Angels won’t let A’s interview hitting coach Dave Hansen

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Oakland lost hitting coach Chili Davis to the Red Sox over the weekend and yesterday there were reports of the A’s being interested in replacing him with Angels assistant hitting coach Dave Hansen.

Hansen served as the interim hitting coach following Don Baylor’s leg injury on Opening Day, but the assumption was that if the Angels intend to reinstate Baylor to the full-time role Hansen may want to seek out a hitting coach gig elsewhere.

Not so fast, says Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, who reports that the Angels “have no desire to allow” the division rival A’s to interview Hansen. She even quotes a source saying the “A’s will have to look elsewhere to fill their need.”