April 23, 2014

Brewers get rid of bullpen coach

The Milwaukee Brewers fired bullpen coach Stan Kyles today.  Minor League pitching coordinator Lee Tunnell replaces Kyles on an interim basis.

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said, “It is important that we make every effort to try to improve our bullpen performance.”  “While Stan is not solely responsible, I felt this change was the first step and was necessary.  Stan has been a loyal member of the 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, knowledge and personality will be missed.”

Tunnell is in his fourth season on the Brewers organization.  Prior to that, he’s spent time with the Cincinnati Reds and Texas Rangers.

Brewer relievers have gone 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 ERA and 29th in opponent batting average (.274).

Kyles had served as the Brewers bullpen coach since 2009.