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Hawai‘i Baseball Pitching Expansion Plans

November 22, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Hawai'i Baseball LLC owners and operators of Hawai'i's only professional sports teams, Na Koa Ikaika Maui ( and the Hawai'i Stars (, announced recently that the appointment of key marketing executives to its board of directors.

Bob Young, managing member of the company, announced that Larry P. Sloven of Naples, Florida, and Gary Sterling of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will join the board.

Sloven, who lived in Hong Kong for over 23 years, was the Far East buying agent for Dick's Sporting Goods and later for the Sports Authority, where he was responsible for sourcing and product development of private branded products. He presently sits on the board of directors of Farell Sports Concepts, a leading company in high-end patented protection gear for all sports.

Sterling was the Senior Vice- President and Chief Merchandising Officer who helped build Dick's Sporting Goods into its present empire of prominence in the retail sporting goods market. He also sits on the board of directors and executive committee of Louisville Bedding, the U.S. leading manufacturer of basic bedding, and The National Inventors Hall of Fame board of directors.

"These talented executives bring to Hawai'i Baseball a familiarity and an unparalleled wealth of experience," said Young. "As we become more involved in Asia with the World Independent Baseball League and expand our business operations in the state, these new board members are incomparable resources and professionals who will bring their proven acumen and successes to enrich Hawai'i Baseball."

Sloven and Sterling also have become equity participants in Hawaii Baseball, LLC.

Hawai'i Baseball LLC, established in 2010, owned and headed by Los Angeles attorney Young, continues to expand the envelope of independent professional baseball. Entering its fourth season, Na Koa Ikaika Maui, and it sister team on Hawai'i Island, the Hawai'i Stars, are set to have international inter-league play with the Japan Baseball Challenge League and has its eyes set on bringing pro baseball to O'ahu. Just back from an international exhibition series in Japan in September with the Ishikawa Million Stars, Young is laying the groundwork for its expansion in Hawai'i and the Pacific Rim.

"Baseball speaks a common language and our goal is to have our 50th state as the center of independent pro baseball in the Pacific Rim," explained the owner. "Our 50th state combines its uncontested beauty with the deepest passions for the game from its great fans and its international communities, evident as we have become firmly entrenched in Maui and Hawai'i Island. With Eri Yoshida, our burgeoning female pitching star, helping us with the introduction to professional independent baseball in Japan, we are extremely pleased to have these renowned executives in their field take us to the next level of our expansion in the Islands and beyond."



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