Thursday, April 30, 2009

KIT League reverts to six teams

Due to unexpected circumstances, the KIT League has reverted back to six teams, down two from the eight teams proposed for the 2009 baseball season. Because of the change, there will also not be two divisions. In fact, the league will operate as it did 2008 with six teams on a 50-game schedule followed by post-season playoffs. 
The league teams for 2009 are the Marion Bobcats, Owensboro Oilers, Tradewater Pirates, Fulton Railroaders, Union City Greyhounds and Sikeston Bulls, who return to the league after a year off, replacing the Farmington Firebirds. The West Kentucky Mavericks, a traveling team proposed to have been based in Mayfield, will not participate in 2009 action.  
League commissioner Randy Morgan, on kitleaguebaseball.com, expressed regret the two teams will not be playing this year. He continues to work with both teams and others to expand the league, but with less than a month before opening day of the season, the remaining six teams are working hard and will be ready to play.  A new schedule is currently in works and will be posted shortly.  
The 2009 season will begin May 29.
Another change this season is an increase of two players for each team's roster, for a total of 24 players each. 

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Letter to 2009 Bobcat players

Welcome to Marion, Ky.! We are glad to have you and wish you a successful season here with the newest entry in the history Kitty League, once a Class D professional league dating back to 1903.
Last year, 2008, was Marion’s first venture into any kind of organized baseball, and we are optimistic in our efforts to provide you, the player, with a quality opportunity to improve your baseball skills and provide our community with good entertainment in a comfortable, new stadium at a reasonable price given the high cost of movies, dining and gasoline. It is our sense that sports fans and the people of Crittenden County are thirsty for semi-pro baseball and should respond accordingly.
Promotions such as Opening Day, Merchant’s Night and Field of Dreams programs and discounts for children are important for our attendance. The grandstand holds 250 seats and there is room for 100 lawn chairs and 90 temporary bleacher seats. And, a new concession stand was put into service to adequately serve the hungry public. 
We expect to play a 50-game schedule. All away games are planned to be on a daily, round-trip basis – no overnights away from Marion. We travel in two 15-passenger vans, with Sikeston, Mo., being the longest travel point. Pitchers on their rest cycle are not expected to go on the road trips, but may, if desired. Meals on road trips are paid for by the Bobcats. Post-home games food is usually available in the concession stand free of charge.
Game times throughout the league are typically 7:05 p.m., right after the national anthem. Two exceptions this year will be on the days of two planned doubleheaders – June 5 and July 4. Each game is scheduled for nine innings and the designated hitter will be used, again with the exception of doubleheaders when two seven-inning contests will be played. There is not a "no slide rule." It will be the umpire's sole discretion whether player contact is malicious.
Most hosts will undoubtedly allow use of their household laundry facilities, which, of course, is fine. If necessary, the public coin laundry will be available at your own expense.
Most restaurants close at 9:30 p.m., and the groceries at 10 p.m. Our BP station closes at 10 p.m., and Dairy Queen at 10:30 p.m. Five Star Food Mart convenience store is, however, open 24-7.
Banks open as early as 8:30 a.m., and stay open as late as 4 p.m. Noon is closing time on Saturday. Both local banks have Internet banking and are full service. CVS Pharmacy and Glenn's Apothecary near the hospital have convenient hours, closing at 9 p.m., and 5:30 p.m., respectively. CVS is also open on Sunday until 6 p.m.
Tabor's Chevron is open until 5 p.m., weekdays and Saturday until noon for vehicle service. Gas is available 24-7 at Five-Star (Marathon) and Liberty Fuels (BP) with credit and debit cards. BP's ATM is the most reliable in town. Food Giant and Conrad's Food Store also have an ATM. Pamida is like a miniature Wal-Mart. Tabor's Chevron is good for minor auto adjustments and repairs. M&Mac Auto Parts is full-line and is just across the street from Tabor’s Chevron.
Part-time jobs are very scarce. With over 10-percent unemployment in Crittenden and surrounding counties, about the only work available is some lawn care and clean-up from a massive January ice storm that hit western Kentucky. Carry-out and stocking is a possibility at two local supermarkets.
Players should bring their own bed clothes including pillow and blanket. You may not need them, but if you do, you'll have them handy. 
Upon your arrival in Marion, prior to 4 p.m., please check in at the Marion Welcome Center next door to city hall in Marion Commons (one block south of the courthouse). There should be a representative of the Bobcats there to meet you and get you squared away, introduce you to your host and get you to your quarters. Housing assignments will be finalized upon your arrival.
I'm sure there will be many questions as this is only a starter. For information, call General Manager Gordon Guess at 270.704.0953.
We are looking forward to your arrival in Marion.
Bobcats general manager