The first step of the Milwaukee Brewers rebuild has begun as Ron Roenicke has been relieved of his duties. In a shocking move the Brewers will announce his successor tomorrow.
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Many expected this decision to happen after last season’s awful collapse, but after a carryover to begin the year it became time to move in a different direction. Though they have won their first series of the season, it was not enough for him to keep his job any longer. Here is a look at the statement from the Milwaukee Brewers:
While many have attacked Roenicke throughout his time in Milwaukee, he was finally a manager that was able to get this team to compete and become a consistent contender in the Central and win their first ever National League Central title. Though he was never able to return to the post season after leading them to the National League Championship in 2011, he finished his managing duties with a .507 winning percentage.Fans around Milwaukee quickly lost their patience with him, but don’t expect this to be his last managing job. With an inevitable rebuild in the future the next question becomes who will take over and will that be a long-term move? Adam McCalvy tweeted that no immediate changes will be made to the coaching staff which leads me to believe that Craig Counsell could be that choice.
Beat writer Tom Haudricourt’s tweet helps to support that move even more as he explained that Doug Melvin would not comment whether or not Counsell is the next manager.
A press conference has been scheduled for 10:30 at Miller Park to announce the new hire. Whoever it is, he will have a tall task facing Clayton Kershaw in his first game as manager.