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Brewers notes 9/23

September 23, 2011

Morgan named High-Energy Player of Year

MILWAUKEE — Fan favorite Nyjer Morgan is the “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year,” the Brewers and We Energies announced before Friday’s game against the Marlins.

Morgan, whose on-field performance and off-field personality have made him incredibly popular in his first year with the Brewers, received 61 percent of the vote.

Voted on by the fans, media and We Energies staff, the “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year” award is given each year to the player who best personifies the characteristics of hard work and an aggressive approach to playing the game.

Second baseman Rickie Weeks won the award in 2010, and Morgan also joins previous winners Craig Counsell (2009), Ryan Braun (2008), Prince Fielder (2007) and Bill Hall (2006).

Guerrero replaces Money as Sounds skipper

MILWAUKEE — Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Thursday the club accommodated a request from Don Money in moving the former All-Star from his Triple-A Nashville manager role to a player development special instructor.

Money was interested in cutting down on the travel he had been doing as the Sounds manager in the Pacific Coast League, and had approached assistant general manager Gord Ash about making a change, Melvin said.

“It’s something that Don wanted. … He talked to Gord about it back in August,” Melvin said. “[Money]’s going to be hitting instructor in Helena, and then be in camp and Minor League camp and available to help around wherever we need him.”

The Brewers announced the move Thursday along with the club’s player development staffs at Triple-A Nashville and Double-A Huntsville, each of which will feature a new manager for the 2012 season.

Mike Guerrero was named Sounds manager after spending two years in the same capacity with the Stars. Joining Guerrero in Nashville will be Al LeBoeuf, who will serve as a coach after recently completing his second season as a coach for the Stars. The Brewers will announce the Triple-A pitching coach at a later date.

Before the changes were announced, Guerrero had already joined the Brewers on the road this week.

“Mike, he’s been with us a lot of years,” Melvin said of Guerrero, who recently completed his 16th season in the Brewers organization.

With Guerrero moving up, the new Stars manager will be Darnell Coles, the former Minor League hitting coordinator for the Brewers. John Curtis will remain in Huntsville as the pitching coach for the Stars, and Dwayne Hosey will be a coach on the staff after spending the last two years with Class A Brevard County.

Replacing Coles will be Sandy Guerrero, who spent the previous three seasons at Nashville. The rest of the Brewers’ roving instructors will remain the same next season with Charlie Green as field coordinator and catching instructor, Lee Tunnell as pitching coordinator, outfield and baserunning instructor Reggie Williams and Bob Miscik, infield instructor.

“Sometimes things can get stale when you’re in one place for too long,” Melvin said. “You look for new challenges and something new, and Sandy’s very good. This gives him the chance to use his expertise with everybody in the organization.”

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