When Peter Bourjos was in triple-A Salt Lake two years ago, hitting coach Jim Eppard emphasized one of the principles of his teaching: Have a plan, and stick to it.
For Bourjos, it was look for the outside fastball and drive it to right-center field.
Bourjos finished with a record 60 hits that July and was summoned Aug. 3 to the major leagues, where he remains.
Eppard joined his former student Wednesday, replacing Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher, who was fired Tuesday after the team had sputtered to a 16-21 start while being shut out eight times, worst in the big leagues.
"He doesn't dwell on mechanics," Bourjos said of Eppard, a former Angel who spent the last 10 seasons as Salt Lake hitting coach. "It's having a plan, executing by not deviating from your plan. When you're at this level, your swing is your swing. If you have confidence in your approach, you'll have success. Eppard simplifies your plan, he keeps it easy."
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