M.I.N.K Collegiate Summer Baseball League
The 2016 MINK Baseball League season will be here before we know it. The 2016 schedule has been finalized and can be viewed here. The MINK Divisions will remain the same as last year with Chillicothe, St. Joseph, Clarinda and Sedalia in the North and Nevada, Branson, Ozark and Joplin in the South.
One big change you will see in 2016 is the MINK League Playoffs will expand to 4 teams. The winner of each division will play a one game wild card playoff against the 2nd place team in the opposite division. The winners will advance to the best-of-3 championship series.
2016 will also see the return of the MINK League All-Star Game which will be once again be hosted in St. Joseph, MO.
Please be sure to check back as more announcements will be made regarding the 2016 season. You can also follow us on Facebook for up-to-date information.
From an award winning journalist, a real Field of Dreams story about a legendary coach and the professional-caliber baseball program he built in America’s heartland, where boys come summer after summer to be molded into ball players – and men.
Clarinda, Iowa, population 5,000, sits two hours from anything. There, between the corn fields and hog yards, is a ball field with a bronze bust of a man named Merl Eberly, a baseball whisperer who specialized in second chances and lost causes. The statue is a gift from one of Merl’s original long-shot projects, a skinny kid from the ghetto in Los Angeles who would one day become a beloved Hall-of-Fame shortstop: Ozzie Smith.
The Baseball Whisperer traces the remarkable story of Merl Eberly and his Clarinda A’s baseball team, which he tended over the course of five decades, transforming them from a town team to a collegiate summer league powerhouse. Along with Smith, future manager Buddy Black and star player Von Hayes, Merl taught them to be men, insisting on hard work, integrity and responsibility.
More than a book about baseball players who landed in the nation’s agricultural heartland, The Baseball Whisperer is the story of a coach who puts character and dedication first, and reminds us of the best purest form of excellence.
BOOK TO COME OUT JULY 5, 2016 – Is available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
Download book excerpt and reviews.
You can follow all the MINK League action this summer several ways. There will be regular league updates here on the website, you can follow the games and get updated stats, scores and standings on the MINK League page of Pointstreak or we will be posting scores, scheduling information and other MINK news on the MINK League Facebook page.
Get out and support your local MINK Baseball League team this summer. It's great affordable fun for the whole family.
The MINK Baseball League is a summer collegiate baseball league with eight teams throughout Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska & Kansas.
The MINK Baseball League provides a venue for college players who wish to develop their skills playing in an environment of increased competition and prepare for entering the Major League Baseball amateur draft.
All MINK Baseball League players are unpaid in order to maintain their NCAA eligibility. Each team is operated in a similar to a professional minor league baseball team, providing players an opportunity to play under the same conditions using wood bats, minor league specification baseballs, experiencing overnight road trips and playing an intense summer league schedule.
2016 MINK Collegiate Baseball League Teams
Chillicothe MO Mudcats, Sedalia MO Bombers, Nevada MO Griffons, St. Joseph MO Mustangs,
Ozark MO Generals, Joplin MO Outlaws, Clarinda IA A's, Branson MO Nationals
The M.I.N.K. League promotes good sportsmanship by athletes, coaches, and spectators. We request your cooperation by supporting the participants and officials in a positive manner. Profanity, degrading comments or other intimidating actions directed at officials, athletes, coaches or team representatives will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from any M.I.N.K. League stadium. Thank you for your support of the M.I.N.K. League.