The Red Sox surprised many after dismissing former manager Alex Cora in the wake of a cheating scandal centered around sign-stealing that has shaken Major League Baseball this offseason.
Cora is a former member of the Houston Astros coaching staff that was discovered to have participated in a scandalous sign-stealing scheme over the past several seasons that has led to the dismissal of several coaches and front office members related to the controversy.
On Tuesday, the Sox chose the interim replacement for Cora who will be tasked with leading the team forward.
Ron Roenicke, the 63-year-old baseball lifer who previously served as the team’s bench coach under Cora, has been handed the reigns to the Red Sox in the capacity of interim manager.
That title means that, while Roenicke is the manager now, the team could eventually look to replace him with a more long-term option.
Roenicke will have his chance to earn the permanent job title, however. The California native has spent nearly two decades as a coach in the Major Leagues, and also served as the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011 to 2015, accumulating a 342-331 record along with two postseason appearances.
His job won’t be easy, as the Red Sox are coming off of a disappointing 2019 and the recent trades of star outfielder Mookie Betts and pitcher David Price, but he will attempt to do his best to lead Boston to a competitive 2020 campaign.