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Why won’t the Padres let their Triple-A manager join the Brewers’ coaching staff?

Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks - Game 3

Craig Counsell

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Last week Craig Counsell replaced Ron Roenicke as Brewers manager and he wanted to add his old college coach and longtime friend, Pat Murphy, to Milwaukee’s coaching staff.

One problem: Murphy is currently the Triple-A manager in the Padres organization and Ken Rosenthal of reports that they “have balked at letting him go.”

According to Rosenthal “some in the industry view the Padres’ actions as highly unusual” and there’s even speculation that they want to keep Murphy around in case he’s needed to replace current Padres manager Bud Black.

Padres officials deny that, saying simply that they value having Murphy in the organization, but officials from other organizations who spoke to Rosenthal about the situation are “skeptical.” Normally when someone working in the minors has an opportunity to work in the majors teams don’t really stand in their way, but in this case the Padres are putting up a fight.

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