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
November 7, 2012 |
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.
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.