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June 2, 2005 | From Associated Press
Former NBA star Earvin "Magic" Johnson has teamed with Mandalay Entertainment Group to invest in urban renewal projects anchored by minor league baseball stadiums, a Mandalay executive said Wednesday. One such project could involve a new home worth $25 million to $35 million for the Mandalay-owned Hagerstown Suns, a Class A affiliate of the New York Mets based in Maryland, said Richard W. Neumann, a vice president of the Mandalay Baseball unit.
May 22, 2005 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
For a man who took seemingly forever to reach the United States, Kendry Morales didn't waste time making an impact as an Angel minor leaguer. Morales homered on his first swing Saturday night with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, sending the second pitch he saw clanging off the scoreboard beyond the fence in right-center field. The first baseman also singled twice and drove in three runs during the Quakes' 10-8 loss to the Visalia Oaks.
April 5, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Four Angel prospects were among the 38 minor league players suspended Monday for being in violation of baseball's minor league steroids policy. William Collazo, a pitcher for double-A Arkansas; Francisco Cordova, a pitcher for Class-A Cedar Rapids, and infielders Ryan Leahy and Baltazar Lopez of Cedar Rapids each received 15-day suspensions without pay as first-time offenders. Damian Moss and Ryan Christianson were among eight players in the Seattle organization suspended for 15 days.
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.
September 28, 2004 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
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 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
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.
February 16, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
"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 | Mark Heisler, Times Staff Writer
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.
June 27, 2003 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
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.
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