The St. Louis Cardinals appear to like former Chicago Cubs coaches. They added their second in two years with Monday’s hiring of new assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller. St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak made the announcement during his afternoon press conference on the Jason Heyward trade.
Mueller, 43, was Chicago’s hitting coach in 2014 before resigning last month. A week prior, Mueller’s hand-picked assistant hitting coach, Mike Brumley, was fired by the organization and he apparently left in protest. Last season, the Cubs led the majors in strikeouts and ranked 28th in on-base percentage.
Before joining the Cubs, Mueller spent the prior eight seasons in the Dodgers organization. The last six were as a special assistant in professional scouting with his only other pro coaching experience being Los Angeles’ interim major league hitting coach during the second half of the 2007 season.
As third baseman, Mueller was active for 11 major league seasons, with San Francisco, the Cubs, Boston and the Dodgers from 1996-2006. He won the 2003 American League batting title while a member of the Red Sox. The native of Maryland Heights, Missouri and former Southwest Missouri State player now lives in Chandler, Arizona.
With the Cardinals, Mueller takes over the assistant hitting coach reigns from the Cubs’ third base coach in 2013, David Bell. Bell was recently promoted to be St. Louis’ bench coach for 2015.
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