- Roenicke is known as "Rags."
- He was not an everyday player, but a manager liked to have him around because he could do so many things.
- His brother Gary played several years in the Majors.
- Ron enjoys tennis.
- In 1989, the Rangers signed Ron for Oklahoma City (AA).
He has a great work ethic and attitude.
After being a minor league coach and lefthanded batting practice pitcher for two years (1991 and 1992), the Dodgers decided Ron should try to work on his knuckleball at Instructional League after the 1992 season.
He was throwing such a good knuckler in batting practice that the hitters couldn't hit it. Roenicke said he has messed around with the pitch since high school. Then resident expert Tom Candiotti saw it in the outfield one day and encouraged Ron to pursue it. Roenicke said he blew it off, but the idea turned serious after he unveiled it during batting practice before the Dodgers faced the Pirates' Tim Wakefield.
With input from pitching coach Ron Perranoski, V.P. Fred Claire told Ron to go the Arizona Fall League. Roenicke allowed one run in seven innings. The comeback story ended, however, when Ron and the Dodgers realized a decision had to be made concerning staff positions. "We needed to make a decision about what his role was going to be," GM Fred Claire said. "If he wanted to try to come back as a pitcher, we would have given him the freedom to do that (with another team), but it wasn't something we were interested it."
Ron's father, Floyd Roenicke died October 2, 2002. He had been a baseball coach at Covina High School in California. Ron said his father's faith taught him about honor and respect. He said his father's ballpark blood taught him about sending a runner from second.
"We would talk all the time about how the only way to get players to reach their potential is to let them go," Roenicke said. "If you make a mistake, well, that happens. You just keep trying."
- Ron and his wife, Karen, took three days to get back home to Southern California after the Brewers seasons in both 2011 and 2012.
Their son, Lance played in the Brewer organization in 2012-14.
|Home:||San Clemente, CA||Team:||Retired|
|Birth City:||Covina, CA|
|Draft:||1977 - Dodgers #1 - Out of UCLA|
PLAYING CAREER NOTES
- Ron was a switch-hitter who was used primarily from the left side. He was a selective hitter. He waited for a pitch and would not hit it unless it was right where he wanted it. He hit with good power to the alleys.
- Roenicke was a good outfielder, playing all three spots well. He had good judgment and an accurate arm.
- He got the most out of his ability because of an intelligent approach to the game.
- He was an above average baserunner who compensated for a lack of speed with savvy.
- The best team Roenicke ever played on was the 1984 Padres, who lost to the Tigers in the World Series. Ron appeared in two Series games, but didn't bat. "It was exciting, but I didn't play a whole lot," he said.
- Roenicke is a patient, teaching coach. He has a calming effect on his players, very supportive.
- Ron feels that building confidence is critical to developing good players. Some players need to have it instilled in them, and others bring it along with them. "I want a guy to be cocky on the inside," he said. "Not going around, telling everybody how good he is, but they need that feeling that they can get the job done. A guy who's cocky like that won't go into long slumps. He talks himself into being a better player."
One way Roenicke tries to instill confidence is giving virtually every player on the team the green light on the bases. At the same time, players learn self-discipline when they're allowed a lot of leeway on the bases. They have to learn when NOT to run as well as when to run.
"If a guy runs five times and gets thrown out five times, I don't have to tell him he made a mistake," Ron said. "He knows it."
For reasons that show up in the standings, and one reason that doesn't, Roenicke is the first half of 2014 National League Manager of the Year.
This is a club that was widely picked to finish fourth in the NL Central. And yet, the Brewers have been in first place in the division since April 5. The competition is hardly lacking. The Cardinals were the NL champions in 2013. And the Pirates and Reds both qualified for the postseason in 2013.
Success is no fluke for Roenicke. In his first year managing the Milwaukee club, the Brewers won a franchise-record 96 regular-season games, won the division and advanced to the NL Championship Series.
Roenicke is relentlessly positive in public regarding his players, but he is no pushover. He sets a level of expectations regarding the way the game needs to be played. (Bauman - mlb.com - 7/8/14)
One other aspect sets Roenicke's work apart this season. He is the one manager of a contending club who has been working with what has been essentially a 24-man roster. By the rules governing Rule 5 Draft selections, the Brewers must keep Wei-Chung Wang on the roster while he is working to overcome his erratic performances or return him to the Pittsburgh organization.
Roenicke has not carped or complained, even though it appears that the Brewers are sacrificing a roster spot for an undefined portion of the future. "You could look at it that way," Roenicke said. "But if [Wang] pitches the way we think he can pitch, there's still value in his getting some innings that we need. When he can't get through innings, then it's hard. But when he can get through innings, he's a nice piece to have.
Ron Roenicke has done a truly commendable job this season. But it would be an easier job with a 25-man roster. (Bauman - mlb.com - 7/8/14)
- May, 2020: Jonathan Lucroy. the veteran big league receiver who signed with the Red Sox in Feb., 2020, played for Roenicke for five seasons with the Brewers, giving him great perspective on what type of manager Boston is getting.
