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MSBL April League of the Month: West Metro Atlanta MSBL

 

By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications

The West Metro Atlanta MSBL came into existence in 2005 under the direction of Don Etheridge and is now headed up by commissioner Ron Huck and his assistant and marketing officer Tommy Linda.  The WMAMSBL has recently been honored by MSBL Founder and President Steve Sigler as the MSBL 'League of the Month' for April. Congratulations!

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, this 20 team league offers competition in four divisions, a 35+ and 45+ midweek division and a Saturday morning league that also features 35+ and 45+ divisions.  Ron has been in charge of things the past five years, though Don Etheridge is still involved and always available for guidance.

"Our league is very fortunate to play in Atlanta,” said Huck.  "We have three other leagues that offer MSBL and MABL baseball.  There is a place for everyone that wants to play to be able to play. From the highly competitive Don Pike’s 18+ and 25+ leagues to John Gambs' East Side 18+ and 35+ leagues and Kent Murphy’s Sunday league for players 30+, 40+ and 55+.  If you live in this area we can offer you a ton of options.” 

The West Metro Atlanta MSBL begins in April and runs all the way through October, mainly so that teams can stay sharp for the MSBL Fall Classic in Florida in November.  "About 33% of our players compete in national tournaments so we want them to be able to play as long as possible so that they are ready to go,” added Huck.

Ron spoke of the importance of participating in both the MSBL leagues in the area but also the national tournaments.  "The best part of playing in the national tourneys is that we have so many players that come back with rings. It is the best promotion I can think of.  I had a player bring out pictures from his 2005 championships.  We have so much talent in Atlanta for baseball, I could not even count the number of players that play in our WMAMSBL league that also have a tournament ring. 

Besides the ring, everyone that goes to the national tourneys talk about how well they are put on and they always have a great time with their teammates, locations and playing baseball.”

A displaced Chicago guy, Ron started his MSBL career in 2005 in Atlanta in this league.  Ron continues to play on the weeknights and on Saturday mornings. A financial advisor, Ron still reflects on his days at Wrigley. "It’s always fun when the wind is blowing out,” said Huck. "I have seen Burt Hooten’s no hitter, I saw a 23-22 game and few years ago I saw Zach Wheeler of the Mets get his first pro start. I recently visited Wrigley again with my Mom, who is also a big fan.”  

I asked Ron if he had any advice for up and coming league presidents.  ”Listen to the guys who have played in the league.  Encourage teams to be inclusive – that is how you grow.  Figure out how to keep the teams as evenly matched as possible.  My ideal season would be every team to finish 500 and we need tie breakers to set first place.”  Well said!

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