The Boston Red Sox removed the interim tag from Ron Roenicke’s manager title, chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said Wednesday night.
Bloom added that Roenicke is under contract for only the 2020 season.
Roenicke, 63, had been named interim manager after the Red Sox parted ways with manager Alex Cora for his role in the Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing scheme.
Boston’s decision to remove the tag comes as Major League Baseball announced discipline for the team after its investigation into allegations that the Red Sox illegally stole signs during the 2018 season. Commissioner Rob Manfred found the Red Sox’s conduct far less egregious than that of the Astros, but still stripped Boston of its second-round pick in this year’s amateur draft. Cora, meanwhile, was suspended through the 2020 postseason for his conduct with the Astros.
Bloom was asked Wednesday if Cora may be rehired after his suspension is over.
“We said at the time we parted ways with Alex, we were clear that was the result of his role in what happened with the Astros and everything that happened with the investigation over there revealed and had nothing to do what may or may not have occurred in Boston and that is still the case,” he said. “All of the reasons that we parted ways then are still the case.”
The Red Sox named Roenicke their interim manager in February, with Bloom saying at the time that the organization chose to use that label out of respect for MLB’s investigation.
When asked if the team would remove Roenicke’s interim label following the release of the investigation results, Bloom declined to comment further, saying at the time: “We’ll address permanency when [the investigation] is complete.”
Roenicke managed the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011 to 2015, then joined the Red Sox and Cora before the 2018 season after two years with the Los Angeles Angels. In his first season as Boston’s bench coach, he helped guide the team to a World Series title.