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August 30, 2002
Charles Rich He's one of a handful of major league baseball players to put a dent in the Arizona Diamondbacks bullet-proof pitching staff. Yet Houston Astros' catcher Gregg Zaun, a Glendale native, said it's been a struggle for him this season. Zaun, who signed a two-year free-agent contract last winter after spending the previous two seasons with the Kansas City Royals, has received six cortisone shots and serves as the Astros' player representative.
NEWS
September 28, 2000
Alex Leon This is a typical day for Ron Vaughn: He wheels his used Infinity out of the driveway of his Corona home and dials into one of the talk radio shows that he regularly listens to. He checks his schedule then heads off to a high school, college or minor league baseball game. If time permits, he might check out two games in a day throughout Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. Because the 51-year-old Vaughn is always on the go, he rarely sees a game from start to finish.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | March 29, 2014
Former Crescenta Valley High standout Trevor Bell has a new home. The one-time Major League baseball first-round draft pick was selected as a member of the opening day roster for the Cincinnati Reds. “Oh my gosh, it feels like nine years of hard work has paid off,” Bell said in an interview Saturday afternoon after the Reds fell to their Triple-A affliate Louisville, 1-0, in the spring training finale. “I don't even know how to explain it. I've been to five or six major league spring-training camps and it's never happened to me before.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | November 14, 2012
After being released by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in late July, Trevor Bell began to explore any potential options about a return to Major League Baseball. On Monday, Bell found a suitor after he checked his cell phone messages. Bell, a former Crescenta Valley High star and All-Area Baseball Player of the Year selection, signed a minor league free agent deal with the Detroit Tigers, who advanced to the World Series this past season against the San Francisco Giants, on Tuesday.
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By Seth Amitin | April 10, 2009
Though it’s tough to say just how comfortable he is with his new team, Mark Loretta certainly isn’t complaining. “It’s going to be a lot different back in L.A. than it is here in Arizona,” Loretta said to the Valley Sun at spring training in Arizona. “[But] this was the team I grew up watching. I went to my first major league game at Dodger Stadium, I used to go to 10 or 12 games a year. My memories were of Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Ron Cey and Bill Russell.
NEWS
June 9, 2004
Hamlet Nalbandyan At 6 feet 6, Kris Krise has had the attention of major league baseball scouts since he took the mound at Stengel Field for Crescenta Valley High. But despite having a world of potential, Krise has yet to find the ideal situation for him to make the jump to professional baseball. The 20-year-old was selected for the second time Tuesday in major league baseball's first-year player draft, after the Kansas City Royals took him in the 30th round with the 895th overall pick.
NEWS
July 31, 2001
Mirjam Swanson GLENDALE -- A look at how local major league baseball players are doing: While Crescenta Valley High alum Chicago White Sox pitcher Jim Parque rehabilitates, even taking time Monday to return to Stengel Field to speak to members of his former community, the area's other two current major leaguers are either putting forth big-league contributions -- or trying to take steps in that direction. Loretta produces Mark Loretta, a 29-year-old third baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers is doing what he can at the plate to help his struggling ballclub.
SPORTS
March 5, 2009
Glendale Panthers rally for victory The Glendale Panthers got 23 points and four rebounds from Michael Armstead to earn a 50-41 come-from-behind victory against La Cañada on Saturday. The Panthers led by four at the half but La Canada caught them and took an eight-point lead going into the fourth quarter before they outscored the Spartans by 17 points in the final quarter. ?Our guys are playing hard and improving every game,? Glendale Coach Mike Hailey said. ?It?s just a matter of playing consistent ball that will get us into the playoffs.
NEWS
September 12, 2001
Erik Boal GLENDALE -- As a result of the terrorist attacks Tuesday in New York and Washington, D.C., precautionary measures were taken by many local high schools to ensure the safety of their students, student-athletes and coaches, as all after-school athletic events were cancelled or postponed. The cancellations -- which started to become official at approximately 10 a.m. PDT, following the initial announcement that all Los Angeles Unified School District schools had decided to call off Tuesday's schedule of after-school activities -- were just some of many made nationwide.
