Brewers Hire Craig Counsell as Manager
Living 20 miles from Milwaukee, I have followed the Brewers for most of my life. As such I feel qualified to say hurrah for the Brewers finally replacing Ron Roenicke as manager. With Craig Counsell they get a fresh start on what had been a painful beginning to 2015 for the Brewers.
I still recall a game I attended in 2011. The Brewers pitcher, Chris Narveson had a 1 hitter going into the top of the 7th inning. The Brewers led 1 to 0. By the time Roenicke finally pulled Narveson 2 outs later, the Brewers trailed 7-1. I had never seen a pitcher left in to get pummeled like that when his pitch count was mounting and there was really nothing to be gained by Narveson getting 1 more out in the 7th.
So when the reliever came in, he gets the 1st batter he faced to make the final out. Yes I know, Roenicke was trying to save his bullpen. However, it was obvious to anyone that Narveson had hit the wall and leaving him in didn't save the bullpen or help the starting pitcher's confidence either.
Having watched Roenicke manage since 2011, I have to say he never learned from mistakes. He would just keep doing the same things over and over. The Brewers had reckless base running under him and poor fundamentals. Towards the end, even their fielding had gone south. I hope that this new hiring takes some of the pressure off the team and they get back to the basics.