Our all-day look at the first half-2011 Brewers continues now with some thoughts from Roguejim, BCB's longest-tenured contributor.
KL: We haven't seen you around BCB all that much this season, so I haven't been able to get your thoughts on Ron Roenicke. What're your feelings on the Brewers' rookie manager?
RJ: I like Ron Roenicke, for a few reasons. For one, I think the Brewers like to present themselves as a "family" type of organization, and I thought it was real classy for them to go out and hire Craig Counsell's Dad. Not every organization would do that. Similarly, I like the fact that we are visually showing Craiggers what he should be doing next season. "See, Craig? You'd look just like this. You'd still be part of a team, you just don't suck up at-bats." Really, I don't know that it matters: although I might not have been convinced of this when Ned Yost was manager, it might not matter who the coach is when you have Greinke, Marcum, Braun, etc. The Brewers are playing at the level that I think they're capable of, so Roenicke seems to be fine. I don't think he's won a lot of games with his game-calling, but he probably hasn't lost many either, even with Kotsay on the roster.
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KL: A while back you posted a FanPost with a look at potentially available shortstops. Do you expect the Brewers to make a move to find a replacement for Yuniesky Betancourt, and if so who do you think it will be?
RJ: Should the Brewers replace Yuni? Of course they should. Will they? Probably not. Although the Brewers have shown to be willing to make deadline deals, it's usually for pitching. Also, it would take some work to trade for a shortstop, especially given our few prospects. It'd be too bad, because as the series against the Red Sox showed, we can use all the help we can get if we want to make and go far in the playoffs.
KL: This is moderately off topic, but I saw you mention that you spent your birthday in the Air Tran Landing Zone out in right field. How was that? Something you'd recommend?
RJ: I would recommend the Landing Zone: it's moderately pricey ($60/ticket), but given the food and drink that comes with it, it's not a bad value. Plus, you get to taunt the opposing bullpen. You don't get to see much of the game except for balls hit to the outfield, so don't go expecting to enjoy it that way.
And now, the lightning-ish round: