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San Jose's Lenn Sakata became a legend

He remains the winningest manager in California League history
May 30, 2024

Lenn Sakata was born and raised in Honolulu and still calls Hawaii home. During the baseball season, however, you can sometimes find him at what he calls his "second house:" 82-year-old Excite Ballpark, home of the San Jose Giants. Sakata, one of the first players of Japanese descent to appear

2023 California League playoffs coverage

Nuts pour it on offensively, roll to first Cal League title since 2017
September 20, 2023

Championship Series

Nuts don't crack en route to Cal League crown

'23 first-rounder Emerson leads way with 4 hits, 4 RBIs in finale
September 20, 2023

It's time to get Nuts! Thanks to an unrelenting offense that averaged more than 10 runs per game in the playoffs, Single-A Modesto finished off a perfect postseason on Tuesday night with a championship-clinching 14-8 win over Rancho Cucamonga at LoanMart Field. Colt Emerson led the way with four hits

From 'pure luck' to Latina leader

How Modesto's Hernández became a Minor League role model
September 18, 2020

During Minor League Baseball’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and #ForTheLoveOfBéisbol from Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, Más Allá del Diamante will feature a Hispanic, Latino, Latina or Latinx leader from a MiLB community. In this edition, we visit with Verónica Hernández, director of marketing and promotions for the Modesto

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy Cal League seasons

Hitter-friendly circuit saw most memorable performance on mound
August 25, 2020

This space started honoring the short-season leagues after their respective campaigns were delayed in June. Now following the cancellation of all Minor League Baseball in 2020, we're turning it into an appreciation of the full-season circuits as well. So Toolshed is revisiting the 10 most notable individual seasons put together

San Jose beats odds, historic rivalry to welcome A's

Giants, Athletics, affiliate come together on alternate training site
August 19, 2020

Rivalries bring emotion, tension and drama, providing backdrops for some of the most memorable moments in sports. But in the shadow of a global pandemic, two ordinarily adversarial organizations have banded together to add a new dimension to their storied rivalry: partnership.

Ready and waiting: A's Nick Allen

A's No. 5 prospect trying to maximize time at home
June 17, 2020

Players at all levels of the Minor Leagues missed significant playing time in 2019 due to injury only to have their return interrupted by the global pandemic. Each week, checks in on an elite prospect’s road back from injury. This week, we focus on Oakland A’s infielder Nick Allen.

Did you know? California League edition

Eight unique facts, one for each on the Class A Advanced circuit
June 9, 2020

When it comes to size, scope and longevity, few, if any, sporting bodies can rival Minor League Baseball. With 160 teams in nearly as many markets, there are innumerable nooks and crannies to explore. This marks the sixth installment in a series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique, weird,

On way out, Karaviotis leads North to win

Double-A-bound outfielder shines in Cal League All-Star Game
June 18, 2019

SAN BERNARDINO, California -- A midseason classic, it was -- a good, tight ballgame into the late innings -- but the California League All-Star Game defied "classic" expectations of the homer-happy circuit.The North Division, led by All-Star MVP Mark Karaviotis of Visalia and commanding pitching performances, scratched across four runs

Gore, Castro lead Cal League All-Star rosters

Circuit's hottest pitcher, hitter invited to Inland Empire on June 18
June 7, 2019

The California League is one of Minor League Baseball's most notorious hitter-friendly circuits, but its most high-profile All-Star in 2019 is a player that toes the rubber.Lake Elsinore left-hander MacKenzie Gore, the No. 7 prospect in baseball, and Lancaster first baseman Luis Castro (Rockies) headline the 2019 California League All-Star

Ports' Blanco leads Cal North to All-Star win

Athletics outfielder homers, doubles, steals in four-hit showing
June 20, 2018

LANCASTER, California -- After a Home Run Derby dominated by the South, the California League All-Star Game was all North Division on Tuesday.Stockton's Dairon Blanco was named the BUSH'S® All-Star MVP, as the Oakland prospect went 4-for-5 with a homer, a double, a stolen base and a pair of runs

JetHawks' Ramos wins Cal League Derby

Rockies prospect swats 22 dingers in front of home crowd
June 19, 2018

LANCASTER, California -- On any summer night with baseball at The Hangar, batters anticipate getting a little help from the wind. During Tuesday's California League All-Star Home Run Derby, natural forces left competitors high and dry."It's a big field when there's] no wind. You're used to playing in that wind

Three Rawhide Players Named California League All-Stars

Varsho, Vargas, and McCanna All Receive Distinction
June 11, 2018

VISALIA, CA - The California League announced today the rosters of the North and South Division All-Star teams for the 2018 California League All-Star Game, to be played in Lancaster on Tuesday, June 19.

Reed, Ramos headline Cal League All-Stars

Circuit's leaders in average, homers in line to join forces for South
June 11, 2018

The California League is already known for its strong offense, but there could be some extra fireworks in store for the circuit's midsummer classic. Lake Elsinore's Buddy Reed, the league's top hitter, will be accompanied by home run leader Roberto Ramos of Lancaster on the South roster that'll take on the

'Weird' Storm lefties exceptionally good

Padres prospects Lauer, Lucchesi bask in California All-Star glow
June 20, 2017

Of 14 pitchers on the California League South Division All-Star team, seven came from the Lake Elsinore Storm. And of those seven, two finished the first half ranked first and second in ERA. Eric Lauer, Tuesday night's All-Star starter, leads the loop with a 2.15 mark, while fellow left-hander Joey Lucchesi

JetHawks' Springer has Hamilton-esque night

Astros No. 3 prospect homers in four consecutive at-bats
May 12, 2012

George Springer had a nice game. And than he had the game of his life hours later. The Astros' No. 3 prospect homered in his final at-bat of Lancaster's Game 1 win over Lake Elsinore, then went yard in his first three plate appearances of Friday's nightcap as the JetHawks

Records tumble in California League slugfest

McOwen's hitting streak reaches 36 games; Storm tee off on Mavericks
June 29, 2009

When High Desert fell behind by eight runs in the first inning, the Mavericks didn't feel much like celebrating. So when James McOwen hit a bouncer that hopped over the first baseman's head to push his hitting streak to a Cal League-record 36 games, he didn't say much. "Oh, man,