The Boston Red Sox announced on Sunday that Ron Ronic will not return as manager for the 2021 season, with the search for a new captain starting immediately.
Roenicke took over the interim manager in February after a sudden breakup with Alex Cora during the fallout of the Astros Signal theft investigation. The team removed the temporary label from Roenick’s title after Major League Baseball acquitted him of any wrongdoing in the Boston Signal Theft investigation in April.
“Throughout this challenging season, Ron’s consistency and professionalism have kept the environment in our club productive and given all of our players room to grow and develop,” Chief Baseball Officer Haim Bloom said in a press release. “While we believe that, going forward, we will benefit from new leadership and new energy, and that does not diminish our feeling of power about Ron. He is a man of the highest character who cares about our players and the Red Sox organization.”
The 2020 season was Roenick’s third with the Red Sox. The first two spent as bench coach Cora. In his only season as coach of the Red Sox, the team found themselves a score of 23–36 (.390) with last place in the American East League. It was Roenicke’s second assignment as senior league manager, spending 2011-2014 and part of the 2015 season leading the Milwaukee Brewers, with a management record of 365-367 overall (.499).
Roenik, 64, has expressed a desire to return to the 2021 season but seemed at peace with whatever decision the team made about his career status.
It wasn’t really a cause for concern, ”Roenick said on Saturday. “If I were just starting out as a young manager, I think it would be a bit disconcerting. I’m sure it will be. But I think because of all the things I’ve been through, I realize that there is a process, and I realize that there are differences in timing in the way organizations do it.” Different. “
Roenick’s departure from Boston allows Bloom, who was hired for the last season, to choose his own manager.
The decision to let Roenik to leave immediately sparked online speculation that the team could reassign Cora as manager, but Bloom previously stated on WEEI in May that returning the famous former captain “was not on our radar.”
Sam Kennedy, President and CEO of Red Sox, seemed more open to the idea of a reunion when asked about bringing back Cora.
“We’re going to talk about that in the future,” Kennedy said at the WEEI in April.