Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Your Obscure Guide to Ron Roenicke

Alright, you've gotten your day to let your emotions sink in.  As for me, with a busy night of elections at work, I have yet to even grasp the situation or really study up on Roenicke.  I know the basics.  I know he was Scioscia's bench coach, I know he managed 643 games in the minors, and I know that he played in 528 games as a Major League outfielder.  Besides that, I look for others to insight-fully direct my knowledge and fill my blank white sheet of paper mind with knowledge and fact.  That being said, here's what I have droned the internet for, the facts that you do (you don't [well maybe some]) need to know.

  • Ronald Jon Roenicke was born August 19, 1956 in Covina California
  • Roenicke attended Edgewood High School in West Covina, California and Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. He was drafted four times (by the Oakland Athletics in 1974, the San Francisco Giants in 1975, the Detroit Tigers in 1976 and the Atlanta Braves in 1976) but declined to sign each time.
  • In 1977 he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1st round (17th overall), and decided to join the Dodgers Organization.
  • Roenicke continued to bounce around the major leagues, playing as an outfielder and first baseman for San Francisco (1985), Philadelphia (1986-87) and Cincinnati (1988). In his playing career, he compiled a .238 batting average, 17 home runs and 113 RBIs
  • From 1992 to 1993, Roenicke served on the coaching staff of the Dodgers' major league team. He began his managerial career in 1994 with the rookie-level Great Falls Dodgers, and was named California League Manager of the year as he led the single-A San Bernardino Spirit to a league title in 1995. 
  • Roenicke switched allegiances once again in 2000, joining the Angels organization as the third base boach for the major league club. After six seasons in that role, he was promoted to bench coach in 2006 after long-time bench coach Joe Maddon departed to manage the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
  • After a brawl between the Angels and the Texas Rangers on August 16, 2006 led to a four-game suspension for Angels skipper Mike Scioscia, Roenicke served as the club's acting manager. He compiled an impressive 4-0 record during his tenure, leading the team to its first four-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners since 1986. He served his one-game suspension immediately afterwards.
  • Roenicke's wife, Karen is currently a P.E. teacher at Chino Hills High School.
Alright guys, catching on yet?  These are just bountiful facts provided by the kind world and folks of Wikipedia.  I know it's not original, but it's indeed insightful.  But wait, there is more, lets dig a little deeper.

In a 2009 interview with the website Roenicke was asked about what he would base his fantasy draft team around, hitting, or pitching?

Q: (Angelswin) - In a perfect world, there’s a fantasy type draft, and you have one player to build your team around that’s currently playing, who’s that guy, who’s your first pick?

A: (Ron Roenicke) - (laughs) That’s a good one, that’s always a debate with us. Do you pick a number one pitcher or do you pick a number one player?

Q: (Angelswin) - Well, pick one of each.

A: (Ron Roenicke) - You have your Albert Pujols, you have… pitchers…there’s a lot of different choices there. There’s the Halladay's, the CC Sabbathia's. And in the other league, you got your Peavy’s. So, there’s a lot…that’s always a debate. Do you go for a guy that’s gonna be there every game? And I think you gotta look at personalities too. Are a lot of these guys leaders that you want to build a team around? That’s a good question and one that gets discussed a lot.

Typical media answer, eh?  Eventually directing the answer back to the beginning of the question.  Ron, the answer is always pitching.  (can you tell I am struggling for info yet?)

Moving on...

According to Ron Roenicke is a male.

Alright enough from me, I am getting nowhere.  Let's here from some of Roenicke's past co-workers.

Brewers TV Announcer, Brian Anderson

"He's on the short list of most impressive people I've ever met. I know that's a big statement and I don't say things like that about people very often but as far as character goes and what he knows about baseball, I couldn't have been more impressed."

"He's a baseball Tony Dungy. He's humble, a quiet leader, a great leader. He misses nothing. Every player who has every played for him loved him. He really believes in a team having one voice, in everybody being united for the same goal. Players buy into that. He treats people with respect and knows how to assess every situation."

Former Coaching friend and current Padres Manager, Bud Black

"I'm excited for Ron. I know that he will be very well prepared. He's well equipped to take on this. There's no doubt in my mind. He's going to come to this position prepared and with a great understaidng of players. What I like about Ron the most is he's a realist and a straight shooter. He tells it like it is. He'll look you in the eye and tell you."

Current Tampa Bay Rays Manager, Joe Maddon

"They're getting a guy who is very good on details, really well-thought out and well-prepared. They're also getting a guy with very strong opinions, but he can back them up. There's no question about that."

"He's not going to go out there and say out wonderful he is. That's not his style. Somebody was going to have to go out and find him. He's just not a self-promoter."

"It's not like he's not capable of handling the spotlight. He's just never thrown himself into it. He's really bright. When you ask him a question, he's going to have a really good answer. It's hard to argue against him."

There you go, I hope this fills any small void that hasn't been addressed, I know it is not much, but nevertheless I am always hoping to bring the smallest amount of info to the table, no matter how obscure it is.  In closing, I will leave you with this.

Ron Roenicke, I'm in your head.
Q: (Angelswin) - One, do you have any rituals or superstitions, and two, what do you do for fun when you’re not thinking baseball, when the season is over and the offseason is here?

A: (Ron Roenicke) - well, I’m not superstitious at all. It’s just something I’m not.

In the off-season I have a lot of hobbies. I love to woodwork. I like playing golf. I like fishing. I like hunting. There’s a lot of things I like to do. I like to cook. There’s a lot of interests I have that keep me pretty busy.

I wonder how much Roenicke hated the "Rally Monkey"? 

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Anonymous said...

Nice work as always James. Hopefully Ron shows some emotion and gets his players fired up - Dr. Perch

Anonymous said...

The Rally Monkey!!!

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