April 6, 2000 |
The Lancaster JetHawks, who flirted with the worst record in professional baseball last summer, have a little more to look forward to than most teams this spring. Mark Parent, a former major league catcher, starts his first season as a manager and will guide the JetHawks through California League play, which opens today when Lancaster begins a three-game road series against the Bakersfield Blaze.
September 16, 1999 |
Shuffling in the Big West Conference might result in an all-California, non-football playing alignment as early as next fall, a high-ranking conference source said this week. Cal State Northridge, UC Riverside and Sacramento State are being courted by conference officials, who are preparing for the likelihood that as many as three Big West schools will join another league in restructuring that could start in the next few weeks.
September 10, 1999
SPECTATOR SPORTS: FRIDAY 10 * MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: New York Mets at Dodgers, Dodger Stadium, 7 p.m. * MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: California League playoffs, San Bernardino at Rancho Cucamonga, 7 p.m. * WOMEN'S COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: Furama Classic at Loyola Marymount: Brigham Young-Houston, Loyola Marymount-Ohio State, 5 and 7 p.m.; Cal State Northridge at Long Beach State, Pyramid, 7:30 p.m. * MEN'S COLLEGE SOCCER: Denver at Loyola Marymount, 3 p.m.
September 8, 1999
Despite sweeping a three-game, season-ending series against San Bernardino over the weekend, the JetHawks finished with their worst record (55-85) in their three-year existence. They finished 71-69 in 1996, their first season. On Sunday, Lancaster defeated San Bernardino, 4-3, overcoming a 3-2 deficit with a two-run single by Harvey Hargrove in the top of the ninth inning.
August 15, 1999 |
From the depths of the Mexican League, where once-promising baseball careers have been recycled and sometimes restored, pitcher Javier Delahoya has risen to rekindle his hopes. "It's been pretty good the way I'm going," Delahoya said. Delahoya, 29, is making his most-serious run at the major leagues with triple-A Rochester, the Baltimore Orioles' affiliate in the International League.
August 5, 1999 |
Former Dodger shortstop and manager Bill Russell will manage a team in the new California Fall League, which will begin play in September. Russell, fired by the Dodgers along with general manager Fred Claire in June 1998, will manage the Rancho Cucamonga Surfers, a team of minor leaguers from the San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Russell is the manager of the Devil Rays' double-A team in Orlando, Fla.
June 27, 1999 |
The launching of the California Fall League in September guarantees professional baseball in the Southland a while longer this year. Oh, wait, the Dodgers and Angels still are being tarred and feathered around that time. But those looking for a reprieve after watching the Fox and Disney boys of bummer can check out the fall league, scheduled to operate the next three years through an agreement between the California League and major league baseball.
June 23, 1999
Steve Medrano's three-run home run in the 10th inning lifted the Carolina League All-Stars to a 10-6 victory over the California League on Tuesday night in front of 6,518 at Lake Elsinore. Designated hitter Mike Glendenning of Crespi High and Pierce College, who plays for San Jose, doubled and scored for the California League.
June 2, 1999 |
Adam Riggs is up to his usual act with the bat. If he stays healthy, this will be a successful year. In 1997, Riggs hit .304 at Albuquerque, but he missed two months after breaking a bone in his left hand. Last season, the second baseman led the Pacific Coast League with a .371 average before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in May. Riggs, 26, is hitting .310 this season. Also at Albuquerque (23-27), outfielder Brent Cookson leads the league in slugging percentage (.695). He's hitting .