Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Rogers: Roenicke in enviable spot, but he better win

or else he just might find himself living next door to a good postured, Wisconsin-accented, Boris Karloff look-a-like (with white hair)!

Ron Roenicke better be tough. He has taken on a rough job, stepping into his first managerial job with the expectation that he will guide the Brewers into the playoffs.

...Given that this probably will be Prince Fielder’s final season with the Brewers and that Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum are under the Brewers’ control only through 2012, it’s clear Roenicke will have to come out with guns blazing in April.

All new managers try to have an immediate impact, of course. But baseball’s history shows managerial changes are more often fool’s gold than safe investments.

Gambles are especially heavy when first-timers take over.

Every team that won 91-plus games made the playoffs last season. This means Roenicke needs to engineer a 14-game improvement from the Brewers, who were 77-85 under Macha last season. That seems possible given the addition of Greinke and Marcum to work alongside Yovani Gallardo at the front of the rotation.

Repoz Posted: January 15, 2011 at 07:45 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: brewers

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Bob Evans Posted: January 15, 2011 at 09:49 PM (#3730743)
If they expected a winner, why hire Roenicke? Nothing against him, but usually teams who expect a winner hire a veteran manager, like Bobby V.
   2. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: January 16, 2011 at 06:49 PM (#3731063)
Which manager to win a WS had the least experience?

(I don't know and am too lazy to find out)
   3. Good cripple hitter Posted: January 16, 2011 at 07:07 PM (#3731074)
I'll give that lazy question a lazy answer: Bob Brenly? Won the WS in his first season as a manager, and his only experience was four years as a coach for the Giants.

Come to think of it, there probably was a player-manager who had less experience. Bucky Harris won the WS with the 1927 Senators in his first season as a player-manager, so he might qualify. There's probably someone else in the early days of baseball who did something similar.
   4. Wins Above Paul Westerberg Posted: January 16, 2011 at 08:02 PM (#3731099)
Tom Kelly won a World Series in his first full season. Add to it that he'd never been a Major League ball player and his team was never expected to compete, I'd say that made him pretty green.
   5. BDC Posted: January 16, 2011 at 08:13 PM (#3731105)
To add to #s 3 and 4, both Bill Terry and Rogers Hornsby won the Series in a first full season as player-manager. (They had a little more experience than Kelly coming in, though.)

Dallas Green had only a few games more experience than Kelly. Ed Barrow, like Green, came out of front offices (actually, Barrow came out of league management in the minors) to take Boston to the 1918 title, though he had briefly managed the Tigers many years before.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: January 17, 2011 at 04:11 AM (#3731206)
Facts I did not know about Lou Boudreau ...

He was player/manager for 9 years in Cleveland. That seems absurdly long. (And technically a 10th year in Boston but that was 4 games and 3 PA as a player).

He is (was?) the father-in-law of Denny McLain -- mighta wanted to give your daughter a different steer on that one Lou.

Jim Frey won an AL pennant in his first year with the Royals; won a division in his first year with the Cubs; won a division title in his second season as Cubs GM (not a glorious tenure despite that). From our friends at Wiki -- Lee Smith for Nipper and Schiraldi; Moreland for Gossage; Palmeiro & Moyer for Williams; signed Bell (OK), Danny Jackson and Dave Smith.

So if you want to win now, Frey is your man. You'll also want to can him within 3 years although by then it will probably be too late. This is assuming Mike Keenan isn't available.
   7. The District Attorney Posted: January 17, 2011 at 04:45 AM (#3731217)
Facts I did not know about Lou Boudreau ...

He was player/manager for 9 years in Cleveland. That seems absurdly long.
As I recall, Bill Veeck explains at length in Veeck as in Wreck that he thought Boudreau was a lousy manager, and wanted to strip Boudreau of the job (replacing him with Casey Stengel...) However, after word got out and the fans started burning Veeck in effigy, he realized he couldn't get away with it.
   8. vortex of dissipation Posted: January 17, 2011 at 07:00 AM (#3731239)
Tom Kelly won a World Series in his first full season. Add to it that he'd never been a Major League ball player and his team was never expected to compete, I'd say that made him pretty green.


Tom Kelly wasn't a very good major league ballplayer, but he did play 49 games for the '75 Twins.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Andere Richtingen
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogTrade Chatter - 2015 Deadline
(507 - 1:08am, Jul 31)
Last: you mess with the meat you get the wada

NewsblogLookout Landing: Ackley Traded to Yankees for Flores and Ramirez
(3 - 1:00am, Jul 31)
Last: you mess with the meat you get the wada

NewsblogOTP - July 2015: Winning the Political Game: Politics is More Like Baseball Than Football
(6078 - 12:58am, Jul 31)
Last: Ray (RDP)

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - July 2015
(1700 - 12:58am, Jul 31)
Last: theboyqueen

NewsblogKeith Law - ESPN (Insider) - Phillies effectively reload their farm system with Cole Hamels deal
(5 - 12:47am, Jul 31)
Last: i'm only STEAGLES when it's complicated

NewsblogDodgers To Acquire Latos, Wood, Jim Johnson In 3-Team Deal; Olivera To Braves - MLB Trade Rumors
(78 - 12:31am, Jul 31)
Last: Squash

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 7-30-2015
(116 - 12:28am, Jul 31)
Last: just plain joe

Newsblog10 Major Trades that Never Were
(5 - 12:18am, Jul 31)
Last: Dog on the sidewalk

NewsblogJon Heyman on Twitter: "carlos gomez and mike fiers go to houston"
(5 - 11:12pm, Jul 30)
Last: GrumpyFan

NewsblogLet’s make a steal | NBC SportsWorld
(10 - 10:31pm, Jul 30)
Last: Mike Webber

NewsblogBaseball Hall of Fame to eliminate some inactive voters
(68 - 10:09pm, Jul 30)
Last: Ziggy

NewsblogMets-Brewers nix deal for Carlos Gomez | MLB.com
(15 - 10:03pm, Jul 30)
Last: Bruce Markusen

NewsblogPirates acquire Joakim Soira from Tigers | MLB.com
(3 - 10:01pm, Jul 30)
Last: BDC

NewsblogOT: Soccer June 2015
(1422 - 9:52pm, Jul 30)
Last: The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB)

NewsblogRangers Get a New Ace in Cole Hamels
(34 - 9:39pm, Jul 30)
Last: Roger McDowell spit on me!

Page rendered in 0.1602 seconds
48 querie(s) executed