Update: Craig Counsell named manager of the Milwaukee Brewers

Update: May 4, 2015 8:55 am PT

General manager Doug Melvin of the Milwaukee Brewers said that they just couldn’t retain Ron Roenicke as manager due to their last 100 in which they were 28 games under .500. games under .500.

Melvin admitted to convincing owner Mark Attanasio to pick up Roenicke’s 2016 option. Roenicke leaves the Brewers with a winning managerial record even though he only took the Brewers to the playoffs once since becoming manager in 2011.

The new manager will be former Brewer Craig Counsell. Counsell went to the postseason twice in his 16-year career, first in 1997 with the Florida Marlins winning his first World Series ring and again in 2001 when he was named MVP of the National League Championship Series and won a second World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Counsell played 1624 games as a player with the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Marlins, Diamondbacks and finished his career as a Brewer with a .255 batting average.

He has no prior managing or coaching experience but has worked in the Brewers front office for the last three seasons.

Counsell said during the press conference,

“I’m a Milwaukee Brewer, I’ll always feel that way.”

He went on to say that he was “proud to have the responsibility” of helping the Brewers win games and to “help give the fans what they deserve.”

Original Text: May 3, 2015 10:29 pm PT

What 2016 option? Brewers’ Ron Roenicke relieved of managerial duties

Ron Roenicke is the first managerial victim of the season. It really comes as no surprise as the Milwaukee Brewers completely collapsed at the end of last season and missed the playoffs after leading the National League Central for most of the year. 

The Brewers haven’t improved since the end of last season, although they were expected to. Just six weeks ago the Brewer’s organization found that Roenicke was not at fault for his team’s late season collapse, when they picked up his option for the 2016 season. 

Unfortunately, it has now been deemed his fault as the Brewers have started the season with the league’s worst record at 7-18. Even though the Brewers had just won two straight games for the first time this season, Roenicke was relieved of his managerial duties on Sunday night.

General manager Doug Melvin just couldn’t justify keeping Roenicke as the Brewers won just five games in the month of April.

“I was hoping we would get off to at least a .500 start, a couple games under .500,” Melvin said. “But going into this weekend we had five wins in almost an entire month. That kind of start is very tough to have coming off of last year.

Of course last season was fresh in Melvin’s mind. It was a huge letdown. The collapse of the team was so bad that they lost 22 of the final 31 games of the regular season after spending 150 days in first place. 

Melvin said that the decision to let Roenicke go really came down to,

“the past 100 games, and the lack of winning that we’ve had.”

Roenicke had managed the Brewers since 2011. That year he led his team all the way to the National League Championship Series, but they have missed the playoffs every year since.

Melvin did mention that the rest of the coaching staff would likely remain the same and that Roenicke’s interim replacement will be announced at a press conference at the Brewer’s Miller Park at 10:30 am CT on Monday. 

Check back here at BBST for an update on tomorrow’s press conference.

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