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Royster to Stay As Brewers Manager

April 30, 2002

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MILWAUKEE (AP) _ The Milwaukee Brewers named Jerry Royster their manager for the remainder of the season Tuesday, removing the interim title he took when he replaced Davey Lopes.

``Jerry is well prepared for this opportunity and is very excited,″ general manager Dean Taylor said. ``He has confidence in his abilities to lead this club, and we strongly share that belief.″

Taylor also appointed Cecil Cooper the team’s bench coach through the end of the season to fill the role formerly held by Royster.

Lopes, one of four major league managers fired in the first month of the season, was ousted April 18 with a 3-12 record following two losing seasons.

Royster won his first four games with Milwaukee before dropping the last six on the road.

He was in his third season as a bench coach with the Brewers. Royster also managed seven seasons in the minor leagues for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. He also played in the major leagues for 16 seasons.

Taylor interviewed five other candidates for the position, including Cooper. The others considered were Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach Bob Melvin, hitting coach Gary Matthews, first-base coach Dave Collins and third-base coach Gary Allenson.

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