October 3, 2000 |
Tim Wallach, who played 17 seasons in the major leagues and was a volunteer assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton last season, said Monday he has accepted a job as manager of the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes next season. Rancho Cucamonga will become the Angels' affiliate in the California League in 2001 after an eight-year association with the San Diego Padres. The Padres are expected to put their Class-A team in Lake Elsinore. "It's a perfect situation for me right now," Wallach said.
April 23, 1997 |
With every hit, and with every morning he wakes up with no pain in right shoulder, Mike Mitchell takes another step toward proving the New York Yankees wrong. The Yankees drafted Mitchell, who played at Rio Mesa High, out of UCLA in 1994. Two years later, they released the first baseman, apparently giving up on him because of a shoulder injury Mitchell said the Yankees mistreated.
June 30, 1995 |
It took shortstop Gabe Alvarez only a couple of weeks as a professional to accomplish one of the rarest achievements in baseball--an unassisted triple play. Alvarez, a second-round selection of the San Diego Padres in this month's draft after three years at USC, turned the triple play Wednesday night for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League. Alvarez made the play in the bottom of the seventh inning of Rancho Cucamonga's 13-11 loss to the High Desert Mavericks.
June 18, 1994 |
Tim Flannery learned early in his managerial career how best to motivate a team. Of course, this technique takes a unique set of circumstances: First, you have to get yourself ejected from the game during a bench-clearing brawl. Then, your team has to rally from a seven-run deficit to tie the score going into the ninth. Then, while listening to the game on the radio in your office, the team mascot must wander into the clubhouse for a drink of water.
April 7, 1996 |
A 20-year-old minor league pitcher collapsed in the bullpen Saturday night at Rancho Cucamonga's Epicenter and was rushed to a local hospital after attempts at the ballpark to restart his heart had proven futile. A source close to the situation said that Matt LaChappa had regained a pulse and was admitted to Upland's San Antonio Community Hospital in serious but stable condition on Saturday night.
April 11, 1993 |
At the junction where Rochester Avenue runs into Jack Benny Drive--no, really --there is love in bloom. The new ballpark is a real beauty. The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of Class A's minor leagues are about to play their very first baseball game. A life-sized bronze sculpture of Jack Benny stands in the lobby. A current Hollywood star who owns a piece of the team is in his luxury box. A marimba band is giving everybody good vibes. And "Mister Trash" is patrolling the aisles.