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Ron Roenicke sees Angels bouncing back in 2011

March 5, 2011 |  4:30 pm

Ron Roenicke spent the past 11 years as a coach working with the Angels' outfielders before leaving over the winter to take the vacant managerial job in Milwaukee. And while he's excited about that challenge, he can't help but look back at his old job with some longing. That's because with the addition of three-time Gold Glove winner Vernon Wells to play alongside Peter Bourjos and nine-time Gold Glove winner Torii Hunter, the Angels may have one of the best defensive outfields of all time.

"It would be hard to get better than that," he said. "Defensively, fabulous."

As for the Angels' offensive struggles in 2010, Roenicke dismissed it as "a weird year" and said there are players in the clubhouse with too much pride to let that happen again.

"I don't know what happened," he said. "They've got Vernon Wells. Vernon is a quality guy. And Bobby [Abreu] too. Bobby was disappointed in the year he had last year. And I'm sure he's going to do something about that this year."

-- Kevin Baxter in Phoenix