From the start of the Red Sox’ search of Alex Cora’s replacement, Ron Roenicke always appeared to be one of the favorites for the job. Now, there’s still the matter of MLB’s investigation regarding Boston’s 2018 season — during which, Roenicke served as Cora’s bench coach.
Even with that concern surrounding Roenicke, the surprising part of Chaim Bloom’s announcement regarding the organization’s decision on the position of manager wasn’t that Roenicke’s name was attached. It was the fact the Red Sox elected to throw the “interim” tag in front of "manager."
“We felt that naming Ron our interim manager was the best way to respect the investigation that’s ongoing for the 2018 club,” Bloom said. “But, we feel very strong about Ron’s ability to lead this group and how well-suited for this task.”
That being said, Bloom says the club has “no reason to think there’s anything that would cause an adverse result for Ron in this investigation.”
“Of course, the investigation is not complete,” Boston’s chief baseball officer added. “It’s not fair to us to determine that. Obviously, we can’t determine what comes out of the investigation. We’re going to respect the ongoing investigation and we’ll address permanency once it’s complete.”
Additionally, Boston has yet to name Roenicke’s replacement. They intend to do so later in the spring.