Red Sox part ways with Roenicke; could Alex Cora return in 2021?


The Red Sox's 2020 season mercifully ends Sunday. So, too, does Ron Roenicke's tenure as Boston's manager.

Roenicke won't return as the Red Sox' manager in 2021, the team announced Sunday ahead of their regular season finale against the Atlanta Braves.

Roenicke first joined the Red Sox as their bench coach in 2017 and was named the team's interim manager in February after the team parted ways with Alex Cora in the wake of the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.

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The 64-year-old became Boston's full-time manager in April and oversaw one of the worst seasons in franchise history: The Red Sox' .390 winning percentage entering Sunday is the 10th-lowest in franchise history.

So, who will take Roenicke's place next season? Cora certainly looks like a candidate to return to his old post.

Cora's one-year suspension runs through the 2020 postseason, though, so if he does come back to Boston, an announcement likely won't come until after the World Series.

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