Despite taking two out of three games against the Chicago Cubs this weekend, the Milwaukee Brewers have fired manager Ron Roenicke after a 7-18 start.
The team will announced a replacement on Monday.
The Brewers started 2-13 after last season’s September collapse that saw them miss the playoffs after leading the NL Central for the majority of the season. All-Star Carlos Gomez missed 15 games before returning this weekend and leading the Brewers to two wins over the Cubs. Yet, president and general manager Doug Melvin decided now was the best time to make the change.
“This has been a difficult start to the season, something that we certainly didn’t anticipate,” Melvin said in a statement. “Over roughly the last 100 games, we have not performed at the level that we should. It’s all about wins and losses, and after the first month of play this year we didn’t see the progress and improvement we had hoped for.
“We appreciate all that Ron has done for our organization, and he has handled his duties with great professionalism and dedication. The reasons for our disappointing start are many, but we determined that it’s in the best interests of the club to make this move.”
Roenicke was 342-331 in over four seasons as Milwaukee’s manager. In his first season, the Brewers won a team-record 96 games before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.