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Was Mickey Hatcher encouraging Albert Pujols to spend 2012 doing the best Wilson Valdez impression he could? The Angels fired their long-standing hitting coach last night in an attempt to revive an offense that is on pace to set a record for futility in at least one category. It’s an understandable move in some ways; it won’t hurt to change things up even if Hatcher can hardly be at fault for so many Angels hitting quite so poorly: Albert Pujols: .197/.235/.275 (46 OPS+) Erick Aybar: .193/.220/.235 (31 OPS+) Alberto Callaspo .225/.271/.275 (58 OPS+) Vernon Wells .233/.258/.408 (87 OPS+) Peter Bourjos .193/.254/.281 (54 OPS+) The team clearly had to do something proactive about the hitting situation and firing Hatcher at least shows they are doing something. Pujols has a huge task on his hand to get his numbers anything close to what they have been in the past but he should still be able to turn it around to some extent and have decent end of year numbers even if they won’t be close ...
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