From the LA Times:
Asked if he's stressing working counts and being more selective, Hatcher said, "More selective? You see how many pitches we take for strikes? Everybody says we're too aggressive. We take a lot of strikes. We're 0-2 a lot of times. That's the frustrating part. That's why Mike [Scioscia] is saying we're giving too many at-bats away. We've got to be ready to compete, and when you get your pitch, be ready to hit it."
I love how Mickey Hatcher says that the Angels are in a lot of 0-2 counts. I didn't believe him. And neither should you.
In Game 1 of the Oakland series (vs. Gaudin) the Angels had exactly ZERO 0-2 counts. In fact, there were only THREE instances where the Halos even allowed a second strike to be called against them (Willits on a 2-1 count, Matthews on a 2-1 count, and Izturis on a 3-1 count). Other than that, the Angels were hacking away!
In Game 2 of the Oakland series (vs. Haren) the Angels did indeed have TWO 0-2 counts: In the 1st inning with Anderson, and the 9th inning with Izturis. But...that was it. And, again, there were NO other times that the Halos allowed a second strike to be called against them. (Strikes ocurred, of course, but that was because they were swinging away)
I have always deferred to the idea that the hitting coach doesn't have much influence on major league hitters. After reading this, though, I'm not so sure anymore. That is one of the more pathetic quotes I have ever read from a professional coach/manager. Completely wrong. Completely ill-informed.
He has to go. Now.