Dodgers fire Eddie Murray

There are no Hall of Famers in the Dodgers dugout anymore. Murray was let go as hitting coach and replaced on an interim basis by recently retired infielder Bill Mueller. The team's blog has the press release, and there are stories at the LAT and ESPN that don't get to the bottom of why Murray and why now. Daily News beat writer Tony Jackson blogs that "I had a sense this was coming....I really thought when they decided to do this that they would replace him with either Bill Robinson or Mike Easler, so I'm not sure if Mueller will be the guy for the rest of the year or not. Interesting that they waited until after they scored 18 runs in a three-game series to do this." In a second post, Jackson writes "Those two guys are both VERY familiar with the kids, aka Kemp, Loney, Abreu, etc. And don't forget, Robinson was the hitting coach for the Marlins when the won the World Series in 2003, a team that had Juan Pierre as its leadoff man. And, believe it or not, he was a very productive leadoff man for that club, and the case could be made that it was Pierre's best season."

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