Vallejo Admirals short on funds; players, front office seeking back pay http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_2363...
The Vallejo Admirals did not play their scheduled game against the Santa Rosa Rosebuds on Tuesday and several front office personnel have been either let go or have resigned, the Times-Herald has learned.
The Admirals owner, meanwhile, said late Tuesday that he has not paid the players their full salaries and has met with local officials and sponsors to try and free up some cash for the fledgling team.
Tuesday night's game at Wilson Park was not played, and it was uncertain what the Admirals' future will be. Their next scheduled game is today.
Assistant coach Tito Fuentes Jr. told the Times-Herald earlier Tuesday that he resigned on Sunday after the Admirals' home loss to the Hawaii Stars.
Fuentes said he was never paid by the Admirals and quit due to "mismanagement of the whole organization by the owner." He was referring to general manager and president Joe Fontana.
Interviewed at the mostly empty baseball park shortly after the game was canceled, Fontana denied Fuentes' claim.
"Tito started consulting with the league before he was supposed to leave for the Pecos League so he got paid in March and April," Fontana said. "He decided not to go to the Pecos League. He has gotten some pay but not nearly enough."
Fontana also acknowledged that several employees have also left the Vallejo club, including several unpaid interns. He also acknowledged that he is behind on paying employees. That includes all of the players on the active roster.
"We are behind on payroll," Fontana said. "We were expecting some sponsorship money at the end of June that has been delayed due to corporate red tape and I was counting on that for payroll."
Pacific Association commissioner Mike Marshall said Tuesday night that all of the Admirals' players have been granted free agency due to not being paid on time. They are free to join one of the other four league teams, or try and work out their issues with the Admirals, Marshall said.