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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Kemp says he was 'shocked' at Hansen firing

By Mark Saxon

It took Dave Hansen less than three weeks after being dismissed as the Dodgers hitting coach to latch on in the same capacity with another team, the Seattle Mariners. The Dodgers are still searching for Hansen's replacement.

Matt Kemp said Wednesday he was surprised Hansen wasn't retained.

"Hanny helped me out with so many things as far as baseball-wise and just being a great friend," Kemp said. "I'm a little disappointed he's gone, but he got a job really, really quick. He's been a great person and I wish him all the best and I'll talk to him in spring training. He definitely helped a lot of people."

It's been difficult to gain a foothold as a Dodgers hitting coach lately. The team has gone through four of them since 2008. Hansen took over from Jeff Pentland in July of 2011.

Last year, the Dodgers finished 13th in the National League in runs, eighth in batting average, 10th in on-base percentage and 15th in slugging percentage.