Ron Roenicke

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Ronald Jon Roenicke

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Biographical Information[edit]


The brother of Gary Roenicke, father of Lance Roenicke, and uncle of Josh Roenicke, Jason Roenicke and Jarett Roenicke, Ron Roenicke played eight seasons in the majors.

In 1990, Roenicke along with his brother Gary, played for the San Bernardino Pride of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He played in 25 games batting .274 with 21 RBI and was tied for the league home run title with Butch Benton and Rick Lancellotti with 5 long balls when the SPBA folded.

After his playing career ended, he was a coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1992 and 1993 and a minor league manager for the Dodgers (1994-1995 and 1997-1998) and San Francisco Giants (1999). Roenicke was also a coach for the Albuquerque Dukes in 1996. From 2000 to 2010, he was a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim coach. He was named to succeed Ken Macha as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers for the 2011 season on November 2, 2010. In his first season as manager, he led the Brewers to the NL Central division title, the team's first finish in first place since moving to the National League in 1998. He also led them to their first victory in a postseason series since their World Series run in 1982 when they defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks in 5 games in the NLDS. However, the team's excellent run ended when they faced the underdog St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS; they lost to the eventual World Champions, 4 games to 2.

In 2014, the Brewers got off to a fast start and were leading the NL Central by a comfortable margin in mid-season, before utterly collapsing in the second half. They ended up only two games above .500, at 82-80, and missed the postseason altogether. They then got off to the worst start in the major leagues in 2015 and Roenicke paid the price on May 3rd, when he was fired with the team sporting a 7-18 record. Former Brewers player Craig Counsell was named to replace him the following day. On August 17th, he was hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers to replace Lorenzo Bundy as their third base coach. He stayed until the end of the season, then in 2016, returned to the Angels as third base coach. That year, he also coached for the New Zealand national team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers.

In 2018, he was appointed bench coach of the Boston Red Sox under new manager Alex Cora and the team had a historic season, winning the 2018 World Series and setting a team record for wins. However, that victory was tainted when after the 2019 season, it was revealed that the Red Sox had used a sophisticated and illegal sign-stealing scheme during the season, in the wake of the 2017 Houston Astros, for whom Cora had been the bench coach, having done the same thing. Cora was fired for his role, and Roenicke emerged as the favorite to succeed him as manager - although the team had to wait for Major League Baseball to complete its investigation into the Boston half of the scandal before being able to do so. His nomination was confirmed on February 11, 2020, with spring training just around the corner, although it was initially only as an interim replacement for Cora. When the Commissioner issued his findings on April 22nd, confirming that the Red Sox had utilized illicit means to steal signs and determining appropriate punishment, Roenicke's interim tag was lifted. At that time, however, all play had been suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. When the season finally started, it was a disaster for the Red Sox, as they were unable to find any reliable starting pitching and quickly sank to the bottom of the standings, never to re-emerge. Just before the Sox played their final game on September 27th, team President Chaim Bloom announced that Roenicke would not be back in 2021.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • Division Titles: 1 (2011)

Preceded by
Ken Macha
Milwaukee Brewers Manager
Succeeded by
Craig Counsell
Preceded by
Alex Cora
Boston Red Sox Manager
Succeeded by
Alex Cora

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1994 Great Falls Dodgers Pioneer League 34-38 5th Los Angeles Dodgers
1995 San Bernardino Spirit California League 85-54 1st Los Angeles Dodgers League Champs
1997 San Antonio Missions Texas League 84-55 1st Los Angeles Dodgers League Champs
1998 San Antonio Missions Texas League 44-37 -- Los Angeles Dodgers replaced by Lance Parrish on June 27
Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League 33-37 13th Los Angeles Dodgers replaced Jon Debus (1-4) on June 27
1999 Fresno Grizzlies Pacific Coast League 73-69 7th San Francisco Giants
2011 Milwaukee Brewers National League 96-66 1st Milwaukee Brewers Lost NLCS
2012 Milwaukee Brewers National League 83-79 3rd Milwaukee Brewers
2013 Milwaukee Brewers National League 74-88 4th Milwaukee Brewers
2014 Milwaukee Brewers National League 82-80 3rd Milwaukee Brewers
2015 Milwaukee Brewers National League 7-18 -- Milwaukee Brewers -- replaced by Craig Counsell on May 4
2020 Boston Red Sox American League 24-36 5th Boston Red Sox

Further Reading[edit]

  • Analis Bailey: "Red Sox announce manager Ron Roenicke won't return after one season", USA Today, September 27, 2020. [1]
  • Ian Browne: "Roenicke named Boston's interim skipper",, February 11, 2020. [2]
  • Bob Nightengale: "Red Sox expected to promote Ron Roenicke to be next manager, replacing Alex Cora", USA Today, February 7, 2020. [3]

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