Brad.'s F.S.N.L. Team
|| Manatee Baseball, Inc.
A Florida Not-For-Profit Corporation
"So much more than just games."
|David Montgomery, Jr., CPA.,||Financial Officer|
|Robert Bodi,|| League Chaplain (Ex Officio)
|David Montgomery, Sr., Esq.|| Administrator/Founder|
|Rob Else,|| Weight Loss Advisor
|Bobby "Sey" Shindler,||Resident Baseball Historian
|Jeff Lavelle,,||Official Beer Taster
|Juan Aviles,||Token Yankee Rep.
|Joe Zejavac, Vice Commissioner||Marlins
"It is not wether you win or lose. It is wether you win or lose respect." - Baseballism.com
"I see great things in baseball. It's our game, the American game. It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us."
- Walt Whitman paraphrased
"I've never quit the game... I (still) play ball simply because I like to."
- Honus Wagner at age 49 - long after retiring from his legendary career with the Pirates.
"One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it."
- Knute Rockne|
"I think if I had my life to live over again, I'd do things a little different… I would have had more friends."
- Ty Cobb
"(N)o person can obtain admission in the club merely for his capacity as a player; he must also have the reputation of a gentleman; ...."
- From Charles Peverellys 1866 look at the early history of the Knickerbockers.
"To me, America is like baseball. If I swing at a pitch and miss, what am I going to do, give up the next two pitches? If I swing and miss at this pitch, that's just a swing and a miss. There's
no morality attached to failure. Failure morally has a moral component, but failure in a creative
or professional sense is just information. That's one of the big things for me about the U.S. Our
kids, by the time they're five years old, know that if they can hit a ball three times out of 10
pitches, they'll go to the Hall of Fame. They know that seven misses or seven failures are no
disgrace. That's just playing the game. Beat that attitude!"
- Craig Ferguson (Scotsman now American citizen)
Founded in 1992, it is the mission of the Manatee Baseball League to be a league of "inclusion" and to provide a
wholesome participatory wooden bat baseball program for adults where
"baseball relationships" and the enjoyment of the game for all players of both teams are of the highest priority.
We believe that baseball is a journey; not a destination. We try to play baseball as it was meant to be played -
for the enjoyment of all participants, inning by inning..
PARITY IS "JOB ONE"
One of our many mottoes is: "We want every player to be able to drive to the fields saying to
themselves that "My team can win tonight, and I can help."" To help with that effort, THREE times per year (the Pre-Season Meeting; the Mid-Season
Meeting and the Playoff Roster Selection Meeting), our Management Committee
conducts a COMPREHENSIVE review of team parity and assigns new players to enhance parity. After that no players assignments
are made if it is expected that any such assignment will impair parity..
We play "CLUB BASEBALL" in the tradition of
the 1850's New York Knickerbockers Base Ball Club. Originally, "Base Ball" games were played by social and fraternal clubs seeking exercise among friends.
Then money got involved. "Somehow or other, they don't play ball nowadays as they used to ... . I don't mean to say they don't play it as well. …
But I mean that they don't play with the same kind of feelings or for the same objects they used to." said Pete O'Brien of the Brooklyn Atlantics in 1868, the
year before the Cincinatti Redstockings became the first club to ackonwledge that it paid its players. Then, the game became "Profesional"; a commerical spectacle.
Baseball has become professional baseball. It is its own focus and an entire industry. Our's really is more of a "club" than a "league". We seek to embody baseball's
roots by rededicating ourselves to baseball's social and fraternal roots. Our focus upon the virtues of competition MUST be secondary to our relationships with each other as
club members in a baseball fraternity! "If you are not prepared to be our friend, then please do not join our club."
As a player, your cooperation and communication with the administrator is a part of the price of participation. The League cannot function as it has for more than 30 years without
that cooperation and communication. If you do not cooperate or communicate when requested then your participation can be curtailed or terminated.
We invite teams to play scrimmages.
Pittsburgh Pirates BP baseball shagging crew.
Back: (L-R) Will Lazar, Pete Livningston, Walter Winship,
Jimmy Pickett, Joey Barnes
Front: (L-R) Steve Karp, Vinny DeMarco, Joel Freed,
David Montgomery, Sr., Brian Adornato
Not shown: Robert Bodi
||Our League Chaplain - Robert Bodi - Reminding us "What it is all about!"|
Manatee Baseball League
(operated by Manatee Baseball, Inc.)
We strive for a "club" atmosphere where all teams play at the same time and
at the same complex on the same day each week. Batting practice and warm-up
begin one hour before game time. The season ends with what is essentially a
double-elimination playoff tournament.
We play on Wednesdays. We do not have try-outs. Anyone who wants to play gets to play IF we have an opening that
evening. All players sign in as they arrive.
We TRY to put no more than 12 players on a team in games.
Typically we have two types of FEES: 1) A registration fee in two parts - one for the Spring portion of the season
and another for the Fall portion of the season. 2) Game fees which are paid for each game based up regulation games
adjusted for rain-shortened games and extra-inning games. Players are responsible for keeping themselves informed of the
staus of their account and keeping their account current. Regular roster players are assessed a game fee for every game
scheduled for their team, even if they do not play in that game.
We play at
Lakewood Ranch High School in Manatee County,
near I-75 (1 and 1/2 miles east on SR 70 ( 4 lights) then left (north) on Lakewood
Ranch Blvd. 1 mile north of SR 70.)   RESERVATIONS POLICY
For Training Games, Special Games, and most other activities for which we cannot accommodate everyone, we will include infromation
about how to reguest a reservation. We make commitments based upon clearly defined participation goals.
In order to determine whether we can expect to meet those participation goals, we issue a call for reservations with
a clearly set cut-off date and time. At that cut-off date and time, we make our
"Go/No-Go" decision based upon those reservations. Consequently, any who
has a reservation who cannot fulfill that reservation will be charged for the activity unless
1) they cancel the reservation a reasonable time before the event AND 2) we reach
our participation goals without them fulfilling the reservation. The League reserves the
right for ANY reason to charge for the reservation even if these two conditions are met.
Manatee Baseball, Inc.
6312 - 4th Avenue North West
Bradenton, Florida 34209
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