Brewers: Bench coach Pat Murphy candidate for Mets Manager Job?
The Milwaukee Brewers are possibly in danger of even more turnover in their coaching staff heading into the 2020 season.
Shortly after the 2019 season ended, the Milwaukee Brewers announced that first base coach Carlos Subero would not be returning to the club as the Crew sought a new voice at his position.
Everyone else was welcomed back for the 2020 season, but that hasn’t stopped the members of the Brewers staff from looking at other possible jobs.
With a bunch of managerial openings this winter, and a few of them already filled, the Brewers hadn’t seen any of their coaches connected to those jobs, until now.
Enter Pat Murphy.
The Mets Job
A few days ago, Mets Insider Andy Martino tweeted out the possibility of a “bombshell” candidate for the Mets manager job.
So naturally, everyone got caught up in the fun of a mystery candidate and started naming outside the box candidates. From David Wright to Jessica Mendoza to AJ Hinch to Alex Rodriguez, a whole bunch of names were thrown out there.
But not the right one.
Apparently that bombshell candidate is Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy, according to Ken Rosenthal.
This was one of the few names that people on Twitter didn’t throw out there as a candidate. This flew as under the radar as it could be, until Rosenthal just uncovered it.
Pat Murphy’s Experience
Outside of the initial surprise of the news, upon closer inspection, Murphy is a highly qualified managerial candidate. He’s been the bench coach for Craig Counsell for the past four seasons, and was previously the interim manager for the San Diego Padres after Bud Black was fired. Prior to getting that job, he managed in the minor leagues in the Padres organization.
Murphy was also the head coach at Notre Dame back several years ago when he coached Craig Counsell as a player, and was the longtime head coach at Arizona State.
A great baseball mind, Murphy would be a solid choice as a big league manager. Could he handle the pressure of New York and getting the most out of a franchise that has a former agent as their GM and can never consistently win? Possibly.
However, like most former Mets managers, the reasons for the failures of their teams has less to do with how they do their job and more with how ownership and front office personnel do their jobs.
Given Murphy’s multiple interviews with the club, there’s a very good chance the Brewers could be looking for a new bench coach very soon.