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FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR: Little League Plans to Expand Tournament

Letter to the editor submitted by Mayor Michael Fressola

The following is a letter submitted by Manchester Mayor Michael Fressola:

Dear Manchester Residents,

I am happy to report more good news from the Manchester Township Little League. Manchester Little League is a part of District 18 which includes the Little Leagues of Barnegat, Beachwood, Berkeley, Stafford, Brick, Jackson, Holbrook, Lakewood and both Toms River leagues. At the end of June every year, Little League District All-Star teams all over the country, including Manchester, commence their quest to reach the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. In addition, Manchester runs the M.I.T. Tournament.

Since 2009, Manchester Township Little League has hosted the Mason Invitational Tournament each July. It is called the MIT for short. The MIT is named after Gary Mason. He was a league coach and board member, who dedicated himself to Manchester Little League, and also to District 18, as an administrator.

Gary Mason was always looking to make sure that kids of all ability levels played baseball and more of it. Year in and year out, many players do not make the District All-Star teams who are very capable, but get caught up in a numbers crunch. The MIT is for these players. The MIT tournament teams are made up of players who were not selected to any District 18 All-Star team. This tournament allows these players to play more baseball in a fun and meaningful tournament atmosphere. For the past four years only District 18 teams could participate.

With Joe Carter Stadium as the jewel, Manchester is looking to expand the extremely successful MIT. Rave reviews of past tournaments by out of town participants have encouraged them to offer this great experience to as many little leaguers as possible.

In 2013, Manchester’s MIT tournament will include District 11, lower Monmouth County, and have a Shore championship. In 2014, they are planning to expand the MIT even further, hoping to include areas like upper Monmouth County, Trenton and Clark. Manchester league officials believe that by 2015, they will be able to expand statewide and offer the experience of the MIT tournament to all 307 Little Leagues from Warren County to Cape May!

Manchester’s MIT is a tournament that players and parents truly enjoy.  Manchester Little League’s Joe Carter Stadium is a field that little leaguers from all over will want to play on! The left field wall resembles Fenway Park’s "green monster." The right field wall resembles Wrigley Field’s brick wall minus the ivy. Centerfield is modeled after Yankee Stadium’s famous facade, complete with Manchester’s own Monument Park. Manchester’s Joe Carter Stadium and MIT tournament are perfect together and will attract teams from all over.

KTP January 30, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Mayor Fressola, thank you for the Little League update. It is impressive how the Little League has created a park and fields that are the envy of the state. However, I believe the little league Board (who should be seeking the credit) is more than capable of advertising their achievements. I am more interested in hearing your plan to reduce township spending, why you felt the need to increase your salary as well as other township employees salaries during a budget crunch and how (once again) the non-senior homeowners are left to carry the disproportionate load of our taxes. I sincerely hope you have a plan to address these concerns.
ballyjduf January 31, 2013 at 12:59 AM
Why are you reporting this ? Shouldn't you be doing something about the taxes we pay , or lobbing the Governor about the way school aid is not evenly distributed to Manchester .
Tony Richardson January 31, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Congratulations to Manchester LL for all their efforts in accommodating kids who just missed being selected to the All Star Team. In LL All Star is only represent a small percentage of the kids we serve nationwide. The MIT Tournament is just what the Baseball Dr. ordered. Which is evidenced by its tremendous success. As the DA, for District 11, we are happy to be apart if the tournament this year! I salute The president, Rich Zangaro, and Bob Kiefer, for their hard work and tireless dedication for the kids in Manchester and New Jersey! Tony Richardson, NJ State Director, LLBB/SB
ballyjduf January 31, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Congratulations to Manchester LL . There were a lot of people involded in this undertaking . So to all those not named , THANK YOU
John E February 02, 2013 at 05:35 AM
From the mayors desk..WE are CLOSED..come back some other time when we are open!

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