Former Houston Astros manager Brad Mills will be a special guest at the Fresno Grizzlies’ Hot Stove Gala next month.
Mills, a Visalia native and Exeter High and College of the Sequoias alum, is now the third base coach for the Cleveland Indians. His decorated career includes serving as bench coach for the Boston Red Sox when they won the World Series in 2004 and 2007.
The Grizzlies are entering their first season as the Astros’ Triple-A affliate. As manager of Houston’s major league club from 2010-12, Mills oversaw a young roster that included current San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, highly regarded Astros catching prospect Jason Castro and future American League batting champion Jose Altuve.
Mills joins a Hot Stove cast that features MLB Network commentator Harold Reynolds, a two-time All Star and 12-year major leaguer.
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The 54th annual event is Feb. 7 at the Fresno Convention Center. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by contacting Community Fund Director Whitney Campbell at (559) 320-2547 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional guests are still to be announced.
Fresno State softball luncheon nears
The Fresno State softball team will hold its 27th annual Meet the Team Luncheon on Jan. 25 at TorNino’s.
The event is hosted by the Diamond Club, the Fresno State softball booster club.
A social hour, as well as a silent auction, will begin at noon. Lunch follows at 1 p.m. Cost is $35 for Diamond club member and $45 for non-members.
For more information, contact Dorothy Hunter at (559) 439-0605.
Dinner, golf help launch Bulldogs baseball season
Fresno State baseball will hold its annual Double Play Dinner and Golf Classic on Feb. 6.
The tournament is at Eagle Springs Golf and Country Club and will include 18 holes with a cart, continental breakfast, on-course refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and more than $5,000 in total team and individual prizes. Cost if $195 per person. Entry deadline is Jan. 30.
The Double Play Dinner is that night at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District and will include a no-host social hour and silent auction, starting at 6 p.m. Dinner is $50 per person ($25 for children 12 and younger), with open seating.
Proceeds go to the baseball program for upgrades and to assist Bulldogs student-athletes and their families. The Dugout Club is Fresno State’s baseball booster club.
The annual Alumni Game is Feb. 7 at Beiden Field, with the current team facing players from past seasons. The exhibition, scheduled for 2 p.m., is free to the public.