Lake County Fielders Announcer Quits On-Air

Qumar Zaman resigned on Waukegan's WKRS-AM following what he called a history of money issues with team owners

By Lisa Balde
|  Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011  |  Updated 8:54 AM CDT
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Qumar Zaman publicly signed off last week on Waukegan's WKRS-AM following what he called a history of money issues with the team's owners.

Qumar Zaman publicly signed off last week on Waukegan's WKRS-AM following what he called a history of money issues with the team's owners.

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A radio announcer for the Lake County Fielders publicly gave his resignation last week.

And by publicly, we mean on-air, at the end of a radio broadcast.

Qumar Zaman, play-by-play announcer for the minor baseball team based in Zion, signed off on Waukegan's WKRS-AM following what he called a history of money issues with the team's owners.

"They didn't pay me all the money owed to me, and that's why I'm leaving right now," Zaman said last Friday.

The Fielders denied Zaman's accusation, and team spokesman Bernie DiMeo told the Daily Herald he was fully paid when he left.

This caps a tough couple of weekends for the Fielders, partially owned by actor Kevin Costner.

The team's manager resigned over money issues before last Saturday's game, and 11 players refused to play in support of him, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The Fielders' hitting coach took over as interim manager and filled empty positions with remaining pitchers.

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