ST. PETERSBURG -- Carlos Pena has been in a season-long funk with the bat, so most assumed that he was getting some extra attention when he was seen in the batting cage working with manager Joe Maddon on Monday afternoon. Turned out the exercise wasn't a hard-pressed lesson in getting him back on track.
"We just turned back the clock to 1987," Maddon said. "We turned back the clock in the batting cage. So it was more for me than it was for him. Just wanted to run some things by him, things I did many years ago, simple stuff without changing anything. I talked to [hitting coach Derek Shelton] about it in advance. Shelty and I are pretty much always on the same page when it comes to doing things. Just wanted to get out there today, specifically work with him and see what happens."
Maddon went on to explain that 1987 was his first season as a hitting instructor in the Angels' organization
"It was lively," Maddon said. "There was a lot of stuff going on in '87 -- it was an interesting time."