After son gets drafted, Roenicke a proud papa

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was a proud papa on Wednesday, when the Brewers nabbed his son, Lance, in the 25th round of the First-Year Player Draft.

“He’s fired up,” Ron Roenicke said. “He was happy when he got the call, and I talked to him right after that. He’s a happy camper.”

And for dad?

“It’s nice,” he said. “I think any good news now is nice.”

Lance Roenicke was a fifth-year senior at the University of California-Santa Barbara. He has history with the Brewers’ Area Code teams in California, and is coming off a big senior season in which he batted .310 with four home runs, 35 RBIs and seven stolen bases.

“He’s worked hard, and I’m glad to see he’s going to get the chance to play,” Ron Roenicke said. “He’s talked about [going pro]. He’s certainly athletic enough to do it, it’s just a matter of having all the tools come together. …

“He knows what it takes. He’s got three cousins that played professionally, one [Josh] is in the Major Leagues right now with Colorado, so he has the experience of talking with them when he doesn’t want to talk to dad about things. I think all of that helps. He understands what it’s all about, playing every day and the bus travels. He’ll get to experience some of it.”

The Brewers were not the only National League Central team to keep things in the family. The Cubs made manager Dale Sveum’s son, Rustin, their 39th-round pick. The Cardinals drafted manager Mike Matheny’s son, Tate, and third base coach Jose Oquendo’s son, Eduardo.

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