Found May 26, 2012 on Larry Brown Sports:
Albert Pujols is quietly coming on for the Angels after putting together one of the worst starts to the season in MLB. The All-Star slugger has at least a hit in 13 of his last 14 games, and his numbers have noticeably improved since the team fired Mickey Hatcher as hitting coach on May 15. The stats show a significant difference. With Hatcher as coach (37 games/146 at-bats): .212 avg, 1 HR, 14 RBIs, .288 slugging, .536 OPS, 6 BB/18 K Without Hatcher as coach (10 games/39 at-bats): .282 avg, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, .692 slugging, .821 OPS, 5 BB/5 K The media and fans often make batting coaches out to be poor, scapegoated souls when they get fired because a team slumps, but the truth is sometimes all players need is change in order to turn things around. This move certainly hasn’t hurt Pujols. Photo Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
  • Someone who makes a gazillion dollars probably does not need as much help as those who have less talent. The move did not hurt pujols, but what about all the other hitters Mick was helping. LA, you made a big mistake letting Mick go, just ask Mike S.
  • It's the pressure of somehow having to reconcile in his own mind a $25,000,000 salary it had nothing to do with Mr.Hatcher. People pay way too much money to witness baseball and other sporting contests. For a person to make this much playing a game, its a joke. It does beg the question, why is entertainment so important to us? Why are we willing to spend so much for a distraction? Why do we invest our emotions in something that we only imagine we have a stake in? Why do grown men wear shirts with another man's name printed on the back?

    It's all a bit much. There is more to life than distraction, a deeper meaning. Sporting fanaticism is not the way to the answer. Or, ..... do you think you'll be asking about the latest stats when you're on your death bed....?

    (predictable sport fan reply, will be full of stupid piss and vinegar, insults, threats, violent challenges. etc etc I know I know..... Kindly answer the questions and forego the venting and primal emotional displays .)

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The May 24th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels ...

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