A power struggle appears to have emerged within the Angels organization and it isn’t a pretty sight.
That was made clear in a story written by ESPN.com reporter Mark Saxon.
Regarded by many before the season started as a team with World Series-caliber talent, the Angels have been sluggish from the get-go, the primary reason being their $240 million player has been performing so far under the radar that he can’t be found.
Oh, Albert where are you?
It didn’t surprise me last night when I heard that the Angels had jettisoned long-time batting coach Mickey Hatcher. He did, after all, have the audacity to inform reporters recently about a meeting he had with some of his underachieving hitters.
Names weren’t necessary and Hatcher, the Angels’ hitting instructor for the past 13 years and close buddy of manager Mike Scioscia (pictured on right), never threw anyone under the bus. Even so, King Albert was upset that the coach said ANYTHING about the meeting.
As might be expected, when things didn’t turn around immediately, Hatcher got the axe.
I covered MLB for 40 years and still can’t tell you what makes a good hitting coach, other than the fact he works with good hitters. I have seen hitting coaches get fired one year after being lauded for the team’s hitting prowess.
How bad is Mickey Hatcher? He can’t be too bad when you consider that under his tutelage, Chone Figgins batted .296 in 2003 and ’04; batted .290 in .05, .330 in ’07 and .298 in ’09. Anyone watching Figgins struggle at the plate the past two-plus seasons has to think Hatcher is the best darn hitting coach in the business.
But King Albert obviously thought otherwise and guess who became the scapegoat for anemic .212 batting average, 1 home run and 14 RBIs through May 15 (146 at-bats).
It’s hard to feel sorry for him.