March 25, 2014 |
Young men who exercise keep some of the benefits to their bones into old age, even if they don't keep at it, according to researchers who compared the throwing arms and the nonthrowing arms of professional baseball players over time. Bone mass, size and strength increase with physical activity in youth, but it was unclear whether those benefits carried into later years. The researchers looked at the arms of 103 pro baseball players -- major and minor leagues -- and at the arms of 94 “regular” men; they reported their findings in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
March 13, 2014 |
For years, Curtis Godin was a baseball player. Last year, as a junior, he gave up trying to make Mater Dei's varsity baseball team and decided to try something different -- track and field. He ran the 100 meters in 10.79 seconds in his first year. In the off season, he began full-time track training, lifting weights and running. Last week, in his season debut, he ran the fastest time in the state, clocking in at 10.71 seconds. Suddenly, Mater Dei might have a top 100-meter runner.
February 23, 2014 |
Pitchers Solomon Bates; Oak Hills; Jr.; Gardena Serra transfer was 7-0 with 0.94 ERA. Quinn Brodey; Loyola; Sr.; Stanford signee is left-hander who likes pressure. Griffin Canning; Santa Margarita; Sr.; UCLA signee comes through in big games. Jack Flaherty; Harvard-Westlake; Sr.; Reigning Division 1 player of the year. Nathan Hadley; Loyola; Sr.; Let's see who can hit his slider. Grant Hockin; Damien; Sr.; UCLA signee with good velocity. Garett King; Orange Lutheran; Sr.; Nebraska signee making big-time improvement.
February 21, 2014 |
Explaining how a natural introvert such as himself could flash Mickey Mouse ears in front of more than 50,000 screaming fans, Adrian Gonzalez looked around the Dodgers' locker room. "It's the clubhouse," he said. "It's the city, it's the fans. " The acquisition of Gonzalez and three other players from the Boston Red Sox in 2012 was expected to transform the Dodgers, and it did. What was unknown at the time was that the deal would also change Gonzalez. With the Dodgers, Gonzalez has allowed his personality to emerge in ways it never did with the Red Sox or San Diego Padres.
January 26, 2014 |
Jerry Kramer used to be bitter about being snubbed by the Hall of Fame, the former Green Bay Packers guard who was an integral part of five championship teams in the 1960s vowing to stick it to the pro football shrine in Canton, Ohio, if he had the chance. "I decided early on that if they ever called, I was going to send them a statuette of my fist with a middle finger raised and tell them to put that in the Hall of Fame," Kramer, 78, said by phone from his home in Boise, Idaho. "I was angry.
January 26, 2014 |
A baseball fanfest bringing together minor leaguers and some major leaguers from the Los Angeles area to benefit research for a cure to Crohn's disease was held on Sunday at the Mid Valley baseball complex in Encino. Put together by former Harvard-Westlake pitchers Max Fried and Lucas Giolito, the event drew a good crowd of fans who received free autographs from participating players, many of whom worked out on the mound and at the plate. Jon Garland, a Kennedy High grad who pitched for the Dodgers and Angels, dropped by to offer his support.