The Brewers have found their successor to Craig Counsell.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Brewers are expected to name Pat Murphy as their next manager.
Brewers expected to name Pat Murphy their new manager, sources tell @TheAthletic. Murphy, Craig Counsell’s former coach at Notre Dame and his bench coach in Milwaukee from 2015 to ‘23, would become his rival in the NL Central.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 14, 2023
MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy added that the Brewers plan to name Rickie Weeks as their new bench coach.
A source confirmed to MLB dot com @Ken_Rosenthal's report that the Brewers are finalizing plans to promote Pat Murphy to manager. It's expected they will name former Milwaukee infielder Rickie Weeks to fill Murphy's former spot on the staff. The club has not confirmed.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) November 14, 2023
Matt Arnold told reporters at the GM Meetings last week that Murphy was a serious candidate for the managerial vacancy, and reports indicated that he first interviewed for the position before the Cubs hired Counsell.
Murphy joined the Brewers as Counsell’s bench coach prior to the 2016 season. He previously coached Counsell at the University of Notre Dame.
Murphy also coached at Arizona State University. He then entered the professional ranks as a Special Assistant to Baseball Operations for the San Diego Padres. Murphy managed the Padres’ Class A Short Season and Triple-A teams before being named interim manager after the Padres fired Bud Black midway through the 2015 season.
The Padres went 42-54 under Murphy, and the club dismissed him at the end of the season. He makes his official return to a managerial role eight years later, although he did fill in for Counsell on two occasions when he attended the high school graduations of his sons.
Weeks was the second overall pick in the 2003 June Amateur Draft and debuted with the Brewers that September. He served as Milwaukee’s primary second baseman from 2005 through 2013. He filled the short side of a platoon with Scooter Gennett in 2014, his last season with the Brewers.
In 11 years with the Brewers, Weeks hit .249/.344/.420 (108 wRC+), hitting 148 home runs and accruing 18.6 fWAR. He made the National League All-Star team in 2011.
Weeks wrapped up his career in 2017 after stints with the Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Tampa Bay Rays. He rejoined the Brewers before the 2022 season to assist with player development. The club promoted him to a special assistant role last week before news broke of Counsell’s departure, but it appears he will now return to the dugout instead.