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Coaching staff interviews

Adam McCalvy provides an update on the coach hunt:

Gary Pettis interviewed this week, and general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ned Yost had sit-downs planned Wednesday with Ed Sedar and Jim Skaalen. All three are currently coaching in the Brewers' Minor League system. Pettis and Sedar are being considered for the first-base opening, and Skaalen for the hitting post.

This doesn't happen very often, but I feel like a bad Brewers fan--I had never heard of Sedar or Skaalen.  Here's what McCalvy (not, clearly, a bad Brewers fan) has to offer about them:

Skaalen has 26 years of player development experience as a coach, manager, instructor or administrator, and has served as Milwaukee's roving Minor League hitting coordinator for the last seven seasons. He has seven years of managerial experience with Rangers and Padres affiliates.


Sedar has been the Brewers' Minor League field coordinator since 2002 and has also managed eight seasons in the team's system, the last two at rookie Helena. He has previously served as the Brewers' roving Minor League outfield and baserunning instructor.

McCalvy has more tidbits:

  • Paul Molitor is not under consideration.
  • Neither is Ken Macha, who was just fired from his job with the A's.
  • Chris Chambliss and Ron Jackson, both recently fired from MLB hitting coach jobs (Cinci and Boston, respectively), are on the list.
While I'll probably bang the drum for Tim Raines until a decision is made, I'd be really surprised if Gary Pettis doesn't get the first base job.  He's been a top guy in the minor league system for a while and he has all the MLB pedigree you could ask for.  The hitting coach job will be the tricky one, and I'd imagine the guy who fills that role will come from outside.