Howell returning to manage Burlington Bees

Banners representing the Bees and their MLB affiliate, the Angels, hang outside Burlington’s Community Field. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Former Angels third baseman/outfielder Jack Howell will manage the Burlington Bees again this season.

Howell managed the Bees last year after serving as the Angels’ minor-league field coordinator in 2017. He also has been a coach and instructor in the Diamondbacks, Marlins and Mariners organizations. His playing career lasted 17 seasons, with major-league stints in 11 of them. The majority of his MLB games were played for the Angels, but he also suited up for the Astros and the Padres in the big leagues.

Jonathan Van Eaton also returns as Burlington’s pitching coach. The former minor-league hurler has coached in the Angels organization since 2015, a year after an elbow injury required Tommy John surgery and ultimately prompted him to retire as a player.

Will Bradley is the Bees’ new hitting coach. This is his first assignment in pro baseball after spending 12 seasons as a coach and recruiter for St. Louis University. He played collegiately at the University of Central Missouri.

Also joining the Bees staff is Trevor Nyp, who will be the team’s defensive coach. The Ontario, Canada, native established and owns Playball Academy Canada, and runs TN Defense, an infield coaching firm. He played college ball in Des Plaines, Ill., and Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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