Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom explained that they used the "interim" tag out of respect for the ongoing investigation from the league on the cheating scandal. Roenicke has served as the team's bench coach since before the 2018 season, but he does have experience as a manager with the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011 to 2015. The 63-year-old got much of the respect from the Red Sox organization from his past and experience, but the team is still awaiting the official results and punishment from the investigation.
That makes it a very interesting situation that the new manager finds himself in, as he may be losing draft picks or money, just like the Astros did in January. The team is already facing backlash for trading away MVP outfielder Mookie Betts and starting pitcher David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers last week. They reportedly could not come to terms on a good contract for Betts, and Price having three years and $96 million left on his contract was too much for them to handle. Yet, they are paying half of his contract for Los Angeles.
The team was able to interview a few candidates, including Mark Kotsay of the Oakland Athletics, Luis Urueta of the New York Mets, and their own third base coach, Carlos Febles. None of those guys have any experience managing at the major league level, as it looks as if the Astros took the last veteran manager on the market in Dusty Baker. So they stuck with the comfortable pick, which has the likes of J.D. Martinez and Michael Chavis excited, both of which expressed happiness with the news. As they await their punishment and get ready to kick off Spring Training, the team's focus is a bit all over the place currently, but at some point, they will have to get back to trying to win in to October. Because we all know, the Boston faithful will have it no other way.