March 13, 2010 |
It had been 20 years since I'd been to spring training. Twenty years since I covered the then-California Angels for a newspaper that no longer exists and announced my arrival to then-Angels manager Doug Rader: Me: "So, whattya gonna be doing today?" Rader (disgusted): "Baseball. (Disgusted and walking away) We thought we'd do baseball today." So, I hadn't missed spring training that much. But then the Dodgers moved from Florida to Arizona, making it possible not only to see both L.A. teams in a single trip but allowing my son, Jack, and me to check another item off of our "Sports To-Do" list: USC- Notre Dame football game in South Bend?
February 16, 1986 |
To most baseball players, spring training means the end of a relaxing vacation. To Pete Rose, it means the end of a hectic traveling schedule. Rose, who last season passed Ty Cobb to become baseball's all-time hit leader, has spent much of the off-season making public appearances to endorse a variety of products and causes.
July 23, 1992 |
The final obstacle in the Padres' planned move to Peoria, Ariz., for spring training was removed Wednesday when the Maricopa County Stadium District Board approved spending $11.5 million to build a baseball complex in Peoria. The board voted 4-0 in favor of the plan with one abstaining because of a possible conflict of interest. The Padres and the Seattle Mariners have signed letters of intent to hold spring training in Peoria.
January 1, 1987
I wait until about 6 p.m., then I jump in my car and head for the crowded freeway. I drive until I get to a busy off-ramp. After a long wait, I'm on a surface street and looking for a crowded parking lot at a shopping center. After driving around the parking lot for 15 minutes, I finally find a spot to park. I then walk about a half a mile to a hot dog stand and find a place to sit down. After I finish eating, I stand up and sing the national anthem, then I scream my lungs out. You probably think I am crazy.
February 9, 1990 |
Baseball owners today reiterated their plan for a spring training lockout but seemed to soften their hard-line stance. "There is no change in our strategy," Milwaukee owner Bud Selig said. "But there is going to be another meeting with the players on Monday, and this is going to be a day-by-day negotiation." Camps are scheduled to open Thursday. Clubs have been told by the owners not to start spring training unless an agreement is reached with players on a new contract.
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March 26, 1987 |
It was three hours before the first pitch, but already Jason Witt and his buddy Brooks Stratmore, a pair of 13-year-old fans, had slipped through an unattended gate and were flagging down baseball players, asking for autographs. "I got a bat from Wally Joyner," beamed Jason, whose grandfather brought him to Angels Stadium on Tuesday--the real Angels Stadium, where the California Angels finish spring training before opening the regular season at Anaheim Stadium on April 7.
April 1, 1985 |
Under a bright afternoon sun, California Angels pitcher Ken Forsch walked across the well-kept grass toward one of the swimming pools at the 1,120-acre Mission Hills Country Club. The trim 6-foot-4 pitcher had just finished a spring-training workout in nearby Palm Springs and had driven with teammate Geoff Zahn to the condominiums their families are renting while the Angels train for the coming baseball season.
July 2, 1999 |
The Fort McDowell Indian Community has made its best offer to the Dodgers, and tribal officials are prepared to negotiate with other teams if the Dodgers do not soon accept the proposal for a new spring training complex on the Phoenix-area reservation, the tribal attorney said Thursday. Fort McDowell officials said Thursday that the tribe would spend $40 million to build a 12,000-seat stadium, six practice fields and offices on a 76-acre site, with the Dodgers signing a 25-year lease.
March 20, 1985 |
Tom Brunansky, whm hit 32 homers and drove in 85 runs last season, is off to a fast start this spring. He hit a two-pun homer off Jim Dorqey in the sixth inning Tuesday to give the Minnesota Twins a 5-3 exhibition victory over the Boston Red Sox at Orlando, Fla. It waq Brunansky's third homer of the spring, and he has a team-leading 13 RBIs in nine games this spring. Ken Schrom and Rich Yett pitched for the Twins. Schrom, who is scheduled to be the No.