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Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher has a hot staff, is off hot seat
Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher has a hot staff, is off hot seat

The criticism of Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher last season was every bit as fierce as that of former hitting coach Mickey Hatcher in the weeks and months leading up to Hatcher's firing in May 2012. The 2013 rotation, which included two of the worst starters in baseball — Joe Blanton and Tommy Hanson — was ineffective as a whole, and a bullpen headed by combustible closer Ernesto Frieri and a slew of shaky setup men was a mess. The Angels, picked by some to reach the World Series, went 78-84 and failed to make the playoffs for the fourth straight season, leading to the dismissal of bench coach Rob Picciolo and hitting coach Jim Eppard. But Butcher remained, to...

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