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Look at what's happening in Lake County
July 18, 2011 - Robert Collias
Qumar Zaman is a young man I got to know early this baseball season when the Lake County Fielders came to town to play Na Koa Ikaika Maui in a couple of North American Baseball League series at Maehara Stadium.
Zaman was the play-by-play announcer of the Lake County Fielders until recently. He clearly had a passion for his job — he sent me a list of 89 changes (not making that number up) that he felt needed to be made to the first seven-game set played here for the online statistics website used by the NABL.
Now, Zaman has had enough with the mess that is the Fielders franchise. Listen to his on-air resignation, it is passionate.
The Fielders watched manager Tim Johnson resign, pitching Pete LaCock resign, and then the players walk out.
We talked about the charade of a game played between the Fielders and Yuma Scorpions with pitchers playing positions and positions player pitching before the Scorpions came to Maui for their just-completed series. Obviously a statement by the players as Maui manager Garry Templeton told me last week.
Rich Eherenriech, Lake County's owner, has a track record of not paying bills — the Schaumburg Flyers he owned were supposed to be part of the NABL this season before being evicted from their stadium by the Village of Schaumburg, Ill., for more than $900,000 in unpaid bills. Whoa.
Schedules were changed to accommodate the Fielders because of their unfinished stadium and Na Koa bent over backwards to help them out and are still owed significant money for the deal. There are still 15 games between Maui and Lake County left on the schedule, but obviously the Fielder team that went 9-3 in two series here is not close to the same unit. Lake County returns to Maui Aug. 10-13 and then Maui plays at Lake County Aug. 15-23.
Maui is catching the rapidly falling Fielders in the NABL North Division standings — Lake County has lost five in a row and eight of its last 10, while Na Koa is just three games back after the just-completed 11-6 homestand.
Stay tuned, this league never seems to provide some fun stuff to read.
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