And then they whined when we replaced the catcher and umpire with a brick wall with a strike zone spray-painted on it. And then they called me every name in the book when I suggested the game be played under a couple of minor rule changes -- pitcher's hand out and balls hit to right field are outs. And the Vipers bullpen refused to man the concession stands for the first five innings. How can they expect me to make money if they aren't willing to help?"

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