October 12, 2012 |
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.
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
December 11, 2002 |
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.
January 14, 1992 |
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.
June 26, 2002 |
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.
November 13, 2012 |
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.