Friday, September 01, 2006


Now this updated and corrected version of the travels of Tim McDonnell. When we first spotted the author of the youth baseball guide "The Process" (, Tim was coaching for the Niner baseball bunch and then considered a post at JSerra high teaching health and baseball before accepting a job as an area scout for the Florida Marlins. With a FedEx box of Marlins stuff just in hand, he is already lining up his travels to an area running from Orange County to San Luis Obispo looking for future “fish” on high school, JC and college fields. Glad to have a good guy helping one of my Florida teams.

Back to the past, remember a dozen years ago when Coke gave some money to help build out the Pyramid. At the time many locals wondered what would happen if Coke and Pepsi had to battle with bucks for the pouring rights in 2006. Game over. CSULB announced the signing of a new 10-year agreement with The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Southern California that will continue Coke as the official beverage sponsor of the campus through 2016. The Coca-Cola agreement will include supplying fountain beverages as well as canned and bottled drinks sold through the various restaurants, catering operations, convenience stores and vending machines at the university.

“We’re very pleased with this contract,” said Don Penrod, general manager and CEO of 49er Shops, Inc., which oversees the negotiations of food and beverage contracts at CSULB. “Coke has been a major financial sponsor of a variety of programs supporting the campus community, including student scholarships and 49er athletics, and we look forward to continuing this great partnership for another 10 years.” A former Niner soccer star, who works for Pepsi said it was good fight and that LBSU got a better deal this time around.

On the hardwood Long Beach State Head Men's Basketball Coach Larry Reynolds has begun his campaign for a new contract after this season with the announcement that Donovan Morris (G, 6-4, 205) has transferred to the 49ers from Fresno State. Morris, from San Bernardino, will have to sit out the 2006-07 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Reynolds says, he’s “a proven scorer at this level, he will definitely push our guards in practice. He also has the luxury of learning the system this year and then stepping in to fill some of the points that will be graduating at years end." As a sophomore last year at Fresno State, Morris averaged 7.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game while shooting .439 from the field and .392 (40-102) from three-point range. He led the squad with his .867 (26-30) free throw percentage. Morris also excelled in the classroom as he was a Fresno State and WAC Scholar-Athlete.

More campus job talk, President King Alexander has earned some java points from students with the announcement that he is constructing two new "Seattle’s Best" coffee houses for student use in the Parkside and Los Alamitos Residence Halls. Completion in October and early December. Oh yes, there is that minor academic improvement, a $31 million library renovation project which began three months ago and includes the construction of 100 new faculty offices and classrooms in the east wing. “This project is progressing nicely and is scheduled for completion 16 months from now.”

More on Bryan Shaw’s summer. His Palm Springs Power team owner Andrew Starke says this. "You're not going to see the New York Yankees and four home runs in an inning to break open a game or a 102-mile-an-hour fast balls," Andrew said. "What you will see is Bryan Shaw from Long Beach State throwing 93 or 94, who'll be a first-round draft pick in two years. Our second baseman got picked up in his first year in the minors and was hitting almost 500 - just tearin' it up." Wow, high hopes and Niner pitching coach Troy Buckley can’t wait to see the new look Shaw and hopes, “he has picked up the control we all want him to have.”

The Power have done a first class job for a minor league team with dozens of corporate sponsors which helped to boost the Power's operating budget from roughly $250,000 to $500,000. During the season that have more than 30 full and part-time employees. "More than 50 percent of our gross revenue comes from advertising and sponsorships," Andrew said, from hundreds of thousands of dollars in in-kind contributions to a few hundred dollars.” My kind of GM.

It is a long drive but a trip to Chatsworth for McDonnell and fellow scouts would be interesting. With all star pitching prospect Casey Fry transferring in to Chatsworth; the LA Times thinks the Chancellors will have a team in 2007 that could be ranked No. 1 in the nation. Chatsworth returns Cal State Fullerton-bound third baseman Matt Dominguez, USC-bound shortstop Mike Moustakas, Long Beach State-bound outfielder Bobby Coyle and Fry and All-City pitcher Trent Jones.

Athletic upgrades at CSUN may have taken a down turn with the news that Curb Records Chairman Mike Curb has pledged $10 million to his alma mater, California State University, Northridge. The gift will endow the university's arts college and provide a lead gift for its planned regional performing arts center. Humm, lead gift and that means the CSUN prez will steer other donors that way and not to the Matadome, Mat Field, and other woeful facilities. "Cal State Northridge is essential to the future of this region, so I feel my gift here is really doing something of value," Curb, 61, said in a statement. The CSWU trustees will name the arts program after him this month. Curb wrote his breakthrough song, "You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda (Go Little Honda)," while a student at Northridge. He then founded his first record company, a predecessor to Curb Records, and left the school in 1963. Oh well we got two music legends already built in the Karen and Richard Carpenter Center.

Closing quote is about, not by, the legend John Wooden. Our pal and your former 49er footballer Darryl Wright has an upcoming annual lunch with Coach and when offered any place he liked he selected Knott’s Berry Farm. Insiders say he eats every vegetable order, fried chicken and of course, berry pie. Anyhow the quote comes from the Martinsville, Indiana baseball team. Wooden is from there and after playing at Purdue coached UCLA to 10 NCAA basketball championships. “This was the highlight of the trip,” said an impressed Coach Eric McGaha. “What an awesome experience. He is so eloquent. I am grateful for this.” –DR. DAN