Despite taking two of three from the Chicago Cubs this weekend, the Milwaukee Brewers are ready for change.
After yesterday’s game, the Brewers announced that they’d dismissed manager Ron Roenicke after a 7-18 start to the season. Brewers GM Doug Melvin cited the Brewers’ poor record over the past 100 games as the primary motivation for the move (the Brewers have been abysmal in that stretch).
Roenicke had been the Brewers’ manager since 2011, and was under contract through 2016. Former Brewer Craig Counsell, who is in the Brewers’ front office, is reportedly the favorite to take the now open managerial gig.
I doubt the change dramatically changes the Brewers’ fortunes this year – at least not anymore than getting their players healthy would – but there was the time they fired Ned Yost in mid-September, then made the playoffs with former Cubs manager Dale Sveum at the helm.
I guess the lesson: the Brewers fire managers at strange times of the year.