What does Red Sox general manager Brian O’Halloran think of how Ron Roenicke is doing so far as interim manager?
While appearing on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” on Thursday, O’Halloran was asked about producer Kevin Laird’s recent column, in which Laird argued that former manager Alex Cora was ‘still the perfect fit’ as manager of the team after this season.
More specifically, O’Halloran was asked about when the team could reach back out to Cora — who is currently suspended by the MLB.
“Let me answer that two ways: the sort of technical answer to your question regarding his suspension I believe is the end of the Major League season, which includes the playoffs, but that is not something we’re focused on,” O’Halloran said. “We have a manager that we’re happy with, which is Ron Roenicke, and that is what we’re focused on.”
With the Red Sox struggling so far this season — their record is 4-8, good for last in the AL East — all eyes are on Roenicke to see just how he manages a team that was expected to hit well, if struggle pitching. Cora has taken responsibility for the sign-stealing incident in 2017 involving the Astros — but also told ESPN back in June that he was not the only one at fault.
While O’Halloran praised Roenicke, he says he still has respect for Cora.
“Look, I worked with Alex for two years as a manager and of course knew him as a player,” he added. “I certainly have a ton of respect for Alex and what he did here and he is a great friend. I don’t think anything has changed from where we stood when all that went down. He’s an incredible guy in many ways.”
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