The Milwaukee Brewers have hired Los Angeles Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke for their vacant managerial position, according to multiple reports.
The hiring was first noted in a Twitter post by a Chicago Sun-Times baseball reporter.
Joe Cowley, who covers the White Sox, posted a status update on his Twitter account shortly after 1:30 p.m. indicating that Chicago bench coach Joey Cora, one of four finalists for the position, had been passed over.
"Sources are saying that Brewers have hired Ron Roenicke," Cowley wrote. "Too bad for Joey Cora, he deserved it."
The move was later confirmed by Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal, who reports that Roenicke was the club's first choice, and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, who reports that financial considerations played "no role whatsover" in the choice.
Both reports cited sources close to the Brewers.
For the last week, the rumor mill has pointed toward ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine, a former manager for the Rangers and Mets who was expected to come with a hefty price tag, but Brewers officials have downplayed those reports.
The other finalist was former manager Bob Melvin.
Roenicke — the brother of former Baltimore Orioles slugger Gary Roenicke — replaces Ken Macha, who was released after two seasons with the club.
Roenicke, 54, played eight seasons in the major leagues in the 1980s, with six clubs, including the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He served two years as Dodgers bench coach under Tommy Lasorda in the early 1990s before embarking on a minor-league managerial career that included two league Manager of the Year awards.
Roenicke has been a major-league coach for the Angels under manager Mike Scioscia since 2000, a stint that has included a World Series championship team in 2002.
Roenicke served as third-base coach for six years before succeeding Joe Maddon as bench coach when the Tampa Bay Rays hired Maddon as their manager.
Roenicke discussed his desire to be a manager someday in a 2009 conversation with the blog AngelsWin.Com.
"I would like the opportunity sometime," Roenicke said. "It’s a challenge for me, I would like to be challenged a little bit more."
Roenicke is a hot candidate this offseason, and drew praise from ESPNLosAngeles.com Angels beat writer Mark Saxon in a recent blog post.
"Roenicke doesn't have a brash personality, but he's a smart, observant baseball man with a major-league pedigree who came out of the Dodgers organization in its prime."