By Matt Snyder
The Los Angeles Dodgers have fired hitting coach Jeff Pentland and promoted Dave Hansen to take over the job (Ken Gurnick via Twitter). The move comes after a four-game Dodgers losing streak in which the Dodgers scored only six runs.
Only the Padres have scored fewer runs in the NL this season than the Dodgers, who have the All-Star combo of Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp sitting in the middle of the batting order. Still, the Dodgers rank 15th in slugging percentage and 10th in on-base percentage in the NL.
Pentland has served as the hitting coach for four different ballclubs -- Cubs, Royals, Mariners and Dodgers. He took over as the Cubs hitting coach in 1997 and was largely credited with changes to Sammy Sosa's approach before the famous 1998 season -- in which Sosa hit 66 home runs en route to winning the NL MVP. Since then, however, his successes have been fewer and further between.
Hansen, 42, has never been a major-league hitting coach. He has served as the Dodgers secondary hitting instructor since November of 2010. He had 2,100 career plate appearances in 15 major-league seasons and served much of his career as a pinch-hitter.
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