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Baseball Readies For 2013 Campaign With Alumni Weekend January 24-26

Chicago Cubs Director of Player Development Brandon Hyde will be the 2013 Keynote Speaker at the Leadoff Dinner.

Jan. 3, 2013

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Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State baseball will kick off the 2013 season with its annual Alumni Weekend, packed with events for alums, players and fans. The weekend will start on Thursday, January 24th with the annual Leadoff Dinner, with keynote speaker Brandon Hyde.

Hyde has made a career in major league baseball, currently serving as the Director of Player Development for the Chicago Cubs; a position he earned after serving as a manager and coach in the Florida Marlins organization. After spending a number of years as a manager in the minor leagues, Hyde was promoted to bench coach for the major league club in 2011. After the sudden resignation of manager Edwin Rodriguez on June 19 of that year, Hyde was pressed into service as the acting manager of the Florida Marlins, in the process becoming the first former Long Beach State Players to serve as a major league manager.

As the keynote speaker, Hyde will highlight the 2013 Leadoff Dinner, now in its 16th year as the first event annually of each Dirtbags season. The event will again be hosted at The Grand, with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m.

The next day, Long Beach State will host the 11th annual golf tournament, just behind Blair Field at Recreation Park. Then finally, on Saturday, January 26th, the team will host the Alumni Baseball Game at Blair Field at 11 a.m. before an intrasquad game featuring the 2013 Dirtbags beginning at 2 p.m. Admission is free all day at Blair Field for both games.

For more information on any event during Alumni Weekend, please contact Ryan Weigand at (562) 985-5910 or via email at



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