Ron Roenicke

Ronald Jon Roenicke (/ˈrɛnɪki/ REN-i-kee; born August 19, 1956) is an American former professional baseball player and manager. He is the current bench coach for the Boston Red Sox. He was previously the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers and a coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He is also the younger brother of former Montreal Expos and Baltimore Orioles outfielder Gary Roenicke. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds.

Ron Roenicke
Ron Roenicke on April 1, 2013
Roenicke with the Milwaukee Brewers
Boston Red Sox – No. 30
Outfielder / Manager / Bench coach
Born: August 19, 1956 (age 62)
Covina, California
Batted: Switch Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 2, 1981, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
May 21, 1988, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Batting average.238
Home runs17
Runs batted in113
Managerial record342–331
Winning %.508
Teams
As player

As manager

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Early life and playing career

1988 Nashville Ron Roenicke
Roenicke with the Nashville Sounds in 1988

Roenicke attended Edgewood High School in West Covina, California and Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. He was drafted four times (by the Oakland Athletics in 1974, the San Francisco Giants in 1975, the Detroit Tigers in 1976 and the Atlanta Braves in 1976) but declined to sign each time. He played college baseball at UCLA in 1977 where he hit .284 with 9 home runs and 40 RBIs.[1]

In 1977 he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1st round (17th overall), and decided to join the Dodgers organization. He spent time in the Dodgers' farm system until making his major league debut with the club on September 2, 1981, where he remained until released by the club in 1983. He signed with the Seattle Mariners in 1983 and played for the 1984 National League Champion San Diego Padres. He played in two games of the 1984 World Series against the Detroit Tigers, serving as an outfielder[2] and pinch runner.[3]

Roenicke continued to bounce around the major leagues, playing as an outfielder for the San Francisco Giants (1985), Philadelphia Phillies (1986–87) and Cincinnati Reds (1988). In his playing career, he compiled a .238 batting average, 17 home runs and 113 RBIs.[4]

Post–playing career

Coaching career

From 1992 to 1993, Roenicke served on the coaching staff of the Dodgers' major league team. He began his managerial career in 1994 with the rookie-level Great Falls Dodgers, and was named California League Manager of the year as he led the single-A San Bernardino Spirit to a league title in 1995. He served as the hitting instructor for triple-A Albuquerque in 1996 before being named Manager of the Year for guiding the double-A San Antonio Missions to the Texas League Championship in 1997. He managed San Antonio until 1998 when Glenn Hoffman's elevation as the Dodgers' interim manager led to his return to Albuquerque, this time as manager.

In 1999, Roenicke left the Dodgers organization after seven seasons to manage the triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, the Fresno Grizzlies. He led them to a 73–69 record, only one game behind the eventual league champion, Los Angeles Angels affiliate Salt Lake.

Roenicke switched allegiances once again in 2000, joining the Angels organization as the third base coach for the major league club. After six seasons in that role, he was promoted to bench coach in 2006 after long-time bench coach Joe Maddon departed to manage the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

After a brawl between the Angels and the Texas Rangers on August 16, 2006 led to a four-game suspension for Angels skipper Mike Scioscia, Roenicke served as the club's acting manager. He compiled a 4–0 record during his tenure, leading the team to its first four-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners since 1986. He served his one-game suspension immediately afterwards.

Brewers manager

Roenicke was interviewed by the Milwaukee Brewers for their managerial opening in October 2010. He was a finalist along with Bob Melvin, Bobby Valentine, and Joey Cora. He was hired as Brewers manager on November 2, 2010.[5]

Roenicke's first season as the Brewers manager was a resounding success as the Brewers finished the season 96–66, the most wins in franchise history, and also won the National League Central Division title, the first divisional title for the team in 29 years and their first as a National League team. The Brewers went on to win the NLDS against the Arizona Diamondbacks but lost the NLCS to the St. Louis Cardinals. Roenicke is only the 4th manager in Brewers history to have a winning season in his first full season as manager, joining George Bamberger, Tom Trebelhorn, and Phil Garner.

Roenicke was also only the 4th Brewers manager to make the playoffs and the first to do so while managing the team for a full season: Harvey Kuenn and Dale Sveum each took over for a fired manager during their playoff seasons, and Buck Rodgers managed the team during a season shortened by a players' strike. The Brewers' success in 2011 resulted in Roenicke finishing in second in NL Manager of the Year voting, which went to Kirk Gibson of the Diamondbacks.

