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Enters first full season as Angels hitting coach in 2013 and his 11th in the Angels organization...Began 2012 campaign as hitting coach at Triple-A Salt Lake, before being appointed to the Major League staff on May 15 (replacing Mickey Hatcher)...Angels finished year leading the Majors in team batting average (.274), after ranking 14th prior to Eppard's promotion...Spent previous nine seasons (2003-2011) with Salt Lake as hitting coach...In 2011, the Bees tied for fifth in the PCL in batting average at .289 and ranked third with 51 triples... During the 2010 season, Mark Trumbo led all of Triple-A in home runs (36) while Peter Bourjos set PCL records for hits and runs scored in July...In 2008, the Bees finished sixth in the league in average at .285, fifth in home runs (168), and fourth in the league in total hits (1,426)...Salt Lake owned a .289 average in 2007, finishing fourth in the PCL, while in 2006, the team was second in the circuit with 798 runs scored...Previously, he spent eight seasons in the Colorado Rockies' Minor League system...In three seasons as the hitting coach for Triple-A Colorado Springs (2000-2002), the Sky Sox never finished lower than sixth in the PCL in batting average (sixth in 2002, second in 2001, and third in 2000)...Served five season as a manager in the Rockies system (1995-1999), compiling a 181- 223 record and leading the 1997 Portland Rockies to a postseason appearance.


Played professional baseball for 12 years, including four at the Major League level with the Angels and Toronto Blue Jays...Made Major League debut with Angels as a pinch-hitter on September 8, 1987, and singled in first plate appearance against Royals starter Mark Gubicza...Recorded four multi-hit games in June 1988, and finished the month batting .345 (10-39) with a double, five RBI and three walks...Appeared in 76 games with Angels across three seasons, before signing with Toronto prior to the 1990 season...Won Minor League batting titles in 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1990...While with Edmonton in 1987, led the PCL with a .341 average...Played collegiate baseball at the University of California and was selected in the 13th round of the 1982 Draft by the Oakland Athletics...Full name is James Gerhard Eppard.

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