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Feature: Wilson Alum Joel Bitonio Becomes Father, Pro Bowler

You could live a whole lifetime and not experience the kind of emotional whirlwind that Wilson alum Joel Bitonio was living in last week. On Saturday, the Cleveland Browns offensive lineman learned he’d been named to the Associated Press All-Pro team, one of the highest honors available for an NFL player. Two days later, on […]

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LB In MLB: Troy Tulowitzki Signed By New York Yankees

Former Long Beach State Dirtbag Troy Tulowitzki has been working out at Blair Field recently while trying to garner attention from Major League Baseball clubs looking for a veteran shortstop with something left in the tank. It worked. This week, the New York Yankees inked Tulowitzki to a one-year contract after he was released by […]

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LB In MLB: Chase De Jong Making Mark In Minnesota

The Minnesota Twins have invested in another former Wilson Bruin in Chase De Jong after a midseason trade with the Seattle Mariners, and De Jong delivered the best month two-month stretch of his professional career. “I kind of figured a trade was coming because (the Mariners) didn’t see me as a fit anymore,” De Jong […]

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LB In MLB: Chris Betts Back To Being Himself

If his career keeps trending in the right direction, Chris Betts will become the 16th Wilson Bruin to reach Major League Baseball. Currently, the catcher is just thankful to be healthy. After being drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015, Betts underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the entire season. He then broke a […]

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PODCAST: What Up, Long Beach?! Locals In The Pros

This week we’re talking talking about Long Beach athletes making headlines in Major League Baseball and the National Football League. 00:00 Why are there fewer high school officials? 04:15 Long Beach representation in Major League Baseball 12:00 Long Beach representation in National Football League 15:25 Long Beach State soccer and volleyball update 19:45 Should athletes […]

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COLUMN: Billie Jean King’s Special Legacy Grows With Dodgers

Billie Jean King (right) recently became a part owner of the Dodgers; she’s joined by fellow Poly and Hughes alum Chase Utley (left). Photo courtesy LA Dodgers. It looks like Hollywood is becoming “Poly-Wood.” It was announced last week that Long Beach Poly alum and American sports legend Billie Jean King is a new minority-share […]

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LB In MLB: Top 5 Stories Of The Season

It has been another eventful year for Major League Baseball players with ties to Long Beach, but it’s easy to narrow it down to five top story lines from this season. Careers Come To A Close A year after Jered Weaver hung up his cleats after an All-Star career, Chase Utley is the latest local […]