After two locals reported the Brewers hired someone they didn't really hire (Bobby Valentine and Bob Brenly) a Chicago Sun Times reporter stepped in to scoop the city and report that Ron Roenicke was the new Milwaukee Brewers manager. Hey, great job Milwaukee media!
(To be fair, it's not like he was in the final four candidates or anything.)
Roenicke has spent the past six years working under Mike Scioscia as the bench coach in Anaheim. For that reason alone I like this hiring. Scioscia is probably one of the top five managers in the game right now and he surrounds himself with smart, like minded people. The last two coaches to leave the Angels, Joe Maddon and Bud Black, have had quite a bit of success so let's hope that Roenicke makes it three for three.
Roenicke was by far the underdog compared to the other three candidates. Joey Cora has been considered "ready" for years now despite losing roughly ten braincells every time Ozzie Guillen speaks. Bob Melvin had success in the past and seems to fit the mold of Doug's ideal manager. Bobby Valentine is the most famous and the used car salesman of managerial candidates. He can almost talk anyone into anything, even if that thing is giving him ten million dollars. I watched this video and almost believed he invented the wrap.
(h/t Walkoff Walk)
Ron Roenicke? Never heard of him, but he kind of looks like a nerd with big ears and who wants to hire a nerd?!
Apparently the Brewers do and nerd or not, he's our manager now. He's our nerd and I love him!
And I'm not the only one. When asked about Ron Roenicke Brewers TV announcer Brian Anderson said:
"He's on the short list of most impressive people I've ever met. I know that's a big statement and I don't say things like that about people very often but as far as character goes and what he knows about baseball, I couldn't have been more impressed."
"You should see his penis too. It's huge! I guess it's true what they say about guys with big ears."
"He's a baseball Tony Dungy. He's humble, a quiet leader, a great leader. He misses nothing. Every player who has every played for him loved him. He really believes in a team having one voice, in everybody being united for the same goal. Players buy into that. He treats people with respect and knows how to assess every situation."
"Maybe one day he'll retire and become a boring analyst on TV like Tony Dungy. Wouldn't that be great? Although those ears in HD..."
"I'm not sure the Brewers really know what they've got just yet."
"I just love him, okay? He makes me want to be a better man!"
/runs away crying
Brian Anderson isn't the only one happy for Roenicke though. We also have his former coaching mates gushing about him. Up first, Bud Black.
"I'm excited for Ron. I know that he will be very well prepared. He's well equipped to take on this. There's no doubt in my mind. He's going to come to this position prepared and with a great understaidng of players. What I like about Ron the most is he's a realist and a straight shooter. He tells it like it is. He'll look you in the eye and tell you."
"The thing is, he shoots straight. He doesn't shoot in a curve or a circle or anything. He shoots straight. That's what I like about Ron. His ability to shoot straight-ly."
What say you, Joe Maddon?
"They're getting a guy who is very good on details, really well-thought out and well-prepared. They're also getting a guy with very strong opinions, but he can back them up. There's no question about that."
"I once asked him what a Blu-ray was and he gave me a thirty minute rant on Blu-Rays and HD-HPV or something like that. Needless to say, I took the job and the rest is history."
"He's not going to go out there and say out wonderful he is. That's not his style. Somebody was going to have to go out and find him. He's just not a self-promoter."
Translation: He's not Bobby Valentine.
"It's not like he's not capable of handling the spotlight. He's just never thrown himself into it. He's really bright. When you ask him a question, he's going to have a really good answer. It's hard to argue against him."
"Ask him to compare Hawaii 5-O's sometime. Do it. I dare you. He really knows his stuff."
Anyways, I love this hiring. For one, he's not a "big name" and therefore isn't expensive and won't put himself before the team in the media. Secondly, despite not being a "big name" he has a better winning pedigree than any of the four candidates. If he's anything like Mike Scioscia or Joe Maddon or Bud Black then this is a big, big win for the Brewers.
Seriously, this guy could be our manager for the next 15 years and no matter how you felt about Ken Macha you never felt that way about him.