Roenicke: ‘I did the best that I thought I could do’

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke on Sunday morning addressed his uncertain job status. The day before, principal owner Mark Attanaaio told reporters that GM Doug Melvin’s job was safe, but could not offer similar assurances to Roenicke or the coaches.

Those comments were covered over on the site. Here’s the story about Attanasio’s general disappointment about the Brewers’ collapse, and here’s the story about Roenicke’s uncertain future.

“Yeah, I don’t know where we stand,” Roenicke said on Sunday. “Doug, I know, is meeting with Mark, and then he’s going to come down and talk with us today. So I don’t know if it will be a week or a few days, or what it will be.”

Did that make Sunday’s season finale a bit uncomfortable?

“Yeah, it’s always uncomfortable when you’re not sure what’s going to happen,” Roenicke said.

Asked to asses his own job performance this season, Roenicke said, “I’ve worked my tail off. I did the best that I thought I could do. I’m always wanting to do things better and get better at what I do, and sometimes it helps to have conversations afterward on what myself of as a group that we need to do better. You do the best you can do, and you know when you’re a manager, that sometimes if it doesn’t go well, that you’re the guy that’s going to get blamed for it.”

What would he do better?

“I don’t think there is anything that I can just come up with that I need to do better,” Roenicke said. “There are things, without a doubt, but they’re little things here and there that you listen and you think about, that maybe you can do better. But when we’re thinking about trying to figure out what happened in the season in the end, we’ve talked about everything, and I can’t give an answer on what happened. Like I told you guys yesterday, you can point to what happened, but the ‘why’ is what we really need to figure out.”

Is it possible they might never know?

“Sure,” he said.  “There’s been a lot of teams I’ve been on through the years that — you can’t figure out why you do so well sometimes, also. It’s not always the negative part. At the beginning of the season, we were winning a lot of ballgames and I was coming in here saying, ‘How did we win that game,’ because maybe we made a few miscues. We were getting away with some things, but we were winning, and you come in and go, ‘Wow.’

“If you don’t score runs, it’s always down to a small thing. ‘What did we do wrong somewhere?’ Did we give somebody an opportunity score another run because we didn’t make a play? Did we not bunt a guy over to try to get that one run. All the little things come into play, and it’s easy to see what happened in a game when it’s 2-1, 1-0. It’s pretty easy to see what could have gone wrong in those games.”

Asked whether he worried the Brewers could make changes to the field staff just for the sake of change, Roenicke said, “I can’t make a comment that way. I think you always try to improve on what you’re doing. If they think I’m not doing the job that I should be doing, then you try to make an improvement. And same thing goes for the coaches. Same thing goes for the players. If there are some things we can do different with the players in improving this, then we need to do it. If it’s taking the same personnel, players, and working with them and trying to get them better, then that’s what we have to do.

“And we do have to do something. We can’t fall in a skid this long offensively and not figure that we need to try to do something a little different. I know you guys have heard me say it a lot of times — first-pitch-swinging, yeah, we may have scored a lot of runs because of it. But it hasn’t obviously worked here in the last whatever. So that’s something that needs to be addressed. Can everybody be a little better in it? Yes. Guys can’t go from first-pitch swingers to 100 walks a year. I don’t think that happens. But we can all get better at what we do — the players included, me included.”

Roenicke will remain in Milwaukee for a few days after the season, and said he would continue to operate under the assumption he will be back for 2015. He is, after all, under contract.

Near the end of his Sunday morning media session, Roenicke was frank in answering a basic question:

Did he think the pressure of trying to hold first place simply burned some players out?

“Yes, I do,” Roenicke said. “I think, especially for some younger guys, I think it’s very difficult. It may be [the answer]. It’s a grind to be in first and having teams trying to catch you all the time and trying to maintain that. If you go into a slump, you think ‘we have to hold on and get it back again.’ It’s a grind. That’s part of it, though; do you have grinders on your team to get through that part? Do you have grinders on your staff making sure guys are doing the right things and staying positive? A lot goes into that.”


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You did the best you could? Tell us another lie.

