Mickey Hatcher is out as Angels coach. Jim Eppard is in.
If there is any more questions as to who is running the team, I think it can be answered now.
Jerry DiPoto thinks the Angels offense has been underachieving, so he pulled the plug on one of Mike Scioscia’s closest buddies.
It probably way past due for the long-time batting instructor, who as recently as 3 years ago saw his charges hit .285.
You knew his days were numbered when he got on the wrong side of Albert Pujols. If you don’t know or remember, Hatcher talked to the media about a private meeting with the hitters. Sorry, my man, don’t piss off money bags.
So now we can start saying how much we hated Hatcher, right. I guess he’ll get no credit for Mark Trumbo’s success, or Peter Bourjos (at least in 2011), or Howard Kendrick turning into a legitimate power hitter.
Yes, he couldn’t make a hitter out of Jeff Mathis, who surprisingly is hitting .192 in Toronto.
I guess he should be blamed for the struggles of Vernon Wells. Wells is just playing for a paycheck now, at least that’s how it appears.
Sometimes a team needs a different voice, and maybe some of the players have tuned out Hatcher.
Pujols did have 3 hits today, although 1 bounced off the pitchers glove and another was a bloop shot. If he starts slugging like he used to, it’ll make me wonder if there was a conspiracy at work.
The Halos did have 12 hits, 10 of them singles, today against Oakland.
I may be wrong, but I wonder how long before DiPoto pulls the plug on Scioscia. If the team continues to struggle, would he do it this year? Or will it be next year, if the team struggles some more?
The balance of power is changing in Anaheim.
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Written by Bill Mahoney
O'kay I'll talk about myself a little. I've been working in the television/radio industry for over 21 years. I started at 2 so I am just a tad over 21 (That is a joke). My career has taken me around and and even out of the United States. Right now I call Vegas home, but I just never know where life will take me next. Until 2002 my irrational love for the California/Anaheim/LAA had taken me down some very dark roads, but with Arte Moreno in charge I finally saw the a light at the end of the road. I really love most every sports and having as much fun as possible.