After a disappointing 2020 season which saw the Boston Red Sox mired in the bottom of the American League East for the entirety of the shortened campaign, the team announced on Sunday that manager Ron Roenicke will not return to their dugout in 2021.
Roenicke, who took over the Sox during the offseason after former manager Alex Cora was suspended in the wake of the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, led the team to a 23-36 record, the third-worst mark in the Major Leagues.
The former Brewers manager was tasked with taking over a team that traded away star outfielder Mookie Betts over the offseason in preparation for a rebuilding process.
Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom had plenty of praise for Roenicke despite the team’s decision, stating, “Throughout this difficult season, Ron’s consistency and professionalism kept the environment in our clubhouse productive and gave all of our players room to grow and develop.”
Speculation has already risen that the Red Sox could be preparing to bring back Cora as their manager after the league’s one-year suspension runs its course during the offseason.
No matter who they choose to bring it, Roenicke will be looking for another job after just one difficult season in charge of Boston.