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October 23, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
City officials are asking a local youth soccer organization to abandon its headquarters to make way for the Long Beach Riptide baseball team, but leaders of the group say they don't mind. "Having minor league ball in Mission Viejo is good for the community," Alan Gallup, chairman of the Mission Viejo Soccer Foundation, said Tuesday. "I'm not a baseball fan, but I have a great appreciation for the community pride that comes with these minor league teams."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
The city's new minor league baseball team will be known as the Mission Viejo Vigilantes, officials announced Thursday. The moniker was chosen by about 30 fans in a "name the team" contest that drew more than 700 entries, team officials said. "It's a relief not to have to answer the phones 'Mission Viejo Professional Baseball Team' anymore," said team President Pat Elster. "It's so nice to be able to say 'Vigilantes.'
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Promising to provide as much of a show between innings as between the bases, Long Beach Riptide officials Tuesday announced their final decision to relocate to South County. From wiener dog races to gathering kids in the outfield to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," Riptide officials say they are eager to show Orange County a good time, starting with the team's first game on May 23 at Saddleback College against the Chico Heat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
Residents of Saddleback Valley say that the area's new minor league baseball club should be named after a local band of Indians, any one of several indigenous animals or the NBA's Los Angeles franchise. Those were among dozens of suggestions made this week during a contest to name the team, which begins league play at Saddleback College on May 23. The winner will get a pair of season tickets and bragging rights. All entries must be received by Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Saddleback Community College District trustees are expected to end months of speculation today over whether a minor league baseball club will move to Mission Viejo. "One way or another, it will be a relief to know for certain," said Pat Elster, president of the Long Beach Riptide. If trustees approve construction of a temporary ballpark on campus for the Riptide team, Elster says the club will relocate in Mission Viejo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
Saddleback Community College District trustees will meet in closed session Monday to vote on a temporary ball field that would be home for the Long Beach Riptide minor league baseball team this summer. Trustees, who will hear public comments before going behind closed doors, will look at a one-year lease with Mission Viejo that calls for the city to spend $800,000 to renovate the existing campus ball field and erect temporary bleachers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
The city's new minor league baseball team will be known as the Mission Viejo Vigilantes, officials announced Thursday. The moniker was chosen by about 30 fans in a "name the team" contest that drew more than 700 entries, team officials said. "It's a relief not to have to answer the phones 'Mission Viejo Professional Baseball Team' anymore," said team President Pat Elster. "It's so nice to be able to say 'Vigilantes.'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
After a final trip to its former ballpark in Long Beach to pick up bats, balls and other tools of the trade, the minor league Riptide team moved Thursday into new offices at the World Cup Soccer Center. The club will use the former U.S. soccer team offices at Oso Viejo Park to prepare for the upcoming season, which starts May 23, and will play their games at a renovated Saddleback College field.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In their first show of support for plans to build a baseball stadium at Saddleback Community College, trustees of the college district have voted to approve in concept a conditional lease with Mission Viejo. The agreement would allow the city to begin the first phase of a $6-million stadium project--installation of a new field and lights--to let the Long Beach Riptide play next season in South County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The president of the Long Beach Riptide minor league baseball team said Friday it will play its 1997 season at Saddleback College, pending approval of an interim lease by the school district and the city. The commitment means that the team would sever ties with Long Beach and commit to playing in Mission Viejo even without a permanent guarantee of a home while an environmental impact report on the move is completed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
After a final trip to its former ballpark in Long Beach to pick up bats, balls and other tools of the trade, the minor league Riptide team moved Thursday into new offices at the World Cup Soccer Center. The club will use the former U.S. soccer team offices at Oso Viejo Park to prepare for the upcoming season, which starts May 23, and will play their games at a renovated Saddleback College field.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Promising to provide as much of a show between innings as between the bases, Long Beach Riptide officials Tuesday announced their final decision to relocate to South County. From wiener dog races to gathering kids in the outfield to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," Riptide officials say they are eager to show Orange County a good time, starting with the team's first game on May 23 at Saddleback College against the Chico Heat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Minor league baseball is coming to south Orange County this spring, following a vote Monday giving the Long Beach Riptide a one-year lease to play at Saddleback College. "We will show Mission Viejo what minor league baseball is all about," team General Manager Paula Pyers said after the 6-1 vote by trustees of the Saddleback Community College District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Saddleback Community College District trustees are expected to end months of speculation today over whether a minor league baseball club will move to Mission Viejo. "One way or another, it will be a relief to know for certain," said Pat Elster, president of the Long Beach Riptide. If trustees approve construction of a temporary ballpark on campus for the Riptide team, Elster says the club will relocate in Mission Viejo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
Saddleback Community College District trustees will meet in closed session Monday to vote on a temporary ball field that would be home for the Long Beach Riptide minor league baseball team this summer. Trustees, who will hear public comments before going behind closed doors, will look at a one-year lease with Mission Viejo that calls for the city to spend $800,000 to renovate the existing campus ball field and erect temporary bleachers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
The Long Beach Riptide will be bringing minor league baseball to South County this summer once one more major hurdle is cleared. Riptide officials, who had set a Dec. 31 deadline for deciding whether to relocate, delayed a commitment on a move in order to give Saddleback College trustees time to vote on a temporary on-campus home for the team.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
The Long Beach Riptide will be bringing minor league baseball to South County this summer once one more major hurdle is cleared. Riptide officials, who had set a Dec. 31 deadline for deciding whether to relocate, delayed a commitment on a move in order to give Saddleback College trustees time to vote on a temporary on-campus home for the team.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As Mission Viejo races to beat the clock and bring the Long Beach Riptide minor league baseball team to South County, the road to building a new ballpark for the club at Saddleback College is getting bumpy. First, the city of Long Beach made overtures to keep the team in the port city last week. Then, the first voices of community opposition were raised against the proposed $5.5-million field to be built by Mission Viejo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In their first show of support for plans to build a baseball stadium at Saddleback Community College, trustees of the college district have voted to approve in concept a conditional lease with Mission Viejo. The agreement would allow the city to begin the first phase of a $6-million stadium project--installation of a new field and lights--to let the Long Beach Riptide play next season in South County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The president of the Long Beach Riptide minor league baseball team said Friday it will play its 1997 season at Saddleback College, pending approval of an interim lease by the school district and the city. The commitment means that the team would sever ties with Long Beach and commit to playing in Mission Viejo even without a permanent guarantee of a home while an environmental impact report on the move is completed.
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