December 18, 2019 Meeting Minutes


Meeting called to order by President Richter at 6:00 PM 

Roll call showed all Directors present with the exception of Mike Nagel. 

Motion Brennan, second Richter, carried, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting with one change noting that Regions have not been approved for the 2020 season.  

There were 18 dedicated baseball people in attendance. 

Al Flor (New Ulm) spoke on behalf of the New Ulm group regarding projects and meetings that they were having in preparation of hosting the 2020 state tournament.  Site inspections will take place both in May and July to review parks, etc.  

Motion Forsman, seconded by Schleper to accept a new Excelsior team into the MBA and RVL East. 

Israel Carpers, Clearwater River Cats, was present and reported on their challenges that they have had trying to join a league for the 2020 season.  There was significant discussion on the denial from the Sauk Valley League and some details surrounding their inability to be accepted. They will continue to pursue options in joining either the Sauk Valley, Northstar or the Central Valley Leagues and report back to the Board at the February meeting.  

Class B sections will be as follows: 

SECTION 1:  Austin, Dundas, Elko, Hampton, Miesville, New Market, Northfield,              Rochester Royals (8) SECTION 2:  Brainerd Bees, Cold Spring Springers, Moorhead Brewers, Moorhead              Mudcats, Sauk Rapids Cyclones, Sobieski Ski’s, St. Cloud Beadreau’s (7) SECTION 3:  Burnsville, Chanhassen, Chaska, Eagan, Excelsior,  Prior Lake Jay’s,              Shakopee Indians, Victoria (8) SECTION 4:  Andover, Anoka, Blaine, Centennial, Champlin, Coon Rapids, Forest Lake,              St. Michael (8) 

Motion Forsman, seconded Schleper to approve the changes to the 2020 MBA Handbook and Rule changes.  It is noted again that Google Map Developers is now the GPS to use for determining the 30 mile radius rule.  Changes will be included on a separate attachment. 

Old Business Fred Roufs noted that the Regions for Class C will be determined with the Board comtemplating changes in Region 11 and Region 15.  There will be further discussion at the February meeting. 

New Business Tom Lemke brought up the fact that the Board was discussing ticket prices for the 2020 State Tournament and beyond.  The incremental revenue generated from this increase will be earmarked for marketing for the 2023 100th Anniversary Tournament.  

The Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame has created a NEW Award called The Glenn Carlson Distinguished Service Award.  This award is named after Glenn Carlson who was the Executive Director of the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce for 33 years.  He was a founder of the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame and served as it’s first secretary for 35 years.  He was inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980.  The purpose of this award is given to an individual who has made special meritorious contributions to furthering the promotion of Minnesota Amateur Baseball.  Please contact Bob Karn with the MN Baseball Hall of Fame for more information and forms.  Bob can be reached at 320-252-8227. 

J.M. Brennan Sportsmanship Trophy Change.  The J.M. Brennan Sportsmanship Trophy was originally a traveling trophy donated by the St. Paul Baseball Club in 1941.  The new J.M. and J.D. Brennan Trophy, donated by the Hinckley Baseball Association, began in 1987 and awarded to teams to keep.  The 2018 and 2019 trophies were donated by the Final Score in Hinckley, MN.  Beginning in 2020, the trophies will be donated by the Brennan Family. 

Motion Lemke, second Schleper, carried to adjourn at 8:03 pm. 

Next meeting of the MBA will be February 8th at 11:00 am.  The 2:00 pm meeting will be the meeting with league officers.  Both meetings will take place at the Eastside VFW in St. Cloud. 

Submitted by Dave Hartmann

MBA Secretary 

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