It was just announced that Angels Manager Jerry Dipoto addressed the media that the clubs batting coach Mickey Hatcher has been fired. Dipoto also added that it was time for a new blood since the team is struggling offensively. Hatcher will be replaced by Jim Eppely the triple A hitting coach. Word has it that Mike Sciocia was not present during Dipoto’s announcement. Hatcher and Sciocia has been life long friends. I imagine that this must be hard for Mike to accept. Mickey has been the Angel’s batting coach for 13 years. I wonder if this is also connected to the problems Hatcher has been having personal problems with the struggling Albert Pujols. I have a hard time believing that Hatcher has something to do with Pujol’s .197 batting average. Albert only has 1 HR and 12 RBI’s. On the other hand the Angels other first baseman Mark Trumbo has 6 HRs 16 RBIs with a .330 batting average. Something smells fishy to me. I hate to see Hatcher go.