Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reported on Friday that the Boston Red Sox were likely to name Ron Roenicke as their interim manager, and Alex Speier, also of the Globe, confirmed that decision today on social media.
After losing Mookie Betts and David Price recently, and a rocky offseason that also included parting ways with manager Alex Cora, the Red Sox need a bright spot somewhere on the horizon. Cora and the Red Sox came to a mutual decision to go their separate ways after the recent investigation of sign-stealing by the Houston Astros. Cora was a bench coach for the Astros in 2017 when the sign-stealing occurred.
MLB is also investigating the 2018 Red Sox and sign-stealing allegations, and some believe that Roenicke is the likely candidate to assume the full-time position as manager for the club. After all, Roenicke has a vast amount of experience. The 63-year-old was himself a player for eight seasons. Roenicke managed the Milwaukee Brewers for five seasons from 2011 to 2015 and was in the running for Manager of the Year twice in that time (2011 and 2014). During those years with Milwaukee, Ron had a winning record of 342 wins against 331 losses for a .508 W-L%.
Roenicke has also been a third-base coach for both the Angels (with the 2002 World Series team led by Mike Scioscia) and the Dodgers. Ironically, LA lost to the Astros in 2017 when Ron was coaching with the club.
Speier noted glowing comments by Boston Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer, Chaim Bloom, from his interview with the Boston Globe .
Ron’s extensive coaching and managerial experience, in addition to his familiarity with our players and staff, make him an ideal fit as we prepare for the 2020 season,” said chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom in a statement. He has the respect of everyone in the clubhouse, and the way he carries himself and communicates will be a positive influence on our entire organization. We are confident that Ron will hit the ground running, and we’re excited to work closely with him as he leads our group forward.
Players also speak highly of Ron as a coach and mentor, and Ron himself expressed gratitude at getting another chance to manage a big league club.