By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications
There is a brand new gem of an MSBL league located in Clarksville, Tennessee, located right outside the gates of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky and 45 minutes west of Nashville. The new MSBL affiliate is known as the Clarksville MABL and is the brain child of league president Mike Kline. “I contacted Mr. Sigler (Steve) about any leagues in my area and he said there weren’t any and he asked if I’d set one up. I have previous business ownership experience and I’m an assistant high school baseball coach, so I jumped on the opportunity.”
This is their first year and they have visions of 18+, 25+, 35+, 45+ and 55+ divisions in the years ahead as the momentum builds in this baseball starved area. “I did some research and talked with quite a few local coaches and realized Clarksville really needed a league like this. I’m proud to offer one to them. I just want players to come out and have fun and enjoy the favorite past time that they never got to enjoy as an adult in an organized environment,” added Kline.
The league is starting with humble beginnings, as they fielded two teams this year, the Clarksville Spartans and the Clarksville Bucks. They got a late start but will be playing through their playoffs toward the end of September. This wood bat league also has visions of participating in MSBL national tournaments, like the World Series in Arizona or the Fall Classic in Florida.
“We would love to send some players or a team to the World Series or Fall Classic. It’s just not in the budget or works this year. We’re projecting to fully fund a team to go within the next five years.”
Mike doesn’t have any prior experience organizing or presiding over an adult baseball league but some of his players have participated in leagues in other parts of the country and were very encouraging in getting the new league started. “We anticipated four teams this first year but ended up with two. It’s a start and we’ll build from there. I have no doubt we’ll be expanding quite a bit in the years ahead.”