The Can-Am League announced on Friday that it has terminated the membership of the Worcester Tornadoes baseball club, the final nail in the coffin of an organization that suffered a tumultuous financial downfall over the past few months.
“We have taken this action because the league wants strong, financially viable ownership in the Worcester market,” said league commissioner Miles Wolff in a press release. “We will begin immediately looking for ownership for a team in Worcester that will be a positive influence in the community for many years to come.”
The Tornadoes started the season with a high level of anticipation after the team inked controversial slugger Jose Canseco to a one-year contract.
That marriage quickly went sour as Canseco routinely was unable to accompany the team on road trips due to various legal and physical issues before they cut ties after only 20 games.
Canseco has now filled a suit against the team for $840,000 in unpaid wages and interest.
Last Saturday the team had their uniforms seized by lawyers prior to a game for failure to pay a cleaning service and on Tuesday employees were locked out of the team offices while moving trucks packed up furniture.
The team, operated by Streamlined Sports Inc., has also allegedly failed to pay local vendors and detail services.
If the Can-Am League is unable to resurrect a team in Worcester, other viable options include the NECBL and Futures League, both wooden-bat summer collegiate baseball leagues.
The current roster of Tornadoes will be able to complete the final three games of the season, all on the road against the Newark Bears.