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Garceau picked up by Kansas City T-Bones, pitched well in first start

Garceau in the gear of his new club, the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association.

It didn’t take recently released pitcher Shaun Garceau long to find work. The Revolution parted ways with Garceau on June 9, but he was quickly picked up by the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association. That’s Kansas City, Kansas, not Missouri.

As always, there is Atlantic League connection. The American Association is anchored in “Big 12” country, but has an odd number of teams. The Can-Am Association is anchored in the Northeast, and also has an odd number of teams. The separate leagues are governed by the same office, so to rectify the scheduling issues that come with having an odd number, the two-leagues actually have interleague play. Somewhere throughout the season, an American Association team is always playing a Can-Am team in a series.

As it would happen, the Newark Bears were making one of those interleague trips to Kansas City, KS. You may remember the Bears being in the Atlantic League, before opting to leave for the shorter-season Can-Am following the 2010 season. They were the 2002 and 2007 Atalntic League Champions, and defeted the Revolution in the first-ever game at Sovereign Bank Stadium in 2007.

Garceau was promptly thrown into the fire, making his first start for his new club against Newark on June 12. The results were excellent, as in an 8-1 Kansas City victory the righty tossed six scoreless innings. He allowed just three hits and struck out five.

There were plenty of fans on hand to enjoy Garceau’s first start as well:  I’m not sure what the promotion was last night but the T-Bones announced a crowd of 10,002 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Kansas City and the Winnipeg Goldeyes – a former team of former Revs Vince Harrison and Ian Thomas – are the top two draws in that league.

-Paul Braverman

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