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Fired as Angels hitting coach, Mickey Hatcher joins Dodgers as special assistant

Jun 26, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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Mickey Hatcher, the longtime Angels hitting coach who was fired six weeks ago amid the team’s disappointing start, has joined the Dodgers as a special assistant to the general manager, according to Alden Gonzalez of

At the time of Hatcher’s firing the Angels were 16-21 and averaging 3.6 runs per game. Since replacing Hatcher with Triple-A hitting coach Jim Eppard the Angels are 24-12 and have averaged 4.6 runs per game.

How much of that is on Hatcher and how much it stems from Albert Pujols getting his act together and Mike Trout coming up from the minors as an immediate MVP candidate is open for debate, of course, but the move certainly had the intended impact.

Hatcher spent the first two seasons and last four seasons of his dozen-year career with the Dodgers and joined the Angels as hitting coach in 2000.

  1. pisano - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    The only reason this guy lasted with the Angels was because of the manager, his old teammate with the Dodgers, but things got so bad with the Angels that no one could save him.

  2. tolivendienla - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Not only do the Dodgers pick up other teams rejected and washed up players, but now they’re also signing their managers and coaches? WOW! The Dodgers are pathetic when it comes to getting new talent. It amazes me that year after year they do this. Kennedy?Harang?Uribe?Abreu?Need I go on?

  3. georgebrett - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Great move for the Dodgers. The only reason he was let go was because SOMEBODY had to be the goat and unfortunately Hatch was that guy. Hatch is one of the best baseball guys on the planet and the Angels will one day regret their decision but in baseball it’s just the way it goes. Good luck Hatch.

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