LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers announced today that they have dismissed Hitting Coach Eddie Murray and have named Bill Mueller as Interim Hitting Coach, according to Dodger Manager Grady Little.
"Change is never easy but sometimes it is necessary and we feel that this is the best thing right now to help the team win," said Little. "Our offense hasn't lived up to our expectations and no one person is responsible for the results we've had this season. I have the utmost respect for Eddie Murray as a person and as a professional and I wish him nothing but the best."
Mueller retired at the end of the 2006 season with a lifetime batting average of .291 in 11 seasons with the Giants, Cubs, Red Sox and Dodgers. In 2003, he won the American League batting title and Silver Slugger Award and in 2004, he was a key member of the World Champion Boston Red Sox. Upon announcing his retirement, Mueller was named Special Assistant to General Manager Ned Colletti this offseason.
"Bill Mueller will serve as a very solid bridge as we look for our next hitting coach," said Colletti. "He already has a great reputation within the clubhouse and he has a very deep knowledge of our team and the rest of the league."