|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hitting coach Mickey Hatcher talks to a group of more than 80 youngsters at the Cal Poly Pomona baseball camp on Aug. 3.|
|Hatcher demonstrated proper hitting techniques and signed autographs for the group of baseball campers.|
Mickey Hatcher, hitting coach of the first-place Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, entertained a group of more than 80 youngsters at the Cal Poly Pomona baseball camp on Aug. 3 at Scolinos Field.
Hatcher, who starred for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a five-game series win over Oakland in the 1988 World Series and hit the game-winning home run in the final game, spoke for about 25 minutes with the youngsters and fielded questions from the entertained group. He then demonstrated proper hitting techniques and finished his visit by signing autographs for the group of baseball campers.
Hatcher stressed the importance of learning proper baseball fundamentals at a young age and having the discipline and work ethic to use those tools throughout their baseball careers. He said many Major League Baseball players follow the same practices taught by Cal Poly Pomona head coach Mike Ashman and his staff at the camps.
When Hatcher asked the group how many of them wanted to play in the majors, nearly every youngster promptly raised his or her hand.
“It was a great opportunity for the kids to get instruction and to hear stories from a guy who played for 12 years in the Major Leagues and has spent the last six years as a Major League hitting coach,” said Ashman. “Mickey is someone who worked hard for everything he earned as a player and he stressed to the kids the importance of hard work. These kids got a rare chance to interact with one of the top hitting coaches in baseball.”
Under Hatcher's tutelage, the 2004 Angels finished with the highest batting average in team history (.282). He was also the hitting coach when the Angels won the 2002 World Series title.
The Broncos' baseball camp runs through Friday, Aug. 5.
A few Cal Poly Pomona summer camps remain. The men's basketball program has one-week camps Aug. 8-12 and Aug. 22-26, while the women's basketball program has a one-week camp remaining Aug. 14-18.
For more information on summer camps, call (909) 869-2810 or visit dsa.cpp.edu/athletics/sportscamps/default.asp.