Ron Roenicke’s first two seasons: Where does it rank in Brewers’ history?
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In Ron Roenicke’s second season at the helm of the Milwaukee Brewers, the team was above .500 for consecutive seasons for only the second time this century and only the third time since 1990.
Roenicke’s first two seasons have included a trip to the playoffs and a franchise-record 96 wins in 2011. Here’s the question:
How does Roenicke’s first two years as Brewers’ manager compare with the other managers who have skippered the Brewers?
Following is a look at the 10 Brewers managers who have managed the team for two full seasons and their win-loss records in those first two seasons.
1. George Bamberger, 1978, 1979 (188-135 .582): “Bambi” took over for Alex Grammas and saw the win total skyrocket from 67 in 1977 to 93 in 1978. The team won 95 in 1979, the only time the franchise has won 90-plus games in two straight seasons. Bamberger went 47-45 in 1980 and was replaced mid-season by Buck Rodgers.
2. Ron Roenicke, 2011, 2012 (179-145 .552): Roenicke’s first two years rank second on this list with 179 wins. He is one of only three Brewers managers to win 82 or more games in his first two seasons (Bamberger and Trebelhorn). He is one of two managers (Rodgers) to lead the Brewers to the playoffs by coaching the team the entire season, and the only manager to make the playoffs in his first year with the franchise.
3. Tom Trebelhorn, 1987, 1988 (178-146 .549): After a 6-3 record in 1986 as replacement for Bamberger (who was in his second stint with the team), Trebelhorn’s first two seasons netted 91 and 87 wins, good enough for two third-place finishes in the American League East. Trebelhorn managed five seasons with the club.
4. Phil Garner, 1992, 1993 (161-163 .497): Garner managed seven-plus seasons with the Brewers. His first year saw the team win 92 games, but his teams did not reach the .500 mark in the remainder of his tenure.
5. Ken Macha, 2009, 2012 (157-167 .485): Macha took over the team after their 2008 appearance in the National League playoffs. He lasted two full seasons winning 80 and 77 games.
6. Del Crandall, 1973, 1974 (150-174 .463): Crandall took over the managing role about one-third of the way through the 1972 season, compiling a 54-70 mark. He won 74 and 76 games in his first two full seasons and then lasted until the end of the ’75 campaign.
7. Davey Lopes, 2000, 2001 (141-183 .435): Lopes followed Garner in the managerial carousel. He won only 73 and 68 in his first two seasons and then was fired after a 3-12 start in 2002.
8. Ned Yost, 2003, 2004 (135-188 .418): Yost had just short of six seasons as Brewers manager, winning only 68 and 67 those first two years. He was replaced by Dale Sveum with 12 games left in the 2008 season when the Brewers made the N.L. playoffs.
9. Dave Bristol, 1970, 1971 (134-189 .415): Bristol was the first manager for the Brewers era in Milwaukee. He had 65 and 69 wins those first two seasons and lasted only 30 games the following year.
10. Alex Grammas, 1976, 1977 (133-190 .412): Grammas got only two years at the helm of the Brewers. He won 66 and 67 games in those two years.
In the 44-year history of the franchise, only three men have managed the team for three or more consecutive full seasons. They are: Trebelhorn, Garner and Yost. Will Roenicke become the fourth on this list?
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