Roenicke held us in first even though he had one arm less than normal in a bull pen that was supposed to be shaky at best for the first three quarters of the season, the defense has been improving, and with the slump in offense why is nobody calling for Narron’s head? Moreover, though you may criticize his use of the starting pitchers, the Brewers have had the fewest tommy john surgeries in the majors in the last few years something that usually sidelines a major starter on most other teams for two years. Moreover, nobody thought this team would be anything this year and Roenicke had this team in first place for most of it being the free swinging, free running team that he has been handed. Finally, he was again given a 1B position that placed last in slugging percentage for a second year straight.
It is further worth noting that under Roenicke the brewers have had their best records, and while a chunk of that is due to Attanasio and Melvin and the payroll and moves those two have provided some credit must ultimately fall on the manager.

I do not doubt he did the best job that he could. However, not everyone is made to be a big league manager. I like the guy, but his approach of never putting his players in uncomfortable situation didn’t work. Mark Reynolds makes an unacceptable mental error that costs the Brewers a pivotal game, and Roenicke’s method is to give Mark a chance to redeem himself opposed to benching him. Mark responded with an 0-3 night. Sometimes, you need to make someone feel a little uncomfortable in order to get their best effort. Otherwise they may get too relaxed.

I also think Ron failed to make adjustments throughout the season. Good guy. Won’t miss him though.

I would like to see Ron Roenicke back. Ned Yost said he learned that he can not make everything happen as the manager. I agree, the manager is the manager he makes calculated decisions and the player must execute. He did very well this year just came short. Other teams also got hot at the right time.

Ron Roenicke, nice man, not a manager, all u have to do is look at the Cards, The dug-out looked like a old-folks home, u dont juggle your line-up every day, RR was afraid to make a decision, it’s easy to manage when players hit HR’S, baseball is a big business, 2.8 million fans did not deserve what they got, when u can’t win more then 9 games out of 31, then something has to be done, look at the Cubs, if no changes are made,the Brewes will never be a contender, look what the Bucks did & look what the Packers did, it’s high time now for DM to step up to the plate & do something, boy would I really like to see a new manager (RY) be in control, get some life back in the Brewers.

How about not batting a guy leadoff for the better part of the year that swings at everything? Maybe notice that k rod is slumping and not put him in vs. san diego? bench braun (.220 hitter the 2nd half) after you see things going downhill for him somewhere by mid-august (it was painfully obvious as a fan). Maybe not start a guy for the 1st time ever at 1b when you’re still mathematically in it.

the list could go on forever.

Well sorry but it was’nt good enough, let’s try someone new next year.

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Not only did Roenicke do a poor job and should be fired but how long will the Brewers keep doug Melvin. Melvin has given out terrible contracts to Bill Hall, Rickie Weeks and Derrick Turnball. He was the one who got Mark Reynolds, who can’t hit for a whole season among other 3rd rate players. I say Melvin is more at fault than Roenicke though both have to go. Gomez, the last 2 years slumped badly after the All Star breaks .When their pitching was good their hitting was bad. When their hitting was good their pitching was bad. Segura slumped badly this year and maybe he isn’t the great player the Brewers thin=k he is. The Brewers are tone dimensional only hiiting home runs. They gave the LF job to Davis and although he hit 22 home runs his batting average stunk and his fielding isn’t the greatest. Gallardo was his inconsistent self again. Get rid of both Melvin and Roenicke and get some all around, full season players,

Derrick Turnball?? You’re credible!

The handling of Segura late in the year was unacceptable. Tragic yes, but killing a season to protect an investment? Ron let the Gomez ego issues get away from him. Hugh down side. Add Gallardo and Braun to that list. RR and Melvin were hand in hand in these issues. Unless Anastasio gets firm, they won’t change anything.

This team by mid May was just an average team playing below 500 ball.You don’t have to win every game but it’s the managers job to motivate the players and make them accountable for their actions.The after games programs RR gave us the same old song and dance that the other team really played a great game and the pitcher was really great.Nice guy but not a manager that your going to win a championship with.Way to many mental mistakes throughout a game.Don’t know how to manage a pitching staff.

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