This is part two of a multi-part series today where we'll talk about the first half of the 2011 season and more with various BCB contributors. Batting second today we have BCB Weekend Editor Noahj.
NJ: I'll give the cheap, cop-out answer: Yes and no. It's not that I feel fans of the team aren't justified in being frustrated with Ron Roenicke. Some of his decisions are odd and his infatuation with Mark Kotsay is disturbing, so I understand where people like Rubie Q are coming from when they proclaim their disapproval of Runnin' Ron.
However, I think Roenicke's good traits are being overshadowed by his bad traits by virtue of the bad being much more noticeable. Anyone watching the game or reading the play-by-play after can see a bad managerial move. We're fans of the team, of course we love being armchair managers and second-guessing in-game decisions. What is less obvious is what happens in the clubhouse. Personally, I believe that the most important part of a managers job is being a leader. Ron Roenicke seems to be just that. The players seem to absolutely love him and the team truly looks like they are having fun again. It's so easy to contrast that to the Ken Macha era where the players were walking zombies.
So I suppose while I understand why fans might disapprove of Ron Roenicke, yes I do believe he is getting a bum rap.
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I still think he's just unlucky and will bounce back, but I would be a lot more comfortable saying that if he has just a few more home runs thus far.
Give me one roster move the Brewers should make today. Kotsay DFA'd, Brandon Boggs called up
Do you think this Brewer team will make the playoffs? Yes
If so, do you think this Brewer team will make the World Series? No
Which Brewer are you most excited to watch in the second half? Whoever the new shortstop will be.