February 16, 2008
Mr. Bill Plaschke [Feb. 10] will soon enough get to see how homogenized spring training has become outside the hallowed grounds of Dodgertown. When the Dodgers move to the soulless strip malls of Glendale, Ariz., their new complex will no doubt resemble the rest of the plastic minor league dungeons of the Cactus League. There will be no open access strolling through practice fields and seeing scenes like Steve Yeager teaching double-A journeymen how to block the plate. No opportunity to take a photo at the intersection of Vin Scully Way and Avenida Jaime Jarrin.
March 3, 1986 |
Ex-Dodger Steve Yeager has had a rude introduction to the Cactus League. In his first week in the Seattle camp: --The rearview mirrors on each door of his Jaguar, which carries the license plate "Yeag 7," were stolen. A sign was left that read, "I Love You, Steve." --Driving a Porsche, which he was given as a loaner, Yeager received a ticket for an illegal turn. --Then, the Jaguar having been returned with new mirrors, Yeager awoke the other morning to find footprints on the trunk and hood.
June 20, 1991 |
The Arizona Senate approved legislation to allow three counties to subsidize improvements at spring training parks through special taxes, and state officials hailed it as the salvation of the so-called Cactus League. "It's very good news," said Joe Garagiola Jr., chairman of the Arizona Baseball Commission.
February 26, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Josh Hamilton is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut today, his first game appearance since signing a $125-million contract with the Angels last winter. Hamilton is set to play left field and bat fourth, with the Angels rolling out something of a varsity lineup for the first time this spring. The only regular not in the lineup is Albert Pujols, who is rehabilitating from knee surgery. Manager Mike Scioscia said he expects Pujols to play in Cactus League games within two weeks, in plenty of time to be ready for opening day. The lineup includes third baseman Alberto Callaspo, whom Scioscia said reported to camp 18 to 20 pounds above his playing weight.
March 18, 2010
Dodgers 7, Chicago Cubs 3 At Phoenix AT THE PLATE: Manny Ramirez hit a first-inning home run off Ryan Dempster that also scored Matt Kemp, who had doubled. Blake DeWitt, vying for the Dodgers' second-base job, singled home a run in the sixth inning and Reed Johnson added a three-run homer in the seventh. ON THE MOUND:Starter Chad Billingsleygave up one run on five hits in 4 2/3 innings of work. Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger, among those trying for the fifth spot in the rotation, gave up one run in two innings and got the win. EXTRA BASES: Ramirez started in left field, played four innings and made a leaping catch of a long fly hit by Tyler Colvin.
March 9, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels will play their Cactus League game against Colorado on Saturday without Manager Mike Scioscia, who flew to Philadelphia on Friday to attend a family funeral, a team spokesman said. Bench Coach Rob Picciolo will manage the team in his place. Scioscia is expected to be back in Tempe on Sunday. The lineup Picciolo inherited was the best the Angels have used this spring, with nine regulars expected to play. Only shortstop Erick Aybar was missing from the batting order.
March 12, 2001 |
The Angels haven't had a 15-game winner in five years. They haven't had a 20-game winner since Nolan Ryan won 22 in 1974. They aren't promising anything just yet, but Ramon Ortiz continues to display signs of developing into an ace. Ortiz, 25, pitched four shutout innings in Sunday's 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners. He has pitched nine scoreless innings this spring, striking out nine and walking two.
March 17, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- C.J. Wilson became the first Angels pitcher to work into the sixth inning, holding San Diego to a run on five hits through 5 1/3 innings of a 7-4 Cactus League win over the Padres on Sunday It was the second strong outing of the spring for Wilson, who gave up a run in three innings in his last Cactus League game 10 days earlier. "I thought he was excellent," Manager Mike Scioscia said of Wilson. "For one stretch he was getting under his changeup a little bit and it was elevated.
March 15, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels' Howie Kendrick says he doesn't treat spring training any differently than the regular season. "I'm just trying to get ready. The only way to do that is to play like it's a regular-season game," said Kendrick, who raised his spring average to .500 with two hits Friday in an 8-5 Cactus League loss to the Seattle Mariners. "I think every guy in here does that but for me the biggest thing is just trying to play like it's a real game. That's the only way you're really going to get prepared.