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Monday, December 5, 2011
Manager interviews: Ron Roenicke

By David Schoenfield

DALLAS -- Some comments from Brewers manager Ron Roenicke from his session at the winter meetings:

Ron Roenicke
  • On managing in the postseason compared to the regular season: "The managing part was different. Obviously, I didn't stick with Casey McGehee, because Jerry Hairston was hot. ... The media was different. They were certainly more critical of my moves."
  • On retaining Hairston as a free agent: "We'd love to have him back. He was a great addition, with a terrific attitude. He's a very confident guy, cocky at times. Which you need in the playoffs."
  • On Jonathan Lucroy: "He still has a lot of work to do. He knows that. I talked to him about three weeks ago, and he was disappointed in a lot of things he did this season, even on offense, although I thought he had a pretty good offensive year. He'd like his walks to be higher, his strikeouts to be lower."
  • On his bullpen situation (the team has offered Francisco Rodriguez arbitration, but Takashi Saito and LaTroy Hawkins are free agents): "We were unbelievable last year, with Saito and Rodriguez. We're not going to have all those pieces this year, so we'll have to rely more on some of the young guys."