LOS ANGELES (AP) -The Dodgers fired Hall of Famer Eddie Murray as hitting coach Thursday - a 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.
Bill Mueller, hired as special assistant to general manager Ned Colletti during the offseason, will serve as interim hitting coach.
The Dodgers led the NL with a .276 batting average and a .348 on-base percentage last year - Murray's first as their hitting coach - and reached the playoffs as the NL wild-card team. They're 38-28 and percentage points behind NL West-leading San Diego despite hitting just .261 and averaging 4.4 runs per game.
``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,'' manager Grady Little said in a statement. ``Our offense hasn't lived up to our expectations, and no one person is responsible for the results we've had this season.''
The 51-year-old Murray is one of only three players in big-league history to get 3,000 hits and hit 500 homers. A switch hitter who spent most of his career with the Baltimore Orioles, he played for the Dodgers from 1989-91 and again in 1997 before retiring with 3,255 hits and 504 homers.
The 36-year-old Mueller retired at the end of last season with a lifetime batting average of .291 in 11 seasons with the Giants, Cubs, Red Sox and Dodgers.
``Bill Mueller will serve as a very solid bridge as we look for our next hitting coach,'' Colletti said. ``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.''
Mueller hit .326 for the Red Sox to win the AL batting championship in 2003, and was a member of Boston's world championship team the following year.

Recent MLB Discussions

TRAP GAMES BEWARE on Sat, May 2016 by Timmy1961
MLB PLAYS FOR SAT. THE 28TH on Sat, May 2016 by Timmy1961
MLB Trends Saturday, May 28 on Sat, May 2016 by Blade

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Rangers' Darvish draws first start vs. Pirates How far can the Rangers’ rotation carry them this year? The organization could have a pretty clear idea in just a few hours.
Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Mets Prediction Will their Mets pick up their third consecutive win when they host the Dodgers tonight at 7:15PM ET?
Thumbnail Twins vs. Mariners Free Pick The Seattle Mariners hope to slow down a slightly surging Minnesota Twins tonight when they face off at 10:10PM...
Thumbnail Astros vs. Angels Pick With two struggling aces on the mound, who will prevail as the Los Angeles Angels host the Houston Astros tonight at...
Thumbnail Will Yankees' Pineda have Rays' number? The Bronx Bombers are on an absolute tear away from Yankee Stadium, and they’re excited to have Alex Rodriguez back in the saddle.
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages