The Boston Red Sox announced on Tuesday, February 11th that Ron Roenicke has been named Interim Manager.

According to a press release issued by the Red Sox, Roenicke, 63, spent the last two seasons (2018-19) as the Red Sox’ bench coach, helping guide the club to a franchise-record 108 regular-season wins and a World Series championship in 2018, followed by another winning season in 2019 (84-78). The 2020 season will be his 30th as a coach or manager, including his 23rd in the major leagues.

“Ron’s extensive coaching and managerial experience, in addition to his familiarity with our players and staff, make him an ideal fit as we prepare for the 2020 season,” said Chaim Bloom. “He has the respect of everyone in the clubhouse, and the way he carries himself and communicates will be a positive influence on our entire organization. We are confident that Ron will hit the ground running, and we’re excited to work closely with him as he leads our group forward.”

This marks Roenicke’s second stint as a major league manager, as he previously guided the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011-14 and part of the 2015 season. He led Milwaukee to a 342-331 (.508) record, posting a winning record in three of his four full seasons with the club. Roenicke finished second in National League Manager of the Year voting in 2011, when the Brewers set a franchise record with 96 wins, claimed their first ever NL Central title, and advanced to the NLCS.

In addition to his stints with the Brewers and Red Sox, Roenicke has worked with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a coach (1992-93) and third base coach (2015), as well as the Los Angeles Angels as a third base coach (2000-05, ’16-17) and bench coach (2006-10). The California native won a World Series with the Angels in 2002, and in 2012 he was named to the National League All-Star Team’s coaching staff by manager Tony La Russa.

The Red Sox pitchers and catchers report on Tuesday, February 11th with their 1st workout on Wednesday, February 12th. The full squad is due to report on Sunday, February 16th with the 1st full workout on Monday, February 17th. The 1st Spring Training Game against a major league team is Saturday, February 22nd.

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