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Byline: Richard Stevens
In a way, there was an angel in the outfield in 1992 when the Huntsville (Ala.) Stars manager at the time, Casey Parsons, decided to give Chad Kuhn a piece of fatherly advice.
More or less, Parsons saw the writing on the wall for a pitcher with a bad arm. And so he took a long, hot walk to center field, where Kuhn was standing during batting practice. There, Parsons delivered a message, planted a seed and turned a dream-turned-sour into a new direction.
"He asked me if I had ever thought about coaching," Kuhn said.
"I was a little annoyed because I wasn't even thinking that my playing days were over. I was still thinking about a 10-year career in the majors. I kind of told him, 'Well, maybe when I'm done …