The Brewers hire Darnell Coles as their hitting instructor

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The Brewers fired Johnny Narron as their hitting coach a couple of weeks ago. Now they have a replacement: Darnell Coles.

Coles has been in the Brewers organization in the past, having managed their Huntsville team in 2012 and 2013. He was slated to move up to the Triple-A team in Nashville, but the Tigers offered him an assistant hitting coach position at the major league level. There were obviously no hard feelings from the Brewers — maybe they acknowledged that a big league coach’s gig is better than a minor league manager’s gig from a hotel and per diem perspective — so now he’s got their job.

The Brewers offense fell off a cliff at the end of 2014, taking with it their playoff hopes. Now Coles’ job is to bring a bit more consistency to the mix.