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Mueller to coach Cubs?

November, 12, 2013
11/12/13
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Former Chicago Cubs third baseman Bill Mueller could be in line for a position on new manager Rick Renteria's staff, according to a source familiar with the situation. Mueller is a former hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers and is a possibility to fill that role for the Cubs.

The source also believes Renteria will bring "at most two coaches with him from San Diego and probably just one." It's most likely that coach will not come from the major league staff. Roving minor league instructor Gary Jones is the leading candidate to accompany Renteria to Chicago, according to the source.

Mueller played for the Cubs in 2001-02, eventually making his way to Boston from 2003 to '05, where the current Cubs front office got to know him. He was the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers for a short time after retiring and still works for the Dodgers.

"As an organization it's pretty obvious we have to get on base more and that's something we're going to be talking about in those hitting coach interviews," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday.

Mueller's career on-base percentage (.373) would rank 13th all-time for third basemen if he qualified.

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