Among the first moves the Brewers made this off-season after a dreadful second-half collapse were the release of hitting coach Johnny Narron and first base coach Garth Iorg. The Brewers brought back Darnell Coles from the Tigers to be hitting coach, but we had been waiting to see who the team would bring in to replace Iorg.
As it turns out, the Brewers won't be needing to hire a new coach. Instead, they will promote Mike Guerrero to the position of first base coach, reports Adam McCalvy.
Guerrero had been promoted to Milwaukee's major league staff in 2014 after managing the Triple-A Nashville Sounds for two seasons. Though he was not given a specific coaching role -- instead serving as an extra -- part of his duties included helping Iorg with infield instruction.
In the year prior to his promotion to the Brewers' staff, Guerrero had won the Mike Coolbaugh Award, presented by Minor League Baseball to "an individual who has shown an outstanding baseball work ethic, knowledge of the game and skill in mentoring young players on the field."
Guerrero began his minor league managerial career in 1995 with the Toronto Blue Jays before being hired by the Brewers the next year as camp director and manager of the Dominican Summer League club. He has, thus far, spent 18 years in the Brewers organization since being hired. He also spent eight total seasons with Milwaukee in their minor league system as a player.
With the promotion of Guerrero, it appears the Brewers coaching staff is officially set for 2015.