The Milwaukee Brewers have announced that hitting coach Darnell Coles and third base coach Ed Sedar will return for the 2016 season.
The Club did not renew the contracts of first base coach Mike Guerrero, pitching coach Rick Kranitz, bench coach Jerry Narron, outfield coach John Shelby and bullpen coach Lee Tunnell. The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns.
“Jerry, Rick, Lee, Mike and John have contributed to the development and growth of the Brewers organization in various capacities for many years. Their devotion to Brewers baseball and to Milwaukee is unquestioned,” said Stearns. “Decisions like these are challenging, but as our organization progresses through a period of change, we believe that new ideas and visions are needed in certain areas.”
Coles, 53, recently completed his first season on the coaching staff after he was named to the position last October 23. He is in his second stint in the Brewers organization, having served as minor league hitting coordinator (2010-11) and then manager at Double-A Huntsville (2012-13) during his first stint. Prior to his return, Coles spent one season (2014) as assistant hitting coach with the Detroit Tigers.
Sedar, 54, has been in the Brewers organization since 1992, including the last nine seasons (2007-15) on the Major League coaching staff. Sedar, who is the longest-tenured coach on the staff, has served as first base coach (2007-10) and third base coach (2011-15).
Guerrero, 47, completed his second season on the Major League coaching staff and his first as first base coach.
Kranitz, 57, spent five seasons as pitching coach with the Brewers. Narron, 59, and Shelby, 57, also spent five seasons on the coaching staff while Tunnell, 54, recently completed his third full season.