Darnell Coles becomes latest minor league manager to leave Brewers organization

Justin K. Aller

The former AA manager will become Detroit's assistant hitting coach.

By Opening Day 2014 the Brewers will almost certainly hire people to manage their minor league affiliates in Nashville and Huntsville. At the moment, however, both positions are back to the drawing board.

Today the Tigers announced they'd hired former Huntsville manager Darnell Coles as their new assistant hitting coach. Coles was a member of the Tigers for three of his 14 MLB seasons, but more recently he managed the Stars to a 124-153 record over the last two years. A few weeks ago Coles was promoted to AAA.

Coles is the second minor league manager to leave the Brewers organization this offseason. Earlier this month the Brewers reportedly reached an agreement with former Astros coach Dave Clark to manage at AA, but he also moved on to a job with the Tigers later that same week.

Coles had been promoted to replace Mike Guerrero, who has been added to the major league coaching staff. With him out of the picture, the Brewers now have managerial vacancies at each of their top two minor league affiliates. In related news, Huntsville and Nashville went a combined 116-166 last season, play in some of the worst facilities in each of their respective leagues and, as noted in this morning's Frosty Mug, the Brewers have failed to add any minor league free agents from outside the organization to improve their fortunes for next season.

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