Whatever was said between first baseman Albert Pujols and hitting coach Mickey Hatcher in the wake of friction that arose between them Monday night remained private Tuesday.
Pujols, who in April hit .217 with no homers and four runs batted in, the worst month of his career, was perturbed at Hatcher for telling reporters what he said during a closed-door hitters meeting Monday, even though Pujols' comments, meant to instill confidence in his teammates, were fairly innocuous.
"Mickey shouldn't have said that," Pujols said after the game. "No disrespect, but I'll talk to Mickey about that."
Asked Tuesday whether he spoke to Hatcher, Pujols said, "Come on, man. All that stuff is personal. We don't discuss it in the media." Hatcher, under fire for the Angels' hitting woes during an 8-15 start, tried to defuse the situation.
Angels' Albert Pujols, Mickey Hatcher stay mum on clash
Los Angeles Times | May 2