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Michael Vaughn Hatcher

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Mickey Hatcher had a 12-year career in the major leagues. Although he drew few walks and had little home run power, he typically had a good batting average and was able to play outfield, third, and first base defensively. His whole major league career was with two teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins, and in the 1988 World Series he slugged .737, batting third in the lineup.

Hatcher was one year older than Pedro Guerrero, and as youngsters the two competed for playing time on the Dodgers.

Since his playing career ended, Mickey Hatcher has been a Texas Rangers coach in 1993 and 1994. After several seasons as a minor league manager, he spent part of the 1998 season on Los Angeles Dodgers coaching staff. Hatcher was also a minor league coach for the Albuquerque Dukes (1992, 1999) and Great Falls Dodgers (1995). From 2000 to 2012, Hatcher was a Los Angeles Angels coach. He was fired from his position as hitting coach on May 15, 2012, with the Angels in general and Albert Pujols in particular, off to a dismal start at the plate. He was replaced by Jim Eppard.

Hatcher also played college football as a punter and wide receiver at the University of Oklahoma and participated in the 1977 Fiesta Bowl. He was at Oklahoma at the same time as Joe Price.

His brother, Hal Hatcher, was a catcher in the Kansas City Royals farm system in the early 1980s.

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[edit] Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1996 Great Falls Dodgers Pioneer League 33-39 6th Los Angeles Dodgers
1997 Great Falls Dodgers Pioneer League 40-32 1st Los Angeles Dodgers Lost League Finals
1998 San Bernardino Stampede California League 29-48 -- Los Angeles Dodgers replaced by Joe Vavra on June 25

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