Boston Red Sox

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 15: Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom addresses the departure of Alex Cora as manager of the Boston Red Sox during a press conference at Fenway Park on January 15, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. A MLB investigation concluded that Cora was involved in the Houston Astros sign stealing operation in 2017 while he was the bench coach. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

A new report from the Associated Press sheds light on Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Red Sox’ alleged sign-stealing during the 2018 season. Particularly as it applies to new interim manager Ron Roenicke.

According to Jimmy Golen of the AP, the investigation is expected to stretch well into the spring. Pitchers & catchers reported to Fort Myers on Tuesday, the same day the team made Roenicke’s promotion to interim manager official.

Chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom alluded to the Red Sox’ decision to “respect the investigation” as a reason why Roenicke received the “interim” tag as the team’s manager. It’s possible that it was simply a precautionary move and Roenicke isn’t necessarily in danger of a suspension. Hiring him as the permanent manager before the conclusion of an investigation that then punishes him would be the latest bad look in an offseason filled with them.

Previous reports suggested that the Red Sox’ punishment will be relatively light, as compared to the whopper of a penalty handed to the Houston Astros for their own sign-stealing controversy. There appears to be a relative lack of evidence in the case of the Red Sox, whose reported transgressions weren’t as egregious as the Astros’ to begin with. So if Roenicke gets a long suspension, that would be a bit of a surprise at this point.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at