Reports: Brewers hire Ron Roenicke

Updated: November 2, 2010, 10:19 PM ET
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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers have hired Ron Roenicke as their new manager, according to multiple media reports on Tuesday.

Roenicke has been the Los Angeles Angels bench coach under manager Mike Scioscia since 2006.

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Earlier Tuesday, sources told ESPNChicago.com that White Sox bench coach Joey Cora was informed by the Brewers that he finished second in the Milwaukee hiring process.

Other candidates for the job were reportedly former Mets manager and current ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine and former Diamondbacks and Mariners manager Bob Melvin.

The 54-year-old Roenicke has been a member of the Angels' coaching staff for the past 11 seasons, including the last five as bench coach. He won each time he subbed for Scioscia -- a perfect 7-for-7.

Roenicke replaced Ken Macha, who was fired after two disappointing seasons, a tenure that came in the wake of the team's 2008 playoff appearance -- its first since 1982. He inherits a team with pitching problems and a prince -- Prince Fielder -- facing an uncertain future.

The Chicago Sun-Times first reported Roenicke's hiring.

All-Star right fielder Corey Hart said Tuesday night he didn't know anything about Roenicke, who becomes the fourth Milwaukee manager in the past two-plus years.

"I'm sure since he was the guy picked over the rest of the candidates that he's the right guy to lead us back to the playoffs," Hart said in a text message. "I look forward to getting to know him."

Roenicke has never been a full-time major league manager outside of his successful games filling in for Scioscia. He was the Angels' third base coach for his first six seasons with the club and became bench coach when Joe Maddon left for Tampa Bay.

Scioscia's staff has been fertile ground for managerial candidates, with the San Diego Padres also looking there for Bud Black.

Roenicke began his coaching career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and went on to coach in the minor leagues, including five seasons as a manager.

Roenicke also played for six major league teams over eight seasons. He was a career .238 hitter with 17 homers and 113 RBIs in 527 games. He reached the postseason in 1984 as a member of the NL champion San Diego Padres.

He takes over a team that has struggled to find consistent pitching and must make a difficult decision on whether to trade burly first baseman Fielder.

Milwaukee has a young core of All-Stars, with outfielders Ryan Braun and Hart and staff ace Yovani Gallardo signed to long-term contracts, and has an enthusiastic fan base for a small market.

But Fielder is heading into his final year under team control and is expected to seek a budget-busting free-agent contract.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.