A few PBSers will return to the action in the National Adult Baseball Association (NABA) league this spring. KCET President Al Jerome formed the California Blue Jays in 2002, recruiting diamond stars such as the strong double-play combination of shortstop Lloyd Wright (president of WFYI in Indianapolis) and second baseman Andy Russell (senior v.p., PBS Ventures). Mel Rogers of KOCE in Huntington Beach, Calif., and Jeff Clarke of San Francisco’s KQED have also played for the team.
The far-flung players practice on their own using local batting cages and, no doubt, family members drafted into playing catch. The Jays gather for a week each year to compete. Last fall, Wright says, the team won the 1A Division of NABA National Tournament in Las Vegas. Jerome, whom Wright calls “a crafty southpaw,” was starting pitcher, and Russell and Wright were the team’s top two hitters in the tourney. Wright told Current, “You might say these executives are ‘out standing in their field.’”