LaMontia, Director of Communications
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.
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.”
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.
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
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!