NEWS
June 7, 2001
Hamlet Nalbandyan GLENDALE -- o7 The following is a major league notebook of the locals in the major leagues:f7 Finally getting back to full strength: It wasn't the way that St. Francis High graduate Mark Loretta envisioned the start of the 2001 season. Coming off a moderately successful 2000 campaign -- in which he hit .282 with seven homers and 40 runs batted in -- the Milwaukee Brewer third baseman found himself in the dugout, rather than on the field for almost two months.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | April 3, 2014
The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players. Brandon McCarthy (Glendale native) Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher: After the Diamondbacks returned from opening their season against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers in Australia, they turned to McCarthy on United States soil to get back on track. Arizona lost a pair of games to the Dodgers and McCarthy, a right-hander, look to provide Arizona with a needed boost when he got his first start of the season Monday against the visiting San Francisco Giants.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | March 29, 2014
Former Crescenta Valley High standout Trevor Bell has a new home. The one-time Major League baseball first-round draft pick was selected as a member of the opening day roster for the Cincinnati Reds. “Oh my gosh, it feels like nine years of hard work has paid off,” Bell said in an interview Saturday afternoon after the Reds fell to their Triple-A affliate Louisville, 1-0, in the spring training finale. “I don't even know how to explain it. I've been to five or six major league spring-training camps and it's never happened to me before.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | June 8, 2013
Things finally got moving for a handful of baseball players with local ties on the final day of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Saturday. While the wait was longer than hoped for a quartet of players who've spent time with three different local teams, they all realized their long-time dreams when they were drafted between the 13th and 32nd rounds. A trio of current Glendale Angelenos - Jimmy Bosco, Aaron Brown and Keaton Leach, who also spent this past regular season at Glendale Community College - were drafted Saturday, while former Crescenta Valley High standout Lonnie Kauppila, Jr. also saw his name on the big board.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | November 14, 2012
After being released by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in late July, Trevor Bell began to explore any potential options about a return to Major League Baseball. On Monday, Bell found a suitor after he checked his cell phone messages. Bell, a former Crescenta Valley High star and All-Area Baseball Player of the Year selection, signed a minor league free agent deal with the Detroit Tigers, who advanced to the World Series this past season against the San Francisco Giants, on Tuesday.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | June 5, 2012
NORTHWEST GLENDALE - When Stanford pitcher Mark Appel, who was widely projected as a potential No. 1 pick, fell all the way to eighth on the first day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Monday, the writing was on the wall for some draft day disappointment. The theme certainly carried over for local prospects hoping to hear their name called on Tuesday when the draft resumed for the second through 15th rounds. Right-handed pitcher Alex Muren, a member of last season's inaugural Glendale Angelenos squad, was the only player with local ties to be selected Tuesday, as he was scooped up by the Minnesota Twins with the 370th overall pick in the 12th round.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | June 5, 2012
GLENDALE - Ryan Halamicek has met Nolan Ryan and played catch with Bob Feller, a pair of Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitchers, in Arizona. Halamicek, 7, came to Glendale on Tuesday night prepared to meet another former big league pitcher. Except this proved to be something different for the Wrightwood resident, who stood in line to meet and greet Jim Abbott, a longtime major leaguer who was born without a right hand. Donning an Angels cap and jersey, Ryan and his father, Kevin, had some baseball cards and Abbott's recently published book, "Imperfect: An Improbable Life," signed by Abbott during an autograph session at Barnes & Noble at the Americana at Brand.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | August 12, 2011
Lee Ross has rooted for the hometown team at all but one baseball stadium in the nation.  He'll get his chance on Tuesday, when the Washington Nationals host the Cincinnati Reds.  Ross, 75, of Glendale, and his friend, Dimon McFerson of Ohio, set out to visit the nation's 30 Major League Baseball stadiums nearly five years ago after the longtime friends saw four baseball games in four cities and thought, “We can get all of them,” Ross...
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | July 19, 2011
Having admirably excelled as a forward at the high school level before becoming a top-flight midfielder/forward in college, Daniel Paladini ultimately hoped his impressive body of work would lead to a professional soccer career. While playing for the St. Francis High boys' team and Cal State Northridge men's program, Paladini continued to impress with his play-making skills. He found ways to score big goals and thread crisp passes upfield for equally big assists. Yet, having been bestowed with plenty of accolades for his accomplishments on the field with St. Francis and CSUN, the humble Paladini knew he needed to work harder at his craft in his quest to become a pro. "It's what I wanted and it's every kid's dream," Paladini said.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | July 12, 2011
During his college baseball career, Chad Nacapoy has spent defensive innings shifting his weight between pitches in the outfield or taking in the action from the dugout as a designated hitter, but for the former Crescenta Valley High backstop, neither can compare to seeing the game from behind the mask. For Nacapoy, it's about being in control, at the center of the action and visible to the people who matter most. "I just like catching because I'm in the action every single play," says Nacapoy, a senior-to-be at Cal State Los Angeles and a current member of the California Collegiate League's Glendale Angelenos.
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