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Angels hire new hitting coach younger than Pujols

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Jeremy Reed, 37, replaces Eric Hinske in the important role.

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There’s a new sheriff in town for the Halo Blitz. That man is Jeremy Reed, former major league outfielder, reports Jon Heyman:

Reed, 37, was previously in the organization working for Billy Eppler, having been the minor league hitting coordinator for the past two seasons. His hiring continues an overhaul of Mike Scioscia’s staff. At 37 years of age, he will be advising Albert Pujols, someone older than him, on hitting. Let’s see how that goes!

Reed was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2002 MLB Draft by the White Sox. He’s been in a few trades with some solid names, including Miguel Olivo, Mike Morse, and JJ Putz. In 2006, Ichiro stole his starting role for the Mariners.

Reed is a career .252 hitter with 12 homers. Hopefully the old adage that the mediocre hitters make the best hitting coaches comes true! Welcome aboard, Jeremy!