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National Youth Baseball League appoints new leadership

Posted by Admin On November - 22 - 2013

Michael E. Mayden (The Coach) from Chicago, Illinois has been appointed the National Commissioner and James Meszoros Sr., from Bridgeport, Connecticut the Assistant National Commissioner of the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League (MJBL), effective January 1, 2014, for a two-year term, 2014 & 2015.

MJBL was founded by Dr. William Forrester in Richmond Virginia in 1966. The non-profit organization is acknowledged as one of the oldest African American youth baseball leagues in the country. It was conceived during the days of segregation when there were very limited opportunities for African-American youth to participate in organized baseball. Today MJBL is a National organization that offers baseball, educational and cultural enrichment opportunities to youth of all nationalities who desire to participate.

Coach Mayden is noted for his dedicated work, instructing baseball for youth in the Chicago area for over thirty plus years and as a civic leader. Mayden’s plan is to make MJBL a household name for all baseball enthusiasts before his tenure is completed. Our agenda is to continue promoting the MJBL National Tournament that annually brings over eight hundred youth baseball players from over twenty States between the ages of 8-19 years old. “I would like to focus on helping develop and promote the advancement of African American and youth baseball players on all levels of this game from the little league, high school and college on to the major leagues (said Coach Mayden a former MLB scout)”.

Coach Mayden will hit the ground running as he will oversee the MJBL East vs. West All Star Game January 18th and 19th in Augusta GA. Paine College, a Historically Black College/ University (HBCU) will host this event during the MLK Holiday weekend. MJBL’s annual East vs. West All Star game is named in recognition of the accomplishments of the players from the Negro Leagues. Then preparations for 24th Annual MJBL Inner City Classic and Black World Series will continue.

The Classic will be hosted by the City of Richmond, Virginia during the week of August 5th – 10th, 2014. The Classic will feature teams from all over the Unites States and the Bahamas. Mookie Wilson, former outfielder for the New York Mets and Tom McCraw, former member of the Chicago White Sox will once again serve as our official host and spokesman for the National Tournament.

MJBL’s chairman of the board and former Commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (EIAC) said; “ We are fortunate to have an individual coming from Chicago that possess the knowledge and expertise that Coach Michael brings to our league. I believe Coach Michael can really make a difference in a time when our youth need so much guidance both on and off of the baseball field”.

Coach Mayden will be available for interviews upon request: Michael E. Mayden (The Coach) (773) 744-1040 cell * E-mail: coachmayden@aol.com

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