All three coaches on the 2017 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers field staff are returning to the team this year, the Milwaukee Brewers announced Wednesday.
As reported last week, Matt Erickson will return as manager of the team for an eighth consecutive season. He has been with the team since 2009, serving as hitting coach for two years before becoming manager in 2011. He led the Timber Rattlers to the Midwest League title in 2012, and brought them back to the playoffs in 2014 and 2016.
As a player, Erickson was primarily an infielder during his 11 seasons in the minor leagues. He appeared in four major-league games for the 2004 Brewers, with his only MLB hit coming off Hall-of-Famer Greg Maddux. He played in the Midwest League as a Florida Marlins farmhand, batting .324 with 4 HR, 64 RBI and 17 SB in 124 games with the 1998 Kane County Cougars.
Steve Cline is returning for a second consecutive season as pitching coach of the Timber Rattlers, after previously serving in the same capacity for 16 years for Milwaukee’s rookie-level Arizona League team. He pitched in the San Francisco Giants farm system for six seasons (1974-79) before making one last appearance in 1982. That last appearance was a two-out relief appearance for the Clinton Giants. He also pitched in the Midwest League in 1975, going 5-12 with a 3.85 ERA, 108 strikeouts and 52 walks in 152 innings (23 starts) for the Cedar Rapids Giants.
Hitting coach Hainley Statia also is returning for a second season on the Timber Rattlers field staff. This will be his third year coaching in the Brewers organization. The former infielder played 10 minor-league seasons for the Brewers and the Anaheim Angels. He played for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2006, batting .297 with 1 HR, 38 RBI and 23 SB in 111 games.