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May 19, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN DIEGO - After six seasons in the minor leagues, Jim Eppard finally got the call to the Angels. In his first major league at-bat, on Sept. 8, 1987, he singled - off current Angels broadcaster Mark Gubicza. In his second at-bat, two days later, he singled again. Two hits, two at-bats, each as a pinch-hitter. This Eppard kid might have a pretty good future. Or, as it turned out, he might not. Eppard - who replaced Mickey Hatcher, the Angels' hitting instructor who was let go Tuesday - finished his brief major league career with 139 at-bats.
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October 17, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
One of Don Baylor's biggest challenges as the Angels' new hitting coach will be to help Josh Hamilton regain the swing that made him the American League's most valuable player in 2010 but deserted him for the first four months of 2013. “One thing about my style is that we try something for a while, and if that doesn't work, we don't keep pounding our head against something that doesn't work,” Baylor, 64, said in a conference call on Thursday. “I think he's a real key to the offense.
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May 15, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
The first major repercussion from the Angels' disappointing 16-21 start occurred Tuesday night when the team announced that hitting coach Mickey Hatcher had been fired. He will be replaced by Jim Eppard, hitting coach at triple-A Salt Lake City. Hatcher's departure, announced after a 4-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday afternoon, ends a 13-year run with the Angels and an even longer relationship with Manager Mike Scioscia. The two played together with the Dodgers, and Hatcher, 57, served as Scioscia's hitting instructor when Scioscia managed the Dodgers' minor league team in Albuquerque in 1999.
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October 16, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels hired Don Baylor as hitting coach Wednesday, reuniting them with a former star outfielder who was the American League most valuable player while leading the Angels to their first AL West title in 1979. Baylor, 64, has spent 22 seasons as a manager or coach, including the last three as hitting coach at Arizona, where he worked under former Diamondbacks interim general manager and current Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto. Dipoto also played for Baylor in the late 1990s when Baylor managed the Colorado Rockies.
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March 31, 1989
PITCHERS NAME W-L ERA G SV IP H BB SO Jim Abbott*** Bert Blyleven* 10-17 5.43 33 0 207 1/3 240 51 145 Chuck Finley 9-15 4.17 31 0 194 1/3 191 82 111 Willie Fraser 12-13 5.41 34 0 194 2/3 203 80 86 Bryan Harvey 7-5 2.13 50 17 76 59 20 67 Kirk McCaskill 8-6 4.31 23 0 146 1/3 155 61 98 Bob McClure** 2-3 5.40 33 3 30 35 8 19 Greg Minton 4-5 2.85 44 7 79 67 34 46 Dan Petry 3-9 4.38 22 0 139 2/3 139 59 64 Mike Witt 13-16 4.
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October 16, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels hired Don Baylor as hitting coach Wednesday, reuniting them with a former star outfielder who was the American League most valuable player while leading the Angels to their first AL West title in 1979. Baylor, 64, has spent 22 seasons as a manager or coach, including the last three as hitting coach at Arizona, where he worked under former Diamondbacks interim general manager and current Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto. Dipoto also played for Baylor in the late 1990s when Baylor managed the Colorado Rockies.
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March 30, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Howie Kendrick, Albert Pujols and Ryan Langerhans each hit home runs, and Torii Hunter had a double, two singles and scored twice to lead the Angels to a 9-2 exhibition victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday in Tempe Diablo Stadium. Bobby Abreu, who entered with an .087 average (4 for 46) and was reportedly on the verge of being traded to Cleveland on Thursday night, responded to an off-day tutorial with hitting coach Mickey Hatcher and triple-A hitting coach Jim Eppard with two singles and two runs batted in in three at-bats to improve to .122.
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July 13, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE -- An 8-3 loss to Seattle on Friday night had an all-too-familiar ring for the Angels, who were shut down - again - by a left-hander, Joe Saunders blanking them and giving up five hits in seven innings. The Angels are 10-14 against left-handed starters, and they began Saturday night's game against the Mariners with a .239 average, .304 on-base percentage and .389 slugging percentage against left-handers. They had a .279/.342/.442 line against right-handers. Asked whether he had any insight into how a team with right-handed sluggers Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo could struggle so much against left-handers, hitting coach Jim Eppard said, "Nope.
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June 16, 1988 | GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI, Times Staff Writer
If you're Jim Eppard these days, you're wondering what a guy has to do to earn consideration for a starting job on the second-worst team in the American League. Wednesday evening at Anaheim Stadium, Eppard did what he could in the Angels' 6-3 loss to the Texas Rangers. Making a rare appearance in the starting lineup as the designated hitter, Eppard contributed a pair of singles and a run batted in. Ruthian it wasn't, but Eppard didn't mind. It was a chance to play.
