Tacking on to an already busy day of acquiring Jason Heyward in a blockbuster trade, the Cardinals have hired Bill Mueller as their new assistant hitting coach.
Mueller resigned as the Cubs’ hitting coach in early October after one season on the job at least in part because he was unhappy with the firing of his assistant hitting coach, Mike Brumley.
It’s possible Mueller wouldn’t have stuck around in Chicago once the manager switch was made from Rick Renteria to Joe Maddon anyway. And now he’ll get to work with Heyward and a previously very good lineup that struggled in 2014.
PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks extended manager Torey Lovullo’s contract through the 2024 season.
The deal is the third straight one-year extension for the longest-tenured manager in team history.
Lovullo is 446-483 in seven seasons, with one playoff appearance.
Lovullo led the Diamondbacks to the 2017 National League division series his first season and a winning record the next two. Arizona general manager Mike Hazen stuck with Lovullo after an injury-filled 110-loss season in 2021 and the Diamondbacks have enjoyed a resurgence this year.
The Diamondbacks enter against Atlanta 35-24, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the NL.