USF baseball coach Lelo Prado has lost his share of recruits to the allure of the pros, but Friday he lost his pitching coach. Chuck Hernandez is leaving after two years to return to the major leagues as the Marlins' pitching coach for new manager Mike Redmond. Hernandez, 52, a Tampa Catholic grad, also was pitching coach for the Tigers in 2006-08 and the Rays in 2004-05. He is the second member of Redmond's staff with USF ties. His hitting coach is former Bulls volunteer assistant and ex-Yankee Tino Martinez, who is Prado's brother-in-law.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
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GOOD GRIEF OF THE DAY
We call it optimism; CB says 'stupidity'
Friday was the anniversary of one of sports' greatest stories: It marked 60 years since the first time Lucy held a football for Charlie Brown to kick only to snatch it away at the last second. "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz revisited the gag every fall after that except in 1984, '85 and '90, for reasons never revealed. Some trivia: In 1983 Charlie Brown refused to try to kick. In '95 he ran toward the ball accompanied by his lawyer. The last time, in 1999, Lucy had to go home for lunch, so her brother Rerun held the ball. The result wasn't shown, and Rerun told Lucy in the final frame, "You'll never know." Schulz retired in December '99 for health reasons. He died Feb. 12, 2000, at 77. The final original "Peanuts" ran the next day.