The Angels fired hitting coach Mickey Hatcher on Tuesday night in the wake of the team's disappointing performance at the plate through the first month and a half of the season.
Hatcher will be replaced by Jim Eppard, the hitting coach from the Angels' triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City. The move was made after the Angels' 4-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday. The Angels lost to the A's, 5-0, on Monday.
“We think the absolute world of Mickey as a person and thank him for all of his contributions to this organization,” Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. "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. Unfortunately we feel this is one of those times. Offensively we have underachieved and everyone shares in the responsibility of what has transpired thus far."
Hatcher, 57, was a little more than a month into his 13th year as the Angels' hitting coach. The former Dodger was a part of the Angels' 2002 World Series-winning team and helped the team set franchise records for batting average (.285), hits (1,604), runs (883) and runs batted in (841) during the 2009 season.