Brewers Fire Bullpen Coach

Now…if we can just fire the rest of the bullpen.

The Brew­ers’ strug­gling bullpen has pro­duced another casu­alty. Long­time coach Stan Kyles was “relieved of his duties” today, accord­ing to the team.

Lee Tun­nell will replace Kyles on an interim basis and report to the team on Tues­day. Kyles had been in his cur­rent role since 2009 and coached in the Minor Leagues before that.

It is impor­tant that we make every effort to try to improve our bullpen per­for­mance,” Brew­ers gen­eral man­ager Doug Melvin said in a state­ment. “While Stan is not solely respon­si­ble, I felt that this change was the first step and was nec­es­sary. Stan has been a loyal mem­ber of the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers orga­ni­za­tion for 11 years. His hard work and ded­i­ca­tion has been an inte­gral part of the Brew­ers’ suc­cess and is greatly appre­ci­ated. His pro­fes­sion­al­ism, per­son­al­ity and knowl­edge will be missed.”

Tun­nell is  his fourth sea­son with the orga­ni­za­tion and had been Minor League pitch­ing coor­di­na­tor. Prior to that role, he spent three sea­sons with the Reds as interim bullpen coach (2006) and pro scout (2007–08). He also coached in the Rangers orga­ni­za­tion for nine sea­sons (1997–2005).

Brew­ers reliev­ers are 15–26 with a 4.80 ERA this sea­son. The bullpen has recorded the most losses and blown saves (20) in the Major Leagues and ranks 28th in ERA and 29th in oppo­nent bat­ting aver­age (.274).

True story.  I went to Fri­day night’s game with my brother and two of his friends.  Mid­way through the 6th — with the Crew up 6 — 0 and start­ing pitcher Mike Fiers being pulled — I turn to my brother and go, “Well, with the way the bullpen’s going, you just hope it’s enough.”

Thank­fully, they held the lead and only one Nation­als bat­ter even reached third the rest of the game.

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