It’s not often you see a first-place team make changes to the coaching staff in mid-August, but Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers are reassigning third base coach Lorenzo Bundy to another role and replacing him with ex-Brewers manager Ron Roenicke.
Roenicke was fired as Milwaukee’s manager in early May after going 342-331 in four-plus seasons on the job. At the time the Brewers were 7-18 this year after fading badly in the second half of last season and his replacement, Craig Counsell, has a 44-50 record since taking over.
Prior to becoming the Brewers’ manager Roenicke managed extensively in the Dodgers’ minor league system, spent two years on the Dodgers’ big-league coaching staff under then-manager Tommy Lasorda, and also played for the Dodgers from 1981-1983.
Hernandez reports that Bundy will remain on the MLB coaching staff as an outfield instructor. And whatever drama has been attached to manager Don Mattingly’s job status beyond 2015 figures to be magnified with a veteran MLB manager now on his coaching staff.