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Cards remove Easler as hitting coach

Updated: July 13, 2001, 7:51 PM ET

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals moved the organization's two top batting coaches Friday, reassigning Mike Easler to the minors and elevating Mitchell Page.

The 50-year-old Easler was in his third season with the team. He met with general manager Walt Jocketty before Thursday's game and was quoted in Friday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch as saying he would be the "fall guy, whatever they want me to be."

Jocketty said Friday that Easler had not yet accepted the demotion.

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