Last Updated: February 17, 2017

The Mid-Iowa Baseball League

New Player/Free Agent Workouts

The Mid-Iowa Baseball League will soon be conducting workouts for free agents and potential players.  The location for the two sessions will be: 

Rally Time Sports Club

5000 NE 12th Ave

Pleasant Hill, IA 50327

Formal evaluations will take place on the following dates.  New managers/coaches will be present to evaluate players for a free agent draft.  Returning managers/coaches/reps are welcome to observe.  Any free agents remaining after the draft would then be made available to all teams.

Saturday, February 11  -  6pm

Saturday, February 18  -  6pm

 

Questions, please contact Player Relations Director, Todd Thomas


 

 

Manager's Meeting - February 26

The winter Manager's Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 26 at 3:00pm.  It will take place at the Courtyard by Marriott in Ankeny, 2405 SE Creekview Dr.  Ankeny, IA 50021.  Attendance by a manager, coach or representative from each team desiring to play in 2017 is mandatory.


 

Free Agent List

Recently, the league put forth a marketing effort with a Facebook blast to promote our league.  This has resulted in an influx of free agents looking to play.  The purpose behind this was for the league to form additional teams, primarily in our 18+ & 25+ divisions.  The league plans to hold some workouts for these free agents and identify those that would be best fits for managing teams.  We are attempting to build new teams and not necessarily supplement current teams.  However, if you are a current team with a need for players, exceptions will be made.  If you are a current manager desiring to pick up a listed free agent, please reach out to our Player Relations Director, Todd Thomas.


 

Hall-of-Fame Committee Kicks Off

CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE SOMEONE TODAY!

February 19, 2017:
The committee will reconvene on this date to review the results of the voting process.  Currently, in addition to the eight elected previously based on rankings, three additional members were voted in to the inaugural class.  The committee will review all 11 and also discuss those that came close to election to determine if anyone did not receive a vote simply because a voting member did not know who the individual was & what their contribution meant to the league.

January 8, 2017:
Since the voting committee had been established, a list of 108 nominees was put together and the committee pre-ranked these individuals.  Based on these rankings, eight individuals stood out above the rest.  The committee determined these eight individuals did not need further discussion or votes and have been elected to the MIBL HOF.  The next 50 individuals (based on rankings) were discussed.  Based on this discussion, 37 individuals were added to the initial HOF voting ballot.  The voting committee is currently voting (yes or no) for induction into the 2017 HOF class.

December 15, 2016:
Our 16-person voting committee has been established.  They are as follows:
Phil DeVan, Keith DeWitt, Brad Eveland, Gary Frank, Greg Huyser, Tim Kirgan, John Linden, Scott Littell, Scott Meyer, Robin McQuerry, Brian Olson, Mike Ray, Clay Rickert, Brian Schueller, Ron Watson, Bobby Williams.


December 4, 2016:  The initial Hall-of-Fame Committee meeting was held.  Chairperson of this committee is Brian Schueller.  Other committee members in attendance included Brad Eveland, Greg Huyser, Tim Kirgan, John Linden, Brian Olson & Ron Watson.  Committee members that were absent included Phil DeVan, Keith DeWitt, Joe Reser & Bobby Williams.  A 12th member of this initial committee has been added, that individual being Scott Littell.  Four additional league members will be added to this initial HOF Committee to make our final, 16-person Voting Committee.

During our initial meeting, the development of the rules and criteria took place as to how the inaugural and future voting process will be handled.  These rules & criteria will be posted once finalized.

Our next meeting will be held in January of 2017.  We hope to collect all nominations by that time and begin the voting process for the inaugural class.

Stay tuned to this page for more information.


 

Hearts are Heavy in Mid-Iowa Baseball

 

Joseph P. Reser, 54, died unexpectedly on Friday, December 16, 2016. Services will be held at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines on Thursday, December 22, 2016 with visitation from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and a memorial service at 6:30 p.m.

Joe was born October 2, 1962 in Fort Dodge, Iowa and grew up in Des Moines. He attended St. John’s Catholic School and graduated from Dowling High School in 1981. He then attended the University of Iowa, becoming a life-long Hawkeye fan before transferring to Iowa State University and graduating in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He worked as a chemist for many years at Qualis and was currently employed at Weeks & Leo.

Joe loved sports! He played football and baseball at Dowling. He played and later coached at Raccoon Valley Little League for more than 20 years. He played adult league baseball with MIBL, and served on the board. He played in the annual MSBL World Series in Arizona for 22 years. He was an avid outdoorsman, hunting deer and turkey, canoeing and bicycling. Joe enjoyed Octoberfest, playing poker, bartending Friday nights at Greenwood Lounge, and being with family and friends.

He is survived by his brothers, Ed (Holly), Phil (Esther) and John (Dawn) Reser; his sisters, Roberta Shuey, Mary Kay Reser, and Patti (Greg Joura) Reser; his nieces and nephews, Sara (Jim) Tasler, Brian (Andrea) Reser, Abby (Joe Mertzig) Reser, Annie (Clark) Reser-Moorehead, Amelia, Lillian, Sam and Madeline Browning, Aubrey and Jack Reser and Mick Joura; great-nieces and nephews, Konrad, Loralei, Mason and Katelyn; and his companion, Teresa Schutte. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Ruth Reser; and brothers, Doug and Larry Reser.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Raccoon Valley Little League or to Dowling Catholic High School. Condolences may be expressed online at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.


 

Board Meeting

Our most recent Board Meeting was held on Sunday, January 29.  Minutes from our recent meetings are posted here:

 

January 29, 2017 Minutes (coming soon)

November 28, 2016 Minutes

October 17, 2016 Minutes


 

League Page on Facebook & Twitter

Please like us on Facebook!  We hope to utilize our League's Facebook page more often this year, especially to pass along information regarding rainouts and league activities.  The Facebook button at the lower left of this homepage will take you to our League page on Facebook.  The following link will take you to the Facebook page of our National organization, Men's Senior Baseball.

Follow us on Twitter too: @midiowabaseball


MSBL Sports Store Specials

Click here for the current specials at MSBL Sports Store, available to all league members.


 

Famous Quote

Life will always throw curves; just keep fouling them off.  The right pitch will come.  And when it does, be prepared to run the bases." ~Unknown

"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." ~Babe Ruth

 


Upcoming Events

Sunday, Feb 26
Manager's Meeting3:00pmCourtyard by Marriott

For a complete calendar listing, click here!