The Boston Red Sox have a new manager ... for 2020, at least.
The Red Sox officially named bench coach Ron Roenicke their interim manager Tuesday afternoon.
Congrats to Interim Manager Ron Roenicke! pic.twitter.com/W8I89GRDdw— Red Sox (@RedSox) February 11, 2020
Boston interviewed a few internal and external candidates for their manager job vacated by Alex Cora, whom the team parted ways with due to his involvement in the 2017 Houston Astros' cheating scandal.
Roenicke seemed like the safest choice, though: The 63-year-old managed the Milwaukee Brewers for 673 games over four seasons from 2011 to 2015 and finished second in the 2011 National League Manager of the Year voting.
It is notable that Roenicke is set to be the Red Sox' interim manager, which suggests he'll only hold the job for the 2020 season, if he even lasts the whole campaign.
Boston could be giving Roenicke the "interim" title while it awaits the results of Major League Baseball's investigation into the 2018 club for sign-stealing. (Those results are expected to come this week.)
But the Red Sox also could view Roenicke as a short-term solution while they search for a new-long term candidate, which at least opens the door for a scenario in which Cora returns to the team in 2021, pending the results of MLB's investigation.