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Mike Easler
Outfielder
Born: November 29, 1950 (1950-11-29) (age 59)
Cleveland, Ohio
Batted: Left Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 5, 1973 for the Houston Astros
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1987 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Batting average     .293
Home runs     118
Runs batted in     522
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Michael Anthony Easler (born on November 29, 1950 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder with a 14 year career from 1973 to 1987 and is a minor league hitting instructor for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He played for the Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies all of the National League and the California Angels, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees all of the American League. He played first base, outfield and designated hitter. He was nick named "Hit Man" during his playing career and hit a career high .338 in 1980. After his major league career, he played two seasons with the Nippon Ham Fighters in the Japanese Leagues in 1988-89 and one season with the West Palm Beach Tropics of the Senior Professional Baseball Association.

After his retirement, he managed the independent league team Miami Miracle in 1990. He was the hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1992, the Boston Red Sox in 1993, and the St. Louis Cardinals from 1999-2001. He returned to independent baseball in 2004, managing the Florence Freedom for part of the season.

He was the hitting coach for the Jacksonville Suns in 2006 and was the hitting coach for the Las Vegas 51s in 2007.

Dodgers hitting coach

On January 22, 2008, Don Mattingly, who had been announced as Joe Torre's hitting coach, chose not to take on the position citing personal reasons. The Dodgers named Easler, their Triple-A coach, as the new hitting coach on Torre's staff.

Easler was dismissed as the Dodgers' hitting coach on July 9, 2008 when it was announced Mattingly would be returning to his role after dealing with turmoil in his marriage. Easler returned to his role as a minor league hitting instructor for the remainder of the season and then left the organization.

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Preceded by
Bill Mueller
Los Angeles Dodgers Hitting Coach
2008
Succeeded by
Don Mattingly
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