The Miami Marlins were certainly not the best hitting team when it comes to situational hitting but they were near the top in batting average. The Marlins lost their hitting coach as we wrote about previously, and they have now filled the vacancy. The Marlins promoted John Mabry to hitting coach and hired Bill Mueller as assistant hitting coach.
Marlins Promote John Mabry to hitting coach, hire Bill Mueller as assistant
The Marlins continued their trend of having their hitting coach leave and hiring the assistant to replace him. Mabry will likely be a continuation of the same philosophy last year, where low strikeouts and high average is the priority, but power might not be the biggest of priorities. Does that speak to the kinds of hitters Bendix and Kapler will bring in or will that just be the focus? Mabry in his career approached .300 a few different seasons, and never hit over 13 home runs.
Bill Mueller comes in as an assistant and has a similar career record to that of Mabry. Mueller hit 19 home runs one season and 12 was the next highest total. Mueller hit for average with a career .291 average, and he led the league in 2003 with a .326. Seems like he will be a great add to the hitting coach staff and will likely be on the same page as last season’s staff.
Mueller has been with the Nationals as a player development coach since 2022, and the Nationals have seen a huge increase in young players talent. He will be a great asset with the young hitters on the roster and could perhaps help a few of them turn the corner from average to good.
The Marlins are looking to improve in several power hitting categories are they fill their roster for 2024. Peter Bendix will have a tall task to get the power number up, as the Marlins ranked 22nd in home runs, 27th in RBI, and 26th in runs. All of those areas need to improve, and signing 1 to 2 big players will have an impact.
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