By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Red Sox are expected to name Ron Roenicke the 48th manager in the organization’s 119 year history, according to a report from the Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham.
Roenicke will replace Alex Cora, who the organization parted ways with last month after his involvement in the Houston Astros electronic sign-stealing scandal in 2017. Cora and the Red Sox are currently being investigated for using a similar scheme in 2018. As Abraham mentioned, the Red Sox will wait to officially name Roenicke until that investigation concludes. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters on Thursday he hopes to have the results of the investigation by the time the Red Sox begin Spring Training, which is on Tuesday.
Brought on as the bench coach in 2018, Roenicke served as Cora’s number two for his two-year tenure in Boston. He has been coaching in the pros since 1982, including a five-year run as the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011-2015. During his tenure, the Brewers posted a 342-331 record, with a trip to the NLCS in his first year.
Three of the last four Red Sox managers have won a World Series in their first year on the job. Terry Francona won in 2004, John Farrell in 2013, and most recently Alex Cora took his team to a title in 2018. Bobby Valentine failed to reach the playoffs in his only season as Red Sox manager in 2012.
The Red Sox had also reportedly been interested in current third base Carlos Febles, as well as Oakland A’s quality control coach Mark Kotsay and Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach Luis Urueta.
Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at Alexander.Barth@bbgi.com.