Kevin Costner’s Comically Mismanaged Minor League Baseball Team No Longer Has A League To Play In
In the late '80s, Kevin Costner dominated the "baseball movie/romantic comedy" genre with hits like Field of Dreams and Bull Durham. Perhaps the reason that Costner made for such a convincing lovestruck baseball player is that he seemed like he truly loved baseball, something evidenced by the fact that he owns his own minor league baseball team.
Well, they used to be a minor league baseball team, at least.
Reports out of Lake County, Illinois are stating that the team in which Costner owns, the Lake County Fielders, have been kicked out of the North American Baseball League for failing to show up for a weekend series in Maui. Per the NABL's Facebook page:
The North American League is disappointed to announce that the Lake County Fielders have eliminated themselves from the league by failing to appear for their scheduled series today. Schedule changes will be announced shortly.
The team is apparently suffering from some financial stress. According to The Daily Herald, they owe Lake County $185,000 in accumulated unpaid rent over the past two years, and their last two rent checks to the city have bounced.
As pointed out by The Outside Corner, not having a league to play in certainly raises a lot of questions for not only team employees, but team sponsors and season-ticket holders. Which itself begs the question: who exactly was a season-ticket holder to a North American League Baseball team?
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