The Boston Red Sox are expected to announce the hiring of Ron Roenicke as the new manager. The announcement will be held off until after Major League Baseball concludes their investigation on the Red Sox about stealing signs. Roenicke is currently the bench coach for the Red Sox
The Red Sox have been without a manager since January 14th, when they fired Alex Cora after he was implicated by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred for his involvement with the Houston Astros cheating scandal.
Given that Spring Training is right around the corner and the Red Sox were the last team without a manager, this only makes sense. If they hired a manager outside the clubhouse, he would need to develop relationships with the executives and players in a short time. Instead of that situation, hiring someone inside the clubhouse with relationships with the players and executives is easier on everyone. It may not be the most flashy hire, but it’s the right decision to make.
Roenicke is 63 years old and has been in baseball almost his entire life. He played in the MLB for eight years with six different teams from 1981 to 1988. He has also been a manager in the past. He managed the Milwaukee Brewers for five years, from 2011-2015, posting a 342-331 record, including an NL division title in his first year going 96-66. In that season he brought the Brewers to the ALCS, where they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals. He has been with the Red Sox for two seasons.
The Red Sox are in an interesting spot right now with the MLB investigation and the mess that is the Mookie Betts trade, but once everything is sorted out Ron Roenicke is expected to be the choice to lead the Red Sox into the 2020 campaign.