Ron Roenicke will remain the manager of the Brewers, but two other coaches will not remain with the team.
After waiting for 12 days following the end of the 2014, the decision on Ron Roenicke finally came out last Friday. After a lengthy discussion, he will remain with the Brewers for the 2015 season. However, two of his coaches, hitting coach Johnny Narron and first-base coach Garth Iorg, will not be offered new contracts and will not return. It was uncertain what the fate of Roenicke would be after the collapse, but when the discussion was done, the conclusion was that he was the right man to return for 2015. Over on Brewers.com, Adam McCalvy has some quotes from Ron Roenicke and Doug Melvin on the decision. The decision on changing those two coaches came down to some of the struggles that the team had seen as the season progressed. In addition to the disappearing offense, the development of infielders Jean Segura and Scooter Gennett was also a concern. The process to hire two new coaches has started, with Ron Roenicke submitting a list of names to Craig Counsell, who will help lead the search for the new hitting coach. All of the other coaches will return, and Roenicke's contract status will remain the same (signed for 2015 with a 2016 option).
- Over on Reviewing the Brew, they continued their look at their award winners with pitcher of the year Wily Peralta and runner-up Yovani Gallardo. They also continued their look at the history of Brewers baseball and another top farm team of all time.
- With potential changes coming to the pace of play in MLB games, players are worried about how this will affect them. Currently, no active players are among those discussing the changes, and that has many players concerned.
- Former Brewer Lorenzo Cain and his wife had their first child recently. They named him Cameron Loe Cain, but he's not named after former Brewer Kameron Loe. Mark Townsend of Big League Stew gives the details on how this coincidence happened.
- Miller Park Drunk continued his journey back through some of his previous posts, which include The MPD Hunger Games, the attractiveness of different players, and songs about the Brewers.
NL Central Update
- The Cubs have begun their offseason renovations of Wrigley Field, and Bud Selig was on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony.
- NL Championship Series Game 2
Cardinals 5, Giants 4
Series Tied 1-1
- AL Championship Series Game 3 - 7:00 pm, TBS
Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen) @ Royals (Jeremy Guthrie)
Royals Lead Series 2-0
News & Notes
- The start of Game 1 of the ALCS was delayed not due to weather, but due to lights from the TBS pregame booth that were still on.
- Do the Giants have a little bit of magic going on with former Brewer Travis ishikawa? David Brown of Big League Stew notes that Ishikawa is doing well in right field despite no previous experience there.
- Meanwhile, in a different kind of magic, Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals has turned into a slugging beast. Nick Ashbourne of Beyond the Box Score analyzes why this transformation is so unlikely.
- Tim Lincecum is in an odd position for the Giants, as he hasn't pitched for them yet this postseason. According to manager Bruce Bochy, he's waiting for the right time to use Lincecum, but it hasn't come up yet, even after an 18-inning game.
- Extra-inning games have been on the rise this season, including the postseason. Bryan Cole of Beyond the Box Score looks at the contributing factors to the rise in extra-inning games.