It has finally happened. Craig Counsell‘s long awaited hire is finally here as it has been announced that Pat Murphy will be the Milwaukee Brewers bench coach for the 2016 season. Here is a look at why a reunion with his former college coach is a good thing for the Brewers’ organization.
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Since the time Counsell took over stories circulated that the Brewers wanted to bring in Murphy and now he is here. Murphy is best known for his prestigious college coaching career that includes time at both Notre Dame and Arizona State University. At Notre Dame he coached Counsell and at ASU he led his team to two College World Series appearances and was even named Baseball America’s Coach of the Year in 1998. He also spent the last five seasons working in the San Diego Padres organization.
While he doesn’t have a whole ton of major league experience, (he was interim manager with the Padres to close the 2015 season) he is a great teacher which again fits perfectly into the Brewers’ future.
This move along with the move to bring in Derek Johnson as pitching coach are great steps in the right direction to not only mold the young players but also continue to direct them to play the game the right way. Counsell wants a “dream staff,” and with that dream is getting closer to reality.