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T-Bones name Steckly sales vice president

Scott Steckly

Scott Steckly has been hired as the T-Bones’ vice president of corporate partnerships and sales.

The announcement was made Tuesday by Chris Browne, T-Bones vice president and general manager.

This marks Steckly’s third stint the T-Bones. He was with the club during its infancy in Kansas City, 2002-2003, the latter of which was the T-Bones’ first season in Kansas City, and then he left and came back as the Vice president of corporate sales during 2008-2011.

“Scott is a proven sports sales executive,” Browne said. “He’s a veteran director that will lead our staff internally and maximize the relationships with our partners. He definitely gets our ‘Fun…Well Done’ slogan.

“We’re glad to have him back on board for our 15th anniversary season and beyond.”

It’s not a stretch to say that Steckly has been in sales throughout his entire adult life. A die-hard sports fan, who grew up approximately 30 minutes south of the Kansas City metro area pulling for the Royals and Chiefs, Steckly at the age of 21 opened a baseball card shop that he owned and operated for eight years.

After working for the T-Bones during the club’s first season in Kansas City, Steckly spent five years, 2004-2008, with Mid-America Sign Contractors, Inc. Following his second stint with the T-Bones, he worked for MAPS (Mid-America Peripheral Support) from 2011 until 2015, and then Time-Warner Cable Business Class from 2015 until earlier this year.

“The T-Bones are like family to me, so I’m extremely excited and proud to be working for the Ehlert family and Chris Browne again,” Steckly said. “I will continue to build long term relationships with our customers and provide the best customer service possible.”

– Story from Matt Fulks, T-Bones

T-Bones sign veteran infielder Lemon

The Kansas City T-Bones have signed Marcus Lemon to a contract for the 2017 season.

Lemon, 28 (06-03-88), is a 5-foot-11 and 175-pound infielder from Eustis, Fla. He spent the majority of the 2016 season — his 11th as a professional — at double-A Birmingham (67 games), as well as 17 games at triple-A Charlotte, both in the Chicago White Sox organization.

In a combined 84 games, Lemon batted .219 with 61 hits, 29 RBIs and 24 runs scored. Although he played every defensive position last season except pitcher and catcher, his main position was shortstop, where he had a .944 fielding percentage (four errors in 163 2/3 innings) at Charlotte.

“I’m very excited to have a player with this level of experience,” said T-Bones manager Joe Calfapietra.

The Texas Rangers selected Lemon, who’s a son of former major-league outfielder Chet Lemon, in the fourth round of the 2006 June MLB Amateur Draft out of Eustis High School.

He’s played for four major-league organizations including Texas, Atlanta, Detroit and Chicago, reaching triple-A with the White Sox and Detroit. Lemon is a career .268 hitter with 1,012 hits, 364 RBIs and 508 runs scored in 1,094 games.

The Kansas City T-Bones now have 11 players — five pitchers — signed for 2017.

The T-Bones open the 2017 regular season at home on May 19 against Lincoln.

– Story from Matt Fulks, T-Bones

T-Bones sign right-handed pitcher

The Kansas City T-Bones announced they have signed Christian Montgomery to a contract for the 2017 season.

Montgomery, 24 (11-20-92), is a 6-foot-1 and 230-pound right hander from Indianapolis, Ind. The New York Mets selected Montgomery in the 11th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Lawrence Central High School.

He has played five seasons in the Mets’ organization, reaching single-A each of the past two seasons. In 2016, at Columbia, Montgomery went 1-1 with two saves and a 3.34 ERA in 19 appearances (no starts). He struck out 45 and walked 20 in 29 2/3 innings.

“I’m excited to continue to put pieces together for a successful 2017 season,” T-Bones manager Joe Calfapietra said.

Kansas City now has 10 players — five pitchers — signed for 2017.

In January, the T-Bones acquired infielder Eddie Newton, outfielder Daniel Rockett and pitcher Lee Sosa from New Jersey of the Can-Am League for pitchers Evan DeLuca, Sean Furney and Jared Messer, plus infielder Ryan Retz and a player to be determined.

The T-Bones open the 2017 regular season at home on May 19 against Lincoln.

– Story from Matt Fulks, T-Bones