ST. LOUIS Ron Roenicke knows what awaits Mike Matheny in the former catcher's rookie year as St. Louis Cardinals manager, and a learning curve will last well beyond the first season..
Roenicke felt prepared for his first stint as a major-league skipper because of a background coaching in the minor leagues. By the time the Milwaukee Brewers hired him last November, Roenicke's preparation gave him confidence that he could succeed.
But Roenicke knows Matheny will face a different situation next spring. Matheny, 41, was hired Monday without previous major-league coaching or managerial experience to replace Tony La Russa.
Some call the Cardinals' move risky, but Roenicke has seen knowledge gained in other ways.
"I think all the things you do in this game help you prepare to be a manager," said Roenicke, who led the Brewers to the National League Central title last season. "You can do that through scouting, through minor-league development, through an executive being someone's assis...