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Posted on: July 20, 2011 1:55 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Dodgers fire hitting coach

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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Posted on: November 22, 2010 1:54 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2010 1:54 pm
 

Dodgers announce coaching staff


The Dodgers have finalized the coaching staff for Don Mattingly, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, and the first-year manager will have a lot of experience to lean on.

Trey Hillman, replaced as manager of the Royals midseason, will be Mattingly's bench coach. Davey Lopes, former Brewers manager and long-time coach with the Phillies, returns to the original team he played for, taking over as first-base coach. Veteran Jeff Pentland will be hitting coach, assisted by "hitting instructor" Dave Hansen, the former pinch-hitting specialist who has been Arizona's organizational hitting coordinator.

Rick Honeycutt remains as pitching coach, the position he's held since 2006. Ken Howell is the only other holdover, staying on as bullpen coach. Former major league player and minor-league manager Tim Wallach will be third-base coach.

-- David Andriesen

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