Angels Promote Dave Hansen To Hitting Coach

The Los Angeles Angels have promoted Dave Hansen to hitting coach and Paul Sorrento to assistant hitting coach.

Near 24 hours after filling the hole left at their pitching coach position, the Los Angeles Angels filled the other missing hole in the coaching staff by promoting Dave Hansen to hitting coach.

Hansen, 46, has spent the last two seasons as the Angels assistant hitting coach, with part of the 2014 season as the lead hitting coach when Don Baylor suffered a broken right thigh bone. Hansen has past experience as a hitting coach, spending the 2013 season as the Seattle Mariners lead hitting coach, and held the same position with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 and part of the 2011 season. Prior to his coaching days, Hansen was a Minor League Hitting Coordinator for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Hansen, a native of Southern California, played 15 years in the Major Leagues with the Dodgers, Mariners and Padres. He finished his career batting .260 with 187 runs scored, 79 doubles, 35 home runs and 222 RBI.

Taking Hansen's position as assistant hitting coach will be Paul Sorrento. Sorrento has spent the past four seasons with the Angels organization, with the last three as the team's Minor League Hitting Coordinator. Sorrento was the hitting coach for the Angels Class-A Advanced affiliate, Inland Empire 66ers, in 2012.

Sorrento, 49, played 11 seasons in the Major Leagues, playing for Minnesota, Cleveland, Seattle, and Tampa Bay. Sorrento held a .257 career batting average with 166 home runs and 565 RBI.

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