By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Boston Red Sox have fired manager Ron Roenicke on the final day of the MLB 60-game coronavirus schedule. The team will begin the process to find a new manager.
Roenicke was named the team’s interim manager in February when former manager Alex Cora was abruptly fired. Cora was caught up in the Red Sox and Houston Astros sign-stealing MLB investigations.
Then, after Roenicke was cleared in the investigation, the Red Sox removed the interim tag from his title.
“Throughout this difficult season, Ron’s consistency and professionalism kept the environment in our clubhouse productive and gave all of our players room to grow and develop,” chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said in a news release. “While we believe that, moving forward, we will benefit from new leadership and new energy, that does not diminish how strongly we feel about Ron. He is a man of the highest character who cares about our players and the Red Sox organization.”
The Red Sox are 23-36 on the season. The team will finish their season with a road game against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia.
Boston has the worst record in the American League East standings.
Roenicke – a two-time World Series Champion as a coach – was trying to remain on for next season. However, the team wanted to go in another direction.
He was the Red Sox’s bench coach before being named interim head coach. Roenicke was previously a manager with the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011 through the 2015 seasons.
As an MLB manager, Roenicke is 365-367 with the Brewers and the Red Sox.
“It really hasn’t been unsettling,” Roenicke said Saturday. “If I was just starting out as a young manager, I guess it would be a little unsettling. I’m sure it would be. But I think because of all the things that I’ve been through, I realize there’s a process and, and I realize there’s timing differences the way different organizations do things.”