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Friday, March 11, 2016

LBCC State Champions Honored

The LBCC State Championship Baseball Team form 2006 will be honored at Joe Hicks Field on Saturday, April 16, 2016. The historic team finished the 2006 season 41-10 and most of the 20 man roster will be in attendance to see the Vikings (10-7, 2-0) take on Cerritos JC at noon. Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

CIF Baseball Playoffs 2014

The CIF-SS Baseball playoffs begin Tuesday, May 20, 2014 for 7 Divisions in the Southern California Section. Among games being played today; in Division l will be LB Poly vs Crespi at Blair Field in Long Beach at 6:30 PM. The winner of this "wild card" game will take on highly ranked Agoura HS in the first round on Friday, May 23, 2014. In Division ll Mayfair will travel to Ayala with the winner to see Camarillo, the #1 team from the Pacific View League on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Division lll games will begin on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 with Gahr HS hosting Beverly Hills at 3:00 PM on the school field. The winner to draw Garden Grove HS on Friday, May 23, 2014 at Garden Grove. For more information on parings of your local schools check the CIF website at

Monday, May 19, 2014

CCCAA Baseball State Championships

The CCCAA Baseball State Championships will be held on May 24-26, 2014 at Fresno City College. The sectional brackets can be viewed at CCCAA Baseball web site. The Northern bracket will be represented by San Joaquin Delta and College of the Sequoias. The Southern Bracket will consist of Oxnard and Orange Coast. To further look at team stats and individual performances go to

Thursday, May 1, 2014

LBCC in So. Cal. Regional

Calling all Vikings. The LBCC Baseball team will travel to Santa Ana College to begin a 3 game series against the Santa Ana Dons on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 2 PM. Game two is set for Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11 AM with game three to follow if needed. LBCC seems to be peaking at the right time winning six straight games, including eight of their last nine, to share the SCC Title at 15-6. The Vikings are in search of their first State Championship since 2006 when they went 41-10, with only one loss in the entire playoff structure. For more information on the 2014 CCCAA playoff structure/brackets, check the LBCC athletic web site at Good Luck and Go Vikings.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"The Slump"

From the archives: “I’ve had slumps last all winter” Bob Uecker

Every ballplayer at some point in his career goes through a slump. Vance Law described it as, “The field looking like one big glove and everything I hit goes right into it”. The slump is often referred to as being, “Snake Bit”. For this reason, some ball players have been known to carry anti venom in their travel bags to cure the dreaded curse. Still others, like Yogi Berra, refused to admit their bad luck: “Slump? I ain’t in no slump….I’m just not hitting”. Even the great Mickey Mantle dealt with it. Mickey stated, “During my 18 years I came to bat 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. Figuring a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball”. That should put it in perspective. Thanks Mick.

The slump is not always related to a flaw in your technique. One’s troubles may have something to do with the guy on the mound. Making adjustments to what he is doing is important to your success as well. The best way to handle a slump is to: 1) realize everyone goes through it, 2) keep faith in your ability, even when others may want to reinvent your swing and 3) go back to the basics. Hitting is an art, but it is not an exact science. Timing, feel, confidence and hard work are the intangibles that every good hitter needs to put his technique into action and break out of the slump. Consider this basic thought, "My theory of hitting was just to watch the ball as it came in and hit it." Tommy Lasorda

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

New Direction - "Play Ball"

In May of 2008 I stepped away from Baseball after over 30 years of coaching. My coaching experiences, while mostly in High School, have given me a unique education for my recent new endeavor, Umpiring. I appoligise for not keping up this Blog with Baseball coaching articles over the past few years but, when I broke away I made a complete break. After playing the game from little league to Division 1 College Baseball at UCLA in 1973-74; to a professional level through Independent Baseball (Portland Mavericks 1974 NW League); to coaching High School Baseball, youth baseball and Community College Baseball - I decided to take up Umpiring. Why not? I had been a player, a coach, why not an Umpire? Playing and coaching the game at any level is difficult, especially the higher up you go. But, Umpiring - we're talking awhole new skill set. I have found a new appreication for officiating of any sport at any level. I have been in the Long Beach unit now for 4 years, (currently completing my 5th) worked probably 50 to 60 games each year and still polishing my craft. I look forward to the years ahead in this new position of the wonderful game of Baseball. All the Best. "Play Ball"

