Fort Worth Cats owner John Bryant has insisted the team is doing fine and the 2013 season is good to go.
But things are amiss.
Director of Baseball Operations Steve Maddock posted a succinct message on the team’s Facebook page on April 3: “I have resigned and am leaving the Cats immediately. Thanks to all who have supported me.”
A reader left a comment asking why he resigned.
“No comment,” Maddock replied.
Then, Cats first base coach Art Senato left a comment that compared the Cats organization to “riding in a limo with the driver asleep at the wheel.”
Recall that Maddock told Fort Worth Weekly in January that “everything is on track” and “we are very optimistic about the upcoming year.”
In January, longtime Cats supporter Pete Fletcher wanted to know when the season would begin and when tickets would go on sale, but the team’s web site was outdated and he couldn’t get team officials to call him back (“Cats, Balls, and Clocks,” Jan. 9, 2013). His frustration caused him to spurn his old team and to buy season tickets to the Grand Prairie Airhogs minor league team instead.
Fletcher was treasurer for the Knothole Gang, the Cats fan club, and he said the group recently disbanded.
The $800 left in the club’s budget was donated to the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation.
A person answering the phone at the Cats front office said on Tuesday that the 2013 schedule is “tentatively” scheduled for May 23.