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6.15.2007

What The Hell?

Eddie Murray back in the day.After completing a three-game sweep of the NL East-leading New York Mets in which they got 31 hits and scored 18 runs, the Los Angeles Dodgers fired Hall of Famer as their hitting coach.

General manager Ned Colletti claims the move has been a long time coming. Bill Mueller, hired as special assistant to Colletti during the offseason, will serve interim.

The Dodgers led the NL with a .276 batting average and a .348 OBP last year - Murray's first as their hitting coach - and made it to the playoffs with the wild card. Right now, they are 10 games above .500 (38-28) and 1/2 a game behind the NL West-leading San Diego Padres despite hitting just .261 and averaging 4.4 runs per game.

The 51-year-old Murray is one of only three players in the history of the game to get 3,000 hits and hit 500 homers, so I'm pretty sure he knows what he's doing. A switch hitter who spent most of his career with the Baltimore Orioles, he played for the Dodgers from 1989-91 and again in '97 before retiring with 3,255 hits and 504 longballs.

[LA Times] | [Baseball Toaster]


1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

So, Bill Mueller is expected to be a better job?

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