• Q&A with Saints Alum and Dodgers Beat Reporter Blake Harris

    By Hannah Yoshinaga, Saints Reporter ... Read More
  • The Journey from the Bright Lights of the College World Series to a Promising Career in Coaching: How Saints Alumnus Mathew Troupe’s Career-Ending Injuries Were, in Fact, Career-Beginning

    By Hannah Yoshinaga, Saints Reporter —   For most baseball players growing ... Read More
  • Saints Alum Brandon Van Horn Reflects on His Rise Through Professional Baseball and Fond Summer Memories in Pasadena

    By Hannah Yoshinaga, Saints Reporter —   As a minor league baseball player ... Read More
  • Determination and Perseverance: The Keys to Success for Saints, Stanford and Dodgers Alumnus Eric Smith

    By Jake C. Piazza, Saints Reporter — At 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, ... Read More
  • Arroyo Seco Saints, California Collegiate League Suspend Operations for 2020 Summer Season; Will Return in 2021

    PASADENA, CA — On Wednesday, June 3, the California Collegiate League voted ... Read More
  • May Update: Arroyo Seco Saints, California Collegiate League Release Statement Regarding 2020 College Summer Baseball Season

    PASADENA, CA — The California Collegiate League has been hosting recurring, ... Read More
  • March Update: Arroyo Seco Saints, California Collegiate League Release Statement Regarding 2020 College Summer Baseball Season

    PASADENA, CA – In light of the COVID-19 developments that at times ... Read More
  • 2019 Campaign Nets Postseason Honors for Saints’ Players, Front Office

    PASADENA, CA – The California Collegiate League (CCL) announced its ... Read More
  • Historic Season For Saints Concludes In 2019 California Collegiate League Championship Game

    THOUSAND OAKS, CA –  A historic season for Arroyo Seco came to an end ... Read More
  • Saints Roll To 12-7 Win Over OC Riptide, Advance To 2019 CCL Championship At Cal Lu

    THOUSAND OAKS – The Arroyo Seco Saints are headed to the California ... Read More

Q&A with Saints Alum and Dodgers Beat Reporter Blake Harris

By Hannah Yoshinaga, Saints Reporter Saints alum Blake Harris is in the middle of the action at the 2020 World Series, covering the  Los Angeles Dodgers as a beat reporter for True Blue LA, the Dodgers’ SB Nation affiliate.      After interning with the Saints as a reporter in 2017 and covering sports at his alma mater  Arizona State, Harris moved on to accept internships reporting on the Dodgers. Harris now  covers the Dodgers full-time for True Blue LA, which is a dream come true for the Los Angeles  native and lifelong Dodgers fan.      Although MLB’s strict health precautions have prevented him from being able to cover the  World Series in-person, Harris is still working behind the scenes to crank out content for the True  Blue LA community.      The Saints sat down with Harris to talk about his career as a sports journalist in Los Angeles and  about his experience covering the Dodgers’ latest postseason run.      Arroyo Seco: How did you get into sports journalism?  Blake Harris: “I applied to ASU for sports journalism. I got accepted into the Walter Cronkite  School of Journalism and I figured ‘OK, let me go check this place out,’ so my family, we took a  road trip down, took a tour of the school…so that’s how I got into sports journalism.”     “I just did that at ASU for four years, covered the baseball team there, the basketball team there,  the football team, kind of just getting my foot in the door; they have so many opportunities at  ASU. From my freshman year, I think they were able to get me countless opportunities.”     AS: How did interning with Arroyo Seco prepare you for a career in journalism?  BH: “…It was an absolute blast and had it not been for that, I wouldn’t have gotten to this point.  Every time someone asks me, ‘How did you get that?’ and I say it’s because of Arroyo Seco  because it’s tough, especially in the sports journalism world, getting jobs because you have to  have something on your resume and it’s tough to get something on your resume without having  anything. Arroyo Seco, they were the first ones to give me that opportunity, so I always look  back to that. Had it not been for Arroyo Seco, where would I have ended up? That was a pretty  ideal summer gig.”     AS: After graduating from college, how did you get a gig covering the Dodgers specifically?  BH: “I got an internship my junior year writing for Dodgers Nation and I did that for 4-5 months  as kind of like a summer internship, and right as that experience was closing in August, I noticed  that True Blue LA had an opening. I figured, OK, let me apply for this and after like two months  of not hearing anything, waiting, I got an email back saying, ‘Yeah we got your application,  we’re interested in bringing you on,.’ …We were covering the Dodgers, writing for the Dodgers,  and it was a whole lot of fun. I did that for a little over a year.”     “Last December, there was this law that was passed in California and it essentially impacted  Uber and Lyft drivers, but it also affected writers like myself. They were definitely getting  underpaid by getting only $600 a month for the work I was doing, and long story short, SB  Nation, they created California-specific jobs for the California sites to bring you on as full-time employees. There’s 25 California sites, each one of had five to six writers on each site, so instead of doing that, they brought on about 30 of us to cover those 25 sites. Essentially I’m covering the Dodgers full-time, but I’m also covering the Clippers, the Angels, the Raiders, any other California teams that need help.”    […]

The Journey from the Bright Lights of the College World Series to a Promising Career in Coaching: How Saints Alumnus Mathew Troupe’s Career-Ending Injuries Were, in Fact, Career-Beginning

By Hannah Yoshinaga, Saints Reporter —   For most baseball players growing up, they dream of earning a scholarship and playing for a major college program en route to a career in professional baseball. Former Saints Pitching Coach Mathew Troupe had the same aspirations—and is certainly on that track—but as a coach, instead of as […]

Saints Alum Brandon Van Horn Reflects on His Rise Through Professional Baseball and Fond Summer Memories in Pasadena

By Hannah Yoshinaga, Saints Reporter —   As a minor league baseball player for the San Francisco Giants, Brandon Van Horn spent countless hours on the diamond improving his swing and strengthening his already above-average glove. The 6’-2” infielder’s efforts paid off, allowing him to establish himself in the San Francisco farm system and move […]

Determination and Perseverance: The Keys to Success for Saints, Stanford and Dodgers Alumnus Eric Smith

By Jake C. Piazza, Saints Reporter — At 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, Arroyo Seco Saints’ Eric Smith never turned any heads with his sheer size. He did not run an above average sixty-yard dash. He did not even crack his Stanford collegiate lineup at the position he was recruited at. In an age of analytical […]

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