Brewers hire hitting coach Andy Haines , pitching coach Chris Hook and bullpen coach Steve Karsay


The Brewers named Andy Haines as hitting coach, Chris Hook as pitching coach and Steve Karsay as bullpen coach.

The Milwaukee Brewers filled the three openings in their coaching staff Monday, naming Andy Haines hitting coach, Chris Hook pitching coach and Steve Karsay bullpen coach.
In addition, the Brewers announced Jason Lane will return as assistant hitting coach and Scott Barringer has been hired as head athletic trainer.
News had leaked earlier of the hiring of Haines, who had been assistant hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs. He replaces Darnell Coles, who opted to look for work elsewhere and soon signed on as hitting coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Hook had been a longtime member of the minor-league staff, with 11 years of service in the organization, most recently as pitching coordinator for the system. He replaces Derek Johnson, who surprised the Brewers after the 2018 season by leaving for a more lucrative offer as pitching coach for the Cincinnati Reds.
Karsay, who pitched for 11 seasons in the major leagues, served the past three years as pitching coach for Cleveland’s Class AAA Columbus, Ohio, affiliate. He replaces Lee Tunnell, whose contract was not renewed by the Brewers.

Barringer, who had been assistant athletic trainer for the Houston Astros, replaces Dan Wright, whose contract also was terminated by the Brewers.
“We are happy to add Andy, Chris, Steve and Scott to our major league field staff,” general manager David Stearns said. “All four bring a high degree of skill and dedication to their respective positions and we look forward to their contributions to our team in 2019 and beyond.”
Hook, 50, has worked for several years with the Brewers’ pitching prospects, including young right-handers Freddy Peralta, Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff, who each made significant contributions at the major-league level during the charge to the NL Central crown and deep run into the postseason. He served for seven seasons (2008, 2012-’17) as pitching coach at the Class AA level (Huntsville and Biloxi) as well as three seasons (2009-’11) at Class A Wisconsin.

Prior to three years working for the Cubs, Haines, 41, spent eight seasons with the Miami Marlins, serving as a hitting coach and manager at the Class A and AAA levels. He began his coaching career at Olney Central Junior College in Illinois before moving on to Middle Tennessee State before working three seasons in independent professional baseball.
Karsay, 46, pitched in the majors from 1993-2005 with Oakland, Cleveland, Atlanta, the New York Yankees and Texas, appearing in 357 games (40 starts) and going 32-39 with a 4.01 ERA and 41 saves. He spent seven seasons coaching in Cleveland’s organization, from rookie ball to Class AAA.
The rest of the coaching staff remains intact, with bench coach Pat Murphy, third base coach Ed Sedar, first base coach Carlos Subero and Lane.

Prospect protection: Tuesday is the deadline for teams to add minor-league prospects to their 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft at the winter meetings next month.
The Brewers have several prospects eligible to be taken in the Rule 5 draft, including first baseman Jake Gatewood, outfielder Troy Stokes Jr. and right-handers Trey Supak, Cody Ponce and Carlos Herrera. As of Monday, they had only three openings on their 40-man roster.

New rookie nickname: The Brewers' relocated rookie-ball affiliate announced its new name: the Rocky Mountain Vibes. That Pioneer League franchise is moving from Helena, Mont., to Colorado Springs in place of the Brewers' previous Class AAA Sky Sox affiliate, which was moved to San Antonio.

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