MILWAUKEE (AP) _ The Milwaukee Brewers, hoping to change their losing tradition, hired Davey Lopes today as their manager.

Lopes, the San Diego Padres' first-base coach, was introduced by Milwaukee general manager Dean Taylor as the Brewers' 12th manager.

Milwaukee has had seven straight losing seasons. Lopes, perennially a bridesmaid for past managerial openings, finally landed a job by impressing new GM Taylor and team president Wendy Selig-Prieb.

Lopes, 53, replaces Phil Garner, fired in August after nearly eight seasons with Milwaukee. Garner was hired by the Detroit Tigers two weeks ago.