June 8, 1996
As a Dodger fan since 1959, I'm happy to see baseball's off to a fast start. However, we're missing the point. These same players and owners who broke our hearts two years ago still have not signed a collective bargaining agreement. I love baseball; please sign your agreement. MARK BERGAS Irvine
January 17, 1989
Nearly half of a group of professional baseball players who used snuff or chewing tobacco regularly had lesions in their mouths, researchers said Monday. Samples of tissue taken from some of the lesions showed they were not cancerous, but some are likely to develop into cancer, said Virginia Ernster of UC San Francisco.
December 27, 1997 |
Five of 10 professional Japanese baseball players charged with income tax evasion have pleaded guilty, the Kyodo News reported in Tokyo. The players were accused of concealing income and evading tax by falsely recording expenses on forged receipts. Prosecutors said Hiroki Kokubo, 26, of the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks, evaded about $215,400 in income tax in 1994, the largest sum allegedly evaded by any of the 10 players. Kokubo was run-batted-in king for 1997 in the Pacific League.
June 15, 1985
Cal State Northridge baseball players Steve Sharts, Mark Ban and Pete Callas signed with major league teams this week. Ban, a senior outfielder, went in the 22nd round to the California Angels. An all-league and All-District 8 selection last year, Ban signed with the Angels' Salem, Ore., farm club. This season, Ban hit .337 with 19 home runs and 79 runs batted in. The Milwaukee Brewers signed Callas, a senior, as a free agent.
November 15, 1996
Cypress College baseball players Scott Daeley and Richard Sundstrom have signed letters of intent with Division I schools. Daeley, an outfielder who played at Mater Dei, signed with Wake Forest. He hit .306 with a team-high 20 stolen bases last season. Sundstrom, a pitcher who played at Kennedy, signed with Pepperdine. He was a redshirt last season. * Bryan Moore, a relief pitcher for Orange Coast College, has signed to attend Houston, OCC Coach John Altobelli said.
February 1, 1990 |
So your head spins every time you think of how much money major league baseball players are making. You say these players have lost touch with reality when it comes to judging their true value. You share the popular notion that these grown men are playing a kid's game and should be grateful they get to spend their summers lounging in the sun, doing what the rest of us mortals only wish we could do for money. Well, let's put aside emotions for a while and examine the cold, hard facts.
April 2, 1988
The World Series champion Minnesota Twins have seven players earning $1 million or more this season, more than any major league club, and there are a record 77 players earning $1 million or more in 1988, according to contract details obtained by the Associated Press. Nine of the 77 millionaires will make $2 million or more this season, another baseball record. Shortstop Ozzie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals has the highest salary this season, at $2.34 million.
June 20, 1991
Four players from El Segundo High and three from Torrance lead a group of 11 South Bay players named to All-Southern Section baseball teams by the First Interstate Bank-Amateur Athletic Foundation board of sportswriters. Torrance placed two players on the 4-A Division first team--junior catcher Jason Kendall and senior third baseman Antone Williamson, a three-time All-CIF selection.
March 22, 1998 |
Four baseball players and a coach who defected from Cuba on March 10 were plucked from their rickety craft by a fishing boat in good condition and turned over to the Bahamian Coast Guard, an agent said Saturday. The 53-foot fishing boat, Justice, turned the players in to authorities on Ragged Island, said Joe Cubas, an agent who has helped several players flee Cuba.
May 12, 1988 |
What do a low earned-run average and a high batting average have in common? What do infielders have that catchers most decidedly lack? In a word, according to a new study that represents one of the first pieces of structured research into the life span of professional athletes: Longevity. Before you go looking to ace pitcher Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets, slugger Wade Boggs of the Boston Red Sox and infield acrobat Ozzie Smith of the St.