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December 4, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
New Angels hitting coach Don Baylor will have no shortage of input as he looks for ways to improve the team's offense next season. The Angels on Wednesday hired Dave Hansen as an assistant hitting coach, adding a second former major league hitting coach to their staff. Hansen, 45, was the Dodgers' hitting coach in 2012 and the Seattle Mariners' hitting coach in 2013. Rick Eckstein, recently hired as the club's major league player information coach, spent most of the last five years as the Washington Nationals' hitting coach.
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April 2, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It will be weeks, probably months, before Don Baylor can return to the Angels as their full-time hitting coach after he underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured right femur, a freak injury Baylor suffered while catching the ceremonial first pitch before Monday night's season opener. But Baylor's soothing voice will remain in the heads of hitters when they step into the batter's box. "He talked a lot about confidence, about staying within yourself, about keeping the train going," third baseman David Freese said before Tuesday night's 8-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners in Angel Stadium.
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October 22, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Ain't baseball a curious little game? It can surprise you, that's for sure. Take this announcement by the Seattle Mariners on Monday: Dave Hansen has been hired as their new hitting coach. That would be Dave Hansen, the Dodgers' hitting coach last season, the only coach not invited back for the 2013 season. With the Dodgers struggling to generate the expected offense after the midseason acquisitions of Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino, his dismissal smelled of scapegoat.
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December 4, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
New Angels hitting coach Don Baylor will have no shortage of input as he looks for ways to improve the team's offense next season. The Angels on Wednesday hired Dave Hansen as an assistant hitting coach, adding a second former major league hitting coach to their staff. Hansen, 45, was the Dodgers' hitting coach in 2012 and the Seattle Mariners' hitting coach in 2013. Rick Eckstein, recently hired as the club's major league player information coach, spent most of the last five years as the Washington Nationals' hitting coach.
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October 12, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
If you secretly dream of one day being a major league coach, here's some absolutely free advice: Best that you don't want to be a hitting coach. They have precariously short life spans. When the offense struggles, calls go out for their heads. And too often, they are left a scapegoat for the failures of an underwhelming or underperforming cast. And so it continues to go, or at least it appears to, with the announcement by the Dodgers Friday that their entire coaching staff will return next season - save for hitting coach Dave Hansen.
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May 2, 2005
Former Dodger Dave Hansen, signed last week to a minor league contract by the Seattle Mariners, ranks as one of the top all-time pinch-hitters. ALL-TIME PINCH HITS 1. Lenny Harris * ... 194 2. Manny Mota ...150 3. Smoky Burgess ...145 4. Greg Gross ...143 5. Dave Hansen * ...137 ALL-TIME PINCH HOMERS 1. Cliff Johnson ...20 2. Jerry Lynch ...18 3. John Vander Wal... 17 4 Gates Brown... 16 Smoky Burgess... 16 Willie McCovey ...16 7. Dave Hansen * ...15 * Active
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October 23, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reliever Kenley Jansen, who landed on the disabled list in each of the last two seasons with an irregular heartbeat, underwent a surgical procedure on Tuesday to correct the problem. Jansen is expected to be fully competitive at the start of spring training. Though Jansen will be on blood-thinning medication for the next two to three months, he will be able to throw and work out this winter without any restrictions. In fact, Jansen could probably start exercising in the next seven to 10 days.
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December 11, 2002 | From Associated Press
Utility infielder Dave Hansen left the Dodgers to sign a two-year, $1.3 million free-agent deal with the San Diego Padres. Since 1990, he has spent 11 seasons with the Dodgers, interrupted by a one-season stint with the Chicago Cubs and one season in Japan. He is the Dodgers' all-time leader with 120 pinch-hits. The Padres also signed right-hander Jaret Wright, a former Anaheim Katella High standout who was released by the Cleveland Indians in October, to a one-year contract worth $725,000.
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January 14, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Outstanding players on the Angels and Dodgers for 1991 will be honored at the Baseball Writers Assn. of America dinner on Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Long Beach Sheraton Hotel. Honored will be Bryan Harvey and Brett Butler as team MVPs, Jim Abbott and Mike Morgan as most valuable pitchers, Ron Tingley and Dave Hansen as rookies of the year, Abbott and Orel Hershiser as most inspirational, Deron Johnson and Dr.
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June 26, 2002 | J.A. Adande
At some point this summer, a public address announcer will say Dave Hansen's name, he'll step to the plate, get a hit and a record will fall. Don't expect much fanfare. It's the Dodger record for pinch-hits, and the only thing less glamorous than a pinch-hitting record is ... pinch-hitting itself. If you think about it, pinch-hitting is the batters' equivalent of a closer in pitching. Late-inning specialist. Called upon in pressure situations.
