Bill Mueller joins the Cardinals as the assistant hitting coach after spending the 2014 season as the hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs.
This is the third coaching assignment for Mueller who served as interim hitting coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2007 season. He also worked in the front office of the Dodgers organization as a special assistant to the general manager from 2008-13.
The switch-hitting infielder was drafted in the 15th round of the 1993 draft by the San Francisco Giants and made his Major League debut for the Giants in 1996.
He played 11 seasons with four different organizations starting with the Giants (1996-2000, 2002), Cubs (2001-02), Red Sox (2003-05) and Dodgers (2006).
Mueller won the 2003 American League batting title with a .326 average. A season later, Mueller was a member of the 2004 World Champion Red Sox club which brought the city its first baseball championship in 86 years by beating the Cardinals. Mueller batted .429 (6-14) for the Red Sox in the 2004 World Series.
Over his playing career, Mueller played in the postseason five times, twice with the Giants in 1997 and 2000 and with the Red Sox from 2003-05, totaling 36 postseason games with a .234 batting average.
Mueller finished his career with a .291 batting average over 1,216 games, smacking 85 home runs with 493 RBI. His .373 on-base percentage as a third baseman ranks 6th since his debut in 1996, trailing only Miguel Cabrera, Chipper Jones, Alex Rodriguez, Wade Boggs and David Wright.
Mueller,44, is a native of St. Louis who attended and graduated from DeSmet Jesuit High School in Creve Coeur, before going on to play college baseball at Missouri State University. He and his wife Amy have three children, Lexi, Tucker and Dawson. His name is pronounced: MILL-erher Jeff Verplancke.