Dedicated to fans of Long Beach State Dirtbags baseball (well, okay, officially the 49ers).

Dirtbag's 2006 Rankings

15th in ESPN/Sports Weekly
15th in NCBWA
16th in Collegiate Baseball
16th in Baseball America
1st in Non-Conference "Intended" SOS -
21st in Overall "Intended" SOS -

Posted Articles [View Selected Article Only]

Here's The Tipsters Round Up On Dirtbags In Pro Ball


03/01/2004 - 04/01/2004
04/01/2004 - 05/01/2004
05/01/2004 - 06/01/2004
06/01/2004 - 07/01/2004
07/01/2004 - 08/01/2004
08/01/2004 - 09/01/2004
09/01/2004 - 10/01/2004
10/01/2004 - 11/01/2004
11/01/2004 - 12/01/2004
12/01/2004 - 01/01/2005
01/01/2005 - 02/01/2005
02/01/2005 - 03/01/2005
03/01/2005 - 04/01/2005
04/01/2005 - 05/01/2005
05/01/2005 - 06/01/2005
06/01/2005 - 07/01/2005
07/01/2005 - 08/01/2005
08/01/2005 - 09/01/2005
09/01/2005 - 10/01/2005
10/01/2005 - 11/01/2005
11/01/2005 - 12/01/2005
12/01/2005 - 01/01/2006
01/01/2006 - 02/01/2006
02/01/2006 - 03/01/2006
03/01/2006 - 04/01/2006

Long Beach State
& Dirtbags Links

Long Beach State Baseball [official]
LBSU 49ers Who Played MLB
Dr. Dan's Diamond Dust Blog
LBSU 49ers Links

Audio and Gametracker
Games on the Internet
The Mike Weathers Show


Message Boards
49er Sports Message Board
LBS Hoops [+baseball!] Board

Long Beach State
2006 Opponents' Links

Baylor [Official]
+ BaylorFans [Fan Site]
+ BearsDen [Fan Msg. Brd.]
California [Official]
UC Davis [Official]
Cal. Poly SLO [Official]
Fullerton [Official]
+ TitanCentral [Fan Msg. Brd.]
Illinois-Chicago [Official]
UC Irvine [Official]
+ Irvine Board [Fan Msg. Brd.]
Lamar [Official]
UCLA [Official]
+ BruinsRO [Fan Msg. Brd.]
Loyola Marymount [Official]
Northridge [Official]
Oklahoma [Official]
+ Sooners Illustrated [Fan Msg. Brd.]
+ SoonersFans [Fan Msg. Brd.]
Pacific [Official]
Pepperdine [Official]
+ BreakingWaves [Fan Msg. Brd.]
Rice [Official]
Riverside [Official]
+ Riverside Board [Fan Msg. Brd.]
San Diego State [Official]
UC Santa Barbara [Official]
+ GauchoLocos [Fan Site]
USC [Official]
+ WeAreSC [Fan Msg. Brd.]
Texas [Official]
+ Texas Insider [Fan Msg. Brd.]
+ Horn Fans [Fan Msg. Brd.]
Wichita State [Official]
+ ShockerNet Baseball [Fan Msg. Brd.]

Blair Field Tour

Take a Virtual Tour of Blair Field - Home of the Dirtbags - Courtesy


"Weekend Link: Dirtbags Baseball. Although "dedicated to fans of Long Beach State Dirtbags baseball," Jeff Agnew covers college baseball about as well as anyone."

...from Rich Lederer at The Baseball Analysts

"...our hot stove league web wizard Jeffrey from his Dirtbag Blog..."

...from Dr. Dan's Diamond Dust

College Baseball Links

Baseball America - College
Boyd's World
College Baseball Insider
College Baseball Usenet Baseball
College World Series
Gametracker [non-official]
NCAA Baseball
Rosenblatt Report
Southeastern Baseball
Sports Network NCAA Baseball
USA Today College Baseball
Yahoo! Sports - NCAA Baseball

Links to All NCAA Div. I Baseball Members (Thanks to Boyd's World)

NCAA Division I Scores (Thanks to

Big West Conference Baseball

Big West Conference

Official Sites:
UC Davis [Provisional Member]
Cal State Fullerton
UC Irvine
Long Beach State
Cal State Northridge
UC Riverside
Cal Poly SLO
UC Santa Barbara

Non-Official Sites:
Big West Baseball Board
49er Sports Message Board
LBS Hoops [+baseball!] Board
Fullerton Board
UC Irvine Board
UC Riverside Board
Gaucho - UCSB

Baseball Blogs

The Baseball Analysts
Minor League Ball
MVN Minor Details
On Deck Baseball Prospects
6-4-2 [Angels/Dodgers] Blog

Other Baseball Links

All About
BA Minor League Stats
Baseball America Player Finder
ESPN MLB Transactions
Major League Baseball [Official]
Minor League Baseball [Official]


Welcome to Dirtbags Baseball blog! I was introduced to Long Beach State baseball in 2002 when my nephew, Neil Jamison, joined the team (and university) as a freshman. I started the blog in March of 2004, and generally discuss the team, current players and those that have moved on to professional baseball - as Neil has done in the San Diego Padres organization. Living in San Diego County, and with Neil moving to the next level, I won't be attending as many Dirtbags games. But, mostly from a distance, I'll remain a Dirtbags fan. I welcome tips on stories and information concerning the Dirtbags (current, past and future). I can be contacted at


design by maystar
powered by blogger

This website is not affiliated with Long Beach State University or its NCAA Division I baseball program. All original material copyright 2004-2006 by Jeffrey A. Agnew.

