11/12 Could Mueller be next coach?

The Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune both quote sources as saying former third baseman Bill Mueller is a candidate to be the Cubs’ new hitting coach. GM Jed Hoyer has said the team hopes to name manager Rick Renteria’s staff soon. Mueller played 11 seasons in the big leagues, including 173 games with the Cubs from 2001-02. He signed with the Red Sox in 2003 when Theo Epstein was the GM, and won the AL batting title that year. Mueller has worked for the Dodgers as a special assistant to the GM and as a scout.

Also, the Sun-Times reported Minor League instructors Gary Jones of the Padres and Bruce Fields of the Tigers are candidates to become base coaches.

4 Comments

I hope so!!!! I loved Mueller! Followed him and Mark Bellhorn when they were with the Red Sox in ’04.

I like the choice too. Where is Bill Buckner at these days,thought he was a minor league batting coach for the Cubs at one time. Another good candidate.

Bill Buckner has been the hitting coach at Short Season-A Boise for the past two seasons. I think he lives out there full time now, so maybe he doesn’t want to move to Chicago? The Cubs have said they are looking outside of the organization, so that indicates that either Buckner is not being considered or he already indicated to them that he doesn’t want the job. Otherwise, not a bad idea.

What about AAA hitting coach, Brian Harper? He defintiely knows hitting.

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