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Brewers Announce Reported Coaching Hirings

Derek Johnson (left) & Pat Murphy

Derek Johnson (left) & Pat Murphy

OFFICIAL RELEASE

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced the hiring of Derek Johnson as pitching coach and Pat Murphy as bench coach. In addition, the Club has announced the return of bullpen coach Lee Tunnell to the 2016 staff. The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns.

“We are excited to announce the additions of Derek and Pat to our coaching staff and that Lee will return,” said Stearns. “Combined with Ed (Sedar) and Darnell (Coles), we believe that we are assembling a staff that embodies the type of culture that we are looking to instill throughout our organization.”

Johnson, 44, replaces Rick Kranitz as pitching coach. He joins the Brewers from the Chicago Cubs, where he served as pitching coordinator from 2013-15. Prior to that role, Johnson enjoyed 11 seasons as the pitching coach at Vanderbilt University from 2002-12. Over his last three seasons at Vanderbilt, he served as associate head coach in addition to pitching coach. Among others, Johnson guided the collegiate careers of 2012 Cy Young Award-winner David Price and current Oakland Athletics ace Sonny Gray.

Murphy, 56, replaces Jerry Narron as bench coach. He spent the previous six seasons in the San Diego Padres organization, joining the Club as a special assistant to the baseball operations department in 2010. He went on to manage at Class-A Eugene (2011-12), Triple-A Tucson (2013) and Triple-A El Paso (2014-15) before being named Padres interim manager last June 16. Along with his professional managing experience, Murphy had successful college stints as the head coach at the University of Notre Dame (1988-94) and Arizona State University (1995-2009). While at Notre Dame, he coached current Brewers manager Craig Counsell.

Tunnell, 55, returns for his fourth full season as bullpen coach. In 2015, the Milwaukee bullpen led the National League in strikeouts (548) and ranked second in winning percentage (23-15, .605), fifth in ERA (3.40) and fifth in opponent batting average (.238).

Brewers Announce Coaching Staff Changes

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.