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By Grant Gordon | May 8, 2006
GLENDALE ? The following is an update on locals playing in the minor leagues. Jason Botts (Glendale Community College, 2000), utility player, Oklahoma RedHawks ? The big, 6-foot-5, 250-pound former Vaquero, who had a cup of coffee with the Texas Rangers last season, is once again putting up big numbers for the club's triple-A affiliate. After leading Oklahoma with 25 home runs and 102 runs batted in last year, Botts finds himself leading the RedHawks in many a statistical category.
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April 8, 2005
Veteran Major League slugger Mike Epstein will conduct a hitting seminar and three clinics for baseball players 9 to 18 years of age April 15 through 17 in La Cañada Flintridge. Presented by Rotational Hitting SoCal, the seminar will take place next Friday, at 7 p.m., at the Lanterman Auditorium, 4490 Cornishon Ave. Epstein, who played in the Majors for nine years, will speak for two hours and then conduct a 30 minute question and answer session. The clinics will be held at the La Cañada High South Gym, 4463 Oak Grove Drive, next Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, April 17, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The clinics are geared to help young players "stay in the game" after Little League by teaching a batting technique that will assist them in competing at the high school and college levels.
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By Charles Rich | October 6, 2008
GLENDALE — The following is a retrospective on how locals fared during the 2008 Major League Baseball regular season .   Seven former area standouts competed at the Major League level this year. None of them advanced to the postseason with their respective squads. Some of them battled injuries throughout parts of the season, while others were recalled from the minor leagues to help their teams in different facets. For the first time since 2005, there wasn’t a local tie to the All-Star Game.
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August 4, 2005
Grant Gordon It's an immediate sensation. The unbearable heat is suffocating as you reach the Diamond -- the stadium that the Lake Elsinore Storm, the San Diego Padres' single-A affiliate, calls home. It's about three hours before game time on a July afternoon that, as usual, has driven the mercury into the triple digits. Fernando Valenzuela, Jr. says it's something you never get used to. Right now, the 2000 St. Francis High graduate and former Glendale Community College standout is dealing with the intolerable heat first hand.
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By Gabriel Rizk | August 25, 2008
GLENDALE ? The following are updates on area players in Major League Baseball . ? Marco Estrada (Glendale Community College, 2003) Washington Nationals, relief pitcher: Estrada allowed the first runs of his young major league career on Saturday, surrendering a three-run home run to Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez in a 9-2 loss at Wrigley Field. Making just his second career appearance following his callup to the nationals from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers on Tuesday, the 25-year old right-hander entered the game with his team trailing, 6-2, after 6 1/2 innings.
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July 5, 2002
Charles Rich Local minor league baseball players have experienced peaks and valleys. Some have received All-Star recognition and others are hanging on by a thread to keep their careers in progression mode. Three former Glendale Community College athletes and a Glendale High graduate continue to chisel their way through the minor leagues with the idea that a spot on a major league roster will open during the season. They are scattered around the country and eye their respective club transactions.
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By: Charles Rich | September 17, 2005
o7The following is an update on former area athletes competing in the minor leagues: f7 Postseason starts for Valenzuela Fernando Valenzuela Jr., who graduated from St. Francis High and attended Glendale Community College, and the Lake Elsinore Storm began their postseason run with a come-from- behind 7-4 win against the visiting San Jose Giants in the first game of the California League Championship Series...
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | June 26, 2010
GLENDALE — The following are updates on area baseball players in the minor leagues. Bryan Longpre (Crescenta Valley High, 2005) GCL Blue Jays pitcher : Not long after he was signed to a free-agent contract, the former Falcons and CSUN pitcher made his professional debut during the Jays' season opener and followed it four days later with his first victory on Friday. Longpre entered Friday's contest against the GCL Tigers in the third inning and tossed four innings for the victory, allowing two runs (one earned)
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August 14, 2000
Peter Samore GLENDALE -- A report on how former local players are faring in the minor leagues through Saturday's games: Look who's back: He hasn't seen action on a major league field since breaking his toe during a June 3 game against Colorado. But there has been a Mark Loretta sighting. The ex-St. Francis high star, who plays shortstop with the Milwaukee Brewers, began a rehabilitation assignment August 3 with their triple-A affiliate Indianapolis Indians of the International League.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | July 18, 2013
The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level. Joe De Pinto (St. Francis High, 2007) Winston-Salem Dash outfielder: Early on in the season, De Pinto had difficulty getting going with limited opportunities on the field. The former Golden Knight has seemed to hit his stride of late and continue to one-up his best performances. Two games removed from arguably his best game of the year, De Pinto topped it with a three-for-four showing July 12. It was a rare flash of power for De Pinto, as he slugged two doubles, a solo home run and scored twice in an 11-3 win over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | August 29, 2013
The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level. Ryan Sherriff (Glendale Community College, 2011) Palm Beach Cardinals pitcher: Sherriff, a former Glendale Angelenos starting pitcher who also helped Glendale college advance to the state tournament in 2011, turned in arguably his best performance of the season Thursday against the host Charlotte Stone Crabs. Unfortunately for the left-hander, he didn't receive any run support. Sherriff went 7 2/3 innings, scattering four hits and striking out two, in a 1-0 defeat.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | August 16, 2013
The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level. Fernando Valenzuela, Jr. (St. Francis High, 2000) designated hitter/first baseman, Leones de Yucatan: Though Leones de Yucatan finished 50-61 and didn't qualify for the triple-A Mexican League postseason after taking sixth in the league's Sur Division, Valenzuela certainly put up stellar numbers by season's end. Valenzuela, who transferred to UNLV after playing...
