Mark Armstrong is in his first season as coach of the Lodi American Legion baseball team.
Armstrong grew up in Millinocket, Maine and played baseball at the University of Maine. The catcher signed as a free agent with the Oakland A's in 1980 and was assigned to the franchise's Double-A team in West Haven, Conn. But Major League Baseball went on strike that year and Armstrong didn't hear back from the A's when play resumed. He was later signed by the Yankees and assigned to a minor league team in Kentucky.