With spring training about to start, the Boston Red Sox have officially named their interim manager for the 2020 season.
Ron Roenicke, who has served as the team’s bench coach the last two seasons, will step into the role vacated by Alex Cora, who was dismissed after becoming embroiled in MLB’s investigation into the Houston Astros’ sign stealing. Roenicke has extensive coaching and managerial experience at the major league level.
From 2011 through early 2015, he was the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, compiling an overall record of 342-331 in the regular season. Roenicke was let go 25 games into the 2015 season, but recorded three winning seasons in four full campaigns. His best output came in his first year, when he led the Brewers to a 96-66 record and the NL Central title.
In the postseason that year, the Brewers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Division Series before falling to the St. Louis Cardinals in six games in the NLCS. He is one of four Brewers managers to have a winning season in his first year with the club.
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Roenicke also served as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1992-93, 2015) and Los Angeles Angels (2000-10, 2016-17) before taking the bench coaching role with the Red Sox before the 2018 season.
This spring, he’ll inherit a Red Sox team that went 84-78 and missed the playoffs in 2019. Boston just traded away its best player in outfielder Mookie Betts.
While the Red Sox still have a relatively potent lineup even without Betts, the team’s pitching staff appears weak on paper.