After conducting an extensive review of where the organization stands, the Brewers announced on Twitter that manager Ron Roenicke will return as manager for 2015. However, his supporting staff will not be identical. Hitting coach Johnny Narron and first base/infield coach Garth Iorg will not be offered contracts for next season.
Roenicke has been with the Brewers since 2011, managing the team to a 335-313 record. His best year was his very first as the Brewers posted 96 wins and made the NLCS. This year, Milwaukee got off to a surprisingly great start, but suffered a horrible collapse in the second half and missed the playoffs. That collapse had Roenicke's future in doubt, but he will have at least one more shot at bringing the team back to the postseason.
One would think that, though he will return, Roenicke will have a different strategy for the team heading into 2015. He'll likely start the season on precarious terms with any poor streak signaling the end of his tenure. General Manager Doug Melvin seemed distraught at how often the Brewers would find themselves in extended losing streaks, so Roenicke's task will likely be to earn more consistency from his players.
Meanwhile, Narron being dismissed comes as little surprise. Many figured his time with the team was drawing to a close as the team's offense was a primary culprit for them losing so often down the stretch. The hitting helped provide the great start but, again, the consistency was just not there. The Brewers went from a 739 OPS through June, to a 650 OPS in July, back to a 730 OPS in August, then just a 634 OPS in September as the team went 9-17 in the final month of the season.
Players like Jean Segura, Ryan Braun, and Mark Reynolds all were noticeably struggling at the plate most of the season, though with Braun there was at least the excuse of his thumb injury being a major issue. Meanwhile, several Brewers (including Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy) all had extensive cold streaks at various points of the year. Still, Narron can also perhaps be credited with the breakout of Lucroy, Gomez and others as he has been coaching the Brewers' hitters since 2012.
Iorg had been with the Brewers organization since 2007, first as an infield instructor, then as interim third base coach in 2008 when Dale Sveum moved to manager for the final few weeks of that season. Iorg became first base coach in 2011.
The rest of the Brewers coaching staff will remain intact. That means pitching coach Rick Kranitz, bench coach Jerry Narron, third base coach Ed Sedar, et al will all be back in 2015.