Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom clarified that the "interim" tag does not reflect a lack of commitment to Roenicke, but was included due to the ongoing MLB investigation into the Red Sox regarding their 2018 alleged sign stealing scandal.
Although the Red Sox face similar allegations, they have maintained there was not a similar method carried out under Cora in their World Series season.
But the Red Sox decided not to wait for the results of the investigation, instead deciding to part ways with Cora in mid-January based on MLB's report on the Astros. Once the league completes its probe, Roenicke could become the permanent manager.
Roenicke arrived in Boston with Cora before the 2018 campaign.
This afternoon in Fort Myers, the Red Sox announced the team will name bench coach Ron Roenicke the interim manager for the 2020 season. He has coordinated the Red Sox's spring training camp the last two years. "He has the respect of everyone in the clubhouse, and the way he carries himself and communicates will be a positive influence on our entire organization".
This will be the second managerial gig for the 63-year-old Roenicke, who spent five seasons as skipper of the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011 to 2015 where he posted a 342-331 mark and reached the National League Championship Series in 2011. "But, we feel very strongly about Ron's ability to lead this group, and how well-suited he is for this task".