GLENDALE — With no resistance at all, the Glendale City Council handed over management of Stengel Field to the Glendale Unified School District by approving a memorandum of understanding between the two parties at Tuesday’s council meeting.
“Rarely do we have an opportunity to bring you an item that makes sense to so many different stakeholders as we do tonight,” said Glendale City Manager Scott Ochoa in introducing the item to the council before it was unanimously approved, 5-0, with Frank Quintero and Laura Friedman absent from the meeting.
Before the council voted on or even discussed the matter, Glendale Mayor Dave Weaver wanted to make sure everyone in attendance knew the historical significance of Stengel Field.
“Stengel Field is named after Casey Stengel, probably the most famous manager in baseball with the New York Yankees, at least when I was growing up,” Weaver said. “Mark McGwire, you’ve probably heard about him, used to play on that field. He’d hit that ball not only out of the park but into the wash. That was before steroids.”