Mitchell Page, who began 2010 as the hitting coach for the Quad-Cities River Bandits but left the team a month into the season for "personal reasons," died in his sleep Saturday night at the age of 59.

Page was a former major leaguer who worked as the hitting coach at the major-league level for both St. Louis and Washington over the past decade.

He had re-joined the Cardinals organization one year ago after a six-year absence, leaving St. Louis in 2004 for what was described as "health-related issues" unrelated to alcohol treatment he had sought three years into his tenure on the Cardinals' major-league staff.

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