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Lake County Fielders cancel 2012 season

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Lake County Fielders cancel 2012 season

The Lake County Fielders' 2011 season was marred by drama. There was the manager resigning before a game and 11 players protesting after members of the team were not being paid.

That led to Jose Canseco -- yes, that same Jose Canseco -- pitching six innings and earning a win.

The Fielders, a minor-league team based out of Deerfield, Ill., will not get a chance to rebound in 2012, as their season has been canceled due to conflicting lawsuits from the city of Zion and the Fielders franchise.

"With no existing stadium in Zion, we will not be participating in any formal baseball league play this upcoming," the team said in a released statement. "Every league has minimum stadium standards that must be met prior to participating in league play -- generally, at least 3,000 permanent fixed seats with a capacity of at least 5,000, locker rooms, plumbing and electrical infrastructure, concession stands, etc.

"Regrettably, the city still hasn't commenced stadium construction, so the Fielders simply have no choice but to suspend plans for a 2012 league season."

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