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May 22, 1997 | MIKE TERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his 12 seasons managing four major league teams, including the Angels, Buck Rodgers was never short on candor. So it's no surprise that, with the third Western Baseball League season approaching for the Vigilantes (formerly the Long Beach Barricuda and Riptide), Rodgers doesn't flinch in his assessment of the two-time single-A independent league champions. "I've had to lower my standards a bit," Rodgers said. "I can't look at them as everyday major leaguers.
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May 24, 1997 | STEVE EMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If there was a keynote address on the occasion of the first official Mission Viejo Vigilantes minor-league baseball game Friday night, it was delivered by home-team pitcher Mike Smith to a couple hundred Little Leaguers on the field before the game. "Stay in school," said Smith, a teacher in La Mirada. "Stay off drugs. . . . And don't be afraid to come up for autographs and talk baseball. I like to talk baseball." The boys applauded. "And you don't have to pay the 20 bucks at Anaheim Stadium."
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NEWS
May 24, 1997 | STEVE EMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If there was a keynote address on the occasion of the first official Mission Viejo Vigilantes minor-league baseball game Friday night, it was delivered by home-team pitcher Mike Smith to a couple hundred Little Leaguers on the field before the game. "Stay in school," said Smith, a teacher in La Mirada. "Stay off drugs. . . . And don't be afraid to come up for autographs and talk baseball. I like to talk baseball." The boys applauded. "And you don't have to pay the 20 bucks at Anaheim Stadium."
SPORTS
May 22, 1997 | MIKE TERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his 12 seasons managing four major league teams, including the Angels, Buck Rodgers was never short on candor. So it's no surprise that, with the third Western Baseball League season approaching for the Vigilantes (formerly the Long Beach Barricuda and Riptide), Rodgers doesn't flinch in his assessment of the two-time single-A independent league champions. "I've had to lower my standards a bit," Rodgers said. "I can't look at them as everyday major leaguers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1999 | Chris Ceballos, (949) 248-2155
The City Council accepted a $75,000 settlement this week for six light standards it had installed at Saddleback College for the minor league Vigilantes baseball team. The Vigilantes played for two seasons at the college. Deep in debt, team owners abandoned the franchise last year after city and college officials couldn't agree on permanent improvements for the college stadium. Information: (949) 470-3000.
SPORTS
February 21, 1997 | BOB ROHWER
Renovation of the baseball stadium at Saddleback College, which was to begin March 1, has been delayed one week to accommodate an architectural adjustment to the plans, Dave Aires, spokesman for the Mission Viejo Vigilantes baseball team, said Thursday. Aires said the delay won't affect the minor league team's scheduled home opener on May 23 because construction workers will be working more shifts to complete the project.
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July 30, 1998 | ROBERT OURLIAN
A proposal to renovate the stadium where the Vigilantes baseball team plays its home games was vetoed Wednesday by trustees of the South Orange County Community College District. Meeting in closed session, trustees refused to approve a plan that would have raised about $3 million to remodel and expand the Saddleback College stadium so the minor league team could play its home schedule of about 50 games there.
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March 20, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
The solemn-looking face framed by a bandanna and a 10-gallon hat is the official logo of the Mission Viejo Vigilantes, the baseball team's officials announced this week. The Vigilante logo will be displayed on the players' uniforms as well as on merchandise such as T-shirts. Team colors are royal blue, black, gray and white. The namesake vigilante is "a good guy, but he's no sissy," General Manager Paula Pyers said. "We wanted him to express a quiet confidence."
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