The Brewers finally got the coaching direction they've been looking for this offseason.
Milwaukee announced its finalized coaching staff to the public Monday, including the return of "long forgotten" third base coach Ed Sedar, along with hitting coach Dale Sveum and bullpen coach Stan Kyles.
The hiring of new manager Ron Roenicke has brought a sense of urgency and aggressiveness to Milwaukee, and with it come some new faces along the way.
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 Lorg.
"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."
Once a former Brewers farmhand, Rick Kranitz has since been a pitching coach for Baltimore and Florida.
Kranitz was part of the resurgent Orioles ball club of late last season and now finds himself in the hands of Melvin and company in Milwaukee
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Kranitz, 52, served as the pitching coach in Baltimore from 2008 through last season. Kranitz was also a pitching coach for the Marlins from 2006-2007, including administering a staff that had four rookie pitchers that each produced 10 wins or more in 2006.
Narron, 54, takes over the reins once held by Willie Randolph, bringing more than 30 years of experience as a player, coach and manager to Milwaukee.
However you'd like to put it, the Brewers will be well coached and well prepared for the start of the season.
It looks to be quite the year for Milwaukee in 2011.
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