Breaking News: Dodgers acquire Greg Maddux

My boy Dylan Hernandez, the Dodgers beat writer at the Los Angeles Times, reports the Dodgers reached an agreement with the Padres on a deal to acquire Maddux.

Dylan writes:

“The Dodgers today reached agreement with the San Diego Padres on a deal to acquire veteran pitcher Greg Maddux, according to a person familiar with the deal, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

Dodger spokesman Josh Rawitch and General Manager Ned Colletti said no deal was in place, and declined to say whether the club was even in discussions about Maddux. Major League Baseball forbids club officials from discussing possible trades involving players who have been placed on waivers.

This should help the Dodgers rotation since it looks like their relievers can’t hold leads. I like this trade a lot.

And it’s funny I’m writing this right now with the TV in front of me at my desk playing the Dodgers re-broadcast of Monday’s game when they blew a 5-1 lead in the 9th. Thankfully, Andre Ethier saved the day with a walk-off home run, yet again.

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The Top 5 QB’s


1. Reuben Thomas, Sr., Muir – Strong arm, mobile and dangerous on the run. Coach Ken Howard says he’s the best player in the SGV. We’ll have to wait and see.

2. Chase Rettig, Jr., La Salle – Already a veteran as a junior. Good arm and a good size at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds. Mobile enough to get outside though he can also throw in the pocket.

3. Matt Schilz, Sr., Maranatha – There’s not much he can’t do and with his size (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) look for good things. Broke his femur last season in the second game against St. Margaret’s but Coach Joel Murphy is expecting big things from him this season.

4. Isaac Valdez, Jr., San Gabriel – The All Almont-League quarterback returns and he’ll anchor the offense for the Matadors.

5. Steven Wright, Sr., San Marino – Wright is back and he’ll direct things for the Titans. Don’t be surprised if he suddenly develops into a really good quarterback, especially with Mooney handling the offense.

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The Top 5 RB’s

Had some unexpected things come up over the weekend and couldn’t get the list out (I thought I had e-mailed the list to myself so I could post it over the weekend but I accidentally left the list in Pasadena. My bad).

So here are the top 5 RB’s. Hope you all keep in mind these lists are never official and of course not set in stone. Some names could move around (like Dietrich Riley probably playing more running back than receiver).

But here it is …

1. Marqis Williams, Sr., Monrovia

2. Marcus Wells, Sr., La Salle

3. Kendal Boggs, Sr., Monrovia

4. Nick Conora, Sr. Temple City

5. Gilbert Garcia, Sr., San Gabriel

Someone left a comment “ur an idiot” on my top WR thread. I’ve been called much worse. As always, I wanna hear your take on the list.

Here’s my little disclaimer: I’ve been here for just a little over two weeks. I’m still trying to learn the names and figure out who’s legit and who’s all talk. As I get out to more and more practices I’ll get a better feel and more comfortable about putting out lists like these. Nevertheless, I’m posting the list in hopes of riling you guys up and get you to talk with your feedback that surely helps me while I saddle up and get ready for the season.

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The Top 5 WR’s

I don’t claim to know everything but based on the information I have received from the coaches in the area, here is my preliminary top 5 list.

It’s hard for me to admit this, and I might not hear the end of it for writing this, but I just don’t see the East having that much talent to put out top 10 players at each position. I think there are five solid players and the rest are up for debate. Am I wrong?

Things of course can change and you guys can have your say on who belongs and who doesn’t. The wide receivers list is here. Check back Saturday afternoon for RB’s and on Sunday for QB’s.

So without further ado, here is the list topped by Dietrich Riley.


1. Dietrich Riley, Jr., St. Francis: Hands down arguably the best athlete in the entire San Gabriel Valley.

2. Mitchell Crockom, Jr., Alhambra: His ability to read the ball and time his jumps along with speed and physical ability is what makes him as good, if not better, than Zion Babb who is now at Michigan.

3. Tyree Mills, Sr., Muir: Look for big things from him, I know Reuben Thomas will be looking for him a lot.

4. Brian Rambeau, Sr., Arcadia: His last name sounds like “Rambo” and I know Rambo was one tough dude. He’s got the hands and will be a playmaker.

5. Joseph Jackson, Sr., Pasadena: Very physical and will be the catalyst on offense.

Your player didn’t make the list? Does someone on the list not belong there? Go ahead, talk your smack (in orderly fashion, of course).

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A few good men (and women)

The San Gabriel Valley Football Officials Association is always looking for new members and it’s not too late to start with them this football season.

