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Sad news from the minor leagues: The Kansas City T-Bones, the Northern League team which announced it would allow schoolchildren to play the first two innings of a game in August on a video game, have been thwarted in their plan. Northern League Commissioner/Killjoy Mike Stone said the game had to be played all regulation-like to be it all "official" and a "real" "game." (Bah!) The game will now be played in its entirity, and the kids will play two innings on the big board once the game is over. The T-Bones brass was crushed.

"We re not happy about the ruling, but we ll abide by the commissioner s wishes," said T-Bones General Manager Rick Muntean. "The idea of having two people, regardless of any physical characteristics, decide a baseball game is ahead of its time. Baseball is a game rooted in the past and this idea came a little too soon."

T-Bones Modify Promotion [Kansas City T-Bones]