Maddon was not the only acquaintance to tout Roenicke's ability to communicate with players, or his focus on baserunning and outfield defense and his commitment to the Angels' aggressive style. Brewers officials want to see their own team return to that style of play after a more station-to-station approach under Macha for the past two seasons.Melvin, assistant GM Gord Ash and Brewers special assistant Dan O'Brien all called around for input on the various candidates, and were impressed by Roenicke as a family man and a baseball man with a record of working well with diverse personalities. Melvin entered the offseason leaning toward choosing a manager with previous managerial experience, and ended up with two such finalists in Bob Melvin and Valentine. But Roenicke and Cora, who had managed before in the Minors but not the Majors, were especially impressive in their interviews. As the search continued, Roenicke rose to the top. "The more people they talked to, the more he stepped up," the source said. "You kept hearing from people, 'This guy is ready and has been ready.'" Melvin and other Brewers officials heard the same thing over and over: What's taken so long for Roenicke to get a shot? Maddon thinks he knows. "He's not going to go out there and say how wonderful he is. That's not his style," Maddon said. "Somebody was going to have to go out and find him. He's just not a self-promoter." Said Brewers television play-by-play man Brian Anderson, who has known Roenicke for more than a decade and also offered a recommendation to Melvin: "He's just not charismatic. He's not outspoken. That's one of the things people like about him." That's not to say Roenicke doesn't have a personality, Maddon cautioned. "It's not like he's not capable of handling the spotlight," Maddon said. "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." Maddon figures that Roenicke will have an immediate impact on the details-oriented facets of the game, like baserunning and defense. Those are key areas in which the Brewers are looking for improvement next season. Maddon will get a chance to reunite with his old buddy. The Rays come to Miller Park for an Interleague series from June 20-22. Anderson won't have to wait as long to reunite. He was calling games for the Double-A San Antonio Missions back in 1997 when Roenicke was in the middle of a seven-year stint managing Dodgers farm teams. "We'll see how it translates to wins and losses, but I know they got a Major League person," Anderson said. "He's probably the most impressive guy I've ever known, or he's on the short list, anyway. He's a great character guy. He'll never take the credit for wins but he'll always take the blame for losses." Roenicke's brother, Gary, is a scout for the Orioles, and his nephew, Josh, pitches for the Blue Jays.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. Corey Brock contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.