With the end of a disappointing season closing in, some speculation had begun about which coaches would return and which would not. The Brewers ended that speculation today with a release saying that all of their coaches will return in 2014. This move shows that the organization still has confidence in the coaching staff, even after a rough season in 2013.
There will be a few changes in responsibilities for the staff, though. John Shelby will remain with the team as an outfield coach and assistant hitting coach, but will not be in the dugout. Currently, there is no word on whether he will continue his duties as the Brewers "eye in the sky" during games. Also, Nashville manager Mike Guerrero has been added to the staff to assist with infield instruction and other duties to be assigned.
Doug Melvin had the following quotes on the decisions:
"While this season has not been what we had hoped, I believe the continuity with Ron Roenicke's coaching staff is important," said Melvin. "With the Club having 12 rookies and the arrival of a new group of Brewer farmhands, our coaches have worked hard to blend our young players' development with our experienced players as we work toward getting back to the postseason."
"Mike Guerrero is being rewarded for the loyalty and hard work that he has provided the Brewers' minor-league organization for many years," said Melvin. "With the majority of his baseball career spent with the Brewers, Mike has touched and assisted in the development of a large number of past and present players."
Here is the complete staff for 2014:
- Ron Roenicke (manager, 4th season)
- Jerry Narron (bench coach, 4th season)
- Rick Kranitz (pitching coach, 4th season)
- Johnny Narron (hitting coach, 3rd season)
- Lee Tunnell (bullpen coach, 2nd season)
- Garth Iorg (first base coach, 4th season)
- Ed Sedar (third base coach, 8th season)
- John Shelby (outfield coach, 4th season)
- Mike Guerrero (infield coach, 1st season)
- Marcus Hanel (bullpen catcher, 15th season)*
* - Marcus Hanel wasn't officially announced as returning, but Adam McCalvy on Twitter confirmed that it's safe to assume he will be back.