Yes, the Angels hired Joe Maddon as manager – again. He managed the team for a few games in 1996 and again in 1999. A letter from Kelly Gallagher of Santa Ana in today's Los Angeles Times sports section asked one simple – and hopeful – question: "Can Joe Maddon pitch?"
Nakken's former softball coaches and classmates at Sacramento State are happy for her. Former Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff is not happy. He wrote on Twitter, "Couldn't imagine taking baseball instruction from an ex female softball player. I got in trouble for wearing a thong in my own clubhouse when female reporters were present. Can’t imagine how it will play out with a full time female coach running around." Well, then it's a good thing you're retired now, isn't it, Aubrey?
I took a history of baseball class in college. I know I mentioned it here yearrrrrrrrs ago. It was awesome, and counted as a normal history course. You can actually track things like wars, politics, and the economy through baseball. The professor was like 1000 years old, and his wife came with him to every class. (So cute!) He was a consultant for the movie Field of Dreams and one other. He had written books and interviewed Babe Ruth among other famous ball players.
Anyway, he talked about ballpark dimensions, how they evolved, and why they were unique at the old parks.
I loved that class. I thought it was going to be a blow-off class, but I actually learned a lot.