December 7, 2004
Here is Major League Baseball's curious rule about steroid abuse: Five strikes and maybe you're out. No matter that NFL players who test positive for steroids get hit with immediate game suspensions and fines, Olympians lose medals and minor league baseball players get tested four times a year and face immediate disciplinary action if they test positive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2004 |
Riverside, the birthplace of San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds, could have its own pro team to cheer for next year. A newly formed minor league organization has approached city officials about bringing a team to Riverside. "It could only enhance the city," Councilman Ed Adkison said. The council today will consider whether to support a proposal to bring a team to the city, which has produced some baseball legends but has a losing record when it comes to supporting minor league teams.
May 11, 2004 |
Baseball officials have agreed to move their minor league drug-testing program to the UCLA laboratory that conducts tests for the NFL and numerous amateur sports, a major league executive said Monday. The UCLA lab, born out of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, is the only facility in the United States certified by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2004 |
"Hub" Kittle, 86, a major league baseball pitching coach who also pitched professionally in six decades, died Tuesday in Yakima, Wash., of complications from kidney failure and diabetes. A native of Los Angeles, Hubert Kittle began his minor league baseball career in the mid-1930s with the Santa Catalina Angels of the Pacific Coast League. After serving in the Army during World War II, he continued a minor league baseball odyssey that included stints as pitcher, manager and general manager.
December 17, 2003 |
In the beginning, no one's watching and you play because you love the game. At the end, no one's watching and you play because you love the game. It's in the middle, when the crowds swell and the money is stacked to the sky, that things can get confusing as the Bryants, father and son, could tell you. Kobe's dad, Joe, a veteran of eight NBA seasons and until last week a retiree, returned Tuesday night as coach of the Las Vegas Rattlers of the American Basketball Assn.
August 21, 2003 |
The Seattle Mariners have suspended Evel Bastida for the remainder of the California League season and are considering releasing the Inland Empire 66er infielder because he struck a pitcher with a baseball bat in a game at Lancaster on Monday. "We want to send a message to him and the rest of our players that that's behavior we won't condone," said Benny Looper, vice president of player development for the Mariners, the parent organization of the Class-A affiliate.
June 27, 2003 |
The Angels are expecting three sellout crowds for this weekend's series against the Dodgers, after the Dodgers sold out two of three games against the Angels last weekend. Pacific Bell Park will be packed for this weekend's San Francisco-Oakland series after the Giants and A's drew a three-game franchise record 155,375 fans in Oakland last weekend. New York's Yankee Stadium will be jammed for this weekend's Met-Yankee series, and Chicago's U.S.
June 15, 2003 |
The Spokane Indians have known tragedy and greatness, scoundrels and Hall of Famers. They've finished first and last, and even left town. Now, as they celebrate a century of baseball, the Indians are owned by George Brett and three of his brothers, and are perhaps the premier franchise in the Northwest League. "I enjoy going to a minor league park more than I do going to a major league stadium," Brett says in a new video "Spokane Indians, a Century of Baseball," produced for the centennial.
August 11, 2002 |
Unlike some clubs that will pick from what amounts to a minor league scrap heap, the Angels have an abundance of quality triple-A players from which to choose as they prepare to expand their roster to 40 players on Sept. 1. Leading the way appears to be Salt Lake slugger Robb Quinlan, who is pounding Pacific Coast League pitching. The outfielder-first baseman was tied for the PCL lead with a .