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With the month of April in the books, Albert Pujols is only hitting .217 with a .570 OPS and 0 home runs.The awful start seems to be getting to Pujols, as he recently expressed his displeasure with Los Angeles Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher for something incredibly benign.
Prior to Monday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, the Angels had a team meeting to try to cheer everyone up and get out of their current malaise (8-15 record, dreadful hitting).
Hatcher said that during the meeting Pujols got up and basically provided everyone with some rah rahs, saying he’s been on teams that struggled early on and not only will he get out of his funk but so will the team.
Nothing terribly exciting or interesting there.
But Pujols wasn’t exactly ecstatic with Hatcher’s revelation.
“Mickey should have never told you guys that. That stuff needs to be private. He should have never told the media. What we talked about at the meeting, not disrespecting Mickey, but that stuff should stay behind closed doors.”
Pujols also added that he will speak to Hatcher about the situation.
We get it, Albert. You’re stuck in a terrible, career-worst rut and your new team is the second worst team in the American League.
But now is not the time to start getting angry at your poor hitting coach for merely telling a vague version of a nice story.