By Steve LaMontia, Executive Regional Director
name: Jim Frenn
or town of residence: Vallejo,
name: Bay Area Men’s Senior
Baseball League (BAMSBL)
where league is based: San
did you grow up? North
Hollywood, CA (but really, San
Francisco as an adult)
school and college, if applicable: Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, CA;
California State University, San Francisco
do you do for a living? Vice
President – Human Resources & Administration for Saxco International, a
glass bottles distribution company for wine, beer, food industries.
information: I have a son who is a professional Water Polo Coach. He coaches and teaches at American River
College in Sacramento, California. I also have a step son who hosts his own 'Prime Time' radio show on a Denver radio station. I'm proud of both of these boys.
your baseball resume: I played
some high school baseball. I’ve managed
teams both in our league and tournament teams for 19 of the 24 years in the
league. Finished 2nd several
time, but never won a championship as a manager. Being on a championship team in a local
tournament we sponsored called Octoberfest in 2004, I think. Hitting a couple of homeruns in my MSBL
career. In 24 years I’ve played on two
teams in the BAMSBL.President of BAMSBL since 2013, and a board
member of the league for more years than I can remember.
is your greatest baseball moment, either watching or playing? Playing a half dozen times on the field at
AT&T Park. It’s like playing Pebble
Beach for a golfer. Also playing several
times at the Oakland Coliseum. Not to
mention playing the inmates at San Quentin.You’ve never really played a strange game until you play in the middle
of a prison yard surrounded and heckled by inmates. They love us there. Hitting a couple of home runs. Recently being involved in defensive gems
like a 9-6-5 relay for the third out at third base (I started it in right
field, and at my age it doesn’t happen that often!) Turning double plays,
anytime! I’m a San Francisco Giants fan,
so watching them finally win a world series…and then another, two years
later! Watching Barry Bonds hit most any
pitch thrown, and home runs (majestic!). TimLincecum, two Cy Young awards
(how often do you see someone win one, let alone two!). As a kid, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan
Marichal, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Maury Wills, Wally Moon (bet you don’t
know who he is?), and the Oakland A’s win championships in the 70’s, 80’s, and
early 90’s. We are truly blessed for
baseball in the Bay Area!
did you start playing for MSBL and how did you hear about it? 1991, (for a team called the Brooklyn
Dodgers. My dad, a Dodger fan for over
30 years loved seeing me a Dodgers uniform.Not so good for fans in the Bay Area).I was playing softball in a San Francisco softball league and a teammate
told me about "this hardball league.”Never played softball again!
you still play? Yes, of course.
team and age bracket? Cubs, 50+,
Tournament team Giants 45+, 55+ & 60+
is the best thing about your league? The
players, hands down. It seems like
everyone who plays baseball in our league plays with a passion for this great
you participate in any MSBL national tournaments? Yes, Las Vegas and the AZ World Series. One of these days I’ll get down to Palm
is the funniest thing you have ever witnessed on a ball field? Our center fielder had a serious bladder issue between innings and decided to take care of it up against the center field wall. We had to hold up the game until he
was finished. It was hilarious!
is your favorite player of all time and why? At my age, that’s a tough question
because I’ve seen a lot of them. I was a
Dodger fan during the Willie Mays era, or I would say him. So, I guess I would say Barry Lamar
Bonds. He could do it all in his prime
with the Giants.
is the best player in the majors right now? Buster Posey (and I’m not biased!)
is the greatest pitcher of all time and why? Cy Young. I guess because they named an award after him.
But, Christy Mathewson is probably right there for all the innings pitched and
there any additional personal comments you wish to add about your playing or
life thus far? I’ve learned a
lot about life playing baseball, like you can’t dwell too much about the great
things or the bad things that happen, because it changes so fast. "Ya just gotta let go!” Also, you’ll always have one of those "wow,
I never saw that before!” moments, no matter how long you play this great
there any comments about MSBL you wish to share? I’m just glad there is an MSBL, because
without it there wouldn’t be an opportunity to play this great game. As president of the BAMSBL I carry on a rich
history of past presidents who feel the same way about having a league
affiliated with the MSBL. Our league
gets a lot of support from MSBL national, and Steve. It’s in part why we’ve been around since
1988. I know there are other leagues,
but they all came after the MSBL and BAMBL.Also, the national tournaments are incredibly fun for a baseball junkie
like me. Where else can I play in
Phoenix spring training stadiums and minor league fields? My friends and family can’t believe I still
play this great game at my age, and it’s because the MSBL has created a context
for me to play in. I appreciate it.