Around this time of the year in baseball, with the trade deadline in the past and September call-ups in the near future, baseball fans are used to seeing new faces on their respective team.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have some new faces on their pitching staff that fans are just getting used to in Mat Latos, Alex Wood, Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan. Another new face will be joining the Dodgers though, but it isn’t a player.
On Monday, the Dodgers announced that they have hired former Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. He will be the team’s third base coach, replacing Lorenzo Bundy, who will remain on staff as outfield coordinator.
Bundy had been the third base coach since the start of the 2014 season when he took over for Tim Wallach who moved to bench coach. Bundy, as most third base coaches, has had some struggles with his decisions, but it’s unclear if that was the reason for the change.
Roenicke is not new to the Dodgers organization, as he was a first round pick by the Dodgers in 1977. He played his first three big league seasons with the Dodgers in 1981-83. He then served on the Dodgers coaching staff from 1992-93 before moving the the minor league level where he managed in the Dodgers system until 1999.
In his tenure as Brewers manager he went 342-331, making the postseason in 2011 and advancing to the National League Championship Series. Roenicke will add another baseball mind to the Dodgers dugout for the upcoming pennant race.