The Mid-Iowa Baseball League
Dan Davis, League Umpire, Passes Away
Dan Davis, who served as an umpire in our league for many years, recently passed away. He was 73.
Dan was one of our most reliable & dedicated umpires over the years & was very easy to get along with. Dan was recently added to our Hall of Fame ballot and is now one of two umpires on that ballot. He was present for the inaugural class of HOF inductees in May of 2017.
CLICK HERE for his full obituary.
Grays capture 42+ Tourney
The 2019 MIBL season wrapped up on Saturday, October 26th as the Grays defeated the Blues 15-0 in the 42+ Division Championship Game. Joe Smith was the winning pitcher and David Case hit two home runs.
Back Row (L-R): Tom Geraty, Al Cole, Cris Anderson, David Case, Bert Dalmer
Front Row (L-R): Jason Henry, Dee Ransom, Curt Lyons, Joe Smith, Clint Thompson
Not pictured: Ritchie Chieves, Todd Cory, Chris Donohoe, Mike Glatt, John Linden, Jason McPherson, Aaron Quinn, Marv Seiler
Phoenix Teams 2019
Once again, our league was well represented in Phoenix this past fall.
65+ Desert Division (Oct 19-25)
Albuquerque MGM Schedule
Brad Eveland, Lynn Henry, Dennis Parker, Keith Springer
65+ STANDINGS (The team reached the finals of the 65+ Desert Division, falling 11-9 to the Cal Vets.)
55+ Central Division (Oct 19-24)
Colorado Blues Schedule (The team lost in the opening round of the playoffs to eventual champion, Team Victory, 11-3.)
Bryan Flanigan, Rick Fleener, Steve Krider, Brian Olson, Jim Pizinger, Mike Pudans, Pat Scholer & Bobby Williams
55+ Cactus Division (Oct 19-24)
Quad City Blasters Schedule (After an opening round playoff win, the team lost to eventual champion, Chicago North Cubs 15-5 in the quarterfinals.)
Warren Anderson, Scott Etzel, Tim Kirgan
45+ Cactus Division (Oct 28-Nov 2)
Des Moines Bruins Schedule
David Case, Chris Donohoe, Jerry Floyd, Guy Koenig, John Linden, Scott Littell, Curt Lyons, Jason McPherson, Sean Murphy, Aaron Quinn, Rocky Reeves, Jeff Sanders, Brian Schueller, Marv Seiler, Jeremy Turgasen, Rufus Bennett (Dubuque), Jeremy Bohnert (Vegas), Jared Goldberg (Phoenix)
45+ STANDINGS (The team lost their opening playoff game to the Fort Worth Astros, 14-6.)
25+ Central Division (Oct 16-20)
Des Moines Bruins Schedule
Tony Bakeris, Steven Baldus, Justin DeVoe, Jake Epsteen, Gary Frank, Jo Fred, Jeremy Green, Derek Huxford, John Linden, Tanner Linden, Erik Marten, Matt Pennings, Will Scholer, Joe Smith, Scott Sturm (Cedar Rapids), Eric White, Trent Williams, Zach Young, Christian Stultz (California), Craig Woolson (California)
25+ STANDINGS (After back-to-back titles in the Cactus Division, the team moved up and faced stiffer competition. The team took some lumps, enduring a lot of bad luck, finishing with an 0-5 record in pool play.)
Bulldogs capture 12th Tourney Title
The Des Moines Bulldogs, led by manager Joe Smith, captured the 30+ Division Title on October 24th with a 7-2 win over the Des Moines Heat. Matt Langford led the charge by registering 10 strikeouts in the 7-inning complete game. Brad Hingtgen homered to lead the balanced offensive attack as temperatures bottomed out at 36 degrees at game end.
