Red Sox name Ron Roenicke as their interim manager
Roenicke spent the last two seasons as a bench coach under former manager Alex Cora, who took on a mutual split with the ball club in January after MLB’s investigation into the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal revealed he had played a major role in it.
Roenicke is a well-regarded mind in the MLB and players are enthused by him getting the nod on Tuesday.
“Amazing,” said Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. in reaction to the expected announcement. “Very intellectual guy. Great mind. Has a love for the game. He’s great.”
“He’s awesome,” added relief pitcher Matt Barnes. “He knows the game incredibly well. I think it will be nice having a familiar face with somebody who knows the guys, who’s been there, who has the experience that he has.”
The Red Sox are still looking for a splashy name to take over the dugout after many other teams took some of the biggest off the market.
The Astros, who fired A.J. Hinch, and the New York Mets, who were forced to pivot after former Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran resigned, have since hired new managers to the helm.
Houston hired Dusty Baker as the new manager and the Mets landed on Luis Rojas as their new skipper, leaving very few names on the board for Boston to pen.
Roenicke was 342-331 as the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011-15. He led the Brewers to 96 victories and the NL Championship Series in 2011, winning in two other seasons before being fired 25 games into the 2015 season.