09/13/2004 1:57 PM - Awards Continue Off Field For T-Bones as Organization, Executive of Year Honored
On the field, the 2004 season was a successful one for the Kansas City T-Bones, with the team streaking to a second-half South Division title. Off the field, it's quickly turning into a triumphant off-season for the franchise as well, with selections of Northern League Organization of the Year and Executive of the Year.
The Kansas City T-Bones were named the Northern League's Organization of the Year for 2004. On the field, the team finished with a division-best second-half record of 28-20. Off the field, the T-Bones improved their per-game attendance from 4,610 per game to 5,080 per game in just their second season at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Regular season attendance ranked third overall in the circuit, with a single-game high of 8,510. The organization started the season with a bang, bringing baseball's all-time hit king, Pete Rose, to Kansas City, and finished the season with the recently completed South Division championship series, in which attendance at CommunityAmerica Ballpark paced the league. In the 2004 season, CommunityAmerica Ballpark was also selected as the "Best Fan Experience" in the Northern League's South Division in an online fan poll conducted at www.northernleague.com.
"When Adam Ehlert and Al Gallagher moved to Kansas City two years ago to establish Northern League baseball in this market, they laid the cornerstone that brought the success of this season," remarked John Ehlert, owner of the T-Bones. "A new stadium built from the ground up, satisfied fans lured by the promise of affordable family entertainment and a group of good ballplayers who were also good citizens started things off well. Our strong promotional partners and phenomenal neighbors in rapidly expanding Village West were essential in completing our success this season."
As well, General Manager Rick Muntean was honored as the Northern League's Co-Executive of the Year, along with Winnipeg's Andrew Collier. Muntean has recently completed in his first season with the T-Bones, also his 23rd in minor league baseball. For the seven previous seasons, Muntean served as the General Manager for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons of the International League, the AAA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.
The awards were selected by vote of league general managers and directors. "We are very honored to be voted these honors by our peers," said John Ehlert. "It's a solid reflection of the entire T-Bones organization, including our dedicated fans and promotional partners, for the season to end on this very high note. We'll be ready to carry out our Fun, Well Done pledge again in 2005 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark."
For information on 2005 season ticket packages as well as exciting, innovative promotions, please call the Kansas City T-Bones at 913-328-BALL (2255). The Kansas City T-Bones... Fun, Well Done!