Ed Sedar’s 19-season run as an instructor and Major League coach for the Brewers came to an end Monday when he was named the Houston Astros’ new Minor League outfield/baserunning instructor.
Sedar, 49, had been the first-base coach for the Brewers for the past four seasons and had worked in Milwaukee’s Minor League system since 1992 in several capacities, including as outfield and baserunning coordinator, field coordinator and rookie league manager. He was named the 2003 Pioneer League Manager of the Year after leading Helena to a league-best 48-28 mark.
“Ed is a quality teacher who brings passion and experience to his role as our outfield/baserunning instructor,” Astros director of player development Fred Nelson said in announcing the appointment.
Sedar, a former outfielder, played eight seasons (1981-88) in the White Sox’s Minor League system. He replaces former Brewers infielder Eric Young, who was recently named first-base coach of the D-backs.
Sedar was one of four Brewers coaches whose contract was up after the 2010 season. The Brewers have since re-signed hitting coach Dale Sveum to a two-year contract, but third-base coach Brad Fischer and bullpen coach Stan Kyles remain in limbo while the team picks a new manager.
The Brewers have been on fire of late, but one of their coaches took things a bit too far on Monday night.
Ed Sedar, Milwaukee’s fun-loving first base coach, stood too close to
the portable heater stationed at the end of the dugout after the
Brewers’ eighth-inning rally and was spared a potentially serious burn
on his left calf by pitcher Jeff Suppan and an extra pair of socks.
Thankfully, all Sedar had to show for his mistake was the pair of
burned uniform pants put on display in PNC Park’s visitor’s clubhouse
“Suppan yelled out, ‘Somebody’s burning!'” Sedar said with a chuckle. “Luckily, I wear two pairs of socks. It had just started on the second pair of socks when ‘Soup’ said he smelled something.”
Thank goodness Suppan didn’t have a cold.
“I probably would have felt it,” Sedar shrugged. “The worst part is that I was thinking earlier, ‘That’s a little dangerous.’ I guess it’s funny that it happened to me.”
Sedar had to hustle into the clubhouse for a new pair of pants before the Brewers batted in the top of the ninth inning. He made it in time for a four-run rally that sealed Milwaukee’s 16th consecutive win over the Pirates.