In a not-so-surprising move, the Milwaukee Brewers have fired their manager Ron Roenicke. The Brewers own the MLB-worst record in baseball, sporting a 7-18 record through the twists and turns of the beginning of the season. The collapse of both offense and defense is evident because of the failure to put runs on the board and keeping them off. Through their first 25 games, they have scored a dismal 77 runs, while allowing 120. Qualified batters have hit a ghastly .235 batting average, while pitchers have thrown a combined 4.48 ERA; both performances ranking 2nd worst in the National League. The Titanic-like sinking of the Brewers has forced most fans to abandon all hope.
Individual inefficiencies have contributed to the Brewers overall downfall as well. Overpaid veteran 3B Aramis Ramirez has produced a miserable line of .214/.236/.357, failing to deliver production out of the 5th spot in the lineup. Another underachiever is inexperienced Khris Davis, who has slugged a discouraging .338. Davis excelled down the stretch last year, but has dug himself in an early slump. Key run-producers in the lineup include Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy, and Scooter Gennett, and they have all shared time on the DL. The only offensive bright spot in Milwaukee has been first-baseman Adam Lind, who has hit to the tone of a .317 batting average, with 13 RBI’s. The inability to score runs is one of the major flaws in the Brewers demise.
In my opinion, the fallout of the firing of ex-Brewers Manager will be the prologue of a potential rebuilding roster overhaul. Probable trade candidates include soon-retiring Aramis Ramirez (preferably to a contender), superstar Carlos Gomez, veteran starting pitcher Kyle Loshe, and underperforming starting pitcher Matt Garza. I believe that General Manager Doug Melvin should sell high on their overpaid players and move into a rebuilding phase.
In a consequent move, the Brewers will hire Craig Counsell as their next manager, beginning on May 4, 2015.
Counsell was in the running for the Tampa Bay Rays managerial gig earlier this off-season, but Kevin Cash received the job. This hiring seems more fitting, because Counsell played for the Brewers from 2007-2011. He was formerly in the Brewers front-office.
From all of here at MLB_NL_AL, we wish him the best of luck in the next chapter of his baseball career.
- Mitchell Robertson