Yuma Scorpions: Resurrected By a New Group
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 percentage points behind the newest franchise in the GBL, Maui Na Koa Ikaika. Despite all the good news, a dark cloud loomed on the horizon.
The Scorpions management and US subsidiary, Golden Gloves Professional Baseball, ran the baseball operations, and was in fact running the club into a corner. As it turned out, it was a corner they could not back out of.
Trades before the All-Star break were completed for cash considerations, something that league CEO David Kaval said would never happened had the League controlled the team.
And as if things weren't already bad enough, during a recent road trip to Edmonton against the Capitals, the Edmonton Journal reported that the Capitals were paying the Scorpions' hotel bill.
Now, with the second-half nearly completed, the Scorpions are a shell of their former selves.
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, owner of an aviation company aptly named "Let's Fly”.
Specifically, McDermott has the option of 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 helped the Scorpion franchise, steering it away from its previously unknown destination.
Indirectly, the new stake in the team will drive support not only for the Scorpions, but also for 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 six million dollar boost in the economy from the continued support of Diamond Sports & Entertainment.
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