Red Sox announce Ron Roenicke as interim manager on eve of spring training

Red Sox announce Ron Roenicke as interim manager on eve of spring training
FORT MYERS, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 19: Ron Roenicke #30 of the Boston Red Sox poses for a portrait during Boston Red Sox Photo Day at JetBlue Park at Fenway South on February 19, 2019 in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) (Elsa/Getty Images)

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have announced that former bench coach Ron Roenicke has been named as the team’s interim manager, replacing Alex Cora who was fired in connection to Major League Baseball’s sign-stealing scandal back in January.

The announcement came at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, with the organization issuing a tweet congratulating Roenicke, 63, on the promotion.

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Roenicke has served as the Red Sox bench coach for the last two seasons under Cora. The upcoming 2020 season will be his 23rd in MLB.

“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 Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom in a press release by the team. “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.”

Roenicke served as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011 through a portion of the 2015 season. He led the Brewers to the National League Championship Series in his first season and finished second in National League Manager of the Year voting that year.

He was part of the 2002 Anaheim Angels staff that won the World Series and was named to the 2012 National League All-Star Team staff.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.