Find a League In Your Area
By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications
Your name: Rick Cantor
City or town
of residence: Santa Rosa, CA
League name: Redwood Empire Baseball League
league is based: Santa Rosa, CA
you grow up: Santa Rosa, CA
and college: Cardinal Newman High School, San Francisco State
What do you
do for a living: Economist
information: Married to Kimberly for 19 years, one
son Zeejay, aged 7. Father-in-law David Charp, aged 70, plays in our 55+
your baseball resume: I’ve been playing non-stop since I was 6 years old, including high school,
college, semi-pro, and now MSBL.
What is your
greatest baseball moment, either watching or playing: Its funny actually, that
the two moments both came in Little League.
It would have to be between pitching a perfect game as a 12 year old or
my first career home run in a Little League All-Star game, again at the age of
When did you
start playing for MSBL and how did you hear about it: I began playing in the
Bay Area MSBL in 1995, after seeing an ad in the newspaper about tryouts.
Do you still
and age bracket: Pirates in the 35+
What is the
best thing about your league: For me, its about the old and new friendships,
playing with guys that I’ve known since high school, and making new friends
every year. To be able to do that, while
still playing the great game of baseball, is simply incredible.
Questions just for fun:
Who is your
favorite player of all time and why: Roger Clemens.
A power pitcher with an attitude, but a winning one. It was between him and Nolan Ryan.
Who is the
best player in the majors right now: Mike Trout.
Who is the
greatest pitcher of all time and why: Wow, this is a tough one. It’s extremely difficult to compare pitchers
from different eras, since the stats they accumulate are so dictated by
external circumstances (park dimensions, current managing strategies, overall player
pool, etc.). Plus, its also difficult to
gauge pitchers who you’ve never seen, since stats don’t tell the whole
story. All that being said, I’m gonna go
any additional personal comments you wish to add about your playing or life
thus far: Nothing other than to say I’m extremely happy and very fortunate with
my current personal and baseball life! I
have a wonderful family with a beautiful wife (who is a belly dancer) who loves
baseball, what more could I ask for?
any comments about MSBL you wish to share: I am very thankful that Steve Sigler
has created and nurtured the MSBL into the excellent organization it is today,
which has allowed the REBL to exist and be such a large and fulfilling part of
my life. Today, at the age of 49, I
still identify myself as a baseball player, and I think that’s a pretty
incredible thing at that age. Without
the MSBL, I wouldn’t still have that same identification and its hard to
imagine my life without it. I just feel
very fortunate to have the MSBL and our local league, the REBL, be such an
integral part of my life…..the friendships that have been rekindled, the new
friendships that have been made, mean so much to me. Thanks!!