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Brewers bypass Bobby Valentine, choose Ron Roenicke as new manager

Nov 2, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

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Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times just tweeted that “sources are saying that Brewers have hired Ron Roenicke” to be their new manager.

Cowley covers the White Sox, not the Brewers, but Chicago bench coach Joey Cora was in the mix for the Milwaukee job.

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel passed along Cowley’s report and added: “I have reason to believe he is correct.”

Roenicke managed in the minors and has served as the Angels’ bench coach since 2006, when he took over the job after Mike Scioscia’s former right-hand man, Joe Maddon, left to manage the Rays.

Several previous reports had Bobby Valentine as the front-runner for the Milwaukee job, but apparently much like with the Marlins during the season his Brewers courtship broke down somewhere along the line.

UPDATE: Haudricourt has confirmed the news.

  1. Ryan Lansing - Nov 2, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Wake me when they hire a better-than-replacement-level pitching staff.

  2. Utley's Hair - Nov 2, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    And the Bobby Valentine Plinko—or is it Whack-a-mole?—game continues.

  3. Jonny 5 - Nov 2, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    I hear Bobby V’s agent (Bobby’s teeth) are demanding he remains a talking head. They must be seen. He will not go back to managing until he’s uglier, and/or his teeth are replaced, that’s how I expect this to go down.

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 2, 2010 at 3:46 PM

      He sure has a lot of agents.

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 2, 2010 at 4:39 PM

        Actually, they all function as one entity, all of his teeth work symbiotically with each other and Bobby V, but they really run the show.

      • Utley's Hair - Nov 2, 2010 at 4:59 PM

        Like in Voltron, but not the cool one with the lions—the cheesy one with all the cars.

  4. proudlycanadian - Nov 2, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    I am not here to pick on Bobby this time! I will pick on him and his agent(s) next season. As far as Roenicke is concerned, he certainly was in the mix as a potential manager of the Jays. Our local media said nice things about him.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 2, 2010 at 5:30 PM

      One other comment about Roenicke. His nephew split the season between the Jays and their Triple A farm team. As the nephew is a borderline big league pitcher, he would have had a potential conflict of interest problem if the Jays had hired him. He definitely was in the mix with the Jays.

  5. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 2, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    When on earth is Bobby going to land a job? Does anyone even have a quote of him saying he wants to be a MLB manager? Geez oh Pete.

  6. skipperxc - Nov 3, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Obviously he can’t have true success without improved pitching, but any of the four had a pedigree this guy is it. Scoscia’s a top-five manager, so spending ten years under the guy Roenicke’s got to have learned something. Good hire for my boys.

    Now to see about that rotation…

  7. Panda Claus - Nov 3, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Bridesmaid Bobby has been left at the curb yet again. Considering it was in Milwaukee, maybe it he wouldn’t count it as a loss. How can a guy who’s been a “lock” in two or three different cities not end up with any of them?

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