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What we learned: October 24, 2014

Today's lessons include a new hitting coach, Gold Glove finalists, and much more.

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Darnell Coles was named as the new hitting coach for the Brewers.

Two weeks ago, the Brewers announced that Ron Roenicke would return and that hitting coach Johnny Narron and first base coach Garth Iorg would not. They started a search for new coaches soon after that, and we now know who one of them will be. Yesterday, the Brewers announced that Darnell Coles will take over the position. Coles had been with the Brewers from 2010-2013 in the minor leagues at Double-A Huntsville. The Tigers hired him last season to be their assistant hitting coach, and now he will return to the Brewers organization. They are hoping familiarity with the hitters will help him work with them, and that some of the success the Tigers saw in their offense will carry over.

Jonathan Lucroy and Gerardo Parra were named Gold Glove finalists.

Yesterday afternoon, Rawlings announced their Gold Glove finalists for each position in each league. Two Brewers made the lists at their respective positions. Jonathan Lucroy was named as one of the finalists at catcher, and Gerardo Parra was also named as a finalist in right field. Lucroy's nomination is not much of a surprise, as he has been regarded as the best catcher in the National League this season. He will compete against Russell Martin and Yadier Molina for the title, who have combined to win the last seven awards at the position. Meanwhile, Parra's competition will be Jason Heyward and Giancarlo Stanton, and both are superstars at the position. The one notable snub this year is Carlos Gomez, who won the award in center field last year but was not a finalist this year. Instead, Billy Hamilton, Juan Lagares, and Denard Span were named for center field. There is an argument that Gomez wasn't as good defensively this year, but there is one candidate on that list that wasn't as good as Gomez. We will find out who wins the award at each position on November 4.

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