It just keeps getting worse for Albert Pujols in his new baseball life in Anaheim. In the latest episode of Albert Angst, he’s being blamed for the Angels’ firing of longtime batting coach Mickey Hatcher.
After 12-plus seasons in the role, Hatcher was abruptly dismissed Tuesday night. The move was surprising, given the close friendship between Hatcher and Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia. They’ve been pals since their days (1987-1990) as teammates with the LA Dodgers.
Scioscia immediately put Hatcher on his staff upon being hired as Angels manager in 2000. The baseball buddies made the playoffs six times and won the 2002 World Series.
Scioscia had fiercely defended Hatcher from criticism through the years. But those days are gone. If anything, Scioscia should be concerned over his own job status. His substantial power within the Angels’ organization is fading.