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Another New One… Moses Lake Professional Baseball League

It’s that time in the off season where we get more news of start-up leagues showing up.

This league, the Moses Lake Professional Baseball League (MLPBL), plans to be based out of Moses Lake, Washington.  Some readers may remember that this city was the home of the Moses Lake Rattlesnakes in the failed Mount Rainier Pro Baseball League.

This league is being formed by Jim Hayes and Keith Marshall.  If those names sound familiar too, it is because Jim was the manager of the Ellensburg Bulls and Keith was the GM and announcer for Ellensburg and Moses Lake in the Mount Rainier League.

The league claims that: “If you are tired of being told that you do not throw hard enough, are too slow, and too small, then this is the league for you.  Since the MLPBL is one of the last leagues to run a tryout, it will give all players that were not selected from other tryout during the summer one final shot at playing this summer. “

The website provides the “history” and background of the owners.

History:

The Moses Lake Professional Baseball League is being formed by Keith Marshall and Jim Hayes and is scheduled to begin June 13th, 2020 to August 9th, 2020 having a 40 game schedule. Keith and Jim met in 2015 when Jim was asked to manage the Ellensburg Bulls of the Mount Rainier Pro Baseball League and Keith was the announcer and GM for Ellensburg and the Moses Lake Rattlesnakes. 

Our goal is to provide an opportunity for players that were overlooked, not drafted out of college, not given a real chance, and missed their window of opportunity due to personal circumstances.  The Moses Lake Professional Baseball League is providing that 2nd chance for those players who have the dream of playing professional baseball at the next level.

The MLPBL players will be paid and housed while playing in beautiful Moses Lake, Washington. If you are tired of being told that you do not throw hard enough, are to slow, and to small, then this is the league that is for all of the above mentioned. Keith and Jim met this past August and discussed attempting to put a Professional baseball league together. We have been doing the groundwork needed and constantly correcting and evaluating. The mistakes other start up leagues have done. We want to make sure that we have everything in place to make sure we can follow through in giving the players their chance at playing pro baseball.  

Since the MLPBL is one of the last leagues to run a tryout, it will give all players that were not selected from other tryout during the summer one final shot at playing this summer.

Staff:

JIM HAYES

GM OF BASEBALL
OPERATIONS/MANAGER

I have been involved in baseball most of my life. Since my retirement from public service 10 years ago, i have been promoting ball players to advance to a higher level once they have decided to attempt to enter the pro ranks, no matter which level. I have been involved with the Puerto Rico Instructional BB League for the past 8 years as the head pitching coach and assistant to the CEO.  

the PRIBL has signed 375 players to into Pro BB throughout the world. Check their website player transactions. I have also been an independent agent and scout since 1994. I personally have signed over 200 players to play Pro BB at various levels.  

Most recently, in 2015 I managed in the MRPBL mentioned earlier and the Ozark Pro BB League until each league folded due to financial hardships.  In 2017, I managed in the Empire League for 3 weeks but due to health conditions, it stopped me cold. In 2018, I recovered to the point that i managed again in the Empire league. I have coached at 2 different colleges over 3 year and in 2019, I was head JV BB coach at my alma mater Los Altos HS in Hacienda Heights where I was able to promote 6 players to the Varsity level with impact. My capacity for the MLPBL will be managing a team and GM of Baseball Operations.

KEITH MARSHALL

GM OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS/ANNOUNCER

I, Keith Marshall was born and raised in Ellensburg, Washington. My Dad started a farm when I was young, but being allergic to Timothy Hay pushed me into college at Central Washington University. In 1991 I began my career in radio and am still employed by Wheeler Broadcasting, 98.5 The Key, which broadcasts Classic Rock into Moses Lake and the surrounding communities. I’ve also worked in TV, winning awards and becoming the Sea Galley guy wearing crablegs in 1993!  But radio was my calling and I did nearly every job the business offers including General Manager, Disc Jockey, sales manager and twice I’ve replaced the light bulb on top of a 208 foot tower! 