"He does what's right," Lucroy said. "He's very fair. He's a very good communicator. He'll talk to you and you can sit down and talk to him and walk in his office anytime. In Milwaukee, I'd just go in there and sit and talk with him."
Ron talked about those who have influenced him in the game.
"Mike Scioscia is one of my favorite people," said Roenicke. "I've known him for a long time. First year I signed he was our catcher in Clinton, Iowa, and we've become great friends. He has more integrity than anybody I've met in the game and just watching him manage and listening to him. He's got a brilliant baseball mind. He's one of the wittiest guys I've ever been around."
In Joe Maddon, Roenicke found someone who shared his thirst for knowledge, and they both had an analytical bent before it became the norm in baseball. And other than Scioscia, there might be no bigger Roenicke fan in the game than Maddon.
"Rags is the best," Maddon said. "He is as well thought-out as anybody in this game right now, he understands the game as well as anybody working in this game right now. He throws the best lefthanded batting practice of anybody in this game right now. And Ronnie is a blunt object.
"He's gonna say exactly what's on his mind. I really believe he's the perfect fit for the situation right now. Ronnie does not know how to dissemble. He's gonna tell you what's going on. I think he's gonna demonstrate all that. My hope is that he gets to keep that job for a couple years to come. He's beyond very capable." (Ian Browne - mlb.com - Red Sox Magazine - May, 2020)
POST-PLAYING CAREER POSITIONS
- 1991-1992: Ron joined the Dodger organization as a coach for San Antonio (TL).
- 1993: He was the Dodgers' "Eye-in-the-Sky" press box coach.
- 1994: Ron became Manager for Great Falls (PIO).
- 1995: As Manager at San Bernardino, he was named California League Manager of the Year.
- 1996: He became Dodgers' Roving Minor League Hitting Instructor.
- 1997-1998: He was Manager for San Antonio (TL). In June of 1998, he moved up to Albuquerque (PCL) when the Dodgers made Glenn Hoffman the Manager in L.A.
- 1999: Roenicke moved to the Giants' organization as Manager for Fresno (PCL).
- 2000: Ron moved up to the Third Base Coaching position for the Angels, under manager Mike Scioscia.
- 2006: Roenicke moved to the Bench Coach job with Scioscia and the Angels.
- November 2, 2010: The Brewers hired Roenicke as Manager. (Editor's note: This guy has really paid his dues.)
May 8, 2012: The Brewers extended Ron's contract through 2015, with a club option for 2016.
March 19, 2015: The Brewers 2016 option was exercised.
- May 3, 2015: Ron was dismissed as manager of the Brewers, while the team had MLB's worst record at 7-18.
- August 18, 2015: The Dodgers hired Roenicke as Third Base Coach.
It’s a sensitive situation for a couple of reasons. The former third base coach, Lorenzo Bundy, remains on the staff as an outfield coordinator.
The impetus for the change clearly came from above Mattingly’s head. The front office run by Andrew Friedman has been frustrated with the Dodgers’ baserunning all of the 2015 season. Mattingly said Friedman presented him a list of available names to replace Bundy at third base. Mattingly said he chose Roenicke in part because he was aware of how well theLos Angeles Angelsran the bases when Roenicke was doing that job under Mike Scioscia.
One of the first things Roenicke said he asked Mattingly was whether he really wanted him.
“Is this coming from someone else or is it Donnie wanting me to do it?” Roenicke said. “I know from managing and coaching how important it is to have people that you want there. Whoever’s decision it was and I don’t know, because I’m obviously not in the conversation, but when I asked Donnie about whether he wanted me, he said, ‘Absolutely.’”
Nov. 18, 2015: The Angels hired Roenicke as their Third Base Coach.
Feb 11, 2020: The Red Sox elevated bench coach Ron Roenicke to interim manager.
April 23, 2020: The interim tag has been lifted from Ron Roenicke’s title. Now that MLB’s sign-stealing investigation into the 2018 Red Sox is over, Boston has made Roenicke the 48th manager in club history.
Sept. 27, 2020: The Red Sox announced Roenicke would not be brought back for another season.
Roenicke was elevated from bench coach to manager in Spring Training after Alex Cora and the club opted to part ways in January. Roenicke was on a one-year deal.
“Yeah, so the tough part was talking to [chief baseball officer] Chaim [Bloom] this morning and letting me know their decision,” Roenicke said. “Getting to the ballpark, I wanted the players and staff to know before it came out publicly, so that part was difficult. The game was fine. It’s still concentrating on what I had to do and then afterward was a little tough in the clubhouse. Some guys spoke, so that was a little tough, that was a little emotional.”
The search for a new manager will begin immediately.
- In June 1989, he went on the D.L. with broken ribs. Ron was in the on-deck circle at Oklahoma City when he was struck by a Jack Daugherty practice swing.