Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Don't Blame Pujols for Hatcher's Exit

I've talked to Mickey Hatcher a couple of times at Fan Fest and other autograph opportunities.  He's a really great guy!  Always positive, always happy and always encouraging.  His wife seats near our season tickets, and she is always friendly and sweet.  Mickey is like a Rex Hudler.  A fan favorite and a strong hold in the community.  He is a presence with the Angels that will be missed, but sometimes even nice guys don't get the job done.

That said, I'm tired of reading posts and tweets from angry fans claiming this is just the first change made by management that is directly related to Albert Pujols.  You know what?  That's not really true.  Let's be honest, our offense hasn't been getting it done for a couple of years now.  If anything, Mickey's close friendship with Manager Mike Scioscia is the reason Mickey didn't lose his job back in 2009.  Your offense has to to support the pitching with runs.  We have an incredible pitching staff.  Santana should not be 2 and 5. 

It's not Albert Pujol's fault that Mickey got fired, but I'm sure he was the straw the broke the camels back.  The signing of the greatest player in the MLB today and then his sudden, dismal hitting slump simply made the decision more clear.  Mickey had to go.  It happens, he will be fine, and Angels fans will always have a special place in their heart for Mickey Hatcher.

On a different note - so glad to see Santana get the win last night.  I just love his smile.

Ervin Santana and my son JD - Little League Day 4/22/12

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