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CommunityAmerica Ballpark to get a new name

In a file photo from 2015, skydivers were seen above the CommunityAmerica Ballpark sign. The ballpark will soon have a new name, according to the T-Bones. (File photo)

CommunityAmerica Ballpark, the home of the T-Bones baseball team in the Village West area of Kansas City, Kansas, will have a new name.

According to an announcement by the T-Bones, a new naming partner is being sought for the stadium. The current agreement with CommunityAmerica Credit Union has expired.

“We’ve had 15 years with them, and it’s a little bit bittersweet seeing them move on, but it is a success story,” Adam Ehlert, president of the T-Bones, said.

When CommunityAmerica started as the stadium sponsor 16 years ago, they were relatively unknown, he said.

“We helped them grow and they are pushing up against the big guys in the market,” Ehlert said.

Ehlert said the T-Bones have been talking to some prospects for the naming rights.

“We wanted to make sure we didn’t miss the right opportunity,” he said. A big name or big brand, or a smaller business that wants to grow may be interested in naming the stadium.

CommunityAmerica’s leadership acknowledged the T-Bones’ role in their growth, in a news release.

“Our partnership with the T-Bones has been a highlight for our organization. We enjoyed countless employee and member experiences at the ballpark, which created opportunities for us to grow our presence in the greater Kansas City communities,” said Rick Schier, chief member officer of CommunityAmerica, in a news release. “CommunityAmerica Ballpark will forever be in our hearts, and I encourage other local companies to consider how a partnership with the T-Bones can support their business goals,” Schier said.

The T-Bones begin their 16th season on May 22, 2018, and special ticket sales are available at www.tbonesbaseball.com and at 913-328-5618.

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T-Bones add infielder

Infielder Angel Rosa has signed for next season with the Kansas City T-Bones.

Rosa, a native of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, mostly recently played for Bridgeport in the Atlantic League. He had two home runs, 16 runs batted in and hit .266 in 66 games with Bridgeport.

Rosa played 44 games at second base and 13 at shortstop this past season. He also played three games at third base, and pitched in one game.

Rosa also played for four seasons in the Los Angeles Angels system in Anaheim. He was drafted in 2013 from Alcorn State University, Lorman, Mississippi.

Before playing at Alcorn State, Rosa attended the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy. Rosa has a career .963 fielding percentage and has gone 46-for-60 in stolen bases.

Season tickets are on sale currently for 2018, and are available online at tbonesbaseball.com, by phone at 913-328-5618, and in person at the Providence Medical Center Box Office.

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T-Bones exercise player options for 2018

The Kansas City T-Bones announced that the club has exercised the 2018 option on 22 players.

The players include:

Alex Blackford, right-handed pitcher
Jordan Edgerton, infielder
Paul Hendrix, infielder
Cedric Hunter, outfielder
Kevin Keyes, infielder
Dexter Kjerstad, outfielder
Marcus Lemon, outfielder
Jackson Lowery, right-handed pitcher
Chantz Mack, outfielder
Rich Mascheri, left-handed pitcher
Jared Mortensen, right-handed pitcher
Luis Paula, right-handed pitcher
Tucker Pennell, catcher
Gabe Perez, right-handed pitcher
Kyle Petty, infielder
Leonardo Rojas, catcher
Matt Sergey, right-handed pitcher
Grant Sides, right-handed pitcher
Myles Smith, right-handed pitcher
Niko Vazquez, infielder
Jeff Walters, right-handed pitcher
Cody Winiarski, right-handed pitcher

“Exercising the option” means that the players still need to be signed to contracts for the 2018 season, but Kansas City retains their rights for the season.

The T-Bones just completed their second-best season in franchise history, going 57-43 in 2017, under first-year manager Joe Calfapietra.

In a separate transaction the club acquired right-handed pitcher Grant Sides from York in the Atlantic League, to complete an earlier trade between the two clubs.

2018 season tickets are available online or by calling 913-328-5618 or visiting in person the Providence Medical Center Box Office.

– Story from T-Bones

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