Well, it stood to reason that somebody was bound to take the fall for the huge slump that befell the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second half of the season. Some wanted it to be manager Don Mattingly, others felt it should be general manager Ned Colletti. But ultimately, it wound up being hitting coach, Dave Hansen.
According to various reports, the Dodgers will not bring back Hansen for the 2013 season. He has, however, been offered another position in the organization but there is no word on whether he will accept.
Much was expected out of the Dodgers after all the trades that brought back star talent. However, quite the opposite happened. After the acquisitions of Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino and Adrian Gonzalez, the Dodger bats repeatedly disappeared game after game and in crucial situation after crucial situation.
They did come on strong late in the season as they closed in on a potential wildcard berth, though it was not enough for Hansen to maintain his job.
Hansen spent 10 years over two separate stints as a player with the Dodgers. He thrived as a pinch hitter, setting a major league record for pinch hit home run in a season with seven.
Unfortunately for him though, he was the fall guy for the Dodgers failure to produce hits and runs.