Former Dutch team manager Pat Murphy in a weird situation

Dutch baseball fans will remember Pat Murphy as manager of the Dutch national team.

Pat Murphy is the current manager of the San Diego Padres’ AAA team, the El Paso Chihuahuas. Recently the Milwaukee Brewers showed interest in the AAA manager to become one of their MLB coaches. The normal procedure is that clubs will let their staff go if they can make a promotion elsewhere; but not this time.

What could this mean? Are the Padres keeping him in cold storage in case they will fire Bud Black. The Padres are 20-20 under his helm and the club’s brass is not happy with that result. According to one sourc,  the club, keeping Murphy has nothing to do with the current results of the club and Bud Black being on the hot seat. They see that Murphy has a big influence on players. Another source says that the club believes that letting an AAA manager go during the season, would create a chaotic situation inside the organization.

Murphy is highly touted by Dustin Pedroia and Andre Ethier, both former Arizona State University players, Besides having managed the Sun Devils, Murphy also managed the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. In 1987 he managed the Dutch national team in their quest to clinch a spot in the 1988 Olympic Baseball Tournament. Even though the team went to the Olympics and the Dutch baseball federation offered him to stay, he returned to Notre Dame. Then in 2000, Murphy also managed the Dutch. Under his helm the team beat Cuba at the Sydney Summer Olympics. This was the first time that the Dutch beat the Cubans at an important international tournament.
Murphy is with the Padres organization since 2010 as they hired him Special Assistant to Baseball Operations. in the years after 2010, he managed the Padres A short season team, the Eugene Emeralds (in 2011 and 2012). From 2013 Murphy is at the helm of the Padres AAA team, first the Tucson Padres and since 2014 the El Paso Chihuahuas.

Don’t be surprised to see Pat Murphy at MLB level, as a coach or as a manager, later this year.

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