MLB: Milwaukee Brewers fire hitting coach Andy Haines after poor NLDS show
- Hitting coach Andy Haines' contract will not be renewed, Milwaukee Brewers said
- The team has also asked assistant hitting coach Jacob Cruz to explore other options
- The Brewers went scoreless in 33 of 36 innings and were shut out in Games two and three in the NL Divison Series
Major League Baseball side Milwaukee Brewers have fired hitting coach Andy Haines after the team managed to score a total of just six runs in their four-game National League Division Series loss to the Atlanta Braves. Haines had been with the Brewers as the hitting coach for the last three seasons.
Haines' contract will not be renewed, the Brewers announced on Wednesday. The team has also asked assistant hitting coach Jacob Cruz to explore other options while the Brewers search for a replacement for Haines.
"Andy is a very good coach and he contributed to a lot of wins here, and he deserves recognition for that. At the end of the day, we felt like this was the right time to make a change. This was the right time for a new voice, maybe a little bit of a different message, and really that's why we decided to go in this direction," the president of baseball operations for the Brewers David Stearns said.
"We tried to take the NLDS out of it a little bit. It was four games. And it's tough to draw much from four games," Stearns added.
Stearns noted that he anticipates that the rest of manager Craig Counsell's staff will return for the next season.
The Brewers appeared in the playoffs for the fourth straight season this year but ranked just 27th out of 30 major league teams in batting average and 20th in OPS. The Brewers still manufactured runs well enough to rank 12th in scoring.
But the postseason magnified the shortcomings of the offense. The Brewers went scoreless in 33 of 36 innings and were shut out in Games two and three.
Haines has a long history with 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich from their years in the Miami Marlins organization. Haines coached and managed in Miami's farm system from 2008 to 2015. Yelich was selected by the Marlins in the first round of the 2010 draft and remained with them until the Brewers acquired him in January 2018. After leading the NL in batting average and OPS in 2018 and 2019, Yelich has tailed off dramatically in the last two seasons.
Yelich went .248 with nine homers and 51 RBIs in 117 games this year and struck out looking with the tying run on first to end the Brewers' NLDS loss to the Atlanta Braves. He will make $26 million each of the next seven seasons, though $4 million of that will be deferred each year.