A 7-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in walk-off fashion on Sunday officially eliminated the Milwaukee Brewers from postseason contention in 2015. After a stunning collapse at the end of 2014, this season turned out to be one of transition for Milwaukee as they made a change at both manager and general manager over the course of the year and have a record of 62-81. Here is a look at the key events that shaped the 2015 Brewers season:
Manager Ron Roenicke fired
After a 7-18 start, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke became the first managerial casualty of 2015 as he was fired by the Brewers on May 3. Roenicke was replaced by former Brewers player Craig Counsell, who has gone 55-63 in his managerial debut and looks to be the man for the Brewers going forward into 2016.
Veterans moving away at trade deadline
The Brewers made several moves at the July trade deadline looking toward more of a full rebuild. The most significant of these moves was a trade of Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers to the Astros for a quartet of prospects, highlighted by outfielders Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana. Milwaukee made several lesser moves, trading third baseman Aramis Ramirez to the Pirates, outfielder Gerardo Parra to the Orioles and reliever Jonathan Broxton to the Cardinals.
General manager Doug Melvin steps down
In addition to moving on from Roenicke, the Brewers announced that general manager Doug Melvin will be stepping down on August 11. Melvin has been Milwaukee's general manager since 2002 and will stay on in an advisory role while the Brewers search for his replacement. Milwaukee has identified several candidates already, focusing on members of organizations with more of an analytical lean than the Brewers had under Melvin. It seems that after last season's collapse, the Brewers are now focused more on building for the future than the present.