Roenicke Out as Sox Finish Last In AL East
The Red Sox finished their 2020 pandemic shortened campaign yesterday with a 9-1 win over the Braves in Atlanta. The win didn’t carry much meaning for the team, however.
No one really knew what to expect going into this 60-game season, but the Red Sox certainly had slightly higher expectations going in. What they got was a final record of 24-36, last place in the American League East, and walking papers for one-year manager, Ron Roenicke. It was announced before the start of the game Sunday that Roenicke would not be coming back.
The announcement ended a one-year stopgap on the final day of a pandemic-shortened season. He was brought in at the start of spring training after former manager, Alex Cora was implicated in Houston’s sign stealing scandal.
Roenicke went into the season as 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts was on his way out, being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with 2012 AL Cy Young winner David Price. In the end, the Red Sox just didn’t get the pitching or the hitting that they needed to extend their season.
According to Masslive.com, Roenicke wasn’t surprised when he received the news that he wouldn’t be back and said that he knew he wasn’t (Chaim Bloom’s) guy for the future.
What’s ahead for the Red Sox and who they might look at to step in as skipper next season is anyone’s guess. At this point, we don’t even no what next season is going to look like and how the coronavirus will affect it. Time will tell.