Something new again for Glendale Angelenos baseball team

Baseball: Local summer collegiate team to tee off third season, beginning Thursday.

May 29, 2013|By Charles Rich,
  • Angelenos' Hector Gomez fields a ball during an infield drill at Stengel Field for baseball practice at the start of the 2013 season in Glendale on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. The field the team plays on may undergo maintenance and rest this summer.
Angelenos' Hector Gomez fields a ball during an… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

In its first two seasons of existence, the Glendale Angelenos have gone from an expansion team seeking an identity in a premier baseball collegiate league to an independent program boasting a phenomenal record.

The Angelenos won 24 games in 2011 before posting 40 victories last season, providing Glendale General Manager and Coach Tony Riviera reason for optimism and setting loftier goals for the 2013 season, which will kick off at 5 p.m. Thursday with a California Summer Collegiate League North Division contest against the host East L.A. Dodgers at Warren High in Downey.

"What we did last year was something we didn't expect," said Riviera, whose team went 40-10 last season as an independent squad. "We had one of the best summer college records in the country.

"Going off that, the easy thing to say is that last year was indeed magical and would be tough repeating. We are going into this season looking to cut the loss total in half and try to go around 45-5. We have a lot of returners, some of them who might be drafted in June, but we have a lot of depth throughout our roster that can help us play a role in achieving our goals."


The Angelenos spent the 2011 season in the California Collegiate League before opting to become an independent squad last season. The newly-formed California Summer League will consist of six teams and two divisions. Glendale, East L.A. and the Ventura Pirates will make up the North Division and the South Division will consist of the Long Beach Legends, Montebello Stars and Orange County Storm.

The top two teams from each division will qualify for the playoffs. The teams will be seeded in order of finish and will play in single-elimination contests with the winners advancing to a best-of-three series that will determine the league champion.

Glendale's home opener at Stengel Field will be at 6:30 p.m. June 6 against the Southern California Halos. The league's all-star game will be held at 5 p.m. June 30 at Stengel Field.

"It's something we've been working on for a long time," Riviera said. "It will be exciting to have a new league with a lot of good players and the league members running the league."

Riviera said the Angelenos might be forced to vacate Stengel Field by July 1. According to Riviera, the city of Glendale is mulling over the idea to have the field undergo maintenance, though nothing has yet been decided. Riviera said it's not clear where the Angelenos would play the remainder of their home games if they must relocate.

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