11/17/2006 7:22 PM ET
Mueller retires, joins front office
Veteran third baseman to serve as special assistant to GM
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers announced the retirement of third baseman Bill Mueller and have hired the 11-year Major League veteran as a special assistant to the GM, according to Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti.
"Bill's ability to draw from his experiences on the field and his bright mind will be a huge benefit to the Dodger organization," said Colletti. "He's a winner both on and off the field and we're very excited to add him to our team in the front office."
Mueller, 35, finishes his career with a .291 lifetime batting average, 85 home runs and 493 RBIs in 11 seasons with the Giants, Cubs, Red Sox and Dodgers. A former batting champion and Silver Slugger Award winner in 2003, he was a member of the 2004 World Championship Boston Red Sox.
"I'm really excited to begin this next step in my career," said Mueller. "I have great respect for Ned Colletti, and I look forward to learning from him and working with him and the rest of the front office."
Mueller joined the Dodgers last season but was limited to 32 games before surgery on his right knee forced him to miss the remainder of the season. He batted .252 with three homers and 15 RBIs while striking out just nine times in 127 plate appearances before the injury.
"I know the desire and dedication Bill brought to the ballpark," said Colletti. "Without question, it will be with those same characteristics that he takes this next step in his big-league career."
In 2003, Mueller enjoyed his best season in the Major Leagues, winning the American League batting title and Silver Slugger Award at third base while setting career highs in average (.326), hits (171), homers (19) and RBIs (85).
The Maryland native has made five postseason appearances, including the 2004 World Series, in which he hit .429 (6-for-14), helping the Red Sox sweep the Cardinals in four games.
In 1,182 career games in the field, primarily at third base, Mueller compiled a .958 fielding percentage.
Mueller played two previous seasons under Dodgers manager Grady Little while both were in Boston, and last year marked his third stint with Colletti, the first two coming when Colletti was the assistant general manager in San Francisco. Colletti was in that role when the Giants drafted Mueller out of Southwest Missouri State University in 1993.