If Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke is still in the running to be the next Brewers manager, he isn't saying. Roenicke, reached by telephone on Monday, declined to say whether he was among the four mystery finalists for Milwaukee's managerial post. He wouldn't say whether he had spoken at all with Brewers general manager Doug Melvin, though reports have indicated that Roenicke was among Melvin's first round of interviews. "I just don't want to say either way," Roenicke said.
Melvin is conducting his search in private and has not confirmed any of his reported candidates. FoxSports.com reported over the weekend that Mets scout Bob Melvin and White Sox bench coach Joey Cora were among the men called back by Doug Melvin for second interviews. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that two candidates are out: Nationals coach Pat Listach and Dodgers coach Tim Wallach. Roenicke is a former outfielder who played 527 games over eight Major League seasons for six different teams, but he has made his Major League mark mostly as coach under Angels manager Mike Scioscia since 2000. Roenicke, 54, was promoted to bench coach in '06 when the Rays hired away Joe Maddon, but he has also managed six seasons and 643 games in the Minor Leagues.