Big Milwaukee Brewers news right now is that Pat Murphy is set to become the franchise’s next skipper. His promotion from bench coach to manager came in response to Craig Counsell leaving for the division rival Chicago Cubs. Regardless of the circumstances, Pat Murphy will be the next man in charge.
Pat Murphy’s promotion means that there currently is a vacancy in regards to the bench coach position. According to several reports numerous sources have indicated that one current Milwaukee Brewers wall of honor member will fill that opening.
Former Milwaukee Brewers player Rickie Weeks reportedly will serve as the team’s next bench coach (report).
During the Brewers managerial search Rickie Week’s name came up as a potential candidate. The former player has spent the past two seasons operating as an assistant to player development. Milwaukee did promote him to a special assistant to player development earlier this off-season, but now it appears that he will be making a return to the dugout.
Rickie Weeks, who played 11 out of his 14 MLB seasons in a Brewers uniform, last played baseball in 2017. After retiring from playing he went back to school and earned a degree in sports management at Florida International University. Upon returning to the Brewers he had his sights set on his post playing career not ending in the front office.
“I’m pretty open-minded right now, but at the same token I have some things in my head that I want to do. It’s not for me to even say right now, but you always want to climb, you always want to get to the top.”
-Rickie Weeks after being hired by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Seeing how Rickie Weeks name was mentioned in the Brewers managerial search it’s safe to assume that he has his sights set on managing someday. By accepting a bench coach position this could serve as a way to receive mentorship and experience before potentially becoming a manager in the future.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Murphy played college baseball at Florida Atlantic University and four years in the minor leagues with teams including the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres.
As a coach, Murphy led Notre Dame to NCAA regional finals and Arizona State University to Pac-10 championships and College World Series appearances. He set an NCAA record with his ASU team for not being shut out in 506 consecutive games
Murphy worked with the San Diego Padres as a Special Assistant and minor league manager, served as the Padres' interim manager in 2015, and later joined the Milwaukee Brewers as a bench coach. In 2023, he was promoted to the Brewers' manager.