So I'm guessing this is basically what happened during the pre-interview meetings held between Mark Attanasio and Doug Melvin? Because after the season ended Melvin came out and said that he wanted the new manager of the Brewers to have;
2. Experience in the NL
3. Prior success (i.e., winning a pennant/World Series)
4. Be able to turn Manny Parra into Cliff Lee
And then after the process they hired a guy with
1. No managerial experience
2. No managerial experience in the NL
3. No track record/prior success
4. Not even Jesus could do this one, and he turned water into wine and is also the reason Josh Hamilton hit .560 this season.
So basically after two 'failed' hires in Ned Yost and Ken Macha, Attanasio looked at what they wanted and did the opposite! Essentially Ron Roenicke is a chicken salad sandwich on rye, untoasted, with a side of potato salad and a cup of tea.
Either way based on what I've read about Ron Roenicke it sounds like he's a decent baseball guy who comes from a great franchise with the Angels. Mike Scioscia produces a competitive team EVERY season in LA and his bench has yielded success stories like Joe Maddon in Tampa and Bud Black in San Diego, both of whom have had quick success with two franchises that are financially depleted. Not to mention if Roenicke can convince Christopher Lloyd to come on board and sway some foul polls in our favor that can't hurt either.
Bottom line is it doesn't matter a whole bunch whether Ron Roenicke or Bobby Valentine or Connie Mac are managing the Crew, if Melvin doesn't sign some pitching Roenicke will suffer the same fate as Macha. Make no mistake about it, trying to win with Manny Parra, Dave Bush, Jeff Suppan and Doug Davis as your starters is like trying to win the Tour de France with a Huffy 10 speed. The real moves start with the winter meetings.
PS: You know this hire was a little bit of a reach when even I had to google this cat. Thank god he has a Wiki page. Already added 'first manager to lead the Brewers franchise to a World Series title' on his accomplishments line. It's on the internet now folks, it's only a matter of time.
Double PS: Has anyone seen Angels in the Outfield lately? I guess I didn't notice/care as a kid but look at the cast for this flick: Danny Glover, Tony Danza, Christopher Lloyd, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Neal McDonough, Adrien Brody, Matthew McConaughey. Seriously? Casting was done by Pam Dixon. Maybe she can be our next GM.