Brewers Creating a Winnning Attitude

By Troy Sparks
Updated: April 11, 2011

Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder

MILWAUKEE, WI- Tension in the dugout and in the clubhouse amongst players on the Milwaukee Brewers last season was the result of the feedback they got from former manager Ken Macha.

Macha, who managed the Brewers in 2009 and 2010, made it known that he wasn’t there to create a positive atmosphere or be their friend. He was there to help the club win games.

Even though Macha said he had an open door policy, the two biggest stars on the team, Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder, probably felt that his relationship to the other players was cold. His relationship to all the players was more like father/son.

General manager Doug Melvin went out on a limb and hired Ron Roenicke, who had no major league managing experience. But what Roenicke did have was years of learning the ropes under Anaheim Angels manager Mike Scioscia as a bench coach.

Roenicke brings a renewal of energy and winning attitude to the Brewers. Ther players are looser. Fielder has a positive attitude. He’s just having fun right now and not worried about a possible end to his career in a Milwaukee uniform. Who knows? He might change his mind and stay for less money instead of leaving after the season.

The Brewers showed their winning spirit when they won the weekend series from the Chicago Cubs, 2-1. Roenicke has confidence that his players will perform up to their capabilities when counted on.

His confidence was rewarded earlier this year when he sent Casey McGehee to pinch hit in the eighth inning in a game against the Cubs, trailing 5-4, despite his recent struggles at the plate. His two-run homer was the game winner in a 6-5 come from behind win.

A good manager can create a good team. And a good team can feel good about performing on the field and at the plate. It trickles down to the fans, who will come to the park and watch winning baseball.