Cardinals introduce Bill Mueller as new assistant hitting coach
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DETROIT - AUGUST 8: Bill Mueller #11 of the Boston Red Sox hits against the Detroit Tigers on August 8, 2004 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. The Red Sox defeated the Tigers 11-9. (Photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images) By Tom Pidgeon
ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) - Along with news of the St. Louis Cardinals trade for outfielder Jason Heyward, the Cardinals also announced the hiring of a new assistant hitting coach.
Former Major Leaguer Bill Mueller was named as the replacement for David Bell, who was promoted to the Cardinals' bench coach at the beginning of November.
"He was someone that we talked about 10 days ago, then I met with him face-to-face last Monday in Arizona and we had a really great conversation," said GM John Mozeliak. "He was excited to be a part of the Cardinals so we made him a job offer."
Mueller, a St. Louis native, grew up in Maryland Heights and attended DeSmet High School before playing collegiately at Missouri State.
Mueller's major league career spanned 11 seasons in which he played for the Giants, Cubs, and Red Sox, before finishing his career in 2006 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
A .291 career hitter, Mueller saw his production increase during his three seasons in Boston, batting .326 and finishing 12th in the AL MVP voting in 2003.
Mueller will be tasked with improving a Cardinals offense ranking 23rd in runs scored and slugging percentage during the 2014 campaign.
Mueller last served as the Chicago Cubs hitting coach during the 2014 season.