Originally written May 18, 2012 on Angelswin:
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By Dave Snyder - AngelsWin.com ContributorThe Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fired their hitting coach of 13 years this week.  Mickey Hatcher has been a teammate, close friend and confidant of the Angles manager Mike Scioscia.  Over the last ten years the Angels team batting average has been in the top 25% of the American league in almost every year except the last three.  With Mickey Hatcher as hitting coach, the 2009 team  set franchise records in batting average, hits, runs and RBIs.  During that time Hatcher was considered a competent hitting coach who worked extremely long hours with the players – especially when they would struggle at the plate.  Mike Scioscia said upon Hatchers firing that he was a “great teacher and a great hitting coach”.   There have not been any Angel players, past or present that have complained of Hatchers competence as a hitting coach that has made it into the press. In fact, the only comment recently has been one of praise from Mark Trumbo who credit...
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