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Rain no match for hopefuls

Photo by Matt Fulks.
04/27/2014 4:20 PM -

Thunderstorms moved through the Kansas City area Saturday morning, but that didn't stop nearly 50 baseball players from around the country to participate in the T-Bones annual open tryout at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

Under the guidance of T-Bones coach Bill Sobbe, plus former professional players and other area coaches, infielders and outfielders were timed  in the 40 and went through various fielding and hitting drills. Pitchers, meanwhile, worked out in the T-Bones bullpen. 

"We saw a lot of talented players but we didn't sign anyone," said Sobbe. "One great thing about the tryout for some of these guys is that now that we've seen and evaluated them, we can make recommendations to other teams around the league. I'm just glad the rain got through here so we didn't have any type of delay."

A year after snow showers moved the 2013 tryouts inside, rain hit CommunityAmerica Ballpark before registration began. It moved out in time for the groundscrew to get the field ready for the tryouts, which began

The T-Bones open their exhibition season on Monday, May 6, with a 7:05 p.m. game against the Lee's Summit Monarchs at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The regular season opener is Thursday, May 15, at 7:05 p.m. against Lincoln. Tickets are available by calling 913-328-5640.