The Milwaukee Brewers are going with longtime bench coach Pat Murphy as their next manager. Pat Murphy, who previously coached at Notre Dame, Arizona State, and served as the San Diego Padres interim manager, spent eight seasons working alongside Craig Counsell. He now will get an opportunity to be the man in charge.
After news of his promotion broke out one of his former players endorsed that he will be a good manager. That player was Austin Hedges in which he had lots of good things to say about Pat Murphy as well as his style.
Austin Hedges endorses the managerial style of new Milwaukee Brewers manager Pat Murphy.
On MLB Radio Austin Hedges joined the broadcast to discuss the Milwaukee Brewers hiring of Pat Murphy. His opinions were based on his experience working with Pat Murphy when he first entered the league. Overall he is a big fan and believes that special things can happen when players buy in.
“I am a huge Pat Murphy fan. I love that guy a lot. He’s meant a lot to me and my career… I had him 18, 19 years old, basically just got drafted. That relationship was really important to me. How to grow up, how to get tougher. Murphy has a very intense way of coaching and leading..and if you buy into it it’s really special and powerful…he’s one of those guys that if you play the game the right way he will take a bullet for you, but he’s also going to be intense at the same time.”
Austin Hedges, who was on the 2023 World Series champion Texas Rangers team, is currently a free agent. The 31 year old could re-unite with Pat Murphy in Milwaukee for the Brewers currently only have two catchers on their 40-man roster. William Contreras is their obvious everyday catcher, but Austin Hedges could play a back up role while prospect Jeferson Quero continues to develop.
It will be interesting to see if Austin Hedges and Pat Murphy’s history together ends up connecting them together in Milwaukee or not. It’s clear that Austin Hedges likes Pat Murphy’s style, so perhaps he will buy in and join the Brew Crew.