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Redwood Empire Baseball League offers competitive adult baseball

  • Bryan Waters of the Rohnert Park 35 and older Blue Jays was hit with a pitch in the bottom of the first inning against the Santa Rosa Reds. Photo by Robert Grant

By: Brittney Scardina
August 13, 2021

It is exciting to see many of the baseball fields in Rohnert Park and other areas of Sonoma County being used for a great ball game. On Sundays, many of the adult baseball games playing around town are part of the Redwood Empire Baseball League.

On Sunday, August 8, the Redwood Empire Baseball League had two teams playing at the Tech Middle School baseball field. The 35+ Reds team from Santa Rosa was playing against the 35+ Blue Jays team from Rohnert Park.

The Blue Jays ended up winning the game 11-7, which is good news for the team because they are getting close to playoffs. Dan Wood, #34, hit a three-run home run and started on the mound for the Blue Jays in the game.

The Redwood Empire Baseball League (REBL) offers a competitive baseball league ranging from 18-65 and older age divisions. The REBL was founded in 1990 and has continued to grow and expand its teams to feature great baseball.

The league includes five age divisions: two 18+/25+ divisions, a 35+, 45+, 55+, and 65+. The 65 and older division has players that are in their late 70s and early 80s. The program offers a diversity of age divisions that allow for many to continue playing baseball.

The two divisions for 18+/25+ are the National League, the top division, and the American League. The two 18+/25+ leagues use aluminum bats, and the other age divisions use wood bats.

The Redwood Empire Baseball League runs an 18-21 game schedule, playing from April to October. All games are played on Sundays for the regular season. The league is excited and grateful to be playing this year since they were not allowed to play last year due to COVID-19.

Playoffs for the league begin in September and are played in games best of three.  The last week of championship games will finish in October.

The Redwood Empire Baseball League is part of a large national organization called MSBL, the Men’s Senior Baseball League.

All-Stars are selected from each division by the Redwood Empire Baseball League board of directors. They consist of thirteen members who analyze stats and players to recognize all-star league players on their website.

Rick Cantor, the Redwood Empire Baseball League Commissioner, has been in his role since 2003. When asked how his experience is part of the program, Cantor mentions how it has been great for him.

“I started out playing in the league in 1997, and then I became a manager on the team in 1999, and then I became the league president. It has worked out very well for me. It is something I really enjoy doing,” said Cantor.

When Cantor became the league's Commissioner in 2003, the organization had 12-15 teams, and now, they have 37 teams. The organization is continuing to grow and do great things in Sonoma County.

The Redwood Empire Baseball League is based in Sonoma County and mainly consists of players from this area. But some players come from all around, even including players from Fort Bragg.

The Redwood Empire Baseball League has been offering competitive baseball for adults for a long time in Sonoma County, and it is inspiring to see adults back to playing the game they love on our baseball fields.