Brewers promote Pat Murphy to manager, Rickie Weeks to associate manager

Milwaukee is staying in house to fill its managerial vacancy and also adding a familiar face to the coaching staff.

The team announced Wednesday morning that they would promote Pat Murphy to replace Craig Counsell, who left to manage the Chicago Cubs last week.

“Pat Murphy brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and passion for the game of baseball as well as a familiarity with the Brewers organization, players, staff and culture,” GM Matt Arnold said in a release. “Pat has been a significant contributor in the run of recent seasons of unprecedented success in franchise history. We are pleased to have Pat remain in the Brewers family and excited to name him manager today.”

Murphy has served as the team’s bench coach since 2016, Counsell’s first full year in Milwaukee. He has a long history with Counsell, having coached him at Notre Dame in the early 1990s. After moving on from the Irish in 1994, Murphy was the manager at Arizona State for 15 seasons. He led the Sun Devils to four Pac-12 titles and made three trips to the College World Series, finishing as the runner-up in 1998.

The 64-year-old left the college game following the 2009 season and joined the San Diego Padres as the Special Assistant to Baseball Operations. He also managed a couple of the organization’s minor league clubs, including the Eugene Emeralds, Tucson Padres and El Paso Chihuahuas. When Bud Black was fired in 2015, Murphy took over as interim manager of the MLB club, going 42-54 before leaving for Milwaukee.

The team also made Weeks the associate manager. The former Milwaukee second baseman had spent the last two seasons serving as the assistant to player development. Weeks played 11 years for the Brewers, including earning an All-Star nod in 2011. He retired following the 2017 season.

“Rickie was a hard-nosed, homegrown player for the Brewers for many years and is now a valued member of our coaching staff,” Arnold said. “We look forward to him bringing many of the attributes that he possessed as a player into the dugout in his new role.”

The team will hold a press conference Thursday morning to introduce both men.