Hitting coach Mickey Hatcher -- a decade into his role with the Angels -- helped guide Los Angeles' offense to another impressive showing in 2009. The Halos tied the Yankees for the most hits in the American League (1,604) and the Angels ranked first in the league with a .285 team average and a .297 average with runners in scoring position.
Things didn't come as easy for pitching coach Mike Butcher this season. The Angels' 4.45 staff ERA rated ninth overall in the AL, though injuries played a role. The Angels cycled through 14 different starters and 17 different relievers in 2009, and also dealt with the tragic death of young up-and-coming starter Nick Adenhart early in the year.
Through it all, the Angels still managed to win 97 games en route to their fifth AL West title in six seasons and their sixth trip to the postseason in the past eight years.
In the dugout, Scioscia leans on bench coach Ron Roenicke, who has been a coach with the Angels for the past decade. L.A. continues to be one of the game's best at moving runners from first to third base, meaning third-base coach Dino Ebel figures to remain a busy man during the AL Championship Series against the Yankees.
Other coaches include first-base coach Alfredo Griffin, bullpen coach Orlando Mercado and coach Steve Soliz.
Yankees: New York has some of the biggest superstars and personalities in baseball, and managing that aspect of a franchise can be as much of a challenge as in-game decisions.
In his second season at the helm, Yankees manager Joe Girardi has had the help of a solid coaching staff in assembling a roster that has worked with machine-like efficiency all year long. New York headed into 2009 with a brand-new ballpark and lofty expectations, and it has taken more than just the players to accomplish all the club has to this point.
Hitting coach Kevin Long has helped instruct an offense that was the most powerful in baseball this season. It certainly helped having stars such as shortstop Derek Jeter, third baseman Alex Rodriguez and first baseman Mark Teixeira, along with a new stadium that turned into a launching pad for power hitters this year.
The Yankees ranked first in the American League in runs scored (915), home runs (244) and total bases (2,703). New York and Los Angeles tied for first in the league with 1,604 hits. Only the Angels rated better than the Yankees in team average (.283) and average with runners in scoring position (.272).
New York pitching coach Dave Eiland has a future Hall of Famer in closer Mariano Rivera, but the coach's work with the rest of the bullpen helped the group become one of the best in the league. Overall, the Yankees' pitching staff -- led by the offseason acquisitions of starters CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett -- ranked fourth in the AL with a 4.26 ERA.
Next to Girardi in the Yankees' dugout is bench coach Tony Pena, who lends experience after serving as manager of the Royals from 2002-05. Third-base coach Rob Thomson also gives New York one of the most highly-regarded coaches in the game. Other coaches include first-base coach Mick Kelleher and bullpen coach Mike Harkey.
Edge: Even .