FORT MYERS, Fla. — On the eve of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, the Red Sox settled another big question Tuesday by opting for continuity in the dugout.
Less than a month after having to fire Alex Cora for his role in the Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing program, the Red Sox named Ron Roenicke their interim manager.
The 63-year-old Roenicke was Cora’s bench coach in Boston the past two seasons, but will now have to lead a club that just traded its star player and a top pitcher, in addition to handling the fallout — if there is any — of MLB’s investigation into alleged illegal sign stealing by the 2018 Red Sox.
Chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said giving Roenicke the interim tag was the “best way to respect” the ongoing investigation. If Roenicke is eventually cleared of wrongdoing, the Red Sox could drop the “interim” from his title.
“We feel very strongly about Ron’s ability to lead this group and how well suited he is for this task,” Bloom said Tuesday at Fenway South.
Roenicke said he could not comment on what he knew, if anything, about the alleged illegal sign stealing in 2018. But Bloom said the club had “no…