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June 26, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mickey Hatcher, who was fired as the Angels hitting coach last month, has rejoined the Dodgers as a special assistant to General Manager Ned Colletti. A member of the Dodgers' 1988 World Series championship team, Hatcher will be involved in player development and assist the major league staff. “It's a great feeling being a Dodger again, it feels like I've come home,” Hatcher said in a statement released by the team. “This is where my roots were and where I was taught everything about the game and where I learned about professionalism.
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September 25, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN DIEGO - Mickey Hatcher has seen this before: A star-studded lineup with a new nine-figure centerpiece can't hit, can't score and can't win games. Hatcher is a special assistant to Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti, and he has been working alongside hitting coach Dave Hansen in recent weeks. But at the start of this season, Hatcher was the Angels' hitting coach. He was fired in May. In Hatcher's view, there are similarities between the Dodgers of today and the Angels of April - in particular, in how high-profile newcomers Adrian Gonzalez and Albert Pujols responded to exospheric expectations.
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May 22, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
OAKLAND — Mickey Hatcher knows he has plenty of critics; they came out in full force on Internet message boards and radio call-in shows every time the Angels went into a prolonged offensive slump. What he didn't know until he was fired as Angels hitting coach last week was just how many friends he gained in 12-plus years on Manager Mike Scioscia's staff. "I'm in awe of all the people who have called — I've gotten thousands of calls from people in and out of the game, wishing me the best," Hatcher said by phone Tuesday during a round of golf at Coyote Hills in Fullerton.
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June 26, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mickey Hatcher, who was fired as the Angels hitting coach last month, has rejoined the Dodgers as a special assistant to General Manager Ned Colletti. A member of the Dodgers' 1988 World Series championship team, Hatcher will be involved in player development and assist the major league staff. “It's a great feeling being a Dodger again, it feels like I've come home,” Hatcher said in a statement released by the team. “This is where my roots were and where I was taught everything about the game and where I learned about professionalism.
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December 8, 1990 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Having failed to acquire a left-handed starting pitcher or a second baseman, the Dodgers made a final-hour move Friday to keep free agents Fernando Valenzuela and Juan Samuel by offering them one-year contracts with arbitration rights. They also virtually guaranteed that free agent Mickey Hatcher would remain a Dodger by making him a similar offer. If the Dodgers had not made the offers, they would have had to wait until May 1 to try to re-sign the players. The players have until Dec.
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October 16, 1988 | BILL PLASCHKE, Times Staff Writer
It was the question of Saturday's game. It may become the question of this 85th World Series. Due to a lack of wind conditions and elevation calculations, not to mention a simple stopwatch, it could even become a Dodger question for the ages. Just how fast was Mickey Hatcher's home run trot? "Fast enough," Dodger third base coach Joe Amalfitano said, "that it was as if he thought they would suddenly change their minds and take it back."
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July 3, 1987 | SAM McMANIS, Times Staff Writer
Clubhouse clowns have been around about as long as, well, clubhouses. These characters, baseball players by profession but comedians by nature, provide valuable comic relief for teammates who sometimes forget they are just playing a game, not formulating Central American policy.
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February 10, 1989
Kirk Gibson and Mickey Hatcher will be honored by the Dodgers' 65 Roses Club, which benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Gibson as most valuable player and Hatcher as the inspirational player, Saturday night at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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April 13, 1991
As a native Californian and representative of the National Assn. of Mickeys, I want to express my outrage over the Dodgers' recent release of our beloved Mickey Hatcher. Mickey Hatcher gave hope to all young Mickeys in the Los Angeles area. He proved that any Mickey could make it in professional baseball, no matter how klutzy. How can any self-respecting Mickey ever bring himself to attend another Dodger game? Because of this, I am calling for a nationwide boycott of all Dodger games.
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June 12, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
A late-night comment by Albert Pujols after a 3-2 victory Monday shed some light on a problem that plagued the Angels during their dismal April and may have contributed to the firing of hitting coach Mickey Hatcher in May. "One thing we've been doing is we're really communicating well — that's something we weren't doing," Pujols said after the Angels improved to 15-4 since May 22 and moved to within 21/2 games of Texas in the American League...
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May 22, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
OAKLAND — Mickey Hatcher knows he has plenty of critics; they came out in full force on Internet message boards and radio call-in shows every time the Angels went into a prolonged offensive slump. What he didn't know until he was fired as Angels hitting coach last week was just how many friends he gained in 12-plus years on Manager Mike Scioscia's staff. "I'm in awe of all the people who have called — I've gotten thousands of calls from people in and out of the game, wishing me the best," Hatcher said by phone Tuesday during a round of golf at Coyote Hills in Fullerton.
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May 18, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN DIEGO -- Bud Black was a member of Mike Scioscia's original coaching staff with the Angels. Three of those coaches ascended to managerial jobs - Black with the San Diego Padres, Joe Maddon with the Tampa Bay Rays and Ron Roenicke with the Milwaukee Brewers. Never in Scioscia's 13 years had one of his coaches left involuntarily - until this week, that is. Hitting instructor Mickey Hatcher , another of Scioscia's original coaches, was fired by General Manager Jerry Dipoto . "Your initial reaction is surprise," Black said.
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May 17, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
No one anticipated the Angels would coax the superstar first baseman away from the only team he had ever known, from the fans that had adored him. Yet the Angels swooped in, signed him to the richest contract in franchise history and set sail for October. Then the season started. Soon after, so did the defeats, the dissension, and the dismissals. Albert Pujols, meet Mo Vaughn. This could be 1999 all over again. By the time the debacle of Vaughn's debut season was over, the players had staged a mutiny and the ownership had cleaned house.
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May 15, 2012 | By 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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May 1, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Whatever was said between first baseman Albert Pujols and hitting coach Mickey Hatcher in the wake of apparent friction between the two Monday night remained private on Tuesday. Pujols, who in April hit .217 with no homers and four runs batted in, the worst month of his career, was perturbed at Hatcher for telling reporters what Pujols said during a closed-door hitters meeting Monday, even though Pujols' comments, meant to instill confidence in his teammates, were fairly innocuous.
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October 21, 1988 | Jim Murray
The "weakest team in the history of the World Series" won it Thursday night. The team from Lourdes did it. They came in on crutches, so to speak, and went out dancing and wearing halos at a rakish angle. It was a script right out of "The Song of Bernadette." As this is written, they're throwing champagne around the visiting team clubhouse. They should be throwing holy water. World champions!? The Dodgers!? You got to be kidding! I mean, look, gang, we're not talking the 1927 Yankees here.
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February 7, 1991 | Associated Press
Mickey Hatcher, one of the top pinch-hitters in the National League in 1990, avoided arbitration when he agreed to a one-year contract with the Dodgers on Wednesday. Hatcher agreed to a deal worth $550,000, a $50,000 raise over his 1990 salary. He was asking for $600,000; the Dodgers offered $450,000. Hatcher, the Dodgers' primary right-handed pinch-hitter last season, led the team with 14 pinch-hits in 47 at-bats, a .298 average. Overall, though, he hit .
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