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Every Sunday when HDL Teams come to Today Park, baseball excitement fills the park. Despite constant threats from Mother Nature, players love the chance to experience real baseball.

The veteran players will show the newer players that playing the game is not that difficult if you just do what comes natural:  Swing at strikes, make the bat contact the pitch, run the bases as fast as you can and make the defense make plays. If we keep doing the fundamentals, and doing them better than our opponents, the results will provide a special reward to the team that is more consistent.

Every week and every game has a chance to end with different results based on the maximum effort invested by each and every player.“PLAYING BASEBALL is our Passion.”


Next Election Year is 2020!


President:  Bo McMinn

League Appointed Officers:  (Selected by President)

Jake Hatchett

Jose Ortiz

Judson Belote

Travis Hill

HDL President Emeritus:  Larry Rutledge

Out-going President: Robert Miller

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Today’s Baseball Thoughts: 

Babe Ruth said: “Baseball was, is and always will be the best game in the world.”


Remember, when you leave comments or questions, they will receive a response.

Yours truly,

HDL President Emeritus:

Larry Rutledge                                        



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I really think you have an “upgraded” website for the League. I’m also glad to see that some of the “old-timers” are still playing. My congrats to you, your fellow officers and players. I’m hoping to stop by and see a game or two this season.
Go HDL…Go Cardinals…Go Tigers

Don Miller

I have become a fan of the entire 9 inning games, not just the time limit. I realize umpires $ plays a factor but myself and enough other players I believe would be willing to increase fees to try to make that happen. When double headers are in line for Sunday mornings maybe a little shorter compromise can be met.

The only time we make an exception for players under 30 is when we have a shortage of players. Currently the HDL is healthy and has lots of adult players who want to play baseball. There are other baseball leagues in Memphis area that we would help anyone under 30 find a team they can play for. Come out to Tobey this Sunday and we can discuss.

I think the HDL should consider a innings count per game for pitchers. Maybe max of 5 innings per game. Seems like last year may have hurt some of our better pitchers in the league. Maybe even 3 innings max for 1st half of season. Would really suck to have our best pitchers unavailable for the post season. May be just bad luck this year? Just something I’ve noticed this year and we need to protect our leagues arms.

Hello Gents,
I my surprise state Friday night, which not many things do surprise me, but I was completely, I may have failed to publicly thank the HDL Hall of Fame committee on selecting me to enter the HDL Hall of Fame.
I want to say thank you and I am very humbled and proud that you think enough of me to put me in. I think there are a lot more people more deserving than me but I want to assure you I will always try to be the best ambassador of the HDL I can be.
Thank you and God Bless.

Hello Gents,
I would hope in the future discussions on proceeding with a very unusual wet start to the season, the officers can address the sub or fill in rule. I feel this is being abused to the effect of only certain players are being used to fill in when teams do not have enough. Vacations, family, and work are a part of the season but we need to make sure this is not being abused by teams that have enough or have injuries. Perhaps a disabled list or notify before the game like you do the non runners.
In the same respect the players communicating with their respective managers is key to this as well. With all the ways out there to communicate we should not have issues of where or if a player is to play. But I know, sadly we do.
Also, If we are going to make moves to balance teams, please do not penalize managers that draft well. Knowing who to draft and taking chances on players is part of drafting teams in the HDL. If this is taken away what’s the point? Managers and officers need to agree on who to move.
In the end its all baseball. Still lots of time left in the summer.

Jocko: Good points. The weather, injuries and uncommitted players have made weekly game line-ups difficult for managers. Dissolving our poorest performing team and combining players to a team that needs and appreciates the value of some excellent players will only make the league stronger. As long as we have been playing and reminding players they must pay their dues or can’t play, we still have a few players who are taking advantage of teams being short and allowing non-paid players to fill spots of paid players who don’t show up. Re-building 4 teams that will have enough players each week to make-up a full line-up will stop some of the abuse you have pointed out.

Do you remember a guy, who would be at all our games and would do a weekly recap, inning for inning , out for out, and it would be like you were there , even if u weren’t. Kinda like the Vin Scully of the HDL. His name is Larry Rutledge. I sure miss that guy. I put him up there with some greats like :Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, then Larry and after that, Manny Machado. Can u tell I’m an Orioles fan. Miss you Larry, and mostly, I need u more. Kevin s alright, awesome ball player , but he is an Eagles fan you know. I use to live in Philly and I’m not an Eagles fan. Bless his heart, maybe they will do something this year. Hell, I’ ll jump on that wagon, Go Eagles!! Who’s the coach anyway? My grandfather was born in Philly, I think I am an Eagles fan. My bad Kevin. Sure is tough being an Eagles fan, right Kev? My best memory was at Veterans Stadium, early 70’s, fans threw snowballs at Santa. That’s the day I knew he wasn’t real. I was 9 yrs old. We were like Gangsta fans, at 11, I was all grown up. Thanks Philly. I miss the food tho. I’m getting off the wagon now, Go Ravens!!

Sincerly, a mixed up fan. Ray ” The Rhino” Reinhart

Yes Jake, I can see why you have to be in condition to coach 1st and 3rd base.
I also believe you have to be in tough mental shape as well. First, you must stand with imposing presence to intimidate the defense and let them know your runner is in the best of hands. This includes the standard stand with you arms crossed like you are Don Zimmer waiting for his next round of Geritol. Also the famous hands in the back pockets and the perfect lean to spit the oversize chew of tobacco or chewing gum that is ready to be gotten rid of. and last, the all important hands on your head with mouth wide open when the umps make another call that can not be explained. Second, you must be aware at all times what’s going on all around you including when the chicken needs turning over on the grill behind first base. Third, it’s important to scream at the top off your lungs “BACK” when a pick off attempt is made, even when the entire offensive team screams the same in the dugout. This requires plenty of vocal exercises just like Sinatra did before every concert. Fourth, and most important, even though it is sometimes frowned upon, you must have big enough back pockets to hide your can of beer because sometimes there are very long innings.

Looking forward to Sunday’s All-Star game. Latinos vs. Gringos. They are absolutely stacked and the challenge for the Gringos will be significant. Because of the HDL, I am in my mid-30s, I’m not a pro ball player and I have the opportunity to play a baseball game on Sunday that I am absolutely excited about. Good luck to everyone this weekend!

Hello Gents,
What a great day Sunday was to watch the HDL All Star game and Home Run Derby. A true entertaining game that had lots of great hits, plays and very few errors.
Kudos to all those involved and even greater Kudos to those who organized and help run the event.
The HDL Spirit was in true form the whole day from the first pitch of the game to the last hit of the Home Run Derby. Days like Sunday prove the Hernando Desoto League is the best adult baseball league around.

I have only one thing to say…My teammates and I are coming for the title, be very prepared or get rolled up. #Red(s)

We can make up some games on Friday at a later date when, as Judi says , just later in the season!

Let the 2019 season begin! Finally.
I am very impressed by the new uniforms and more importantly the new players the HDL has in it’s lineup. Good luck to all teams and remember: It is a long season.

Is there a way to get on a player list for next season?

Sure.  Are you over 30 yrs old? We try to start organizing in March – weather permitting.

Larry Rutledge

Yes I’m turning 35 this year, I sent an email the other day. I used to play in the MSBL league, I live an hour away but can play on weekends.

Robert the email is sent.

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