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HOYS officers to have birdseye view of World Series

2013-07-02T22:00:00Z 2013-07-03T00:30:06Z HOYS officers to have birdseye view of World SeriesJohn Burbridge john.burbridge@nwi.com, (219) 933-3371 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | One is Hammond Optimist Youth Sports baseball commissioner, and the other is the league's player agent.

But don't confuse them with Bud Selig or Scott Boras.

For one, MLB commish Selig — though often maligned — probably has at least a few people who like him.

"I'm the most hated man at the ballpark," HOYS commissioner John Leouses said. "I'm a rules enforcer. When I come around to a team's dugout or interrupt an infield practice, it's usually not a good thing."

As for HOYS player agent Randy MacCartney, his duties don't entail securing multimillion-dollar contracts, but rather making sure rosters are evenly matched.

"If a team is short of players, my job is to help fill the openings," said MacCartney, who is also the league's director of communications.

MacCartney, 52, has been on the HOYS's board since 2006. Leouses, 42, who also manages his son, George's, Rookie team, has been on the board for two years.

"Last season I was the assistant commissioner," Leouses said. "I must like the punishment."

For the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series to take place Aug. 9-16 at the HOYS Complex, MacCartney and Leouses will be perched above the action while running the press box.

"Will be running the scoreboard, keeping track of the results, doing the public address," Leouses said. "It's going to be a lot to keep track of, but I'm excited to be a part of it.

"I can't wait until it happens."

"It's a great thing for the league and the city," MacCartney said. "It was exciting enough when we hosted the Ohio Valley Regional."

MacCartney's son has since graduated from the league, but he has chosen to stay involved with HOYS.

"I now have a job in Lombard, so it's a long drive back here and even longer before I get home," said MacCartney, who credits his wife for her patience. "I'm usually here pretty late, but when the Blackhawks are playing (in the Stanley Cup finals), I try to get out of here a little early."

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