August 3, 2002
Finding a quality left-handed relief pitcher is a rare commodity in major league baseball these days. Thus, former Burroughs High baseball star Mike Magnante has enjoyed success and a fine career as a pitcher for 10 years with four major-league clubs. Late Tuesday, Magnante, 37, was designated for assignment by the Oakland Athletics, just days before he was due to be eligible to receive his major-league pension. Players must have at least 10 years of major-league service to earn a pension.
October 13, 2001
Jeff Tully BURBANK -- With the major league baseball regular season completed and the playoffs in full swing, one local player is still competing, while another is finished for the year. Here is a look at the season and how the players -- Mike Magnante of the Oakland Athletics and Jeff Cirillo of the Colorado Rockies -- have fared. MIKE MAGNANTE Unlike Cirillo, Magnante is still playing, as his A's are in the first round of a best-of-five American league divisional series against the world champion New York Yankees.
November 10, 2001
Jeff Tully BURBANK -- Despite having a successful 2001 major league baseball season, Mike Magnante is happy to be back at his home in Burbank. And the Oakland Athletics' left-handed pitcher can enjoy his offseason already knowing where he will be going once spring rolls around. Earlier this week, the A's exercised contract options on Magnante and right-handed pitcher Jim Mecir through the 2002 season. "The fact that the team worked out my situation so early in the offseason is a positive sign," said Magnante, who graduated from Burroughs High.
March 30, 2002
Jeff Tully BURBANK -- This season, major league baseball players Jeff Cirillo and Mike Magnante will have more in common than just being from Burbank-area schools. Cirillo, a former Providence High star, and Magnante, a Burroughs graduate, will likely be seeing a lot of one another as American League West Division rivals. Cirillo, 32, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound third baseman was traded during the off-season from the Colorado Rockies to the division-champion Seattle Mariners.
October 7, 2000
Jeff Tully BURBANK -- The baseball season provided varying degrees of success for local major leaguers Jeff Cirillo and Mike Magnante. But although Cirillo, who plays for the Colorado Rockies, finished among the top 10 in the National League in several batting categories, Magnante is the one in the playoffs with the Oakland Athletics. Magnante, who was a star pitcher at Burroughs High, helped Oakland capture the American League West title with a 91-70 record.
August 28, 2002
BURBANK -- Las Vegas is a place to take chances and try one's luck at a variety of games. For Mike Magnante, Sin City is proving to be a destination of success in the sport of baseball. Magnante, 37, a former Burroughs High standout left-handed pitcher, is doing well for the Las Vegas 51s, the triple-A affiliate of the L.A. Dodgers. Sunday, Magnante enjoyed a rare minor-league win as Las Vegas came from behind to defeat the Tucson Sidewinders, 7-6. He hurled two perfect relief innings to earn his first triple-A victory since 1997.
June 13, 2001
Jeff Tully Keeping up with the progress of local professional players: JEFF CIRILLO The Colorado Rockies all-star third baseman has been able to raise his batting average in recent weeks after being sidelined on the disabled list. Cirillo a former Providence High standout who was a 2000 National League All-Star after batting .326, missed 15 days last month with a straigned left rib cage muscle. Hitting below .300 before going on the DL, Cirillo has raised his average to .310 heading into Tuesday's game.
August 21, 2002
Jim Riggio Mike Magnante's family is important to him. So, if there is one place he would want to continue his major league baseball career, it would be close to home. Magnante's dream came true last Friday, when he agreed to a minor-league contract with the L.A. Dodgers. The 1983 Burroughs High grad and Burbank resident, who was released by the Oakland Athletics earlier last month, has reported to Las Vegas -- the Dodgers' triple-A farm club.
December 28, 2002
Jeff Tully Throughout the year, the local community experienced its share of tragic, exciting and interesting stories. Some of the stories touched us, some informed us and others entertained us. Although there are too many stories to mention, there are a select few that standout among the others. Here is a list of what the Leader Sports staff chose as the top 10 stories of 2001. 10 Josh Campbell tosses no-hitter for Burroughs: It was a triple delight for Indian pitcher Josh Campbell in a game on March 19. Not only did Campbell hurl a 7-0 no-hitter, but he did it as a freshman, against cross-town rival Burbank.
June 29, 2002
Jim Riggio Opening the month of June with a 16-3 record, former Burroughs High baseball standout Mike Magnante and his Oakland Athletics teammates had reason to be in a good mood after going 10-17 in the month of May. But reality struck hard for Magnante and many players in major league baseball a week ago when they heard of the death of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile. Kyle died in his sleep June 21. An initial autopsy reveled that Kyle died of coronary atherosclerosis, a blockage of main arteries to the heart.