The Milwaukee Brewers have been making a lot of noise this season and one of the reasons behind that is a strong front office and coaching staff. Apparently other teams have taken notice.
Amidst reports of other teams wanting to interview Milwaukee Brewers front office executives like David Stearns and Matt Arnold for GM positions, now apparently other teams are looking to take from the coaching staff on the field.
According to Robert Murray of The Athletic, the Texas Rangers have interest in Milwaukee Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy for their open manager position.
Murray reports that there hasn’t been an interview scheduled but they’ve at least talked to Murphy about possibly setting one up.
Would Murphy Leave?
As Murphy stated, he’s happy with his current position. But there’s always the chance he could at least interview. Murphy was with the Padres prior to joining Craig Counsell‘s staff and was the interim manager for the Friars to finish the 2015 season after Bud Black was fired. He has experience as a manager, and could look to get a manager gig again after being passed up for the full-time manager’s role in San Diego.
Then again, Murphy has a close relationship with Counsell in Milwaukee. Murphy was Counsell’s college coach at Notre Dame back in the day and the two remain good friends as Counsell leans on Murphy for guidance.
He has an influential role here in Milwaukee without the stress and title of being the manager. He’s also with a successful team in the Brewers that has a great group of players already together. The Rangers are going through a rebuilding process and aren’t going to be ready to contend in a stacked AL West for a couple of years.
Also, with the Brewers still being in the playoffs, I’m not sure if he even would be able to interview for the open manager position in Texas until after the Crew’s postseason run comes to an end. Should the Brewers make it to the World Series, the Rangers might have already gone through most, if not all of their interviews by then. That could keep Murphy out of the running.
This might be nothing at all and Murphy might not even want to interview for the job if he’s completely happy in Milwaukee. I suppose we’ll find out as the process goes along.