Roenicke and the Brewers looked to try to capitalize on their success in 2012, but inconsistent play from several players caused the Brewers to scuffle for most of the season. However, the team was able to rebound and finish the season 83–79, the first time since 2008 that the Brewers had finished with back-to-back winning seasons. In 2014, the Brewers led the NL Central for much of the season, but collapsed in late August and September, resulting in an 82-80 record and failure to make the postseason. On May 3, 2015, Roenicke was fired after a poor 7–18 start to the season.[6][7] He finished with a record of 342 wins and 331 losses in 673 games as Brewers manager.[8] He also had five wins and six losses in 11 post–season games.[8]

Return to coaching

On August 17, 2015, with seven weeks left in the season, Roenicke was hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers to be their third base coach.[9] In November 2015, he joined the Los Angeles Angels as their third base coach;[10] he was with the team for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. On November 2, 2017, he was announced as the bench coach for the Boston Red Sox, serving under rookie manager Alex Cora.[11]

Managerial record

As of May 3, 2015
Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
G W L Win % G W L Win %
Milwaukee Brewers 2011 2015 673 342 331 .508 11 5 6 .455
Reference:[8]

Personal life & family

Roenicke's nephew, Josh (his brother Gary's son), has also played in the major leagues while his son, Lance, has played and coached in the minor leagues. Roenicke's wife, Karen was a P.E. teacher at Chino Hills High School. Roenicke is a Christian.[12]

References

  1. ^ UCLA Represented in MLB Playoffs by Three Former Players Archived 2012-09-13 at Archive.today, UCLABruins.com, September 30, 2011
  2. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: Detroit Tigers 4, San Diego Padres 2". www.retrosheet.org.
  3. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: Detroit Tigers 8, San Diego Padres 4". www.retrosheet.org.
  4. ^ "Ron Roenicke". www.retrosheet.org.
  5. ^ "Angels' Ron Roenicke gets Brewers job, source says". 2 November 2010.
  6. ^ Delong, Katie (3 May 2015). "Breaking: Ron Roenicke out as Milwaukee Brewers manager". Fox 6. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  7. ^ McCalvy, Adam. "Brewers dismiss Roenicke as manager". MLB.com. MLB.com. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c "Ron Roenicke". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  9. ^ Stephen, Eric (August 17, 2015). "Dodgers hire Ron Roenicke as third base coach in staff shuffle per reports". SB Nation. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  10. ^ Gonzalez, Alden (November 18, 2015). "Angels name Roenicke third-base coach". MLB.com. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  11. ^ Mastrodonato, Jason (November 2, 2017). "Red Sox hire ex-Brewers manager Ron Roenicke as bench coach". Boston Herald. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  12. ^ "Roenicke's hiring draws rave reviews".

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Preceded by
Bill Russell
Los Angeles Dodgers bench coach
1992–1993
Succeeded by
Bill Russell
Preceded by
Larry Bowa
Gary DiSarcina
Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels third base coach
2000–2006
2016–2017
Succeeded by
Dino Ebel
Dino Ebel
Preceded by
Joe Maddon
Los Angeles Angels bench coach
2006–2010
Succeeded by
Rob Picciolo
Preceded by
Lorenzo Bundy
Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach
2015
Succeeded by
Chris Woodward
Preceded by
Gary DiSarcina
Boston Red Sox bench coach
2018–
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Incumbent
1977 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1977 Los Angeles Dodgers season saw Tommy Lasorda in his first full season at the helm of the Dodgers, replacing longtime manager Walter Alston as Manager of the team near the end of the previous season. The Dodgers won the National League West by 10 games and defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in four games in the NLCS, then lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series. This edition of the Dodgers featured the first quartet of teammates that hit 30 or more home runs: Steve Garvey with 33, Reggie Smith with 32, and Dusty Baker and Ron Cey, who both hit 30. The Dodgers duplicated this feat again 20 years later in 1997.

1981 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers season got off to a strong start when rookie pitcher Fernando Valenzuela pitched a shutout on opening day, starting the craze that came to be known as "Fernandomania." Fernando went on to win both the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Awards.

The season was divided into two halves because of a players strike in mid-season. The Dodgers won the Western Division of the National League in the first half and advanced to the playoffs. They beat the Houston Astros in a divisional playoff and the Montreal Expos in the National League Championship Series before beating the New York Yankees to win the World Series.

1983 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1983 Los Angeles Dodgers rebounded from being eliminated from the playoffs on the final day of the previous season to win their second National League Western Division title in three years, but lost in the National League Championship Series to the Philadelphia Phillies 3 games to 1.

1998 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1998 season saw the sale of the franchise from Peter O'Malley to the Fox Entertainment Group take effect. The new corporate executives would quickly anger Dodger fans when they bypassed General Manager Fred Claire and made one of the biggest trades in franchise history. They traded All-Star catcher Mike Piazza and starting third baseman Todd Zeile to the Florida Marlins for a package that included Gary Sheffield.

The team on the field performed poorly under all the stress and soon Fox fired Claire and manager Bill Russell, replacing them with former Manager Tommy Lasorda, who was appointed interim GM and Minor League manager Glenn Hoffman who took over for Russell. The team limped along to finish in third place in the National League West and more changes were in the offing for the following season.

2001 Anaheim Angels season

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2003 Anaheim Angels season

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The Brewers struck out 10 or more opposing batters in each of eight consecutive games between August 20 and August 28, the longest such streak in MLB history as of 2016.

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