The Brewers front office is continuing to expand. Most recently, former Milwaukee second basemen Rickie Weeks was hired to assist in player development. Additionally former Pittsburg Pirates infielder Pedro Alvarez was brought on as an assistant in baseball operations and player development.
Rickie Weeks has joined the Brewers player development staff as an assistant. Former Pirates third baseman Pedro Álvarez (also bench coach Pat Murphy’s son-in-law) has also joined as an assistant for baseball operations and player development.
— Will Sammon (@WillSammon) February 4, 2022
Together, these two former players are bringing a ton of baseball experience to the front office.
Weeks played in the majors for 14 season with 11 of them being in Milwaukee. He is a former second overall pick in the 2003 MLB draft. In 2005 he finished sixth in rookie of the year voting and in 2011 he was elected to the All-Star game. He did not have an illustrious career full of accolades or awards, but he understands the amount of work required that goes into reaching the major leagues. It makes sense that he will be joining to serve a role in player development. He now will get the chance to help other minor league players on their path to the bigs.
Alvarez was a Brewer killer when in a Pirates uniform from 2010-2015. Like Weeks, he too was a former second overall pick just in the 2008 draft. Throughout his career, he appeared in one All-Star game and managed to win one silver slugger award in 2013. That year he led the National League in home runs with 36. Alvarez is Pat Murphy’s son-in-law, which explains why he ended up in Milwaukee as opposed to any of his other former teams.
Since last season, the Brewers have not been shy to add more staff whether it be in the front office or the coaching staff.
Along with the new additions of Weeks and Alvarez to the front office, former Phillies GM Matt Klentak was added on as a special assistant. When looking at the coaching staff, both Jim Henderson and Matt Erickson were internal promotions to the bigs. There also was the hiring of co-hitting coaching Connor Dawson and Ozzie Timmons.
With the evolution of the amount of technology and data available, it makes sense that front offices and coaching staffs are expanding. It additionally is pleasing as a fan to see a former player come back to the team where he spent most of his career with. In this case, it is a former player in Weeks and as well as previous division rival in Alvarez. In the end, they both should be great additions to the Brewers staff.
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