The Boston Red Sox didn't have plans for Ron Roenicke to manage their club this season, but Alex Cora's suspension, as a result of the Houston Astros' cheating scandal, and departure from the organization put them in a tough spot.
Boston revealed Sunday that Roenicke will not return as manager for the 2021 season and that the search for a new manager will begin immediately.
The #RedSox today announced that Ron Roenicke will not return as the club’s manager for the 2021 season.— Red Sox (@RedSox) September 27, 2020
Roenicke coached the Red Sox to a 23-36 record, and they will play their final game of the season on Sunday afternoon in Atlanta. The club likely will finish last in the AL East, and it owns one of the worst records in Major League Baseball.
Roenicke's squad wasn't necessarily given much help by Red Sox management this season. Mookie Betts' departure to the Los Angeles Dodgers proved to be costly, but the pitching staff is what really hindered the team this season.
Without Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez, the Red Sox were forced to use a rotation that consisted of Nathan Eovaldi, Martin Perez and many of their relievers.
The inevitable speculation with the Red Sox is that they'll bring back Cora to manage next season given the connections he has with the club, but nothing is certain.