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Are the Angels just shuffling deck chairs on a sinking ship by firing hitting coach Mickey Hatcher?

It's just the middle of May, and the Los Angeles Angels have fired Mickey Hatcher, their hitting coach.

Why they are doing this is pretty clear—the Angels are already seven games behind the Rangers, and their offense is in such poor shape that they've been outscored by the Mariners. Among American League teams, only the Twins have scored fewer runs per game. Despite having the advantage of the designated hitter, the Angels are outscoring only two NL franchises, and the Padres have the excuse of playing in Petco.

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April 1, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: March 16-28, 2005


Christina Kahrl

Roster cuts throughout Florida and Arizona provide fodder for Chris.

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Low-profile, moderate talent players overachieving on a national stage are a baseball tradition. Here are some of the best stories from postseasons past, and some others who could join the group this fall.


When Aaron Boone stepped in against Tim Wakefield in the 11th inning of the seventh game of last year's ALCS, Red Sox fans could be forgiven a bit of confidence. A mediocre player to begin with, Boone was having a terrible series at the plate, flailing his way to two base hits in 16 at-bats. But he promptly cemented a place in Yankees (and Red Sox) history by jacking a Tim Wakefield flutterball into the cheap seats, achieving a celebrity otherwise unimaginable.

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March 14, 2001 12:00 am

Derek in the Desert


Derek Zumsteg

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On my last day in Arizona, my brother and I decided to see a game in Tempe, which would let me catch a fourth game and still make my flight out of town from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport ("The Airport With the Needlessly Long Name"). Phoenix is about a two-hour drive from Tucson, along a two-lane highway that's filled with slow-moving trucks, aggressive SUV drivers, speed traps, and roadside memorials for people killed while drunk driving. The bridges over dry creeks have huge signs that read "No Parking on Bridge," which is strange, as there's no place to park and no reason to park there.

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