The Arizona Men’s Senior Baseball League is 20 years old and going strong. The league was started to provide an opportunity for mature men 30 years and older to play baseball on some of the finest fields in America. Through the years, the league has grown from a handful of teams to a membership of over 660 players and, which now allows players as young as 18 to participate. Contributing to the league’s growth has been a solid and competent umpiring association.
Seven years ago the league was in search of a new umpiring association, one that was competent and capable of handling our growth. We met with and considered Mark Hratko’s presentation of his association, CSUA. Mark’s professionalism and expertise was evident to The Board of Directors so, the decision was made and an agreement signed with the Copper state Umpires Association and we haven’t looked back.
Mark’s crew members officiate many thousands of games per year for many different leagues from youth to professional but, the attention given our league, makes it seem as though we are their only responsibility. Mark is personally available at any time of day or night to handle any question or problem. On an annual basis the AZMSBL schedules over 600 games which means an opportunity for 600 glitches, be it a field or scheduling problem. Whatever that situation, Mark is there to accommodate the affected teams and the league. With 660 league members, there will be complaints or questions. Not only will Mark answer them one on one but, he reaches out and encourages players to contact him directly.
We anticipate continuing this fine working relationship with the CSUA.