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This winter might be Ron Roenicke's time

There could be historic levels of upheaval among major-league managers this winter, with at least four - and possibly many more - new managers opening camps next February.

The Seattle Mariners are playing under interim manager Daren Brown after firing Don Wakamatsu; Bobby Cox, Lou Piniella and Cito Gaston all have let it be known they'll step down after this season. The Dodgers' Joe Torre might join them.

One candidate who should get serious consideration is Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke, who interviewed unsuccessfully with the Cleveland Indians last winter. 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.

Undoubtedly, many of the jobs will go to recycled candidates who were fired at previous stops, but owners don't have to search far to realize good candidates can come from Mike Scioscia's staff. Bud Black (San Diego) and Joe Maddon (Tampa Bay) seem to be doing a pretty good job reviving formerly sad-sack teams.