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How Red Sox will approach hiring a new manager in 2020, per Chaim Bloom

How Red Sox will approach hiring a new manager in 2020, per Chaim Bloom

It's still unclear how severely Major League Baseball will punish Alex Cora after he and the Boston Red Sox mutually agreed to part ways Tuesday.

What's more clear is that the Red Sox need a new manager, and fast.

Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom didn't set a timetable for Boston's managerial search but said Wednesday the team wants to hire a new manager "as soon as possible."

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"There's no question it's an unusual time to be doing a managerial search," Bloom told reporters in a press conference at Fenway Park. "Being this close to spring training, it's impossible for that not to be a factor in how we proceed. But it's not going to be the only factor, and we want to make sure we do this justice.

The Red Sox can go any number of directions: Promote an assistant coach to interim manager while they look for a full-time candidate, hire an in-house candidate as their new manager or bring in new blood from outside the organization.

According to Bloom, all three options are on the table.

"We haven't ruled anything in or out," Bloom said. "I think part of this process has been assessing the best course."

When asked specifically if the Red Sox would hire an internal candidate -- bench coach Ron Roenicke, special assistant Jason Varitek and second baseman Dustin Pedroia have been floated as potential options -- Bloom suggested multiple coaches could be in the running.

"We have a lot of regard for our coaches," Bloom said. "It’s an impressive group and no reason to think that a number of them wouldn’t deserve consideration for this."

It's a tricky spot for Bloom, who will have to replace a highly successful manager just months into his job in Boston. The Red Sox seem open to hiring any type of candidate to replace Cora -- assuming that candidate meets one criterion.

"I think it's really important in order to have success in that chair for someone to be authentic and be themselves," Bloom said. "I think that's a challenge whenever you're following someone who's had success. You want to make sure you're aware of some of the things that made them successful. But you need to be you. You can't copy someone else. That's not going to work.

" ... We have to make sure our next manager is authentic and is going to do what is going to make that person most successful."

Bloom and the Red Sox also have to make sure they find that "authentic" candidate soon: Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in less than a month (Feb. 11).

An Opening Day start for Red Sox' Chris Sale: 'I think I'm going to be ready'

An Opening Day start for Red Sox' Chris Sale: 'I think I'm going to be ready'

Already coming off a season cut short by an elbow injury that shut him down last August, Chris Sale's spring training got off to a slow start as he recovered from a bout with pneumonia just as pitchers and catchers reported to Red Sox camp in Fort Myers. 

He says he's progressing after the illness led to him dropping a few pounds from his already thin frame (6-foot-6, 180). He'll throw a side session Sunday and told reporters on Saturday that he thinks he'll be ready for Opening Day March 26.

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"I think I’m going to be ready for [the opener]. But like I said, those aren’t my calls to make. I go out there, do my job, tell them how I feel on a daily basis," Sale said. "Obviously as the workload picks up, we have to see how things work out. I’ve just got to be open and honest with them and then we map out a plan and see how it works out."

In a Friday interview on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni and Fauria" show, Sale said having his season end early last summer and going through a rehab process to avoid Tommy John surgery has him raring to go into 2020 despite questions about his stamina.

"I feel like I'm better now than I was then because of going through that [injury and rehab]."

Sale hasn't reached 200 innings pitched since 2017. He went 6-11 in 25 starts (147.1 IP) in what he called "a nightmare season" in 2019 after his and all the starters' workloads were limited in spring training and he struggled with his velocity at times before the injury was diagnosed.

"I feel really good," he told WEEI. "I can sit here and tell you what I want to do, what I think I'm going to do, but I've just got to go do it. I live here in town and put in a lot of work. I was here four to five times a week. It's exciting. For me, this really started last September October when that rehab process began.

"I gotta get back to the basics. Not really worry about fading, the injuries. This is sports. Injuries can happen overnight...I'm not worried about what my track record is or what people are thinking of me."

Jerry Narron hired as Red Sox bench coach

Jerry Narron hired as Red Sox bench coach

Ron Roenicke officially has his bench coach for 2020.

The Boston Red Sox manager announced after Saturday's spring training win over the Tampa Bay Rays that Jerry Narron will take over the role.


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If Narron's name sounds familiar, that's likely because he served as Red Sox bench coach during the 2003 season when Grady Little was manager.

The 64-year-old went on to assume the same role with the Cincinnati Reds in 2004–05, then served as the Reds' interim manager from June 2005 to July 2007.

Since then, Narron has had multiple jobs including stints as bench coach of the Milwaukee Brewers (2011-15) and Arizona Diamondbacks (2017-19). He was Roenicke's bench coach in Milwaukee.

Boston's bench coach position opened up once Roenicke was promoted to interim manager earlier this month. Roenicke replaced Alex Cora, who parted ways with the Red Sox after his name was mentioned in MLB's report on the Houston Astros sign-stealing investigation.