As the rumors begin to disperse throughout the baseball community, the hire of now former Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke finally ends the Brewers‘ search for their 2011 manager.

Roenicke, 54, will soon be named the 18th manager in Milwaukee history.

Sources close to the Brewers’ managerial search confirmed the hire earlier today; however, an official deal may not come for a few days.

Roenicke has served as Mike Sciosia’s coaching staff since 2000, assisting as the first and third base coaches before serving as the bench coach following Joe Maddon’s departure.

After a month’s worth of rumors (including the possible hire of Bobby Valentine and Bob Brenly), the discussion has finally come to a close.

Details on the deal will be announced on Thursday.

Roenicke, a former major league outfielder, played 527 games over eight seasons for six different teams, but has made his Major League mark mostly as coach for Scioscia. Roenicke has also managed six seasons and 643 games in the Minor Leagues.

Despite rumors of a possible Bobby Valentine hire, Melvin and company make the move to get a veteran, former assistant manager that will try to turn Milwaukee’s fortunes around and take this team to the promised land.

Now that the managerial situation has come to a solemn close, the Brewers now face the tougher task at hand: Improving the pitching.

The need is there, and the time is now for Doug Melvin to step up and make yet another deal worth making.

Dear Ron Roenicke: “Just do it.”


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Ed Sedar’s 19-year reign with the Brewers has finally come to an end today, signing with the Houston Astros as a Minor League outfield/baserunning instructor.

Sedar, 49, had been the first base coach for the Brewers for the past four seasons, along with working in Milwaukee’s Minor League system since 1992 in several capacities, including as outfield and base-running coordinator, field coordinator and rookie league manager.

Sedar’s contributions to this Milwaukee club will certainly never be forgotten.

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