The Red Sox have announced Ron Roenicke will not return to manage the team in 2021.
Roenicke will manage the final game of the regular season.
“Throughout this difficult season, Ron’s consistency and professionalism kept the environment in our clubhouse productive and gave all of our players room to grow and develop,” said Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom. “While we believe that, moving forward, we will benefit from new leadership and new energy, that does not diminish how strongly we feel about Ron. He is a man of the highest character who cares about our players and the Red Sox organization. As bench coach, he helped this team win a world championship. As manager, he showed poise and leadership in navigating an extremely challenging year. We are grateful for all of his contributions in our uniform.”
The 64-year-old took over for Alex Cora after the former Sox' manager parted ways with the team in January. It marked the second managerial stint for Roenicke, who had been the Sox' bench coach since 2018, having also served as the Brewers' skipper for five seasons.
Roenicke was widely praised for handling the off-the-field awkwardness of the 2020 season, but the team's 23-36 record (second-worst in the American League) sealed his fate.
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