By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
While naming a manager to replace Alex Cora is one step further to putting their offseason cheating scandal behind them, the Red Sox aren't out of the woods just yet.
The team announced at a press conference Tuesday evening that Ron Roenicke will serve as the 48th manager of the Boston Red Sox, albeit with an 'interim' title. The announcement comes as pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers for the beginning of Spring Training.
Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom clarified that the 'interim' tag does not reflect a lack of commitment to Roenicke, but was included due to the ongoing MLB investigation into the Red Sox regarding their 2018 alleged sign stealing scandal.
"After talking through it as an organization, we felt that naming Ron our interim manager was the best way to respect the investigation that's ongoing into our 2018 club," Bloom told reporters while seated next to Roenicke at the announcement. "But, we feel very strongly about Ron's ability to lead this group, and how well-suited he is for this task."
How long will Roenicke have to carry the extra prefix on his job description? MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said last week he expected to have the investigation wrapped up by the time the Sox began Spring Training, a deadline that has already passed. With a reportedly lighter punishment coming their way, perhaps Roenicke's hiring is an indication the team feels comfortable that he will be cleared by the league of any involvement.
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