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SF Chronicle – “Baseball Struggles to Reach Black America

“For the first time in memory, the Giants, reigning champions, have no African American players in camp this spring. It’s a stunning development on a team whose history is molded by Willie Mays and Willie McCovey, Frank Robinson and Dusty Baker.

‘I didn’t realize it had gotten that dramatic,’ said Noah Jackson, whose First Base Foundation program works to give minority athletes in the Bay Area the opportunity to play baseball.”

Marin IJ – “Max Venable Enjoys First Season as Skipper for Bay Area Warriors Collegiate Baseball Team

“He’s been through everything, so all the hitters know that you’ve got to respect this guy and listen to what he says. Among all my coaches, this guy’s the one you want to be playing for.” – Cody Slader

“‘I’m just looking to be part of baseball,’ Venable said. ‘I feel like I have a lot to offer for kids. So when Noah called to ask if I wanted to coach the Warriors, I said perfect.'”

Yahoo! Sports – “Great Lakes Loons’ O’Koyea Dickson Becomes All-Star Performer

“Judging by his numbers and performance in the Midwest League All-Star Game, his hard work has paid off.”

PDPreps – “Giants Draft Cloverdale, Cal Star Delfino

“Last year helped prepare me for life in general, dealing with adversity and fighting through it and coming out unscathed,” Delfino said.”

MarinIJ – “Kansas City Royals Select Former COM, Drake Standout Conroy

“‘My goal for this year was to become a professional player by the end of it and I hope to live up to that dream,’ Conroy said.”

Monterey Herald – “BLUE JAYS TO BEARS: Devin Pearson chooses Baseball at Cal over Blue Jays Farm System

“On potential alone, the Blue Jays where going to draft Pearson in the 10th round if he would sign. But he couldn’t give them a definite answer. Toronto still drafted him in the 30th round.”

“‘Playing this summer showed how much better I can get. And I can get a lot better. I’m just scratching the surface.'” – Devin Pearson

 MarinIJ – “Former COM, Drake Standout Bostjancic Drafted by San Diego Padres in 15th Round

“‘I’m going to sign, definitely,’ Bostjancic said. ‘I mean, this is my one shot, so I’m going to go for it… Now that this is over, I’m ready to start playing ball.'”