With the latest news to come out of Milwaukee, there’s no way in the world we would be able to skip it for a round-table. Of course, that news deals with the Brewers’ decision to bring back the entire coaching staff for the 2014 season.
So with that, the question this week for the staff was “What do you make of the Brewers’ announcement that Ron Roenicke will be back to manage in 2014?”
“It was expected but I’m not happy about it. This is now the second year in a row where the Brewers have failed to be competitive. But by no means should all the blame be put on Roenicke. However, his love of bunting doesn’t help win ball games at all. He manages the game too timidly. If the Brewers are under .500 next season, I think he’s a goner.”
“I am not surprised that Ron Roenicke is coming back, I am surprised that his staff as a whole will be back. In particular, I am STUNNED that Rick Krantiz will be back. It would be one thing if the team missed the playoffs by a few games, but this team was eliminated from playoff contention in August. Kranitz is supposed to be some kind of pitching guru and I have seen nothing of the sort during his time in Milwaukee. Roenicke is one thing, but his staff coming back…is kind of a slap in our face. It says, “We are content rolling out a 75 game winner again next year. Enjoy.”
“This really doesn’t come as much of a surprise honestly, I think somewhere along the line we all knew he was coming back. Strangely enough, I’m okay with the Brewers bringing back Roenicke because even though more than half of the fan-base wants to fire him, I still feel he’s a capable manager. Sure he makes a lot of boneheaded moves like bunting in odd situations and monitoring starting pitchers’ counts like a hawk, but hey, he could be a lot worse. Some more fire out of him would be nice, but he could be Ken Macha and nobody wants that.”
So what do you think of the return of Roenicke? Post your comments below!