Angelenos unveiled

More details are revealed about Glendale's new summer collegiate league team that will move into Stengel Field.

September 29, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk,
  • Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian shows off a wood bat after Glendale's new California Collegiate League baseball team the Angelenos was announced during a press conference at Stengel Field on Wednesday.
Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian shows off a wood bat after… (Raul Roa, Glendale…)

NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Serving as a formal groundbreaking for the California Collegiate League expansion team that will begin to call Stengel Field home in the summer of 2011, the press conference held on the venerated ballpark's infield on Wednesday afternoon was attended by officials from the league, the ballclub and the City of Glendale beaming proudly over a new partnership that promises to bring some of the best amateur baseball in the country to the Jewel City.

The team will be called the Glendale Angelenos and will begin its season on June 1. League Commissioner Pat Burns also announced his intention to hold the league's July 13 midseason all-star game at Stengel Field, as well.

"This city, and this facility in particular, has the makings of becoming one of the finest [summer collegiate] programs in the entire nation," Burns said. "Not many programs have this type of facility with this type of demographic of a community around it.


"You can expect Glendale to be very proud of what I hope will become the city's team."

Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian and Glendale Director of Community Services and Parks George Chapjian were also on hand Wednesday to officially welcome the Angelenos, represented by Team President Tony Riviera, and to express their excitement about the partnership.

"What a great field we have here and we've always known this," Najarian said. "It's like the Field of Dreams, where if you build it they will come.

"We always knew that someday we would get the call from a step up in the baseball levels and we certainly did with the California Collegiate League. [Stengel Field] is a great place to come watch a game. We are very happy to hear the crack of the bats of the Glendale Angelenos starting next summer and I look forward to the home games and also the All-Star Game that we will be hosting here."

The 1,800-seat ballpark, which first opened in 1949, underwent an extensive renovation in 2008, including laser grading of the Bermuda-grass playing field and the installation of a state-of-the-art Musco parabolic lighting system. Further cosmetic upgrades will be performed as needed leading up to the start of the season.

"We will be working more and more on this field to make sure it is top-notch," said Chapjian, who noted that most of the "heavy lifting" in terms of refurbishing the facility had already been accomplished with the 2008 project. "I think this is going to be good for Glendale and I'm really excited about it."

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