Brewers hire Roenicke

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday named Ron Roenicke the 18th manager in club history.

The 54-year-old Roenicke, who signed a two-year contract with a club option for 2013, is replacing Ken Macha after the latter had his 2011 option declined.

"Ron brings to the Brewers the skill set needed to maintain high standards of professional excellence and success," said Brewers executive vice president and general manager Doug Melvin. "I am extremely confident that he will develop an organizational culture that fosters teamwork. Ron projects self confidence, authority and enthusiasm, which will inspire performance. He is a true professional with an extensive background as a player, manager, third- base coach and bench coach. I was very impressed with the number of positive endorsements we received on his behalf."

Roenicke had spent the previous 11 seasons in the Angels organization, serving as the team's third-base coach from 2000-05 and the last five years as bench coach under manager Mike Scioscia.

The former outfielder has never been a manager in the majors, but did compile a record of 346-283 as a minor-league skipper for the Dodgers and Giants organizations.

Roenicke played in 527 games over eight major league seasons for six teams, batting .238 with 17 home runs and 113 RBI.

Milwaukee finished the 2010 season with a 77-85 record under Macha, only good enough for third place in the NL Central.


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