Originally posted on Angelswin  |  Last updated 5/16/12
By David Saltzer - AngelsWin.com Senior Writer   Tuesday night, I was out with my wife on a dinner date when Chuck Richter texted me the news that the Angels had relieved Mickey Hatcher of his duties. After registering the shock of the moment, I asked Chuck if he knew who will be replacing Hatcher. Chuck told me that the Angels were going with an internal candidate—their Triple-A batting coach, and former player, Jim Eppard.At first, that move made sense. It seemed rather unlikely that the Angels would, or could, make a full search for a new hitting coach without the news leaking to the press or without being confined by the limited availability during the season. However, in reading the comments from the press after making the Hatcher announcement, there may be more to this move than first meets the eye.According to Bill Plunkett, in his thorough coverage of the story in the Orange County Register (click here to read the article)      Dipoto would not call Eppard an interim
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