until our Stadium Games
Founded in 1992, it has been the mission of the Manatee Adult Baseball League to be a league of "inclusion" and to provide a
wholesome participatory wooden bat baseball program for adults where
"baseballl relationships" and the enjoyment of the game for all players of both teams are of the highest priority.
No trophies and no significant prizes are awarded. 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. We now are generally limiting
new players to those aged 30 years and older.
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."
"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)
It is the mission of our League to provide a good baseball experience to adult players
of all ages and levels of baseball ability. Indispensible to this mission is parity.
One of the most important tools of the League in pursuit of parity is the temporary
placement of players with high baseball ability and players of lower baseball ability.
Part of this tool is circumvented if the temporarily placed player is prevented from
getting his fair share of playing time. Accordingly, in fairness to all players, and,
more importantly, to facilitate the parity efforts of the League, it is the policy of
this League that no player is to play less than 4 innings on defense unless that player,
without the suggestion of ANYONE, requests to play less. It also is the policy of this
League that no person make ANY negative remarks about the play of another player.
We invite teams to play scrimmages.
Pittsburgh Pirates BP baseball shagging crews.
Back: (L-R) Will Lazar, Pete Livningston, Walter Winship,
Jimmy Pickett, Joey Barnes
Front: (L-R) Steve Karp, Vinny DeMarco, Joel Freed,
David Montgoemry, Sr., Brian Adornato
Not shown: Robert Bodi
||Our League Chaplain - Robert Bodi - Reminding us "What it is all about!"|
Commissioner Debbie Montgomery and Chaplain Robert Bodi presented Brent Kuehl with a
check for $1,300 donated by the players through the Manatee Adult Baseball Charitable Trust for
the Junvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The League later presented a SECOND check for
ANOTHER $1,300. We are very proud of the generosity of our players!
Manatee Adult Baseball League
(operated by Manatee Adult Baseball, Inc.)
is a four team participatory recreational wooden bat baseball
program for ONLY good sports.
We try to limit players to age 30 and over. Some younger players are accepted,
but older players are encouraged.All players register with
the League and are placed on a team to help ensure parity. Special rules for safety and parity
include no stealing of home, a sliding requirement, limitations on a pitcher returning to the mound
after the pitcher's team is leading by 5 or more runs, and
ending a half-inning at the end of the play during which that team's fifth
run of the inning is scored.
We play a year long schedule, beginning just after New Year's Day.
We start our modified Summer Format when the school year ends, and resume the season when the next
school year starts.
Our team managers have basically two sets of duties. One is to set the player postiions
(batting, defense, pitching rotation). That role is critical to the success of the
team. On that, we like to let the team largely select their preferences. The other set
of duties is to be the "eyes, ears, and spokesman" for the league in the
dugout. That is an indispensible role which is critical to the overal success of
the league. The League largely makes that selction in consultation with the team leaders.
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.
To the extent we can, we have 3 types of players: (1) Roster players; (2)
Taxi Squad players; and (3) Walk-On players.
(1) Roster Players: We only can accommodate approximately 48 roster players.
We try not to place more than 12 players in the dugout sharing field time and at-bats.
Roster players pay an annual registration fee (typically $35-$45 for 2012) and game fees
(typically $15 per game). Roster players have to attend regularly, and must pay game fees
even for those games for which they are not present. Roster players may request to be
removed from a roster and pay game fees for only those games which they attend, but are
available to any team. Rosters are carefully policed and openings occur frequently.
(2) Taxi Squad Players: Taxi Squad players pay the annual registration fee and
then the lower game fees, but do not have to pay game fees for games which they do not attend.
These players are eligible to be placed on a roster when they request and when an opening occurs.
These players are available to any team.
(3) Walk-On Players: These players are invited to participate in batting
practice, fielding practice and warm-ups, and all other activities except, perhaps,
games if there are already 12 players "in the dug out". We count
the number of roster players at the field at the start of the game, and often, but not always,
assign nonregistered players to teams only for that night. IF WE CAN GET THE PLAYER INTO A GAME, then
the nonregistered player pays a higher game fee (typcially $20).
WHAT TO DO:
We play on Wednesdays. We do not have try-outs. Anyone who wants to play gets to
play IF we have an opening (which is NOT often). All players sign in as they arrive.
New walk-up players sign a
waiver, and leave their games fees as
a deposit and take batting practice. If we cannot get a walk-up player into a game that day,
then their money is returned. Non-roster players should expect that we canNOT get
them in to a game.
We TRY to put no more than 12 players in a dug-out for games.
As players drop out, players are assigned to the openings from the Taxi Squad and new
players are added to the Taxi Squad. We post openings to this website.
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 our Training Games, Special Games and other Special Events, 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.
PLAYER ASSIGNMENT POLICY
IDEALLY, player assignments would result in 2 teams with a 51% winning
percentage, and 2 teams with a 49% winning percentage. This means that ALL teams must
accept their "share" of losses. If you cannot live with losing your "share" of games,
then our league is NOT FOR YOU! Nobody except for the Commissioner should discuss
with any player that player's participation, or encourage any player to transfer to
another team. Any person doing so is subject to discipline.
We have 4 types of games: 1) Regular season games, 2) Training games, 3) Special game and 4) Tournament games.
GENERALLY, Training games, Special games and Tournament games are open to anyone (subject to capacity limitations).
Regular roster players who do not attend a regularly scheduled game still will be
charged the game fee. (We use "break even" budgeting, so the income stream from ALL
roster players, attending or not, is necessary, but more importantly, team parity decisions
are based upon full participation from the players assigned to each team.) Any player
who wishes more flexible participation or to "pay as you play", can request a transfer
to our Taxi Squad; but can expect not to play for the team to which that players last was
"Full participation" means that any player who misses 3 consecutive games or who misses
a large number of games, even if not consecutively, can expect to be tranferred to the
Taxi Squad without prior notice. See our rules.
Player assignments TYPICALLY are made two times per year; just before the start of the regular season and
just before the resumption of the regular season after the mid-season break. The board decides which of
the returning players (who have submitted a new waiver form and
who have paid their registration deposit) will be accepted back onto their teams.
The first thing that we do is we consider all applications for renewed participation and single out for
individual consideration ANY player suggested by any board member for ANY reason. We determine whether based
upon recent experiences with the players, any of the
players no longer are considered to be appropriate for full participation in our league, and if so, then what should
be done about that. (What can be done can range from removal from a roster (and placement on the Taxi Squad) to being
banned from participation that year.) These decisions of the Baord determine the number of vacancies.
The approved returning players are given a priority in being re-assigned to their roster. ANY player removed from a
roster or otherwise considered possibly not appropriate for full participation is COMPARED with perceptions about
non-assigned players in an effort to determine which player is more appropriate for
participation. A new player has an advantage over a returning player in this comparison.
The managers explain to the board what they perceive to be their team's needs and how any of the
unassigned players may help satisfy those needs.
The board then makes recommendations to the Commissioner for the assignment of players.
Not later than the following Monday the Commissioner announces the decisions.
Quite frankly, we expect VERY few openings We will not know how many until we see all the
applicants and the board decides on returning players.
Any unassigned player who submitted their payment but who does not get an assignment may either
go on the Taxi Squad a play when they are there and there is an opening on any team for the evening,
or they can ask for a refund of their payment.
Unassigned players are encouraged to participate in all of our activites, particularly training games and
special games. This gives the player the opportunity to get to know, and to get to be known by, the other
player and positions the player for team assignment when an opening arises.
Mail to: Manatee Adult Baseball, Inc.
2103 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida 34205
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