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Brewers give extensions to general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke

May 8, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

Ron Roenicke, Doug Melvin AP

It’s less than ideal timing with the team in last place and the disabled list suddenly packed with regulars, but the Brewers announced contract extensions with general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke.

Melvin’s new deal runs through 2015, while Roenicke’s contract runs through 2014 and includes a team option for 2015.

Melvin took over as GM of a 56-106 team in late 2002, getting them to 81-81 in 2005, and they’ve finished .500 or better in four of the past seven seasons while making the playoffs twice during that time. Not exactly a dynasty, but prior to Melvin’s arrival the Brewers had a losing record in 10 straight seasons and their last playoff appearance was 1982.

Roenicke replaced Ken Macha as manager in last season, taking the Brewers to the playoffs with a 96-66 record that stands as the best in franchise history. Prior to that he served as the Angels’ bench coach under manager Mike Scioscia and played eight seasons in the majors as a part-time outfielder.

  1. Dianne - May 8, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Sadly, as a Cubs fan, I feel I must point out that the Brewers are only *tied* for last in the division. Hooray for rebuilding.

    • brewcrewchamps - May 8, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      At least the Cubs are rebuilding…..

      • brewcrewfan54 - May 8, 2012 at 6:14 PM

        I don’t get the comment. Why would the Brewers have wanted to start rebuilding coming into this year? As bad as they’ve been so far thoughts of rebuilding with The talent this team currently has would be premature.

  2. sdemp - May 8, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Cubs fans are ______.

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