The Alternative Baseball Organization is a non-profit developmental baseball program for teens and adults with autism and special needs.
Taylor Duncan founded the Alternative Baseball Organization to provide an outlet with many different purposes and goals for teens and adults with "disadvantages"... After all to him, a difficulty, a disorder, is not a disability, it is simply a disadvantage. The purpose of the program is to provide a competitive yet accepting environment to accept those for who they are, encouraged to be the best they can be, and to instill the confidence for each player to fulfill their dreams in or outside the sport of baseball. In short, the program is in an endless pursuit to break barriers and turn disabilities into abilities. This includes participation in practices with drills (such as warm-up stretches, batting practice, drills for fielding/baserunning, etc.), real umpired games with each at-bat set for each individual's skill level, and on occasion, special events which are heavily promoted to the public.
Spring 2016 brought the organization a very successful inaugural season. The Atlanta International Umpires Association jumped on board and volunteered their umpires for all of the games starting with the Spring 2016 season, and we hope to continue growing that relationship in the future. In Fall 2016, the Alternative Baseball Organization took on yet another challenge. The All-Star Game is a project developed by Taylor Duncan to provide players in the program (who meet the 70% attendance/participation threshold) the chance to play against professional baseball players from leagues across the globe.
The 2nd Annual All-Star Game was played at the same venue with people watching in person and through the Internet.. Professionals who have participated in the All-Star Game include Brian D. Barton (former Brave/Cardinal), Bobby Scales (former Cub), Anthony Lerew (former Brave/Royal), current Braves skipper Brian Snitker, and many more with minor league and independent level experience.
Alternative Baseball has been featured in the media on numerous occasions including: WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News Atlanta, FOX5's Good Day Atlanta, 11Alive's Hero Central (simulcasted on MyAtlanta 36), Peachtree TV (Channel 17 Atlanta), CBS46 Atlanta (two news segments and an appearance on Atlanta PluggedIn), Sinclair ABC16/FOX24 Macon (Macon Morning News & Sports segment), WMAZ-13 CBS “Straight from the Heart”, NBC41 Macon, Middle Georgia ESPN Radio, 610 Radio Philadelphia, Georgia Public Broadcasting, National Public Radio, Fansided/Sports Illustrated, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among many others. A story on the organization by Astrid Martinez of CBS46 Atlanta was picked up in several other markets (as west as Phoenix, Arizona, and as east as Greenville, South Carolina). In the past, the Alternative Baseball Organization has had an exhibit on display at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon, Georgia.