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COLUMN: A Season Interrupted

One of the best things about sports is that we’re supposed to know when they start, and when they end. It’s on the calendar, right there in black and white: start of the season, end of the regular season, playoffs, championship. I’ve always believed that their predictability and stability is one of the reasons that […]

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Long Beach State Dirtbags Living With Uncertainty

There wasn’t much new information to give, but Long Beach State Dirtbags first-year coach Eric Valenzuela organized a program-wide conference call on Monday afternoon to check in with his players and staff. “The only thing we can do is continue to communicate with our players and make sure they stay on it academically to be […]

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Column: Coaches Can Provide Balance Amidst Uncertainty

Lately I’ve been thinking about Mr. Miyagi’s famous quotes from The Karate Kid. Pearls of wisdom like, “It’s okay to lose to an opponent, it’s never okay to lose to fear” or “If the root is strong, the tree will survive” seem more poignant nowadays. Of all the beautiful advice written by Robert Mark Kaman […]

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LB In MLB: Local Boys Left In Limbo

This was supposed to be the first of many LB In MLB updates for the local professional baseball players taking part in Spring Training. This season was also supposed to be the beginning of a new generation of Long Beach baseball products stealing the headlines. Veterans Troy Tulowitzki and Evan Longoria are retired or wrapping […]

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PHOTOS: No. 17 Long Beach State Dirtbags Take Series From Xavier

The No. 17 Long Beach State Dirtbags survived another strange game with Xavier on Saturday at Bohl Diamond at Blair Field. The Dirtbags (10-4) scored three runs on three hits and three errors while sophomore pitcher Alfredo Ruiz picked up his third win of the season. The lefty struck out seven in five innings. This […]

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No. 17 Dirtbags Use Big Eighth Inning To Beat Xavier

A five-run eighth inning helped the No. 17 Long Beach State Dirtbags come back to beat Xavier 8-4 on Friday night at Bohl Diamond at Blair Field, but the Dirtbags weren’t satisfied with finding a way to win. “We played awful baseball today and they know that,” LBSU coach Eric Valenzuela said. “We didn’t have […]

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Feature: Local Boy Matt Fields Back On Mound For Dirtbags

Matt Fields knew his baseball career hung in the balance when his doctor walked back into the exam room. The Lakewood High alum had already faced three straight years of arm injuries since coming to Long Beach State, and he was slowly running out of eligibility and patience. “Basically there’s a chance my elbow could […]