GLENDALE — For the second time in as many years, a veteran major leaguer with local ties has retired. Just as St. Francis High graduate Mark Loretta hung up his cleats before the 2010 season, Loretta's former high school teammate and Glendale resident Gregg Zaun called it a career in early March after 16 years in the big leagues.
As Opening Day approaches on Thursday, the number of area products set to occupy major league rosters has dwindled to its lowest number in years.
Crescenta Valley High product Trevor Bell figures to be back up with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sooner than later, but will begin the season in the minor leagues and Glendale Community College product Marco Estrada has an outside shot at cracking the Milwaukee Brewers' Opening Day roster after impressing as an invitee from minor league camp.
But as it currently stands, the area will be represented by a trio of players — one looking to build on a resurgent year, another looking to make a comeback and one looking to defend the biggest prize in the game.