PARRY SOUND - Every baseball team needs a leader.
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In Parry Sound, the leader of minor baseball has been Steve Kidd since 2002. Acting as the de facto general manager for the league, Kidd has been responsible for everything from scheduling, to uniforms for teams.
After running the league for a decade now, Kidd is hoping someone else will keep Parry Sound's baseball tradition alive now that he is moving on.
"My son is too old to play now, and I've been doing it since he was a young lad," said Kidd. "I think it's time for someone else to step up now."
The job is a big one, as Kidd's responsibilities for the league were substantial. He would schedule ball diamonds, organize awards, order shirts, ensure teams had proper equipment and deal with all the day-to-day problems that come with running a league featuring about 150 young people.
While planning to step away from the top job in the league, that doesn't mean his replacement would be required to figure out the job on their own.
"Whoever does take over, I'm going to back them 100 per cent," Kidd said. "I'm not just going to leave them hanging not knowing what has to be done as far as the organization and diamond scheduling and whatever else has to be done. I'm not just going to leave them."
The league includes kids as young as five and as old as 16 and has generated an enthusiastic group of supporters over the years. Out of the many supportive parents involved in the league, Kidd is hoping that one who shares a passion for youth sports will come forward, or else the league will, in all likelihood, come to an end.
"We need somebody who is going to put 100 per cent into the program. You have to be there to ensure everything is going smoothly. At times, you're going to get a lot of phone calls and questions. When people are unhappy with something you're usually the guy they phone," said Kidd.
He hasn't been running the league completely on his own. Kidd has had the assistance of Anik Seguin, who has acted as somewhat of a chief financial officer for the league.
"He's been doing it for years and it's been a one-man show pretty much," said Seguin. "He's been doing minor baseball here in Parry Sound, and he's tired. What we need is to find someone who wants to be in charge of it."
Anyone interested in taking over the position and keeping minor league baseball alive in town is encouraged to get in touch with Seguin by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling at 705-342-1203.