Tino Mitchener Share

Sep 3, 2020  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Mar­i­on Fire­fight­er Pvt. Tino Mitch­en­er is pay­ing for­ward his pas­sion for base­ball through coach­ing and, more recent­ly, accept­ing a chal­lenge to take over Mar­i­on Youth Base­ball. Two years ago, Mitch­en­er was asked to take over the league from Mar­i­on Com­mu­ni­ty Schools. Through coor­di­na­tion of May­or Alum­baugh and the Mar­i­on Fire Depart­ment, Mitch­en­er was relo­cat­ed to the fire sta­tion near­est Lin­coln Field so that he could fea­si­bly address the com­mu­ni­ty need and run the league. The 10-year head coach of the Mar­i­on Pro­fes­sion­al Fire­fight­ers Local 676 Team is now the Com­mis­sion­er of the over­all city league, now called Mar­i­on Babe Ruth Baseball.

The best years of my life were right here on this field. When I learned there was a need to pick up the league, I had no hes­i­ta­tion. Pro­grams like these are very impor­tant to these kids, so my goal is to give them the same expe­ri­ence I had,” said Mitchener.

Mitchener’s wife and two teen boys, as well as his fel­low fire­fight­ers, help him main­tain the field. It’s a hur­dle being on shift 24 hours, but being close to the field and hav­ing flex­i­bil­i­ty from the guys on my truck allows me to pull dou­ble-duty through more of a group effort,” he explained.

Fire Chief Paul David thanked Mitch­en­er for con­sis­tent­ly striv­ing to bet­ter the com­mu­ni­ty in dif­fer­ent ways, in and out­side his work scope. Tino is a great asset to MFD and the com­mu­ni­ty. He has always stepped up to the plate for CPR instruct­ing. For youth base­ball, he has giv­en our youth a sense of nor­mal­cy by advo­cat­ing to con­tin­ue this year’s games in the midst of COVID-19. This shows Tino’s heart is not only with his fam­i­ly and his career as a fire­fight­er, but with the com­mu­ni­ty as a whole.”

This sea­son did not include a tour­na­ment, but pro­vid­ed a 7‑week sea­son of com­pet­i­tive games for the kids. Mar­i­on Babe Ruth Base­ball has approx­i­mate­ly 250 kids from ages 5 – 12 each year, with some join­ing from oth­er communities.

Mitch­en­er has been vol­un­teer­ing his time to fos­ter youth base­ball dur­ing his entire career with MFD which began in 2010.