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Byron Tunnell #60

COACHING CAREER: Lee Tunnell in 2019 returns to the organization after 10 seasons with the Brewers...previously worked for the Reds in 2006, originally as pitching coach at Louisville before joining the Major League staff in March as interim bullpen coach, then from 2007-2008 as a pro scout...worked as the Brewers' minor league pitching coordinator from 2009 until 7/30/12, when he was promoted to bullpen coach on the Major League staff...remained in that position through the 2018 season...from 2016-2018 worked with pitching coach Derek Johnson...the Brewers' cumulative team ERA of 3.94 ERA over the 2016-2018 seasons was the fourth-best in the National League in that span behind the Dodgers (3.49), Cubs (3.58) and Nationals (3.81)...in 2018, Brewers pitchers established franchise records for strikeouts in a season (1,428) and lowest opponents' batting average (.233) and for only the second time in franchise history had 3 relievers with at least 10 saves (Corey Knebel, Jeremy Jeffress, Josh Hader)...the Brewers' bullpen produced 3 National League All-Stars in 2017 (Knebel) and 2018 (Hader, Jefress)...the Brewers' bullpen set individual Major League single-season records for most consecutive games with a strikeout (45 in 2017), most consecutive strikeouts (16 in 2018) and most strikeouts by lefthanded relievers (143 in 2018)...before he joined the Reds in 2006 worked for the Rangers from 1997-2005, including 7 seasons as a minor league pitching coach and 2 years as minor league pitching coordinator...from 2007-2008 was the director of North America scouting for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League.

PLAYING CAREER: Was selected by Pittsburgh in the second round (40th overall) of the June 1981 amateur draft...appeared in the 1987 World Series for StL vs Min...his 28-inning scoreless streak for the Pirates in 1983 was the longest by a starter in the National League that season...from 1991-1993 pitched in Japan for Fukuoka.

PERSONAL: Graduated from Austin (TX) Anderson High School, where he played baseball, football and basketball...attended Baylor University...in 2018 earned a bachelor's degree in business management/leadership from Wisconsin Lutheran University...wife's name is Bea...they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.