For the last four years I have been the writer for the www.MinnesotaBaseball.org website. It has been a great experience. As of today, April 15, 2012, that job is over. I take this time to thank you all for the help and support that I have received. I couldn't have done this job without your support.
Let me share a few of the highlights of the job. Every summer I tried to cover every invitational tournament by posting the schedule and results. It was amazing to see so many teams playing in so many tournaments. At first the information was hard to gather, but then people started to send me their information and it just flowed. Thanks.
I covered the region and section tournaments every year and got to know all of the regioinal and sectional commissioners. They do a great job for very little credit. Many times the commissioner would spend all day at the tournament and not get home until late night and still take the time to email or call me with the results. Thanks.
I have been lucky enough to cover the last four State Tournaments. The MBA covered the tournament almost "live" for the last four years. The first three years I did updates at least four times a game (twitter before it became popular). Last year the official scorers did a live batter by batter update on the website. It was a great addition to the tournament and let people know exactly what was going on at all times.
Speaking of State Tournaments, you need to know that the tournament hosts put in a phenominal amount of work and they do a wonderful job. I was greeted by each host and they made sure that everything was working and just as the MBA requested. I can't stress enough how good the last four hosts have been. They have all been excited to host the State Tournament and worked to make it a great experience for everyone. The workers at each State Tournament continually amaze me. Quantity and Quality! Thanks.
I also got to interview numerous players, umpires, fans and workers. It was fun to see how Chris Coste approaches a MBA game vs the Major Leagues. How about Chris Rupert winning game after game, Keith Meyers hustling play after play, Terry Helget umping game after game, the Koch family all playing the game together and asking Dan Plein and Bookie Larson why a hit is a hit. I also wonder what we should do with all the State baseball records Bookie has in his head and somewhere in his house. Thanks.
I've been playing baseball in the MBA since 1971. I'm not quitting my baseball life, just not writing for the MBA. I will still write occasionally on "