Roenicke honored at Wisconsin Sports Awards

Roenicke honored at Wisconsin Sports Awards

MILWAUKEE -- Ron Roenicke had an enjoyable, but busy off-day Thursday.

The Brewers manager made appearances at three events, including the Wisconsin Sports Awards, where he was named Coach of the Year in the state. The other two events honored Del Crandall, whom Roenicke played for in both the Minors and Major Leagues.

"I have a lot of respect for him, and we've become good friends," Roenicke said.

Along with Hall of Fame slugger Henry Aaron, Crandall was named to the Milwaukee Braves' Honor Roll at Miller Park. Crandall played the first 13 years of his career with the Braves, including two in Boston before the club moved to Milwaukee.

Crandall also managed the Brewers for four years from 1972-75 and the Mariners for two years in '83 and '84. Between those two stints in the Majors, Crandall managed Roenicke and the Albuquerque Dukes, the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate.

"I liked when I played for him, he taught me a lot about just playing," Roenicke said. "He's got a great baseball mind, but he's got a way of making it come across really simple. Which is huge when you're talking to players and trying to get them to understand something."