(1) George Bamberger vs. (4) Rene Lachemann
Bamby’s Bombers provided some great years in the 1970s and 1980s. Under George Bamberger‘s leadership, the Milwaukee Brewers thrived as players like Robin Yount and Paul Molitor matured and developed. In Bamberger’s first year as manager, the Crew won 93 games. That was their highest win total in franchise history at the time, easily surpassing the previous record of 76 wins.
Bamberger missed a couple of seasons with medical issues in the early 80s. But he set the wheels in motion for success there in the 80s, even if he wasn’t managing in ’81 and ’82.
Rene Lachemann was the Brewers manager in 1984 after Harvey Kuenn was fired at the end of the 1983 season. With most of the core from that 1982 team still there, Lachemann only managed to a 67-94 record, finishing in last place in the AL East. Lachemann was replaced by Bamberger for the 1985 season.
(2) Ron Roenicke vs. (3) Davey Lopes
The Milwaukee Brewers hired Ron Roenicke to be their manager starting in 2011, taking him away from the Angels. In his first season as manager, Roenicke led one of the best Brewers teams in franchise history to the NL Central division title. After winning a thrilling NLDS against the Diamondbacks, Roenicke’s Brewers lost in six games in the NLCS to the Cardinals.
After the loss of Prince Fielder in free agency the following winter, and the cloud hanging over Ryan Braun‘s PED suspension, Roenicke was dealt some poor hands following 2011. Then in 2014, the Brewers looked good, primed to return to the playoffs, but utterly collapsed down the stretch, and missed the postseason. Instead of firing him then, the Brewers gave Roenicke one more chance, but a slow start in 2015 led to his firing and the start of the rebuild process and Craig Counsell era. His final Brewers managerial record was 342-331.
Davey Lopes was the first manager of the 21st century for the Brewers, leading the Crew to a 73-89 record in his first season at the helm in 2000. Again, some of those early 2000s teams were not good, being led by Jeff D’Amico and Ronnie Belliard among others. In 2001, the first year of Miller Park, the Brewers finished with a 68-94 record and a fourth place finish in the NL Central.
In 2002, after just 15 games, the Brewers were 3-12, and Davey Lopes was fired. Jerry Royster finished out a miserable season at the helm. Lopes final Brewers managerial record was 144-195.