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LB in MLB: Jarren Duran Named American League All-Star

The breakout season for Jarren Duran reached a major milestone on Sunday, when the 27-year-old Boston Red Sox outfielder was named an American League All-Star. Duran, who was drafted out of Long Beach State back in the 2018 draft, has become a fixture atop the Boston batting order and has been one of the best […]

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LB in MLB: J.P. Crawford Heating Up As Summer Approaches

Now more than two months into the 2024 Major League Baseball season, storylines are beginning to take shape, and there’s already been a handful of memorable moments for Long Beach’s big league talent. Recently, it’s been former Lakewood Lancer J.P. Crawford, who is back healthy and producing for the Seattle Mariners. On May 29, Crawford […]

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LB in MLB: Nick Avila Becomes Latest Dirtbags Alum to Make MLB Debut

The new Major League Baseball season is just a few weeks old, but there’s already been plenty of action involving former Long Beach ballplayers. There was an MLB debut for former Long Beach State righthander Nick Avila, who was called up by the San Francisco Giants and made his debut on Apr. 1 at Dodger […]

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LB in MLB: 2024 Baseball Season Starts In Full on Thursday

The 2024 Major League Baseball season will have its full-scale Opening Day on Thursday, with a number of former Long Beach ballplayers on big league rosters and even more waiting in the minor leagues. With a mix of seasoned veterans and promising prospects, more than two dozen Long Beach representatives participated in Spring Training this […]

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COLUMN: Chase Utley Should Be Long Beach’s Next MLB Hall of Famer

When the results of the 2024 Major League Baseball Hall of Fame vote are announced on January 23, it’s unlikely that Long Beach’s Chase Utley will be inducted.  The former Poly Jackrabbit and six-time MLB All-Star is on the ballot for the first time this year, and for the vast majority of players, the first […]

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Baseball: Area Code Games Announce Return to Long Beach in 2024

After a five year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the prestigious Area Code Baseball Games are coming back to Long Beach. Since 1987, the Area Code Games have been a premier talent showcase for the top amateur baseball players in America. The showcase brings in hundreds of scouts, coaches, and other baseball personnel to […]

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LB in MLB: A Handful of Long Beach Guys Competing in MLB Postseason

After an extended and exciting Wild Card chase, the Major League Baseball playoffs are officially underway across the country, with a dozen teams in contention for a world title. There’s plenty of Long Beach talent in the field this year, along with some who barely missed out on the festivities. Starting in the National League, […]

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LB in MLB: Jon Singleton’s Return to Houston Produces Fireworks

It must have felt like a dream come true, and it was more than eight years in the making. As Jon Singleton sat on the grass at Minute Maid Park, with his wife, Linzy, and their two young children alongside them, the Houston sky was lit up with fireworks after an 11-3 Astros win. Earlier […]

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Connor Burns Leads Trio of Long Beach State Dirtbags Selected in 2023 MLB Draft

The562’s coverage of Dirtbags Baseball for the 2023 season is sponsored by P2S, Inc. Visit p2sinc.com to learn more. The 2023 Major League Baseball Draft concluded on Tuesday, and after all the names had been called there were three Long Beach State Dirtbags off the board. Catcher Connor Burns, first baseman Jonathon Long, and left-handed […]

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LB in MLB: Long-Awaited Big League Return Highlights Eventful Start To MLB Season

It took nearly eight years, but Jon Singleton made it back to the big leagues last week. The Millikan High grad was a top prospect when he made his MLB debut at 22 years old with the Houston Astros in 2014, but after appearing in 114 games the next two seasons, he’s had a long […]