LOS ANGELES, CA – The California Collegiate League (CCL) is pleased to announce that Rick Turner, a longtime executive with Angels Baseball and former player and coach for the California Angels, has been selected as its new commissioner. The CCL’s Board of Directors unanimously approved Turner’s hiring at a February league meeting.
The Angels selected Turner in the 9th Round of the 1981 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft after an All-American catching career at UC Riverside. Turner spent three seasons in the Halos’ farm system, including one year in the Idaho Falls Rookie League under current Angels Manager Joe Maddon.
Turner would become the Angels bullpen catcher, followed by a two-year stint on Manager Buck Rodgers’ coaching staff.
Turner turned his sights to working in the front office after his playing career concluded. Since 2006, Turner has held national and regional corporate account executive positions with the Angels. Turner was responsible for cultivating partnerships with the team’s corporate sponsors and representing the Angels in the community during his 15-year tenure.
Turner proved to be a valuable asset to the franchise and left a lasting impression on some of baseball’s biggest names. The current president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and former vice president of communications for the Angels, Tim Mead, shared this:
“I would like to extend congratulations to everyone involved in the selection of Rick as commissioner of the California Collegiate League. I cannot think of a more outstanding individual to assume the responsibilities of this important role. In Rick, the CCL has found a gentleman whose passion for the game, the well-being of others, and overall respect towards those he communicates with, are among just a few of his outstanding qualities. Rick is an open-minded thinker who is detail-oriented in the present, but always with one eye on a vision of progression for the future. In our time together with the Angels, Rick was widely respected both inside and outside of the organization for his dedication, loyalty, business acumen, and communication skills. He is a true baseball man who has always maintained an enviable position of balance in his professional and personal life. I know how excited he is to join the CCL, and I also know many throughout the baseball community are going to be equally as excited for Rick.”
Turner will serve as the CCL’s chief administrative officer and be responsible for strengthening the league’s strategic partnerships. Turner will report to CCL Executive Director Aaron Milam:
Founded in 1993, the California Collegiate League is one of America’s premier college summer baseball destinations. Ten teams canvas the golden state of California. Each year, top college baseball players compete for the MLB Academy Barons, Arroyo Seco Saints, Conejo Oaks, Healdsburg Prune Packers, Lincoln Potters, Orange County Riptide, San Luis Obispo Blues, Santa Barbara Foresters, Solano Mudcats, and Walnut Creek Crawdads. Follow the CCL on Twitter.