Breaking: Red Sox to Announce Ron Roenicke as Interim Manager
Apr 5, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Boston Red Sox bench coach Ron Roenicke against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the home opener at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
After an extensive MLB investigation surrounding the question on if the Red Sox were involved in any sign-stealing during the 2018 season expected to conclude soon, the club has hired Ron Roenicke as their “interim” manager, opening the door for another manger in 2021, or even an Alex Cora return.
In a press conference Tuesday night, the Red Sox are expected to announce that they have hired Roenicke as the Red Sox fifth manager in the last ten years.
Clarity amongst the 2019-20 Red Sox offseason is coming to fruition. With the Red Sox trading away Mookie Betts and David Price, to now hiring a replacement manager for the departed Alex Cora, the team can now focus on baseball.
Roenicke will be the 48th manager in Boston’s long history. Roenicke was hired as the Red Sox bench coach in 2018 and served as Alex Cora’s right-hand man throughout the unforgettable 2018 World Series run.
Roenicke has been coaching professionally since 1992.
In his 28-year career, Roenicke has coached at every level of the minor leagues from 1992-2000. Roenicke got his first taste of coaching in the majors in 2000 when he was the third base coach for the Angels. In 2006, after six seasons, Roenicke was promoted to be the Angels’ bench coach. In 2010, Roenicke was hired as the Brewers manager after beating out former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, Joey Cora, and now A’s manager Bob Melvin for the job.
Roenicke managed the Brewers from 2011-2015, leading them to a 342-331 (.508%) record and an NLCS appearance. In Roenicke’s first year managing the Brewers, he led Milwaukee to a 96-66 record, the best record in franchise history. As Roenicke would lead the Brewers to an NLCS appearance in 2012, he also finished second to Diamondbacks coach Kirk Gibson for National League manager of the year. In 2015, Roenicke was fired from the Brewers after a slow start to the season.
After spending some time with the Dodgers and Angels as a third base coach, the veteran would join forces with the Red Sox in late 2017.
Roenicke will have big shoes to fill as three out of the last four Red Sox managers have won World Series titles in their first year as manager.
The Red Sox will reportedly hire Ron Roenicke as their new manager.— Jordan Moore (@iJordanMoore) February 7, 2020
3/4 times the Red Sox have won the World Series since 2004, the manager has been in his first year with the team:
2004- Terry Francona
2013- John Farrell
2018- Alex Cora
2020- Ron Roenicke?? pic.twitter.com/xW3xD5PRRU
Boston will now be able to focus on the baseball side of things. With holes to fill at some lower-level coaching positions, the Red Sox are expected to have interest in now first base coach Carlos Febles, A’s quality control coach Mark Kotsay and former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek.