Boston Red Sox

Sep 26, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons brings the lineup card to home plate at Rogers Centre for the last time as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays before the regular season MLB game between the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Gerry Angus-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

After a report from the Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham Friday morning that the Red Sox are ready to name Ron Roenicke their next manager, the team is now saying the search is still ongoing.

The Red Sox told MassLive’s Chris Cotillo “Our managerial search is not yet completed. We will comment at the completion of the search.”

Cotillo added on his own that Roenicke, currently the team’s bench coach, has interviewed and is still a favorite. Current Red Sox third base coach Carlos Febles has also reportedly interviewed and is in the running for the job.

This was followed by a report from the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, added the Red Sox have continued the interview process in recent days.

John Gibbons had two stints as the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, from 2004-2008 and 2013-2018. During his time in Toronto, the team posted a 793-789 record. He led them to the playoffs twice in 11 years, losing in the ALCS in 2015 and 2016. Gibbons is known as a confrontational manager, and has a history of public verbal altercations with players.

Abraham’s original report indicated the Red Sox were waiting for the MLB’s punishment related to their sign stealing scandal to announce Roenicke as the manager, so that could be the holdup. Then again, given the way this offseason has gone, why would it be that simple?

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