Eddie Murray was fired as hitting coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers today, in only his second year in the position with the ball club. The team hit .276 overall last year, with an on-base percentage of .348, and reached the playoffs as the wild-card in the National League. This year, they are 38-28, but are hitting just .261 as a team while averaging only 4.4 runs per game.
“Change is never easy, but sometimes it is necessary, and we feel that this is the best thing right now to help the team win,” manager Grady Little said in a statement. “Our offense hasn’t lived up to our expectations, and no one person is responsible for the results we’ve had this season.”
Clearly there is one person who is responsible for the lack of hitting, as Murray was the only coach to be let go. A switch hitter for most of his career, Murray is one of only three players with 3,000 career hits and 500 home runs, despite never hitting 40 home runs in a single season. He retired in 1997 with 3,255 hits and 504 home runs.