In 2011, Milwaukee Brewers had their most successful season since they moved to the National League in 1998, winning 96 games and the NL Central, and advancing to the National League championship series.
Tuesday, they rewarded two men who helped them get there, manager Ron Roenicke and general manager Doug Melvin:
BREAKING: #Brewers announce contract extensions for Doug Melvin (2015) and Ron Roenicke (2014, club option for 2015).— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) May 8, 2012
Roenicke was hired by Milwaukee before the 2011 season, so this will give him at least four full seasons as Brewers manager. He's the only manager to take a Brewers team to the postseason while managing them for a full season. The Brewers' other playoff spots, the 1982 AL East title (Harvey Kuenn took over midseason) and the 2008 NL wild card (Dale Sveum was named manager when Ned Yost was fired with 12 games left) were led by men who only managed part of the way.
Melvin has been Milwaukee's GM since September 2002; his teams have made the playoffs two of the last four years, but they're off to a rough start in 2012, at 12-17 through May 7.
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