Los Angeles Angels hire Eric Hinske to be new hitting coach
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Eric Hinske has been hired to be the Los Angeles Angels’ new hitting coach.
Angels general manager Billy Eppler announced the move Monday.
Hinske spent the past four seasons on the Chicago Cubs’ coaching staff, including three straight years as the assistant hitting coach on three playoff teams.
Hinske played 12 big-league seasons with seven franchises after winning the AL Rookie of the Year award with Toronto in 2002. A first baseman and outfielder, he won World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox in 2007 and with the New York Yankees in 2009.
He also made the World Series with Tampa Bay in 2008, joining former Angels hitting coach Don Baylor as the only players to reach the Series in three straight seasons with three different teams.
The Angels parted ways with hitting coach Dave Hansen nearly three weeks ago, shortly after their third straight non-playoff season ended. The Angels’ 1,314 hits were the second-fewest in the majors, and their .243 batting average was third-worst.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia plans no additional changes to his coaching staff for 2018.