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Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher is on the hot seat

Aug 22, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

Mike Butcher, LaTroy Hawkins, Chris Iannetta AP

Craig Calcaterra wrote yesterday about how manager Mike Scioscia’s job is probably safe despite the Angels’ recent struggles, but the same isn’t necessarily true about pitching coach Mike Butcher.

For one thing coaches tend to get the ax first–hitting coach Mickey Hatcher was fired in May–especially when the manager involved has been with the team for such a long time. And for another thing the Angels’ pitching staff has mostly been a mess.

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times asked Butcher about fan criticism and the perception his job could be in jeopardy, and Butcher replied:

I’m not going to defend my job, because I know how good I am. I know what I bring to the table every day. I know I get these guys prepared. They work every day. Nothing is going to change the way I go about preparing the guys.

I’m always looking to improve, but as far as worrying about myself? I’m not. These last few weeks have been rough. We’re not pitching to our capabilities. Obviously, it shows. It’s never been about me when things are going good. When things go bad, you take it personal.

Scioscia also stuck up for Butcher, who’s been his pitching coach since 2006.

Before the All-Star break the Angels had the second-best ERA in the American League at 3.61, but since the All-Star break their staff ERA is a league-worst 5.58.

  1. elgorditodehumboldt - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    How much of the blame for the Angels’ pitching collapse falls on the catcher? It seems that this downhill spiral they’re currently on really took off once Iannetta came back from the DL. The Angels pitching staff was not great prior to his DL stint either. In between they were living up to the pre-season hype as the best starting pitching staff in the AL. Perhaps this is a coincidence – you tell me.

  2. jikkle49 - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Problem is when your practically every pitcher on the roster is struggling it’s always going to fall on the coach.

    And maybe it’s not his fault but it’s clear he’s not helping either and after 6 years the guys might need a fresh voice and perspective.

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