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Saturday, December 13, 2008

WHITLOCK: Choice is a slap in the face to Buck

The Kansas City Call and response from Whitlock.

When Pellom McDaniels and Greg Baker met privately with a Kansas City Star reporter Friday, they explained their bizarre, irresponsible and borderline unethical decision by playing up Baker’s “strategic” expertise.

I can’t wait to watch Baker strategically fix the mess created by his appointment as Negro Leagues Baseball Museum executive director.

And when Baker executes the marching order (halt the campaign to build the Buck O’Neil education and research facility) given to him by museum board member Kevin Gray, I can’t wait to watch Baker strategically refund the money (including mine) already raised in support of the campaign.

...Rather than choosing marketing director Bob Kendrick, Buck O’Neil’s right-hand man and the brains and passion behind the museum for more than a decade, an 8-7 vote delivered the position to Baker, someone with virtually no clout in KC’s black community.

Repoz Posted: December 13, 2008 at 10:49 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: memorabilia, negro leagues, royals

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   1. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 14, 2008 at 01:48 AM (#3028535)
Sad.

Wonder what Poz has to say?
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 14, 2008 at 02:32 AM (#3028551)
I'm not surprised they're halting the campaign for the Buck O'Neil Center, they had struggled raising funds since he died, and with the economy in the dumps, I would guess its impossible to raise funds now.

So I'm not really sure what Whitlock is upset about. Some guy he doesn't like got the job. So what? It smells a bit funny, but I don't really see a reason why I should hate this Baker guy. If he is connected to Wayne Cauthen, maybe he can finally get the city to invest in 18th and Vine (it is truly sad how the city has let that district go to waste). I'm still waiting on Mayor Funkhouser to follow through on his pledge to shift TIF money to the east side (when he's not too busy defending himself from lawsuits)

On another note, I'm not sure how Kevin Gray has lasted so long in the KC sports community. I'm not sure what he really does. He's been promising NHL hockey here forever and we don't even have a minor league team now.

I'm curious to hear Poz's take as well, if he has one. Whitlock probably knows about the situation way more than Poz, but he seems to let personal feelings interfere with his judgment too much.
   3. greenback calls it soccer Posted: December 14, 2008 at 04:24 AM (#3028556)
Mayor Funkhouser

Good Lord, you didn't make that name up.
   4. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: December 14, 2008 at 04:52 AM (#3028571)
Mayor Funkhouser

Good Lord, you didn't make that name up.

That's a common name to "Curb Your Enthusiasm" fans.
   5. Dr Stankus and the Semicolons Posted: December 14, 2008 at 09:10 PM (#3028776)
Darn. I'd hoped that someone had slapped Joe Buck in the face.
   6. Jeff K. Posted: December 14, 2008 at 09:32 PM (#3028789)
Good Lord, you didn't make that name up.

Nope. Instead of a city council, KC has a Parliament.

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