For those who still believe that Angels manager Mike Scioscia has full control of the Angels that myth was dispelled yesterday after the Angels 4-0 win vs. Oakland.
Following the win General Manager Jerry Dipoto announced the move saying.
"Sometimes in the sports world a point is reached where perhaps a new voice is needed in order to attain the desired goals and objectives."
Hatcher's tenue with the Angels goes back to the beginning of the Scioscia-era in Anaheim. Only first base coach Alfredo Griffin remains from the original coaching staff from the 2000 season.
The ballclub's trade mark "frienzied hitting" became well known during the 2002 World Series team. Hatcher also over saw Vladimir Guerrero's MVP season in 2004 and
However to say that the Angels have been a successful offensive club even while they were winning AL West titles is a bit misleading. Los Angeles has had offensive troubles since 2005 even with superstar free agent hitters arriving like Guerrero, Torii Hunter and Albert Pujols.
Hatcher was also the hitting coach when top prospects Brandon Wood, Jeff Mathis, Peter Bourjos, and Casey Kotchman arrived on the scene. Only Kotchman has developed into a decent regular MLB player.
The Angels have already been shut out 8 times in 2012 and the pressure of watching the team not produce finally got to the tipping point for owner Arte Moreno and Dipoto.
Replacing Hatcher will be Triple-A hitting coach Jim Eppard.