The Brewers have rounded out manager Craig Counsell’s staff, bringing in Steve Karsay as bullpen coach to work with new pitching coach Chris Hook.
Hook was promoted from pitching coordinator following 11 seasons in Milwaukee’s minor league system as an instructor. He’ll be joined by Karsay, an 11-year major league veteran who spent the past three seasons as pitching coach at Triple-A Columbus in Cleveland’s system. Karsay just finished his third season at the pitching coach at Class AAA Columbus and his seventh as a coach in the organization. Karsay pitched for the Indians from 1998 to 2001 before being traded to Atlanta for John Rocker.
Karsay, before his three-year stay at Columbus, was the pitching coach for Tribe affiliates in the Arizona Rookie League, Class A Lake County and Class A Carolina. He played a role in the development of Mike Clevinger and Shane Bieber, who filled out the backend of the rotation last season.
Milwaukee also added Andy Haines as hitting coach. Haines spent one season as assistant hitting coach for the NL Central-rival Chicago Cubs. He was the Cubs’ minor league hitting coordinator from 2016-17.
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Haines also spent eight seasons with the Marlins organization, where he managed Brewers outfielder and NL MVP Christian Yelich in the minors.
General manager David Stearns also announced Jason Lane would return as assistant hitting coach. Scott Barringer was named head athletic trainer.
“We are happy to add Andy, Chris, Steve and Scott to our major league field staff,” general manager David Stearns said. “All four bring a high degree of skill and dedication to their respective positions and we look forward to their contributions to our team in 2019 and beyond.”
Karsay, 46, pitched in the majors from 1993-2005 with Oakland, Cleveland, Atlanta, the New York Yankees and Texas, appearing in 357 games (40 starts) and going 32-39 with a 4.01 ERA and 41 saves.
The rest of the coaching staff remains intact, with bench coach Pat Murphy, third base coach Ed Sedar, first base coach Carlos Subero and Lane.
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