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Julian McWilliams

Red Sox remove interim tag from manager Ron Roenicke

Ron Roenicke was the Red Sox' bench coach in 2018 and '19.
Ron Roenicke was the Red Sox' bench coach in 2018 and '19.Michael Reaves/Getty

The Red Sox removed the interim tag from Ron Roenicke’s manager title on Wednesday after Major League Baseball completed its investigation into sign stealing by the 2018 Sox.

Roenicke, who was named interim manager on Feb. 11, denied having any involvement in sign stealing as Alex Cora’s bench coach. Commissioner Rob Manfred’s report showed that to be true, as Roenicke’s name wasn’t mentioned once.

Roenicke’s contract – the team modified his prior deal as bench coach – runs through the 2020 season, according to two league sources.

Cora and the Red Sox parted ways in January after MLB’s report on the Houston Astros’ illegal sign-stealing scheme in 2017 named Cora as one of the key figures in the Astros’ scandal. Some have speculated Cora could be brought back as Red Sox manager after his one-year suspension ends.

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“Ron Roenicke is our manager, and I can add that we did part ways with Alex Cora given what had happened in Houston. ... Nothing’s changed on that front,” Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said Wednesday.

Roenicke has a long history in baseball, going back to 1981 as a player for the Dodgers. He played parts of eight seasons in the big leagues before becoming a coach with the Dodgers. He also worked for the Angels as Mike Scioscia’s third base coach for 11 years.

Roenicke has managerial experience, serving as the Brewers’ skipper from 2011-15. 2Roenicke has been with the Red Sox since the start of 2018.

“It will kind of be the same,” Xander Bogaerts said during spring about Roenicke taking over for Cora. “We had Roenicke and Alex as bench coach and manager. I think we’ll get along pretty well with Roenicke because that’s a guy that we obviously loved also while he was our bench coach.”

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Alex Speier of the Globe staff contributed to this report.


Julian McWilliams can be reached at julian.mcwilliams@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @byJulianMack