The 2010 season has been a roller coaster for the Yuma Scorpions.
For a club that was well on their way to a playoff birth, that idea has all but dissolved after a horrendous second half due in large part to negligent ownership.
The Scorpion’s first half could not have gone any better.
Second place, only by percentage points behind the newest franchise in the GBL, Maui Na Koa Ikaika. Despite all the good news, a dark cloud was looming on the horizon.
Scorpions management; Golden Gloves Professional Baseball, its US subsidiary, who ran the baseball operations, was in fact running the club into a corner, a corner that it could not back itself out of.
Trades before the All-Star break were all completed for cash considerations, something that league CEO David Kaval said would never happened had the League controlled the team.
If things could not get bad enough, during a recent road trip to Edmonton to play against the Capitals, the Edmonton Journal reported that the Capitals were paying the Scorpions hotel bill.
With the second-half nearly completed, the Scorpions are a former shell of themselves.
A 10-21 record has dropped them miles away from playoff contention, and an 11-game losing streak has all but destroyed the confidence of the players on the field.
However, a new frontier is on the horizon led by local businessman, Jim McDermott, who owns an aviation company, aptly named "Let's Fly”.
Specifically, McDermott has an option to becoming a majority owner next season;
According to the Golden Baseball League website McDermott, "purchased a minority ownership stake in the team with an option of buying a controlling interest prior to next season. This action will give the team the necessary support needed to recover from the abandonment of the affiliation deal and lack of fulfillment of financial obligations by Golden Glove Professional Baseball and the Venezuelan Baseball Federation earlier this summer that had responsibility for the baseball operations of the club this season".
New ownership has directly help the Scorpion franchise, that was headed for a unknown destination.
Indirectly, the new stake in the team will drive support not only to the Scorpions but also the city of Yuma.
The Arizona Summer and Winter leagues were run by former owners GGPB (President Ricky Smith, and co-owner wife Romy Acevedo Smith). Consistency and support will now allow Diamond Sports & Entertainment (Former interim Yuma Scorpion owners), to pledge their full support to the city of Yuma, thus negating their relocation plans.
What does this all mean?
A stable franchise, a commitment to excellence from the GBL head officers, as well as a $6 million dollar boost in the economy from the continued support of Diamond Sports & Entertainment.
Devon Teeple is an author for the Business of Sports Network, which includes the Biz of Baseball, the Biz of Football, the Biz of Basketball and the Biz of Hockey. Devon is also a contributor to the Canadian Baseball Network. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Devon is available for hire or freelance opportunities.