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November 13, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Forget star players. It seems you can never have enough coaching. The Dodgers finalized their coaching staff for the 2013 season Tuesday, officially adding John Valentin as the assistant hitting coach and Chuck Crim as the bullpen coach to Manager Don Mattingly's staff. Valentin was the Dodgers' triple-A Albuquerque hitting coach the last two seasons, while Crim served as their double-A Chattanooga pitching coach the last two years. Both are former major leaguers. Ken Howell, who had been the bullpen coach for the past five seasons, will now serve as the newly created assistant pitching coach.
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November 7, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
INDIAN WELLS -- Mark McGwire was officially named the Dodgers' hitting coach on Wednesday. A former single-season home run record holder, the 49-year-old McGwire was the St. Louis Cardinals' hitting coach the last three seasons. McGwire, whose legacy was tainted by steroid use, will replace Dave Hansen, who was fired last month. This will be a homecoming for McGwire, who graduated from La Verne Damien High and played at USC. He has an off-season home in Orange County. In 1998, both McGwire and the Chicago Cubs' Sammy Sosa pursued and broke Roger Maris' 37-year-old single-season home run record of 61. McGwire, then playing for the Cardinals, finished the season with 70 home runs to set a new standard.
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November 2, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Here's one you probably didn't see coming: The Dodgers are close to hiring Mark McGwire as their new hitting coach. McGwire has served as the Cardinals' hitting coach for the last three seasons, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported that he has told the club he intends to accept the same position with the Dodgers. The deal with the Dodgers has yet to be finalized, but the Post-Dispatch said he has told the Cardinals he will not accept their offer of a contract extension.
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October 23, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
ADRIAN GONZALEZ: 30, first base Final 2012 stats: .299 batting average, 18 home runs, 108 RBI, career-high 47 doubles, .344 on-base and .463 slugging percentages, three errors. Contract status: Will be in the second year of a seven-year, $154-million deal. The good: In his 36 games as a Dodger, he hit .297 with three homers and 22 RBIs. Finished the year on a 15-game hitting streak, longest by any Dodger of the season. Hit dramatic three-run homer in his first at-bat as a Dodger.
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October 23, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reliever Kenley Jansen, who landed on the disabled list in each of the last two seasons with an irregular heartbeat, underwent a surgical procedure on Tuesday to correct the problem. Jansen is expected to be fully competitive at the start of spring training. Though Jansen will be on blood-thinning medication for the next two to three months, he will be able to throw and work out this winter without any restrictions. In fact, Jansen could probably start exercising in the next seven to 10 days.
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October 22, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Ain't baseball a curious little game? It can surprise you, that's for sure. Take this announcement by the Seattle Mariners on Monday: Dave Hansen has been hired as their new hitting coach. That would be Dave Hansen, the Dodgers' hitting coach last season, the only coach not invited back for the 2013 season. With the Dodgers struggling to generate the expected offense after the midseason acquisitions of Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino, his dismissal smelled of scapegoat.
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March 17, 1992 | BILL PLASCHKE
Dave Hansen, who went to spring training with pinch-hitting in his future, is suddenly in contention for a bigger role. After Hansen's second consecutive two-hit game Monday against the Boston Red Sox, Manager Tom Lasorda said that Hansen could be competing for a platoon job at third base. "He is swinging the bat good. We're impressed with him defensively," Lasorda said.
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December 15, 1995 | BOB NIGHTENGALE
While the Dodgers moved closer to signing free-agent starter Tom Candiotti to a two-year contract, they re-signed third baseman Dave Hansen and left-handed reliever Mark Guthrie to one-year deals. "I hope it all works out in the next couple of days," said Candiotti, who also is being pursued by the Toronto Blue Jays. Guthrie, the Dodgers' top left-handed reliever, signed for $870,000.
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October 15, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
It's the debut of the third annual almost-Daily Dodger in Review, leading off with the best they have … CLAYTON KERSHAW , 24, starting pitcher Final 2012 stats: 14-9, 2.53 ERA, 229 strikeouts, 1.02 WHIP in 227 2/3 innings. Contract status: Signed for 2013 at $11 million. The good: Led the major leagues in ERA for the second consecutive year, led the National League in WHIP, and was second in strikeouts (by one) and innings pitched. Yet incredibly, all those numbers were down from last season when he won the NL pitching triple crown and Cy Young award.
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October 12, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
If you secretly dream of one day being a major league coach, here's some absolutely free advice: Best that you don't want to be a hitting coach. They have precariously short life spans. When the offense struggles, calls go out for their heads. And too often, they are left a scapegoat for the failures of an underwhelming or underperforming cast. And so it continues to go, or at least it appears to, with the announcement by the Dodgers Friday that their entire coaching staff will return next season - save for hitting coach Dave Hansen.
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