Unless you disconnected from the world yesterday, you heard the big news of the day. Following the Brewers game yesterday, the Brewers announced that they had relieved Ron Roenicke of his managerial duties. With the Brewers collapse last year and a terrible start to this season, this isn't as much of a surprise. There's plenty of coverage about the firing, so let's catch you up on all of it.
- The news of Ron Roenicke's firing came after 9 pm last night. Noah posted the initial story on BCB about Roenicke's dismissal.
- The decision to dismiss Ron Roenicke came at an odd time, as the Brewers were starting to show some life with a 5-5 record in their last 10 games. Noah notes that Ron Roenicke referred to the timing as "terrible".
- Was firing Ron Roenicke the right move for the Brewers? Noah asked the readers in a poll yesterday, and 63% of them said that it was the correct decision.
- The news kept flying last night, as soon after the official release of Ron Roenicke's firing came, new rumors came out that the Brewers had not only picked out their new manager, but had a multi-year deal in place. However, that manager selection was not Ron Gardenhire, who is currently taking a year off of managing.
- The national reporters were in full swing last night, and it didn't take long from the report of a muti-year deal in place to get a name to go along with it. Noah reported that, per Ken Rosenthal, Craig Counsell will be named the new manager of the Brewers today.
- The way that Doug Melvin and Mark Attanasio handled the situation with Ron Roenicke does not look good for the organization. Derek posted his take of the firing late last night, believing that the actions that Melvin and Attanasio took reflect poorly on the Brewers organization as a whole.
Around the Web
- Adam McCalvy spoke to Ron Roenicke after his firing, and he says that the only thing he regrets is not winning more games recently.
- The site Ron Roenicke Stole My Baseball was started a few years ago to poke fun at the team with the goal of eventually watching Ron Roenicke get fired. Now that the moment has arrived, Badgernoonan posted his initial thoughts on Roenicke's departure.
- Nathan Petrashek of Cream City Cables also reacted to the news, calling the firing of Ron Roenicke similar to a "temper tantrum".
- Over on ESPN SweetSpot, Christina Kahrl says that firing Ron Roenicke is not going to fix the problems with the Brewers organization.
- Meanwhile, on Bleacher Report, Jacob Shafer thinks that the dismissal of Roenicke is actually a signal that the Brewers are giving up and beginning the rebuilding process.
The firing of Ron Roenicke wasn't the only thing that happened over the weekend. Here's a recap of some of the other things that happened with the Brewers this weekend.
This Weekend's Results
A pitcher's duel broke out at Miller Park on Friday. Wily Peralta and Jon Lester battled all day, and a solo home run given up by Peralta was the only damage of the day. Peralta allowed a run in six innings, but Lester held the Brewers to three hits and a walk in seven innings.
It was one of the few times this season where everything went right for the Brewers. Mike Fiers was on fire, striking out twelve Cubs in six innings, only allowing a solo home run to Anthony Rizzo. Meanwhile, Ryan Braun hit his fifth home run of the season, and Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura each had an RBI single.
The Brewers did something they haven't done yet this season on Sunday: Win back-to-back games. Aramis Ramirez led the offense with a solo home run in the second, and added two more in the eighth inning on a Ramirez RBI single. Meanwhile, Jimmy Nelson didn't have his best stuff, but he game the Brewers a chance with a quality start, allowing three runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Brewers News & Notes
- The Brewers made a roster move on Saturday, activating Carlos Gomez off of the 15-day DL. To clear space for Gomez, they designated Luis Jimenez for assignment. They weren't able to get Luis Jimenez through waivers after the DFA, though. Boston claimed Jimenez off of waivers on Sunday.
- Reports came out on Saturday that the Brewers are willing to sell. They are making available all of their veterans, such as Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, and Aramis Ramirez. However, they are keeping Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez as untouchable for now.
- Things don't get much more embarrassing then allowing a runner to take four bases on a groundball to shortstop. That's what happened to the Cubs, when a routine ball to short turned into a "home run" for Logan Schafer. Mark Townsend of Big League Stew has the video of the event.
- Jean Segura took a ball to the head on Sunday on a fastball from Cubs reliever Pedro Strop. Segura was feeling good after the game, but remained behind in Chicago for additional tests.
Minor League Update
|Colorado Springs Sky Sox||AAA||8-15||
Friday: Colorado Springs 16, Omaha 4
Saturday: Colorado Springs 4, Omaha 2
Sunday: Omaha 4, Colorado Springs 2
|Colorado Springs @ Memphis|
Friday: Mobile 4, Biloxi 2
Saturday: Mobile 3, Biloxi 1
Sunday: Biloxi 5, Mobile 4
|Mobile vs. Biloxi (in Huntsville)|
|Brevard County Manatees||A+||10-13||
Friday: Daytona 3, Brevard County 2
Friday: Brevard County 5, Daytona 1
Saturday: Daytona 6, Brevard County 4
Sunday: Daytona 2, Brevard County 1
|Brevard County @ Clearwater|
|Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||A||8-16||
Friday: Quad Cities 2, Wisconsin 1
Saturday: Quad Cities 5, Wisconsin 2
Sunday: Quad Cities 10, Wisconsin 1
|Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin|
News & Notes
- Brad Krause of Miller Park Prospects attended Saturday's Timber Rattlers game to watch Scooter Gennett rehab, and posted a photo gallery of the game.
- After a couple of days, no issues have been reported with Scooter Gennett's rehab. However, he will not return until the team is sure he is ready.
- Top 10 prospect Jake Gatewood injured his knee on a play in Wednesday's game. Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers brought him to Milwaukee for an MRI, and that he had no ligament damage. He will still be sidelined for several weeks.
The new Brewers manager will be put to the test right away today. The Brewers return to Miller Park tonight for the first game of a four-game series against the Dodgers. They will face Clayton Kershaw in the first game on the series, and the Brewers will counter with Kyle Lohse. First pitch is at an earlier time of 6:20 pm, and Earl Bloom of MLB.com has the preview.