Cardinals hire Bill Mueller as assistant hitting coach

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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.