San Quentin Needs You! Are You Interested in Bringing Your Team Inside to Play?

Dear MSBL friends,

My name is Michael Kremer and I lead the inmate baseball program at San Quentin Prison in Marin County, California taking over after Elliot Smith, our former director, decided to retire after more than a decade managing the program.

I came across a posting on the MSBL website from a couple of years back inviting MSBL teams to contact Elliot if they were interested in coming to play at San Quentin (Here is the link to the previous MSBL story). The baseball experience at San Quentin is truly a one-of-a-kind. There is a full baseball diamond in the prison yard, and the inmate team is competitive against most men’s league teams. In addition to the baseball side of things, the experience of outside teams getting to meet and spend time with the inmate players is generally seen as incredibly rewarding on both sides.

The prison administration and the inmate team takes great care to ensure the safety of all visitors, and speaking from years of experience being involved with the program I have never felt the slightest bit unsafe or threatened inside the prison. A New York Times documentary from a few years ago provides a good sense of the value of the baseball program inside the prison.

I am writing to you now to encourage any teams interested in playing and experiencing this wonderful opportunity to please contact me. Any teams wishing to play should reach out directly to me at

Thank you in advance for your participation and I look forward to speaking with you!


Michael Kremer