The Milwaukee Brewers announced a shocking move on Sunday night, as they have relieved Ron Roenicke of his managerial duties via a statement released by the team on Twitter.
Roenicke relieved of managerial duties: pic.twitter.com/MKPngn9ykO
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) May 4, 2015
Roenicke has managed the Milwaukee Brewers since 2011 and led them to one playoff appearance in 2011, the same year he finished second in the Manager of the Year voting. The Brewers finished first, third, fourth, and third in his four full seasons managing, avoiding a last place finish. He will leave Milwaukee with a 342-331 record, and figures to get a job in the future with his overall decent first stint as a manager.
The move is a bit shocking this early in the season, but the Brewers fell apart last September and missed the playoffs after leading their division for most of the year. That coupled with their 7-18 start through 25 games, which is the worst in the MLB, has them looking in a different direction as they already announced that they would be sellers this trade deadline and are open to listen on any players.
They will want to move in a different direction as far as managers go, too. It is interesting that he was let go so quickly, especially since two of the Brewers best players, Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy have been hurt most of the season. Still Milwaukee seemingly has given up on this season and feels they need a new manager to manage the next winning Brewer team, who that manager is will be interesting to find out.
The Brewers will announce the interim manager for the rest of the season tomorrow morning at 10:30 central time.