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YMSL: A HISTORIC LEAGUE WITH A NEW CHAPTER

By: Saul Tawil



For decades, the Deal Young Men’s Softball League (YMSL) has been providing our community with exciting, competitive, and entertaining softball games for players and fans to enjoy. Fathers and sons, brothers and cousins, friends and family members, have long played with and against each other in our community’s softball league.

This year was a very special and unique year for the YMSL, as the league was taken over by DSN, and has been raised up to its highest level ever.

Already regarded as the premier softball league of our community, the YMSL stepped up their game this season with new equipment, a new website, better uniforms, a new code of conduct, a trophy refurbishment, improved media coverage, new leadership, and of course, a new commissioner, Norman Jemal.

Norman took over for former commissioner, Bobby Morabia, who retired after close to twenty years at the job. Bobby is credited with providing the league with much growth, both in quantity and quality, over his tenure.

Norman Jemal has infused the league with much energy and has been a creative force with media and marketing. While Norman has received a great deal of credit from the players and fans, he has deflected the credit right back to the players themselves.

“The talent level in our league this year is the best it’s ever been. The draft pool was so deep that players that were normally accustomed to being selected in the fourth or fifth rounds weren’t drafted until the eighth or ninth rounds. I only hope that we will continue to attract so many gifted players to join the YMSL.”

The result of this deepest draft in history is that every single team is competitive, talented, athletic, and hungry for a real chance at
the championship.

“There’s just something special about the YMSL. Maybe it’s the history, maybe it’s the cast of hilarious characters that our league attracts, maybe it’s the amount of interested fans we have across the community, but there’s something intangible that comes with playing, and with winning the YMSL Championship Title, and that’s what separates our community’s league from any other softball league in the world,” said Jemal.

The buzz across the community has continued to grow. One would be hard-pressed to find a family that doesn’t have at least one member – a father, an uncle, a son – with a fond memory of playing in the YMSL. The age-old debates about which team is the best ever, which Hall of Fame pitcher from years past would still dominate today’s hitters, or who the best community player of
all-time is, still rage on.