My biggest success was as a DJ, as  Keith Danson, which lead to announcing for NASCAR at local tracks and so much more. I still emcee many events each year and perform many live remote broadcasts in Moses Lake. All this experience lead me to knowing what needed to be done to make the Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League work in 2015, too bad the owner ran out of money. 

That experience is what I needed to make the Moses Lake Professional Baseball League work, and I’m very fortunate to have the help of Jim Hayes to make his dream, as well as the dream of many deserving baseball players dream a reality!

Tryouts (4 days, $500) are also listed for May in Southern California and June in Moses Lake.
More information on tryouts can be found: HERE.

Indy Ball Island will be reaching out to the MLPBL soon for a Q&A.

For now, check out there official website HERE for more information.

*As always, we caution players about signing up and trying out for any new start-up league.*

Q & A with the Western Association of Professional Baseball

Earlier this week (July 18th), the Western Association of Professional Baseball (WAPB) sent out a press release stating their intentions to begin play during the summer of 2020.

Indy Ball Island reached out to the league and was able to get a Q & A with Evan Greusel, the Director of Baseball Operations for the WAPB.

Since the league has yet to officially announce details surrounding their upcoming season, Greusel’s answers are vague in some areas, but hopefully the answers that were provided can help readers have a better understanding of the WAPB.

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The biggest issue with every new start-up league that has folded has been their finances. Are you confident that this league will have the money behind it to complete the first season and beyond? How is the league being funded?


We have some great people involved that have been part of successful Indy teams and leagues and some that have watched certain teams and leagues fail. I think we have a wealth of knowledge at all levels from guys that played and coached to front office GMs and owners. We already have a league sponsor that had committed to multiple years so we are excited about that.

Who are the main people involved with the running of the league?


We will have announcements and introductions shortly with press releases. But on the website, you can find some of the guys with strong roles.

How many teams will the league have? Do you have any specific cities in mind? And are you looking at stadiums that are already built or are you planning on building your own ballparks?

6-8 in year one. Leases have already been negotiated and signed, so we are excited about that. Most will be current stadiums, but some owners have talked and discussed new ball parks as well.
I don’t want to give away locations yet because we will release 1 team at a time.

(Author’s note: The press release did give potential states for the first season – Arizona, California, Colorado, and Nevada).

What do you expect the attendance and community support to be like in the cities that you do choose to play in?

Obviously we are hoping for strong attendance eventually, but we know that takes time. We are push hard for advertising in each city to start.

How many players will be on each team? What are you expecting the experience level to be? Are there any age restrictions?


23 players, probably rookie level to guys with big league time. We are hoping the easy travel will attract bigger talent in nice areas.

Are your players getting paid? What type of salaries are you expecting to offer?


Yes, players will be paid. And we have a pretty cool surprise on pay structure for younger players.

What is the housing and travel situation going to be like for the players? 

Housing will probably be different from city to city but you can guess the usual – Dorms apartments and host family’s.

What will the schedule be like?

78 game season with 3-4-5 game stands

Will players’ stats be posted on a reputable website (Baseball Reference, PointStreak, etc.)?

Yes, they will.

Do you expect the players to get a fair look from scouts with a chance to move up to affiliated ball?

Yes, I think the locations help that process. We are also going to rely heavily on social media about what players are doing.

Where can interested players or coaches get information on tryouts or available jobs?

We have lots of ties to minor league coaches and coordinators. We will obviously be reaching out to players released during spring training and also be holding a winter camp.

What are your expectations for the league this year and beyond?

To have a successfully run first year and put building blocks in a place for a long run.

Is there anything else you would like to add and let readers know about the league?

Sorry my comments are so vague, but we will have press releases on everything. We are very excited, and I’m putting in a lot of work. This isn’t a one month decision to put on a league. We have been working on this for well over a year to get all the right people in place.

 

I would like to thank Evan Greusel for taking the time to answer my questions.

Stay tuned to Indy Ball Island and Westernprobaseball.com for more information as it is announced.