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Lopes Hired To Manage Brewers

November 3, 1999

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Davey Lopes, the first-base coach of San Diego, was hired to manage the Milwaukee Brewers, a team source said today.

Lopes and New York Yankees’ third-base coach Willie Randolph were the finalists to succeed Phil Garner, who was fired late in the season.

While there was no immediate announcement, it was confirmed by a team source who spoke on the condition he not be identified. Lopes’ hiring, which was reported earlier in the day on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Web site, will be announced Thursday, the source said.

Brewers general manager Dean Taylor said Tuesday the team was done with its interviews and was ``very much looking forward to having an announcement within 48 hours. That’s our goal.″

Randolph and Lopes emerged as the leading candidates for the job after Atlanta Braves hitting coach Don Baylor was hired to manage the Chicago Cubs.

Taylor said earlier that he and assistant David Wilder would make their selection and then obtain the approval of team president Wendy Selig-Prieb.

``I think we have a fairly good idea of the direction in which we’re going,″ Taylor said. ``We just need to sit down and review our leading candidates one more time, identify our selection and come to terms with him.″

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