Back Row (L-R): Aaron Quinn, Gary Frank, Joey Keller, Erik Marten, David Case, Matt Langford, Brad Hingtgen, Dee Ransom
Front Row (L-R): Tanner Linden, Jeremy Green, Curt Lyons, Joe Smith, Mel Stocker, Charles Magadenz, Brian Schueller
Not Pictured: Jason Bright, John Linden, Jeff Sanders
Model of Resiliency - Reds Capture 48+ Title
The Des Moines Reds, managed by League Founder Tim Kirgan and assisted by original league member Warren Anderson, captured the 48+ Tournament title on Wednesday, October 16th with a 5-0 victory over the Des Moines Yankees. The Reds began the season with 10 consecutive losses and lost their opening game of the 48+ Tournament as well. They navigated the play-back bracket of the double-elimination tournament by defeating each of the other 48+ teams in the division. Phil Smith was named team MVP.
Back Row (L-R): Keith Springer, Matt Kamp, Warren Anderson, Raun Taylor, Don Caves, Keith DeWitt
Front Row (L-R): Tim Kirgan, Scott Etzel, Randy Kirkpatrick, Danny Holmes, Phil Smith, Chad Reinke
Not Pictured: Gary Frank, John Parsons, Jon Resler, Keith Snyder
Updated Admin Sign-On Process
Those of you with previous administrative rights to this website or to your individual teams (i.e., managers) may have received an email (check your spam/junk folders) on September 4th regarding the new sign-on process for accessing the administrative portion of this website.
New sign-on procedures require the email address you have on file to be your login name. You may need to request/update your password. This will likely be done in the same fashion as to any other website where you may have forgotten or need to update a password. A link may be sent to your email on file.
If after going through the password reset process you are still unable to access the site, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
30+ Thunder Capture Title
The Des Moines Thunder, led by manager Chad Osler, stormed into the 30+ Division and promptly won the regular season league title with a 9-2-1 record in their inaugural season, securing it with a 12-5 victory over the Reds on September 5.
Back Row (L-R): Dusty Belden, Sean Roberts, Bob Thornton, Jay Mathes, AJ Pruitt, Todd Smith, James Peterson.
Front Row (L-R): Chad Osler, Cory Rasmussen, Troy Dubay, Aaron Campisi, Richie Velez, Drew Otto
Not Pictured: Harry Kramer, Logan Miller
18+ Champions Crowned!
Congratulations to the 18+ American Division Champion Des Moines Pirates managed by Tyler Cardwell.
The Pirates won 8-4 defeating the DM Cardinals, managed by Billy Bacus. The Cardinals won the first game by forfeit forcing a second game in the playback double elim format.
Congratulations to the 18+ National Division Champion Iowa Oaks, managed by Joe Smith.
The Oaks won 10-4 defeating the Newton Reds managed by Bobby Williams. Eric Watson (5.1 inn.) was the winning pitcher. Joe Smith pitched 3.2 Inn. for the save. The Oaks won the first game 14-3, forcing a second game in the playback double elim format. Jason McPherson threw a complete game in that contest.
CLICK HERE for the final roster file being created for 2019 (effective 6/27/19). Any additional players added to rosters in 2019 should be added to the respective team pages on the website. These players will need to complete the Annual Registration/Waiver prior to taking the field, however no fee will be due with that registration.
Hall of Fame
The 2019 HOF process remains underway. Brian Olson has assumed chairperson duties for the committee. Please direct any inquiries regarding the process to Brian Olson.
Please continue to nominate anyone affiliated with the league that you feel is worthy of this honor. Even if you believe a contributor has already been nominated, feel free to provide your opinion why you believe the contributor is worthy. HOF NOMINATION FORM
IRS FORM W9 - UMPIRES
Mid-Iowa Baseball Umpires,
The Mid-Iowa Baseball League's umpires must file IRS form 1099-Misc for any amounts earned from the Organization for services rendered over $600.00 in total for a calendar year.
Steps for you, as an umpire, to take:
1. Fill out IRS FORM W9 provided by MIBL on the website along with instructions FORM W9 INSTRUCTIONS
2. Return W9 to a board member. Or, you can email to: email@example.com
3. File 1099-Misc when received from the league.
It is critical that any umpire planning to work games for MIBL in 2019 complete and return their W9 ASAP. In order to be paid in 2019, this form must first be on file.
FYI...the league recently received a letter from the IRS due to incorrect or missing information on the W9s of two individuals. This is NOT optional...this is REQUIRED. Umpires need to fill out their W9s legibly & accurately.
Thank you for your cooperation.
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
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