Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Kranitz replaces Peterson, as Crew reveals staff

The Brewers on Monday announced the coaching staff for the 2011 season, which includes the return of hitting coach Dale Sveum, bullpen coach Stan Kyles and third-base coach Ed Sedar, who was previously the first-base coach.
New to the staff next year will be pitching coach Rick Kranitz, who replaces Rick Peterson, bench coach Jerry Narron and first-base/infield coach Garth Iorg. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin made the announcement about the staff, which will work under first-year manager Ron Roenicke.
"The new members of the coaching staff bring an energy and work ethic needed for the marathon baseball season," Melvin said. "Each share the same goal of getting the Brewers back to the postseason. They have experience in both the development of young players and the ability to relate and teach players who are extending their Major League careers. The returning members of the staff are also excited and looking forward to working with new manager Ron Roenicke."
Kranitz, 52, joins the Brewers from the Orioles, where he served as the pitching coach from 2008 through last season. As pitching coach with the Marlins from 2006-07, Kranitz guided a staff which had four rookie pitchers produce at least 10 wins each in 2006.
In addition to his roles as a Major League pitching coach in Baltimore and Florida, Kranitz spent 22 years coaching in the Cubs' organization, holding positions at every level in the Minor Leagues, along with stints in the Majors as assistant pitching coach (1996-98, 2000-01) and bullpen coach (2002). Kranitz pitched for five seasons in the Brewers' farm system after being selected by Milwaukee in the fourth round of the 1979 Draft.
Narron, 54, takes over for Willie Randolph and brings more than three decades of experience in professional baseball as a player, coach and manager. He last worked in a Major League dugout as the manager of the Reds from 2005-07 and was previously manager of the Rangers (2001-02).
Narron has twice worked as a bench coach, coming in 2003 with the Red Sox and from 2004-05 with the Reds. The former catcher played eight seasons in the Major Leagues from 1979-87 with the Yankees (1979), Mariners (1980-81, '87) and Angels (1983-86).
Iorg, 56, spent the last four seasons as roving infield coordinator for the Brewers. He also spent time at the Major League level with Milwaukee, serving as third-base coach under interim manager Sveum in 2008. Iorg's previous first-base coaching experience came with the Blue Jays from 2001-02. The former infielder played nine Major League seasons, all with the Blue Jays (1978, 1980-87).
Sedar returns after briefly accepting a job with the Astros as their Minor League outfield/baserunning instructor, and he will make the move to third base from first base, where he will replace Brad Fischer. Sveum, who has been on the coaching staff since 2006, has served as hitting coach since '09, and Kyles will enter his third season as bullpen coach.
In addition, the Brewers named John Shelby outfield instructor/eye in the sky and Josh Seligman strength and conditioning specialist.
Shelby, 52, spent the last three seasons with Baltimore as first-base/outfield coach. He also held those positions with the Dodgers (1998-2005) and Pirates (2006-07). The former outfielder played 11 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Orioles (1981-87), Dodgers (1987-90) and Tigers (1990-91).
Seligman, 35, replaces Chris Joyner. He spent the last four years as Minor League strength and conditioning coordinator with the Marlins. He earned his bachelor's degree in sports medicine from Willamette University in 1998, and his master's degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Hawaii in 2004.

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