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February 28, 2003 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
The Angels are one of the orphan teams of the Cactus League. Angel fans do not flock here from California, and locals either follow the hometown Diamondbacks or adopt more popular teams as their own. As the Angels open the Cactus League season today, the city of Tempe hopes the World Series championship persuades Angel fans to visit spring training, with plenty of tourist dollars in hand.
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 | ROSS NEWHAN
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 | Associated Press
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 28, 2014 | By Charlie Vascellaro, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For baseball fans, spring training may be the best time of year. For Dodgers fans, the Camelback Ranch ballpark and player development facility in Glendale, Ariz., provides a ringside seat to a hope that is both eternal and immediate, given the team's current lineup of talent. For Angels fans, a star-studded cast has returned for the team's 22nd consecutive season at Tempe Diablo Stadium. And if you're not a baseball fan, there's always the beauty of the Sonoran Desert and a variety of resort accommodations and entertainment options along the Cactus League's periphery.
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.
Wherever Danny Ozark goes around Vero Beach, Fla., people ask him the same question. They figure Ozark knows something because he spent so many years with the Dodgers. His decades with the team, as a minor league player and coach, date back to 1948, when the Brooklyn Dodgers established a spring training camp in this seaside town. "People come up and ask if the Dodgers are going to move," said Ozark, who retired in Vero Beach. "This is the question all around. Everybody's waiting for the storm."
March 17, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
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.
February 26, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
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.
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