EMBL East Metro Baseball League    

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East Metro Baseball League


Seeking teams and players for SPRING TOURNAMENTwith finals at Coolray Stadium, the Braves AAA Park. 

Each team plays 2 games in April at Salem HS or Newton HS, then 6 teams advance to Coolray for April 26 (Sat) finals. 

$40 per player. Contact johngambs@mindspring.com or call 770 788 8077.

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See Spring Schedule. Seeking players / teams for the 2014 season. Practicing now on Sundays at Salem

HS. All ages invited. For info: johngambs@mindspring.com or 770-788-8077.

 For more information contact John Gambs at 770 788 8077 or johngambs@mindspring.com

RAINOUT NUMBER: 770 788 7985



* The League is OPEN to all guys who want to play baseball. All prospective players will get placed on a team. You don’t have to have been a star player in high school or college. You’re eligible if you love playing baseball!


* The league is not a “win at all cost” league. Guys want to win, but sportsmanship and the friendships developed are what the league’s all about.


* Most players have some previous baseball experience, such as Little League, rec ball, high school or college. A few have played professional ball.


* The games are 9 innings long, but no inning can start after 2:45 of playing time. Games start at 7:30 PM sharp week nights.


(at left) Shawn Starks (right) led his Yankees to its 2nd 35+ championship.


In 2013:


  • Brad Moody’s River Rats won their 4th straight 18+ championship, defeating Justin McDonald’s Orioles, 2 games to none. The Rats semi-final series with Mike Grasso’s Diamondbacks was hard fought, with the Rats winning 2 games to 1.  All 3 games were decided by a single run
  • Shawn Starks’ Yankees won their second 35+ championship, defeating John Gambs’ Cubs 2 games to none in the finals. Veteran ace James Meyers won the clincher. Starks performed double duty, managing both the Rockies in the 18+ league and the Yanks in the 35+ league.
  • Brett Eckles won the 18+ HR derby at the All Star Game for the second straight year; former minor league slugger Jeff Key won first place in the 35+ HR contest, and second place in the 18+ contest.
  • The 18+ Orioles went from “worst” in 2012 to “almost first” in 2013, reaching the finals.
  • Mark McCallum, a charter EMBL player and multiple time MVP of the powerful Mavericks, retired after many years. Teams are still making efforts to get him to “un-retire” given his continued high level play.
  • For the first time ever, the EMBL held a tournament in the Braves AAA stadium, Coolray Field in November. Nine teams entered the tourney and 6 got to play in the stadium. 


Brett Eckles (far right) with fellow sluggers Chris Anderson and Kyle Melvin. Eckles won the 18+ HR derby in 2013 for the second year in a row.

Brad Moody (left) MVP of the River Rats, led his team to its 4th straight 18+ championship.

Slugger Jeff Key won the big bucks in the 35+ HR Derby in 2013 and also was the runner up in the 18+ division.  Dennis Briere makes the pay-off.