The Brewers officially announced the hiring of Ron Roenicke to a two-year deal with a club option for 2013, according to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy. Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times and Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel first reported the hiring Tuesday and it didn't take long for people in baseball to praise the former Angels coach. Rays manager Joe Maddon told Haudricourt that he sees parallels between Roenicke and himself.
"I think he’ll be a very good manager." Maddon said. "He’s conversant, he listens. He’s got all these really good qualities that’s going to make him a good manager. Guys like Ron need to be found out."
Bobby Valentine, Bob Melvin, and Joey Cora were also reportedly candidates for the job. Roenicke has served as a coach with the Angels for eleven years, managing in the minor leagues before that. He spent eight seasons playing outfield in the Majors for the Dodgers, Mariners, Padres, Giants, Phillies, and Reds.