Scioscia highlights Hot Stove fundraiser

By Aaron Castrejon

The Cal Poly baseball program held a Hot Stove Dinner event at
the Bucca di Beppo Restaurant in Claremont, Feb. 6 to help support
the program.

This is the first time the Hot Stove dinner has been held by Cal
Poly in almost 16 years, according to Mike Ashman, baseball head
coach.

The dinner, which benefits the Cal Poly baseball team, was
highlighted with the appearance of Mike Scioscia, manager of the
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

“The whole idea is to help with fundraising,” said Brandon
Raphael, director of development with the Athletics Department.

The Hot Stove Dinner is the biggest part of the overall
fundraising effort. Prospect camps and summer camps also generate
funding for the program.

“It’s a great way to make money for the program and to get
people’s names out there and have a good team bonding experience,”
said Richard McDowell, fourth-year public relations student and
Broncos’ third baseman.

Guests also met players from the baseball team and took part in
a live auction, bidding on items such as the chance for four to
watch batting practice before an Angels game including four tickets
to the same game in the upcoming season and tickets to the 2010
All-Star Game to be held at Angels Stadium July 13.

The final bid for the batting practice package was $2,000 and
$3,100 for the All-Star Game package.

Silent auction items included an autographed baseball from
Angels’ pitcher Jered Weaver, $150 worth of Broncos athletic gear
and an autographed baseball bat from former Angels’ left fielder
Garrett Anderson.

One of the highlights of the night included a special gift
presentation by Cal Poly alumnus and former Dodgers minor league
player Daniel Andrews. Andrews, owner of Dan Andrews Farms in
Bakersfield, presented the baseball organization with a check for
$105,000 for a new baseball field.

The gift is the single-largest received by the baseball
organization, according to Raphael.

“There’s quite a bit that’s going to take to make a really
first-class facility,” said Andrews.

Andrews also remarked that this donation can really help with
recruitment, build campus morale, and become a multi-use facility
with Cal Poly’s urban academy.

Cal Poly is involved with an urban youth group and is trying to
have MLB establish an academy on campus for underprivileged
children. The Los Angeles Angels will be a partner with the campus
in the endeavour.

The Angels organization has a long-standing relationship with
Cal Poly’s baseball team, according to Tim Mead, Los Angeles Angels
of Anaheim vice president of communications and Cal Poly
alumnus.

“The dinner is about the players and their families to hear Mike
Scioscia speak on the importance of an education and about
baseball,” Mead said. “He really is an ambassador for the
game.”

“Mike [Ashman] has been a guy that I’ve known for the last 10
years and he’s not only helped us by throwing batting practice, but
he’s become a friend,” Scioscia said.

Scioscia also talked about the importance of education and
athletics. “Academics is the forefront and has to be the main focus
of what your doing. If you have the chance to play a sport that
will feed the good experience you’ll have, it makes it a lot
easier,” Scioscia said.

Ashman would like to continue having Hot Stove dinners and bring
different guests. “To make the experience better for the student
athletes we have to do this,” Ashman said.

Reach Aaron Castrejon at:
managingeditor@thepolypost.com

Scioscia highlights Hot Stove fundraiser

Aaron Castrejon/Poly Post

Scioscia highlights Hot Stove fundraiser

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