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Long Beach Draft Picks 2012

Shane Watson (Lakewood) Pick 40, Philadelphia Phillies Chase DeJong (Wilson) Pick 81, Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Maxey (Poly) Pick 536, Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Duffy (LBSU) Pick 568, San Francisco Giants Brennan Metzger (LBSU) Pick 688, San Francisco Giants Steven Gallardo (LBCC) Pick 600, St. Louis Cardinals Lance Breedlove (LBCC) Pick 706, Pittsburgh Pirates Shawn Stuart (LBSU) Pick 948, Colorado Rockies

Monday, April 9, 2012

National Classic Begins Today

The 16-team Hard 9 National Classic begins on Monday, and it will be an opportunity for a group of Southern California-based teams to demonstrate they have the pitching depth to make a deep run in the playoffs come May. The championship game is Thursday night at Cal State Fullerton.

Alemany, Esperanza, El Toro, Cypress and El Dorado are the teams to watch. They will need to combine quality pitching with good defense and some key hits to make it to the finals.

An Alemany-El Toro quarterfinal game could happen on Tuesday if both teams win their openers on Monday.

Friday, January 27, 2012

ABD Academy 1992-2012

Ron Miller of Gardena Serra, won't be playing for the Cavaliers this season, Coach Wilmer Aaron said Friday. Miller, a senior third baseman who batted .439 last season, has decided to play in the San Bernardino-based ABD Academy league that takes place during the high school baseball season.

Amateur Baseball Development (ABD), has been around sense 1992 and has seen a number of players (who have played in their leagues) become drafted. However, most of them have had high school/college exposure. Miller would be one of the most visible players to ever give up high school baseball to play in the league.

The ABD Baseball Academy is a recognized leader in training and is considered one of the Top Baseball Development Academies in the United States. They are located in San Bernardino, California and are administered by USA Baseball.

You can find them on the web at:

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Harvey Schiller A Heavy Hitter

According to the LA Times, one of the power brokers in American sports has aligned himself with former Dodger stars Steve Garvey and Orel Hershiser in their effort to buy the team, according to two people briefed on the matter.

Schiller formerly was the chief executive of YankeeNets, the onetime parent company of the New York Yankees, New Jersey Nets and New Jersey Devils. That entity spawned YES Network, the kind of team-owned cable sports channel that the new Dodgers owner would have the option to launch. Schiller also is a former president of Turner Sports and executive director of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Schiller, would provide Garvey and Hershiser with expertise in the business side of sports, particularly in television.

The Dodgers' contract with Fox Sports expires after the 2013 season. A new owner could expect to reap about $4 billion in a new deal with Fox or Time Warner Cable -- or could start a Dodgers cable channel in the hope of making even more money. Outgoing owner Frank McCourt, according to the LA Times, hopes that media companies will try to secure the Dodgers' television rights by buying the team outright, which could push the sale price above $1.5 billion.

Let the games begin.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Lame Duck Owner Makes Lame Deal

The bankrupt Dodgers signed left-handed Chris Capuano for two years and $10 million.

The addition of the fragile Capuano all but ends right-hander Hiroki Kuroda’s four-year career with the Dodgers, and leaves the Dodgers with three left-handers in their rotation — Clayton Kershaw, Ted Lilly and Capuano. Chad Billingsley is their only certain right-handed starter. Right-hander Nate Eovaldi is currently in line to be the team’s No.3 starter.

The addition of Capuano, 33, as a fifth starter with a two-year, $10-million deal should leave everyone a little anxious. Capuano, had Tommy John surgery in 2002 and again in 2008, missed all of the 2008 and 2009 seasons, and nearly half of 2010. Last season he went 11-12 with a 4.55 ERA and 1.35 WHIP for the Mets. Not exactly tearing it up. Bad news: He also gave up 27 homers. Good news: He struck out 8.1 batters per nine innings pitched.

Time will tell.