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COACHING CAREER

Enters 13th season as Angels' hitting coach and 36th season in professional baseball...His 2009 hitters set several franchise records including batting average (.285), Avg. with RISP (.297), hits (1,604), runs (883), and RBI (841)...Under his guidance, 2007 Angels set club-record with .284 batting average, topping previous Angel record of .282...Club also hit a best-ever .305 at home...In 2002, Angels set franchise bests in hits (1,603), doubles (333) and extra-base hits (517)...In debut season as hitting coach (2000), Angels' .280 batting average was fifth-highest in club history (also posted franchise-best 236 home runs)...In 1999, served as hitting instructor under Mike Scioscia for Dodgers' triple-A affiliate Albuquerque...Following dismissal of Dodgers' manager Bill Russell, joined interim manager Glenn Hoffman's staff as first base coach/hitting instructor (June 24, 1998 - rest of season)...Began season as manager of single-A San Bernardino...Spent two previous seasons (1996-97) as manager of Dodgers' rookie-level Great Falls after serving as coach there in 1995...Led Great Falls to Pioneer League finals in 1997...Worked as first base coach for Texas in 1993-94...Began coaching career at Albuquerque, first as player-coach in 1991 before becoming third base coach in 1992.

PLAYING CAREER

Played 15 years professionally, including 12 in major leagues...Appeared with Dodgers six years (1979-80, 87-90) and Minnesota six years (1981-86)...Compiled .280 career batting average as first baseman, third baseman and outfielder...Also made one appearance as pitcher vs. St. Louis, May 4, 1989...Starred for Dodgers in 1988 World Series title over Oakland, batting .368 (7/19) with two home runs and five RBI...Hit game-winning homer in final game...Struck out just 246 times in 3,377 career at-bats (once every 13.7 at-bats)...Led A.L. by striking out once every 19.2 at-bats in 1985 and every 19.7 at-bats in 1983...Tied Twins' club record with nine straight hits, April 27-28, 1985...Named Most Improved Twin in 1983, batting career-best .317...Made major league debut with Dodgers, Aug. 3, 1979...Earned minor league all-star honors each of first three pro seasons (1977- 79)...Won Pacific Coast League batting title in 1979 with .371 average.

PERSONAL

Played baseball and football at University of Oklahoma during 1976-77 season...Earned second team All-American honors in baseball...Participated in 1977 Fiesta Bowl as wide receiver and punter...Attended Mesa Community College (1974-76), earning junior college All-American honors in baseball and football...Graduated from Mesa (AZ) High School in 1974...Brother, Hal, was catcher in Kansas City's farm system from 1980-85...Assists Angels Community Relations with baseball clinics and conducts batting clinics for charity...Full name is Michael Vaughn Hatcher.

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