Anyone who might be interested in joining should attend the next meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at Rosemead High, 6:30 PM. No experience is necessary, and any males or females who enjoy football are welcomed. And yes, the games are paid games.

The San Gabriel Valley Football Officials Association has about 80 officials in the unit, and provides game officials for about 28 high schools in the San Gabriel Valley. They meet about 6 times for instruction during the season on Tuesday nights at Rosemead High.

Those seeking more information about joining should call the secretary Treasurer Bob McQueen at (626) 285-6608, or email him at

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Training Camp: A week’s worth at Maranatha

It was a mission for me to get to Maranatha. Nevertheless, I found my way onto a campus that felt like an oasis; one of the most peaceful and beautiful high school campuses I have ever seen.

Got to talking with Coach Joel Murphy, in his third season as head coach, and he’s looking for good things from his quarterback Matt Shields. The line is young but they have a good group I feel will compete with Brentwood in the Alpha League.

One interesting thing I noticed as I walked up to the coach’s office:

The entire football team stays in a dorm-style building for one week. The team checked in Sunday night and will pack for home on Saturday after the 10:30 a.m. inter-squad scrimmage and of course, a BBQ (by the way, I’m not doing anything that afternoon in case .. you know .. wanna send an invite … ha ha, j/k).

In the meantime, the players get an opportunity to bond with a week’s worth of each other. Football teams often are referred to as a family and in almost all cases it is another family. But Maranatha found a way to take it to the extreme, which is a great thing for the school, the team, players and family.

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Because you asked for it…

…The top 5 QB’s, RB’s and WR’s…

There’s been one poster in particular who has been begging for top 10 players at each position. Well, no way I could give you an educated guess on the top 10 players at each position in the first week on the job; coaches and AD’s out of town before the start of fall camp.

But after talking to numerous coaches it’s safe to say I can dish out at least the top 5 players at QB, RB and WR.

I know someone requested top 10, but are there really 10 quality quarterbacks in the Valley? I think there definitely are five good quarterbacks and you could argue 6-10 at each position.

I’ll have that list throughout Friday afternoon and possibly into Saturday, if not Monday for sure.

For now, give me your top 5 at each of those positions and if you think you’re slicker than I am, list your top 5 DB’s, DL’s, OL’s and LB’s … Or better yet, list your top 10!

This could be dangerous.

p.s. You guys have been fabulous and cordial on the comments. That’s always appreciated and makes my job easier to moderate the comments, thanks!

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Revised: Three more to go …

I’m hoping I don’t get screwed because I’m new here. Coaches/AD’s do return calls, right?

My copy deadline for the football preview tab is Aug. 26 and I’m trying to get the team capsules done by the end of this week. From the 17 team capsules I am in charge of, 14 are done.

That means four coaches/AD’s have not returned repeated calls from me and here is the list:

-Bosco Tech

-Flintridge Prep

-La Canada

If you are a coach, athletic director or know either one please have them call me at the office. 626.578.6300 (hit “0″ for the operator and ask for Miguel Melendez).

I appreciate the help guys.

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…And now to you regularly scheduled program…

If you didn’t know by now the blog had been down since Tuesday afternoon. Our tech guys in West Covina, Los Angeles and Denver put their minds together and have fixed it.

Since the blog had been down I’ve been getting the football preview together (it’s slated to publish Sept. 3, but don’t quote me on that).

I know you guys want top 10 in every position and I hope to get that out here on the blog before the preview runs. But right now my priority has been to turn in copy by deadline and in the meantime I will keep you all informed about practices that I attend.

As far as the creepy note goes, I can get by. If I can handle Mission Viejo and Mater Dei fans I think I can handle anything on this side.

And looks like one person is already calling for my head, but I’m here to stay.

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Cue the song: Why can’t we be friends?!?

First thing first, don’t forget to bring your sunglasses and sun tan for this year’s Turkey Tussle. It’ll be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m. at the Rose Bowl, of course. I’ll have a story in Tuesday’s paper about camps opening.

Oh, and then there’s this …

I don’t know about you but where I come from these are fighting words.

Just got off the phone with Pasadena coach Kevin Mills. The Bulldogs have five returning starters and despite a young team and an inexperienced quarterback, Mills said:

“I like our chances in the Pacific League. I’m not going to put anybody ahead of us. We have just as good a chance as anybody.”

And what about Muir? They return a good group AND beat the Bulldogs in the Turkey Tussle last year.

“(We) gave them the game,” responded Mills when asked what happened last year against Muir.

Will Muir get a run for its money? Sounds like Mills is betting on it.

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