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Lopes Out As Brewers Manager

April 18, 2002

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MILWAUKEE (AP) _ The Milwaukee Brewers, off to their worst start in franchise history, have fired manager Davey Lopes, The Associated Press has learned.

The Brewers called a 1 p.m. CDT news conference Thursday.

A team source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Lopes will be replaced by either pitching coach Dave Stewart or bench coach Jerry Royster.

The 3-12 Brewers have lost 10 of their last 11 games and were drawing smaller and smaller crowds at Miller Park, which opened last year and is the site of this year’s All-Star game.

Lopes was in the final season of his three-year contract and had a record of 144-195-1.

Last weekend, Brewers president Wendy Selig-Prieb had indicated she was not ready to pull the plug on Lopes, saying it was too early in the season to make such a drastic change.

Selig-Prieb said last weekend Brewers’ fans needed to be patient because of a brutal early season schedule. She said the crowds and victories would return.

She said she had confidence in general manager Dean Taylor and in Lopes, whom she credited with retooling his coaching staff after the Brewers went 68-94 last year _ their worst record since 1984.

After last season, Lopes brought in Stewart, hitting instructor Gary Matthews and first base coach Dave Collins.

Neither Taylor or Selig-Prieb was available to comment Thursday, Brewers spokesman Jon Greenberg said.

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