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | August 14, 2013
No matter the level of competition, seamless transitions are nothing out of the ordinary for Christian Bergman. He began that success while once standing out on the baseball diamond at St. Francis High before being drafted by the Colorado Rockies out of UC Irvine and advancing to the double-A stage with the Tulsa Drillers. He's been showered with numerous accolades while piling up victories, including being selected to participate in the Texas League's All-Star Game for the first time.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | August 9, 2013
One count each of first-degree rape and first-degree sex offense might permanently derail the career and aspirations of Glendale High alumnus Jesse Meaux. The 23-year-old pitcher was recently arrested and charged with the serious offenses in North Carolina, where Meaux is a member of the Asheville Tourists, a minor league baseball team and low Class-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Meaux and Tourists teammate Michael Mason were both immediately arrested after warrants were issued Aug. 1 involving an alleged incident July 27. While Meaux posted $100,000 bail, Mason remained in Buncombe County jail.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | July 18, 2013
The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level. Joe De Pinto (St. Francis High, 2007) Winston-Salem Dash outfielder: Early on in the season, De Pinto had difficulty getting going with limited opportunities on the field. The former Golden Knight has seemed to hit his stride of late and continue to one-up his best performances. Two games removed from arguably his best game of the year, De Pinto topped it with a three-for-four showing July 12. It was a rare flash of power for De Pinto, as he slugged two doubles, a solo home run and scored twice in an 11-3 win over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | June 21, 2013
The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level. Trevor Bell (Crescenta Valley High, 2005) pitcher, Pensacola Blue Wahoos: Maybe it will keep on getting better for the former Falcon. After picking up his first save of the year since signing with the Cincinnati this season, Bell pitched a spotless inning for the first time with the Tigers double-A affiliate Sunday. While he didn't get the save, Bell is showing he's a reliable late-inning arm, as he pitched the final inning of the 4-0 Pensacola win. It took Bell all of 11 pitches to end the game.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | June 13, 2013
The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level. Christian Bergman (St. Francis High, 2006) pitcher, Tulsa Drillers: Bergman, who was named last season's California League Pitcher of the Year, is now thriving in the Texas League. He's quickly made a name for himself after pitching for the Modesto Nuts last season and diligently working his way up the ladder in the Colorado Rockies farm system. Bergman, a former All-Area honoree, was selected Tuesday to participate in the league's 77th all-star game on June 25 in Springdale, Ark., for the North Division.
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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 Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | August 16, 2012
The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level. Alonzo Gonzalez (Glendale Community College, 2012) Bluefield Blue Jays pitcher: Gonzalez started his climb up the minor-league ladder Wednesday when he was assigned to the Bluefield Blue Jays, the Toronto Blue Jays rookie affiliate in the Appalachian League. Gonzalez got the call after he logged his seventh start with another of Toronto's rookie affiliates in the Gulf Coast League Tuesday. He threw five innings of three-run ball and picked up a no-decision against the visiting Gulf Coast Phillies.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | August 15, 2012
Ryan Sherriff felt an immediate psychological void. With his father no longer in the stands to watch him pitch, Sherriff lost his chief inspiration and reached what he initially perceived to be a final decision - no more baseball. Larry Sherriff had attended most of his son's games for the past decade until he died Jan. 9 at 57 from complications of multiple myeloma, or cancer of the blood. Baseball suddenly didn't seem as important to the younger Sherriff, who was a couple of months away from reporting to spring training in Florida with theSt.
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