After Sunday’s 9-1 victory against the Atlanta Braves, the Boston Red Sox 2020 season officially came to an end. This season was a rollercoaster, to say the least from the start. First of all, losing manager Alex Cora at the beginning of the offseason due to suspension, trading away one of the best players in baseball Mookie Betts, Chris Sale needing Tommy John surgery, this season was going to be tough either way for Boston. In addition to the losses during the offseason, it was going to be interesting to see how the Sox would perform in just a 60 game season due to COVID-19.
Yesterday’s win finished the Red Sox at 24-36 for the season. This was good for last place in the AL East. I cannot say I’m impressed, but at the same time, I can’t say I’m disappointed. On paper, the Red Sox were one of the worst teams in the MLB this year but they did show potentially get better as the season progressed. So yes, there were a ton of negatives, but that doesn’t dismiss the positives this season.
There is no doubt this season was tough, but there is so much to look forward to next season. We will hopefully see Chris Sale back at full strength. Also, Eduardo Rodriguez is expected to be healthy for next year. In addition, Bobby Dalbec will play his first full season in the majors. Dalbec who was one of the Red Sox top prospects dominated in his 23 games played this year. In his 23 games, Dalbec had eight home runs. Those are just a few things there is to look forward to next year.
What the Red Sox Need to Accomplish this Offseason
However, there are definitely several things Boston will need to fix in order to get back into the postseason. The first major thing is improving the bullpen. Ever since the Red Sox 2018 World Series championship, their bullpen has been subpar. It will be important to try to trade and sign for pieces to help out the bullpen. Next, and arguably the most important thing is finding a new manager. Before Sunday’s game, the Red Sox informed interim manager Ron Roenicke that he would not be returning next year.
So what are the options for next year’s manager? Only time will tell, but it is definitely possible the Red Sox could look to rehire Alex Cora, who managed Boston in the 2018 and 2019 season. Cora ultimately led the Sox to a championship in 2018 but then parted ways with the team before receiving a one-year suspension for his role with the Astros sign-stealing scandal. However, Cora isn’t the only option for the Red Sox manager position. Red Sox coach Jason Varitek, Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro, and Phillies coach Sam Fuld have all been reported to be candidates for the manager position.
Anyways, this is just the beginning of the Red Sox long offseason. It will be very interesting to see how the team approaches this offseason in hopes to get back to October baseball next year.
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