Dale Svuem taking over as the Cubs’ manager left the Brewers without a hitting coach and today they filled the position with Johnny Narron, whose brother Jerry is Milwaukee’s bench coach.
Narron has lots of experience coaching and managing in the Brewers’ minor-league system and most recently served as the Rangers’ assistant hitting coach, working specifically with and mentoring Josh Hamilton after the two formed a relationship on the Reds.
Now he takes over an offense that’s likely to lose cleanup hitter Prince Fielder, but the Brewers have the reigning MVP in Ryan Braun and ranked fifth among NL teams in scoring while leading the league in homers.
The Fernando Rodney Experience hasn’t been a good one for the Twins thus far. The veteran closer served up three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to the Yankees on Thursday afternoon, erasing a 4-1 lead and blowing his third save in five opportunities.
In the ninth, Didi Gregorius reached on a throwing error by Miguel Sano. Giancarlo Stanton then singled, and Gary Sanchez followed up with a walk-off three-run home run.
Rodney, 41, now sports a 6.75 ERA on the year. He inked a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Twins back in December. The club has an option for next year worth $4.25 million. If things keep going the way they’re going, the Twins aren’t going to want to pick up that option.
The Twins may even want to think about moving Ryan Pressly or Addison Reed into the closer’s role, even if just temporarily. Pressly has been terrific, tossing 13 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts. Reed has a 2.25 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings.