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Milwaukee Brewers dismiss hitting coach Andy Haines

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Remaining coaches expected to return, though assistant coach Jacob Cruz

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Throughout the Brewers season, one of the major issues with the team was the offense. The decline of players such as Christian Yelich and Keston Hiura was unexpected, and the team had two scoreless games in the playoffs that was a major part of their exit from the postseason. After all of the team’s troubles throughout the season, some of the blame fell to hitting coach Andy Haines. With the season over, the Brewers decided to make a change, and not bring back their hitting coach.

Tom Haudricourt spoke with president of baseball operations David Stearns about the decision, who said that it was a tough decision to make. According to Stearns: “It was a very tough decision we grappled with over the last week. At the end of the day, this was the right time to make a change. The right time for a new voice.” As for assistant hitting coach Jacob Cruz, he will not be promoted to the hitting coach role and is free to seek a different opportunity. He could return as the assistant coach, but that won’t be decided until a new coach is brought in.

As for the rest of the coaching staff, Adam McCalvy reports that the plan is to bring the rest of them back. This includes bench coach Pat Murphy, pitching coach Chris Hook, first base coach Quintin Berry, third base coach Jason Lane, bullpen coach Steve Karsay. coach Walker McKinven, and bullpen catchers Nestor Corredor and Adam Weisenburger.