Ron Roenicke

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.

Ron Roenicke lands endorsement from former Angels manager Mike Scioscia

Ron Roenicke lands endorsement from former Angels manager Mike Scioscia

The Boston Red Sox made an unexpected managerial switch this offseason in the wake of allegations of sign-stealing against Alex Cora during his time with Houston Astros and Red Sox.

While moving on from Cora, who helped the team win a World Series in his first year, 2018, wasn't ideal, the Red Sox had a viable, experienced managerial candidate available to take over for him. That would be Ron Roenicke.

Roenicke is a long-time MLB veteran who worked with Mike Scioscia as part of the Los Angeles Angels and later would go onto manage the Milwaukee Brewers. Roenicke was brought to Boston to serve as a veteran mentor for Cora, but now he'll have a shot to take over as the interim manager in the wake of controversy with the Sox.

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Though the Red Sox are in a bit of turmoil, Scioscia is excited for Roenicke to get a shot at managing again, and the long-time MLB skipper said that Roenicke would be a great hire.

“He’s going to do a great job for that team,” Scioscia said, per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe. “Ron is insightful and he has a great demeanor about him. A great baseball mind, too. I’m glad to see Ron back managing. They’re not ideal circumstances, but he’s the right person for that team.”

Getting an endorsement from Scioscia, who had a solid 19-year run as the manager of the Angels, is certainly ideal. After all, Scioscia led the Angels to six first-place finishes in the AL West, a World Series title in 2002, and posted a 1,650-1,428 record as the manager. He knows how to win and build a solid program.

So, if he believes in Roenicke, there's reason to believe in Roenicke.

“He’s as competitive as it gets,” Scioscia said of Roenicke. “He’s a winner. He’s very sincere, very honest. He’ll tell people what he thinks. But those are positives when you have that job.”

Beyond that, Roenicke has familiarity with the players he'll be coaching, so the clubhouse chemistry should continue to be solid, though the departures of Mookie Betts and Brock Holt will surely sting a bit. Still, the team has enough leaders to get by.

Overall, it seems that Roenicke was the best choice for the squad, especially amid reports that the Red Sox got the OK from the MLB to hire him despite the sign-stealing allegations. It's just a matter of whether or not he can get enough out of the pitching staff to get the Sox to reach their full potential.

Report: Red Sox got the OK from MLB to hire Ron Roenicke amid investigation

Report: Red Sox got the OK from MLB to hire Ron Roenicke amid investigation

Major League Baseball's investigation into the 2018 Boston Red Sox for illegally stealing signs remains ongoing, but the club did get the OK from the league when it wanted to hire Ron Roenicke as its next manager.

It would've been embarrassing for the Red Sox to hire a manager from within and later find out after the investigation was completed that the new boss was involved in wrongdoing. MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Wednesday the Red Sox reached out to the MLB to get the all clear on Roenicke before the investigation had concluded.


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Roenicke, who joined the Red Sox as bench coach before the 2018 season, was officially promoted to the manager role last week. He replaced Alex Cora, who agreed to part ways with the Red Sox in January after the MLB named him 11 times in a nine-page report detailing the Houston Astros' sign-stealing operation used over the last few years. Cora was Houston's bench coach in 2017 before becoming Boston's manager beginning in the 2018 season.

Roenicke is the interim manager right now, but Red Sox chairman did tell reporters earlier this week, "Hopefully we can remove that (interim) tag shortly."

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