Someone needs to start the conversation about why Travis Heiser isn't already in the Mohawk Valley Baseball Hall of Fame. The credentials are there. Each spring when the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs pocket schedules get distributed throughout the region, baseball at Veterans Memorial Park at 247 Burwell Street in Little Falls isn't far behind. The […]

Someone needs to start the conversation about why Travis Heiser isn't already in the Mohawk Valley Baseball Hall of Fame.

The credentials are there.

Each spring when the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs pocket schedules get distributed throughout the region, baseball at Veterans Memorial Park at 247 Burwell Street in Little Falls isn't far behind. The Dawgs, being a member of the 13-team Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, give the community something to look forward to. Having family-fun entertainment June through July, season after season, that's Heiser's work.   He has staff   pitching in as well- a very loyal and dedicated staff, at that.

As owner and general manager of the Dawgs, Heiser is ultimately responsible for hiring the club's manager, coaches, rounds up sponsors (also very loyal), making sure buses are available, and let us not forget the annual banquet thrown at the Knight's Inn at 20 Albany Street in Little Falls.   Every April, Heiser brings a former major league player as the keynote speaker, which is not only fantastic for baseball fans of all ages, but unique to the area.

What other owner in the area does what Travis does?

Here's the tricky part about his road to nomination, and subsequent induction into the Mohawk Valley Baseball Hall of Fame – his involvement with it.

Travis remembers locals, from all levels of play, and their contributions to the game.   I have no doubt that he has long begun planning this April's banquet.   Somebody needs to officially make a motion to nominate Heiser for the Hall.   He belongs with those who have come before him that created many lasting memories for kids, long into adulthood, of fun on the diamond.

Heiser can't nominate himself.

Maybe a sponsor(s), Dawg staff members, previous inductees, City of Little Falls officials, but a movement should be started.   The topic has been broached.   I'm challenging others to make Heiser's induction into the Mohawk Valley Baseball Hall of Fame happen, and this year.

Two league championships were won by the Dawgs in three years.   More than a decade of his life has been dedicated to bringing baseball back to Little Falls, with the glory days of the Mets and New York-Penn League far back in the Valley's rear view mirror.   Every summer, teams from Utica, Glens Falls, Jamestown, Elmira, and other locales bring their best to challenge the Dawgs.   Who doesn't love hearing the crack of a bat for a couple months?

There have been players selected by Heiser who have made it into MLB games.   John Means is the latest. Pitching for the Baltimore Orioles last September in a game at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox, Means took to the hill in Little Falls during the Dawgs' 2012 season.

Adding Travis Heiser's name to the inductees roll call in the Mohawk Valley Baseball Hall of Fame is a no-brainer, and long overdue.