Brewers fire bullpen coach

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Updated: July 30, 2012

The Brewers announced Monday that their bullpen coach Stan Kyles had been dismissed. Kyles will be replaced on an interim basis by Lee Tunnell, the Brewers’ minor league pitching coordinator.

The announcement was made by general manager Doug Melvin.

“It is important that we make every effort to try to improve our bullpen performance,” said Melvin.  “While Stan is not solely responsible, I felt that this change was the first step and was necessary. Stan has been a loyal member of the Milwaukee Brewers organization for 11 years. His hard work and dedication has been an integral part of the Brewers’ success and is greatly appreciated. His professionalism, personality and knowledge will be missed.”

Tunnel is in his fourth season in the organization. Prior to the pitching coordinator role, he spent three seasons with the Cincinnati Reds as interim bullpen coach (2006) and pro scout (2007-’08).  He also coached in the Rangers organization for nine seasons (1997-2005).

Brewers relievers have gone 15-26 with a 4.80 ERA this season. The bullpen has recorded the most losses and blown saves (20) in the major leagues and ranks 28th in ERA and 29th in opponent batting average (.274).

Kyles had served as bullpen coach for the Brewers since the 2009 season.

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