Ron Roenicke will be the Brewers new manager, according to various sources, including MLB.com. Roenicke was the former bench coach for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and he’s managed 6 seasons in the minor leagues. For more on Roenicke’s experiences in the Major Leagues, check out his MLB.com bio.
Just at first glance, I’m a fan of this hire. Roenicke is coming from an organization that is used to winning and is from the same stock as my personal favorite MLB manager, Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays. There’s a possibility that Roenicke might have an unfortunate proclivity for the sacrifice bunt, but I’ll take a happy and productive clubhouse even if we have to suffer through a couple of questionable bunt calls from the bench.
Due to how little we know about managers and how poorly we’re able to truly evaluate their impact on Major League teams, I don’t think there’s any reason for concern out of the fan base. The performances of managers seems to be so totally and completely based on their situations that I don’t really see how an outsider can judge a managerial move at the time of the hire. Just look at Ken Macha – four 88+ win seasons with Oakland, and complete failure in Milwaukee. He just didn’t gel with the team in Milwaukee, apparently. Is he a bad manager? I don’t know, but what he does show is that it’s pretty difficult to know what you’re getting at the helm.
So make what you want out of this hiring. For some, this could be a fine beginning for Milwaukee. For others, the club has a new scapegoat. Me? I’m just glad that the search is over and the team can start addressing the product on the field.