Welcome to Dirtbags Baseball Blog! The blog is interactive. At the end of each article is a link that says "Click here to read comments posted by others or to post your comments." Please feel free to click this link and add your own comments. This link also takes you to comments that have been left by others. You need to register with Blogger to leave comments, which is free (there is a link on the comments page to do this).

RSS Feed

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Here's The Tipsters Round Up On Dirtbags In Pro Ball

Bobby Crosby Interview And Injury:

Here's a great interview of former Dirtbag (and Oakland A's Rookie of the Year) Bobby Crosby by Larry Krueger on KNBR Sports Radio in the Bay Area (scroll down and click the Bobby Crosby link). Running time is 6:33. Part of the interview is about playing at Long Beach State, who Bobby give a lot of credit to. Hat tip to Hank from the 49ers Sports Message Board for e-mailing the link.

Unfortunately, Bobby has been injured. From
Not more than a few hours after manager Ken Macha expressed his pleasure with the health of his club as it prepared to break camp in Arizona, shortstop Bobby Crosby was hit on the left wrist by a pitch in the team's Cactus League game Wednesday against Milwaukee.

Crosby, the reigning American League Rookie of the Year, was removed from the game shortly after reaching first base and left the clubhouse wearing a soft cast. X-rays of the wrist will be taken Thursday in the Bay Area.

"I can move my finger and wrist, so that's a good sign," Crosby said. "I'm just hoping it's not broken."...

Asked how long Crosby might be out if he does have a broken bone, athletic trainer Larry Davis was vague.

"It depends what's broken," he said. "We'll address that issue if it happens."

Said A's ace Barry Zito: "We're all concerned. He's a key player for us."...
Hat tip to reader Rhonda for e-mailing this link.

Jeremy Reed Has Strong Spring:

This from Peter Gammons at
Jeremy Reed has had a solid spring and is set to be the Mariners' center fielder. Count on the 23-year-old to be a leading candidate for AL Rookie of the Year award. If Reed, who had a 66/58 walk/strikeout ratio in Triple-A and Seattle last season, goes on to win the award, it would mean that Long Beach State roommates won it in consecutive years, as Reed's roomie Bobby Crosby was the AL's top rookie in 2004.
Now, wouldn't that be something! The nod goes to reader Scott for his e-mail with this one.

Baseball America Writes Up Chad Bentz and Brad Davis:

Each year Baseball America publishes it's Prospect Handbook, writing up scouting reports on the 900 prospects, in it's opinion. In this piece, they give scouting reports on players who just missed the cut for inclusion in the book. Among them are former Dirtbags Chad Bentz and Brad Davis. Here's the report on Chad:
Chad Bentz, lhp, Marlins

Born: May 5, 1980. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 210. Bats: R. Throws: L. School: Long Beach State University. Career Transactions: Selected by Expos in seventh round of 2001 draft; signed June 10, 2001 . . . Released by Nationals, Dec. 15, 2004 . . . Signed by Marlins, Dec. 18, 2005. Signed by: Robby Corsaro (Expos).

Like Jim Abbott, Bentz didn't let being born without a complete right hand stop him from reaching the major leagues. He didn't pitch well for the Expos last year, in part because he wasn't used regularly. After returning to the minors, he was shut down in August with a nerve problem in his right foot that required surgery. The newly transplanted Nationals released him in mid-December, but the Marlins quickly snapped him up and reunited him with roving minor league pitching coordinator Wayne Rosenthal, one of Bentz' first coaches as a pro. He relies heavily upon his 91-93 mph fastball and his curveball can be an out pitch, though he struggled with it in the majors. He's a very aggressive pitcher with a tough demeanor, but he needs to tighten his breaking ball and work on his slider. That should make him more effective against lefthanders, who batted .411 against him in his first taste of the majors. His lack of command also gets him in trouble at times. Farmed out in mid-March, Bentz will open 2005 at Triple-A Albuquerque. His ceiling is as a lefthanded specialist.
And on Brad Davis:
Brad Davis, c, Marlins

Born: Dec. 29, 1982. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 185. Bats: R. Throws: R. School: Long Beach State University. Career Transactions: Selected by Marlins in fifth round of 2004 draft; signed July 9, 2004. Signed by: Robby Corsaro.

Just 42 games into his pro career, Davis already has made an impression as an intense on-field presence with obvious leadership qualities. He has strong hands and good receiving and throwing skills, but he needs to add 10-15 pounds of muscle to do more damage with the bat. He's very athletic and runs better than the typical catcher. He projects to have slightly above-average power, and if that comes he could be an everyday catcher in the majors. Marlins area scout Robby Corsaro and West Coast supervisor Scott Goldby liked Davis early on stayed on him through draft day. He signed for $165,000 after going three rounds after Florida took fellow Long Beach State product Jason Vargas. Davis reminds some of a young Dan Wilson in the way he can handle a staff, and he showed that ability in college with the way he caught Vargas and celebrated staff ace Jered Weaver. In 2003, Davis spent most of his time at first base and right field for the 49ers in deference to Todd Jennings, who became a Giants second-round pick that June. But there's no question Davis' future lies behind the plate.
Hat tip to reader Kurt for sending this along.

posted on 3/31/2005 by Jeff Agnew