Angels dismiss hitting coach Hansen

Oct 4, 2017 - 6:26 PM The Los Angeles Angels announced Wednesday that hitting coach Dave Hansen will not return for the 2018 season.

Hansen, 48, served in that capacity for the past two seasons following two campaigns as the Angels' assistant hitting coach.

No replacement has been named, but assistant hitting coach Paul Sorrento is staying on in his role for now, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Before joining the Angels, Hansen spent a year as the Seattle Mariners' hitting coach, a season as the Los Angeles Dodgers' hitting coach and several years coaching in the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks organizations.

The Angels, who finished out of the American League playoffs with an 80-82 record, were in the bottom half of the majors in most offensive categories despite the presence of two-time AL Most Valuable Player Mike Trout. The team's .243 batting average was the third-worst in the majors.

Hansen spent most of his 16-year major league career with the Dodgers. A pinch-hitting specialist, he played his last game in 2005 with the Mariners.

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