Red Sox name Ron Roenicke as team’s new manager

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Boston Red Sox made the perfect choice.

Well, to be quite honest, the only choice.

On Tuesday, the eve of spring training, the Red Sox officially announced Ron Roenicke as the club’s manager for the upcoming season. 

Technically, he’s their “interim” manager in order to cover the club’s behind in case Roenicke somehow is implicated in Major League Baseball’s sign-stealing investigation.

The Red Sox made their decision last week, but once Alex Cora departed in the wake of his role in the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal, they knew Roenicke had to be the guy.

Were they really going to throw an outsider – much less a rookie manager – out there to feed the angry masses in New England?

They needed Roenicke, 63, their veteran bench coach the last two seasons, to help alleviate what promises to be one of the most tumultuous seasons in Red Sox history.

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