Former Angels scapegoat hitting coach Mickey Hatcher has found work in baseball, and it's back with the Dodgers. Hatcher has been hired as a special assistant to general manager Ned Colletti, the Dodgers announced in a press release Tuesday afternoon.
Hatcher, 57, began the season as the Angels' hitting coach, but was fired after they got off to a slow start offensively. He had been the Angels' hitting coach since 2000. During his tenure, the Angels won the World Series in 2002 and made the playoffs six times.
In getting hired by the Dodgers, one could say Hatcher is returning "home." In fact, Hatcher said it himself:
“It's a great feeling being a Dodger again, it feels like I've come back home,” said Hatcher in a statement. “This is where my roots were and where I was taught everything about the game and where I learned about professionalism. I'm excited about the opportunity to meet everyone in the organization and about the energy created by the new ownership. I couldn't be happier right now.”
He spent six seasons with the Dodgers as a player. The most notable part of his career was when he hit .368 with two homers, five RBI and a 1.137 OPS in the 1988 World Series, winning his only World Series ring as a player.
“Mickey's been a World Series champion both as a player and coach,” Colletti said in a statement. “His baseball experience, legendary passion for the game and tremendous attitude will be a huge positive for our organization.”
Hatcher's position with the Dodgers is said to include "player development as well as assisting the major-league staff."