MILWAUKEE, Wi. The Milwaukee Brewers have completed their coaching staff for the 2019 season as they named Andy Haines hitting coach, Chris Hook pitching coach and Steve Karsay bullpen coach. The Club also announced that Jason Lane will return as assistant hitting coach. In addition, Scott Barringer has been named head athletic trainer. These announcements were made today by General Manager David Stearns.
“We are happy to add Andy, Chris, Steve and Scott to our Major League field staff,” said Stearns. “All four bring a high degree of skill and dedication to their respective positions and we look forward to their contributions to our team in 2019 and beyond.”
Haines, 41, joins the Brewers from the Chicago Cubs, where he recently completed his first season as assistant hitting coach. Under Haines (and hitting coach Chili Davis), the Cubs led the National League in batting average (.258) and ranked second in on-base percentage (.333) in 2018. Haines previously served the Cubs as minor league hitting coordinator from 2016-17. Prior to his stint with the Cubs, Haines spent eight seasons with the Miami Marlins, where he joined the organization in 2008 as hitting coach with the Rookie
Gulf Coast League team before managing in the farm system from 2009-15 at Class-A Jamestown (2009), Class-A Greensboro (2010-11), Class-A Jupiter (2012-13) and Triple-A New Orleans (2014-15).
Haines began his coaching career in 2001 as an assistant coach at Olney Central Junior College in Illinois. He also worked in the same role at Middle Tennessee State University from 2000-05. From there, he gained experience as a third base coach with the Gary Railcats of the independent Northern League from 2005-06 and as manager of the Windy City Thunderbolts of the independent Frontier League in 2007, where he won the league championship and set the league
record for wins (68-28).
Hook, 50, will enter his 12th season in the organization. He recently completed his first season as pitching coordinator. Prior to that role, Hook spent six seasons (2012-17) as the pitching coach at the Double-A level (Huntsville and Biloxi). He joined the organization as pitching coach at Double-A Huntsville in 2008 and then spent three seasons (2009-11) in the same role at Class-A Wisconsin. Hook also has experience as a pitching coach with the Florence Freedom of the
independent Frontier League (2003-07) and at Northern Kentucky University (2000-02). The former right-handed reliever pitched 11 seasons (1989-99) professionally, including two seasons in the Major Leagues with San Francisco (1995-96).
Karsay, 46, joins the Brewers from the Cleveland Indians, where he recently completed his third season as pitching coach at Triple-A Columbus. He spent seven seasons overall coaching in the Cleveland organization, also serving as pitching coach with the Rookie Arizona League Indians (2012), Class-A Lake County (2013 and 2015) and Class-A Carolina (2014). Karsay pitched 11 seasons in the Major Leagues with Oakland (1993-94, ‘97 and 2006), Cleveland (1998-2001), Atlanta (2001), New York-AL (2002, ‘04-05)
and Texas (2005). He appeared in 357 games (40 starts), going 32-39 with a 4.01 ERA and 41 saves.
Barringer joins the Brewers from the Houston Astros, where he recently completed his second season as assistant athletic train
er. In his first season in that position (2017), Barringer was part of a group that was named Major League Baseball Athletic Training Staff of the Year, an award that is presented by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) and voted on by training staffs from throughout the league. Barringer also served the Astros as minor league medical coordinator in 2016. Prior to his stint with the Astros, Barringer served as a minor league athletic trainer in the Arizona Diamondbacks (2011-12) and Chicago Cubs (2013-15)
organizations. He earned his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from East Stroudsburg University and his master’s degree from East Carolina University.