Well, it took about half of a year, but the Milwaukee Brewers finally got their man. Back when Pat Murphy was still managing the El Paso Chihuahuas this spring -- with Bud Black still in charge of the Padres' bench -- the Brewers requested to interview Murphy to serve as their bench coach, and were shot down. This led to speculation that Black was on the hot seat, and Murphy was being retained to serve as his replacement. One month later those murmurs became reality, but Murphy finished the season with a worse record than Black, and was cut loose immediately following the season's last game.
When Murphy became a free agent, naturally everyone wondered if he'd be heading to Milwaukee after all. Sure enough, it became unofficially official this morning, and our pals at Brew Crew Ball were all over it. As noted in that post, Murphy will be serving beneath his former pupil; Brewers manager Craig Counsell played college ball for Murphy at Notre Dame. The San Diego Union-Tribune's Dennis Lin adds that the hiring will be made officially official next week; I assume following the conclusion of the World Series.