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May 18, 1989 | MIKE PENNER, Time Staff Writer
The Rocket met The Rookie Wednesday night at Anaheim Stadium and at least one thing happened in accordance to the billing. Roger Clemens struck out the side in the first inning. So much for order and expectancy. So much for Clemens' presence and Jim Abbott's nerves and the end of the line for the Angels' latest winning streak. There was a shutout thrown Wednesday evening, but it wasn't by Clemens. Clemens barely threw one shutout inning . . Abbott, the Angels' rookie who had drawn matchups against Mark Langston, Jimmy Key and Mike Moore in three of his first four big-league starts, turned his toughest draw into his brightest moment yet, a four-hit, 5-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox before a crowd of 31,230 that greeted the final out with a standing ovation.
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October 11, 2013
Most Angels fans are probably scratching their heads at Arte Moreno's decision to retain Jerry Dipoto and Mike Scioscia, while firing bench coach Rob Picciolo and hitting coach Jim Eppard. Here's my take: Picciolo must've been the guy who traded for Tommy Hanson and signed Joe Blanton as a free agent when real major league caliber pitchers were still available last off-season. Eppard must've been the guy who signed Sean Burnett and Ryan Madson, although both were injured and Madson would never pitch an inning of the 2013 season for the Angels.
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October 8, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels' failure to reach the playoffs for a fourth straight year after investing heavily in high-priced free agents did not cost Manager Mike Scioscia or General Manager Jerry Dipoto his job. Both Scioscia, who has five years and $27 million left on his contract, and Dipoto, who has one year left on his three-year deal, said Tuesday they had been informed by owner Arte Moreno that they will be retained for 2014, ending months of...
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July 13, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE -- An 8-3 loss to Seattle on Friday night had an all-too-familiar ring for the Angels, who were shut down - again - by a left-hander, Joe Saunders blanking them and giving up five hits in seven innings. The Angels are 10-14 against left-handed starters, and they began Saturday night's game against the Mariners with a .239 average, .304 on-base percentage and .389 slugging percentage against left-handers. They had a .279/.342/.442 line against right-handers. Asked whether he had any insight into how a team with right-handed sluggers Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo could struggle so much against left-handers, hitting coach Jim Eppard said, "Nope.
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June 22, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Howie Kendrick isn't superstitious. Or even particularly modest. But he knows better than to mess with success, so don't bother asking about his hitting. "I don't want to talk about it," Kendrick says. Too bad, because there's a lot to talk about. Kendrick's .325 batting average and 92 hits before Saturday ranked fifth in the American League. And though much of that success stems from the fact that 23 of Kendrick's hit have gone to right field, the Angels would like to see him use the whole field more often.
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May 19, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN DIEGO - After six seasons in the minor leagues, Jim Eppard finally got the call to the Angels. In his first major league at-bat, on Sept. 8, 1987, he singled - off current Angels broadcaster Mark Gubicza. In his second at-bat, two days later, he singled again. Two hits, two at-bats, each as a pinch-hitter. This Eppard kid might have a pretty good future. Or, as it turned out, he might not. Eppard - who replaced Mickey Hatcher, the Angels' hitting instructor who was let go Tuesday - finished his brief major league career with 139 at-bats.
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May 16, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
When Peter Bourjos was in triple-A Salt Lake two years ago, hitting coach Jim Eppard emphasized one of the principles of his teaching: Have a plan, and stick to it. For Bourjos, it was look for the outside fastball and drive it to right-center field. Bourjos finished with a record 60 hits that July and was summoned Aug. 3 to the major leagues, where he remains. Eppard joined his former student Wednesday, replacing Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher, who was fired Tuesday after the team had sputtered to a 16-21 start while being shut out eight times, worst in the big leagues.
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June 22, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Howie Kendrick isn't superstitious. Or even particularly modest. But he knows better than to mess with success, so don't bother asking about his hitting. "I don't want to talk about it," Kendrick says. Too bad, because there's a lot to talk about. Kendrick's .325 batting average and 92 hits before Saturday ranked fifth in the American League. And though much of that success stems from the fact that 23 of Kendrick's hit have gone to right field, the Angels would like to see him use the whole field more often.
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May 15, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
The first major repercussion from the Angels' disappointing 16-21 start occurred Tuesday night when the team announced that hitting coach Mickey Hatcher had been fired. He will be replaced by Jim Eppard, hitting coach at triple-A Salt Lake City. Hatcher's departure, announced after a 4-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday afternoon, ends a 13-year run with the Angels and an even longer relationship with Manager Mike Scioscia. The two played together with the Dodgers, and Hatcher, 57, served as Scioscia's hitting instructor when Scioscia managed the Dodgers' minor league team in Albuquerque in 1999.
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