Monday, June 19, 2006


There have been too many comings and goings to author a coherent column so let’s move fast with a session of names on our napkin starting with a much discussed Salt Lake City pitcher named Jered Weaver.

Just when his folks Dave and Gail got used to having two sons in one clubhouse (Brother Jeff also being an Angel employee) the Anaheim brass sent the 4-0 younger son back to the minors. Meaning, who knows--positioning for a trade, keeping Bartolo Colon’s confidence up, sending a message to Jered to listen and follow directions, you tell me. Colon by the way gave up four runs -- two earned -- and nine hits in seven innings as the Angels lost to a full house of grumpy fans in the Big A Sunday while Jered worked before about 5,000 down on the farm.

Last add JW, if you believe the local media Jered Weaver is the second coming of a Dodger rookie named Fernando Valenzuela and still he sits in the SLC ready room with a 4-0 record and an earned-run average of 1.37.

Meanwhile just sitting in a hospital room these days is former 49er football lineman and baseball super fan Darryl Wright who is recovering from foot surgery at the Country Villa rehab hospital in Seal Beach. If you can get through on his cell phone (usually busy with fellow Bruin football fans) give DW a call at 562-900-3805 or bring your sports section and stop by for a chat and a restaurant review or two.

The first work for Evan Longoria was earlier this week when he took the field for Hudson Valley of the Short-Season, New York-Penn League. Evan will spend another week with the club before moving up to Visalia in the California League following the Single-A league's all-star break.

Speaking of all stars, Evan’s old team mate and current Lake Elsinore pitcher Neil Jamison was named to the California League All-Star team that will play the Carolina League All-Stars on June 27 in Salem, Va.

More on the minors are also a couple of good ex-Dirtbags who have left the big club in San Diego for AAA duty in Portland, Paul McAnulty and Terrmel Sledge. “The main purpose is to help us win games up there (in San Diego),” Sledge said. “It’s not like they want us to lose down here. It’s a trickle-down effect. Every organization goes through the same deal. It’s part of being in the minor leagues; you’ve got to battle through it and deal with what we have.”

McAnulty has been inconsistent at the plate but did have a 5-for-5 game last week and is being trained now as a catcher. “This guy doesn't have to go over there and be a Hall of Famer,” Padre head scout Grady Matt Fuson said. “But he has such good instincts and passion for this game, if you can spend some time and give him the little nuances and fundamentals and technique, he just might be OK.”

Back on campus the Beach women’s volleyball bench has added a former player from the 1998 National Championship team Melissa Ohta to the coaching staff. Ohta completed her degree in Psychology and graduated Cum Laude in 2001. Her former coach and now paymaster Brian Gimmillaro gives us our closing quote, “Melissa is ideal in representing this program. She is an excellent teacher and student of the game. We are happy to welcome her back to her alma mater.” I agree coach; I just wish she still had eligibility.–DR. DAN


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