After starting the season with an MLB-worst 7-18 record, the Brewers have made the move many fans had begun clamoring for: Manager Ron Roenicke has officially been fired, the team announced on Twitter.
After a dreadful 11-24 run to close 2014 that capped off a complete collapse, the Brewers had full organizational review but chose to keep Roenicke on board. Prior to the beginning of the season, the team also picked up his 2016 option. The team had been expected to compete this year, but with such a poor start have now reportedly decided they will look towards selling off veterans.
The timing of the firing may seem a little odd as the Brewers just finished winning their first series of the season and are on a two-game win streak. Typically, managers are fired after a loss rather than a win. According to Tom Haudricourt, however, Melvin says the decision to make Roenicke was made in advance of this series. The timing apparently shocked Roenicke, as well.
Melvin told reporters that: "I had to look at this over the past 100 games" as well as the beginning of the 2015 season when considering Roenicke's future.
Roenicke took over the managerial role prior to the 2011 season and led the team to a 96-66 record and the NL Championship Series as a rookie manager. Overall, he had a 341-331 record at the head of the team.
The Brewers have not announced who will take over the managerial role moving forward, but have a press conference tomorrow morning at 10:30 am CT regarding the position.
Roenicke relieved of managerial duties: pic.twitter.com/MKPngn9ykO
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) May 4, 2015