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NEWS
September 4, 2002
For left-handed pitcher Mike Magnante, the weekend didn't bring a promotion to major league baseball with the L.A. Dodgers. Magnante, 37, a Burroughs High graduate, was expected to be called up on Sunday when rosters expanded to 40. However, the veteran was left off the list in favor of a group of four players. The Dodgers recalled catcher David Ross, infielder Joe Thurston, catcher Wilkin Ruan and left-handed pitcher Jeff Williams from the triple-A Las Vegas 51 of the Pacific Coast League.
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NEWS
August 10, 2002
Jeff Tully With former Burroughs High and Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Magnante given his release from the club last week, there is only one local player left in major league baseball. For ex-Providence standout Jeff Cirillo, he has enjoyed highs and lows during the season as a third baseman for the Seattle Mariners. Heading into a weekend series with the Chicago White Sox, Cirillo is hitting way below his career average. With a lifetime .305 average, the sure-handed infielder is hitting .246.
NEWS
March 31, 2001
Jeff Tully BURBANK -- Spring is in the air, and along with warmer temperatures and blooming flowers, this time of year also spells the return of major league baseball. With opening day getting underway Sunday, the new season brings a sunny outlook for two professional players with local ties. Former Providence High standout Jeff Cirillo and Mike Magnante of Burroughs High, begin the campaign with strong, playoff-caliber teams that could make an impact in their respective divisions.
NEWS
August 21, 2002
Here we go again, as baseball readies for its ninth work stoppage in 30 years. Fans shouldn't be surprised at the fact that the sport's players have set a strike date of Aug. 30. In fact, they should be used to it. Just like Leap Year and the New York Yankees winning the World Series, a strike should be seen as something that comes along every few years. And although fans might be upset and angry if the Major League Baseball Players' Assn.
NEWS
October 5, 2002
Jeff Tully There were some very big highs, along with some disappointing lows, with the area's major league baseball players this season. Here is a look at how the season went, and ended, for the locals: FREDDY SANCHEZ It was a breakout season for the former Burbank High and Glendale Community College standout. Beginning the season with the Boston Red Sox's triple-A affiliate in Trenton, he worked his way up to triple-A Pawtucket and broke in with Boston in September.
NEWS
March 31, 2001
GAINS BIG TIME Sports fans, grab your bats and balls. It's opening day this weekend. However, for Burbankers, it's just a little sweeter knowing that no less than two Burbank boys grew up here, went to school here and now play in baseball's major leagues. It's understandable that one can't help but bust one's buttons from pride taken in these top-notch athletes from this blue-collar burg. Jeff Cirillo, third baseman for the Colorado Rockies, graduated from the petite parochial school Providence High School -- which only has 540 students.
NEWS
August 7, 2002
Jim Riggio With the pennant stretch in major league baseball starting to heat up, Burbank's Mike Magnante is expecting to get a call from a general manager offering a job. Magnante, a 1983 Burroughs High graduate, was released by the Oakland Athletics on Friday after being designated for assignment July 30. Magnante, a left-handed pitcher, is back at home in Burbank and ready for anything that might come...
NEWS
August 14, 2002
TULLY TALK In years past, the area high schools were been known for sending their share of football athletes to top colleges. Players like Paul Cameron (UCLA), Jairo Penaranda (UCLA), Kenny Walker (UCLA),Tom Tunnicliffe (Arizona), Randy Simmrin (USC), Mike McDonald (USC), and Wes Bender (USC) made Burbank a football town. That tradition has even carried on in recent years, as the likes of Chris Sailer (UCLA), Dan Cotti (UCLA), J.K. Scott (Washington)
NEWS
March 8, 2003
Jim Riggio Getting into the CIF Southern Section playoffs is the goal of almost every team that takes the field. Last season, all four local baseball teams -- Burbank, Burroughs, Bellarmine-Jefferson and Providence -- fell short of that goal. This season, all four teams should be improved and figure to contend for a chance to participate in postseason play. BURROUGHS Ever since he graduated from Burroughs High in 1996, Tom Crowther has dreamed of becoming the head coach of his alma mater.
NEWS
December 5, 2001
Jeff Tully I will never forget the first time I met Darin Esper. It was Nov. 4, 1991, and I was beginning my first day as the new sports editor of the Burbank Leader. As I met the staff I was taken aback by the sight of Esper, who was a sports correspondent. He didn't look like any of the sports writers I had beenaccustomed to. Along with a Fu Manchu mustache, his long brown hair was pulled back and cinched in a ponytail. And then there were the tattoos.
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