The Brewers won’t renew the contract of hitting coach Andy Haines for the 2022 season, according to multiple reporters (including MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy). Assistant hitting coach Jacob Cruz may also be on the way out, as the Brewers have informed him that he is free to look into other job opportunities.
Haines was initially hired in November 2018, while Cruz joined the Brew Crew following the 2019 campaign. While Milwaukee has reached the playoffs in each of the last three seasons, the Brew Crew has often relied on pitching, defense, and a deep bullpen to bail out a lackluster offense. Since the start of the 2019 season, the Brewers rank 18th of 30 teams in runs, 21st in wRC+ (93), 28th in batting average (.238), 13th in on-base percentage (.322), and 20th in slugging percentage (.413). Milwaukee’s 24.7% strikeout rate is also the fifth-worst of any team over that three-year period.