By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications
Tony Martin is the league president of the Cleveland MSBL,
a league he started in 2011 with six teams and has remarkably expanded to 16
teams in a few short years. His teams
are also frequent participants in the MSBL Fall Classic and Holiday Classic in Florida and will be kicking off their season the end of April. For Tony’s hard work and dedication, MSBL
Founder and President Steve Sigler has honored Tony with induction into the
2017 class of the MSBL Honor Roll.
We asked Tony to tell us a little about himself so that we
could share his successes with the MSBL nation. Congratulations, Tony!
Your name: Tony
City or town of residence: Cleveland, OH
League name: Cleveland
Town where league is based: Cleveland, OH
Where did you grow up? Cleveland, OH
What do you do for a living? Safety Director. I also umpire high school and summer league
Family information: Married with 2 children. I coach my daughter’s softball team.
Describe your baseball resume: I grew up with a
baseball field behind my house so I climbed a fence every day after school and
threw against the backstop until my friends joined me for a pickup game.
I played throughout
grade school and high school but not in college. I then played softball but came back to hardball in my late
20’s. I started managing in 2005 and am proud to say
that our team has won three league championships (2006, 2014, 2016)
What is your greatest baseball moment,
either watching or playing? As player manager
in 2012 on my adult team, we were down 6-4 with the bases loaded and I got the
game tying hit on an 0-2 count in the bottom of the 9th to advance
to semi -finals in the playoffs after we started the 9th inning
Also, developing positive
relationships with my teammates will truly be the most valuable thing I will
take from my years managing a team. We
will have these memories for the rest of our lives.
When did you start playing for MSBL and how
did you hear about it? I played in the
Fall Classic for the first time in 2006. I started the Cleveland MSBL League in 2011 with 6 teams and now have
expanded to 16.
Do you still play? Yes I get my token
at bat at the end of games and I pitch on occasion, but my team is very good
and I enjoy staying with them as opposed to getting more playing time with a
new team. We have a large roster with
many fathers and coaches, so everyone shares time on the field.
What team and age bracket? Cleveland Cubs in
What is the best thing about your league? The best thing is
the camaraderie and respect that each team has for each other on the
field. I appreciate the willingness to
work together to make this league successful. Teams pull together to work on the fields and are flexible for game
changes due to weather. We also have
league indoor workouts together and multiple teams throw to each other. We are a small baseball community.
Do you participate in any MSBL national
tournaments? Fall Classic many times
- and this year was my first Holiday Classic
Questions just for fun:
Who is your favorite player of all time and
why? Manny Ramirez – his
signature swing and ability (stupidity???) to forget about the last game and
last at-bat and succeed
Are there any additional personal comments
you wish to add about your playing or life thus far? The sport has truly
added to my life experience and made me a better leader on and off the field.
Are there any comments about MSBL you wish
to share? Great support and
communication. Very professional
approach and a pleasure to do business with.