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Boston Red Sox Name Interim Manager

As the Red Sox gear up for spring training, Ron Roenicke is hired as Interim Manager

With the shipment of LHP David Price and OF Mookie Betts to Los Angeles and potential cheating allegations, the Boston Red Sox has been falling into an abyss. On the bright side, the Red Sox have officially named Ron Roenicke Interim Manager for the start of the 2020 season. What does this mean? This means that the Red Sox have a fighting chance for a playoff berth by adding their former bench coach, who spent the past two seasons with the ball club; players are also familiar with Roenicke, so it should be an easier transition than anticipated.

Who Is Ron Roenicke?

In 1977, Roenicke was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round (17th overall) and spent time with the Seattle Mariners (1983), San Diego Padres (1984), San Francisco Giants (1985), Philadelphia Phillies (1986-87), and lastly with the Cincinnati Reds (1988), where he serviced a .238 career batting average with 17 HR's and 113 RBI's.

After his playing days, he coached in the California League and Texas League, earning a Manager of the Year award in 1994 and 1996, league title in 1995, and a league championship in 1997; it is safe to say that Roenicke is a 'seasoned veteran' as a Manager.

In 2000, Roenicke landed his first MLB gig as the Los Angeles Angels' Third-Base Coach. He kept this role until 2006 when Joe Maddon left the Angels to manage the Tampa Bay Rays; Roenicke was immediately promoted to Bench Coach. During his first year as Bench Coach, Roenicke dabbled as a Manager for four games due to a Mike Scioscia suspension; In this four-game span, the Angels went 4-0 and earned their first four-game sweep of the Mariners since 1986.

Four years later, the Milwaukee Brewers were shopping for their next Manager. Roenicke was a finalist with Bob Melvin (current A's Manager), Bobby Valentine, and Joey Cora. Roenicke came out on-top and led the 2011 Brewers to an NL Central division title with an impressive 96-66 record; the Brewers managed to make it to the NCLS before losing to the eventual World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Roenicke finished second to Kirk Gibson for NL Manager of the Year.

In August of 2015, Roenicke went back to the west coast to join the Dodgers as their Third-Base Coach for the remainder of the season, followed by a reunion with the Angels as their Third-Base Coach for the 2016 and 2017 season. At the end of the 2017 campaign, Roenicke joined Alex Cora and the Red Sox as their Bench Coach.

Roenicke was named Interim Manager right before the start of spring training on Feb. 11, 2020; this hiring came after the cheating scandal surfaced for the Houston Astros and Red Sox, where Cora was involved.

The Red Sox are in good hands, given the predicament they are in at the moment. Roenicke can and will lead his team to a 2020 playoff berth.

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