Angels help baseball team replace stolen equipment

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FOUNTAIN VALLEY (CNS) – Thanks to a donation from the Angels Baseball Foundation, the coach of Los Amigos High School’s baseball team went shopping today to replace his squad’s stolen equipment.

On Monday, more help was expected to arrive, thanks to an assist from Hall of Famer Frank Robinson.

Earlier this week, the Angels foundation donated a $3,000 credit with Santa Ana-based Diamond Sports, which in turn gave the Fountain Valley high school team a 50 percent discount. Coach Art Maltby went shopping for his team today as donations continued to pour in from the public.

Robinson’s daughter, Nichelle, will visit the school about 11:45 a.m. Monday to drop off a $4,000 check from Major League Baseball, according to Alan Trudell of the Garden Grove Unified School District.

Frank Robinson is executive vice president of baseball development for MLB and he oversees urban youth academies that benefit inner-city baseball players, Trudell said.

The team’s equipment, including a pitching machine, was discovered to be stolen Monday morning, Fountain Valley police Sgt. Matt Sheppard said.

A groundskeeper locked up a storage shed about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, and when the volunteer returned about 9 a.m. Monday, the door was open and the lock cut, Sheppard said.

Thirty varsity and junior varsity players lost their equipment, Trudell said.

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