Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke has been let go and will not be returning for the 2021 season, the team announced Sunday.
This decision comes at the conclusion of a highly disappointing 2020 season. The Red Sox are guaranteed to be last in their division and among the bottom five in the MLB. Ron Roenicke was Boston’s bench coach during their 2018 championship run and stayed in that role for the 2019 season as well. It has been rumored that Roenicke planned on retiring following 2019, but filled the manager job after Alex Cora was fired for his involvement in the 2017 Astros sign-stealing scandal.
Ron Roenicke will still manage the season finale against Atlanta, but that will be his final game with Boston. Ron Roenicke’s firing was done in somewhat of an uncomfortable fashion, giving another example of the unlikable nature of Boston’s ownership group. The Sox have gotten some heat in the past for poorly-timed firings or embarrassing tweets making light of having a god awful season.
Who Will Replace Ron Roenicke?
Boston will now have to conduct yet another managerial search. Fans have raised support for bringing back Alex Cora but that could wind up being a PR nightmare. Former captain, Jason Varitek’s name was also brought up when Cora was first fired and he has been helping out around the organization since his retirement. Tampa Bay’s bench coach Matt Quantraro is also a candidate, as Chaim Bloom is already familiar with him. The Red Sox might also wait to see if any managers are fired this year or look for a different outside hire. Chief baseball operator Chaim Bloom will certainly have his hands full this offseason.
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