What’s next for Red Sox after Alex Cora’s fall

What’s next for Red Sox after Alex Cora’s fall

On Tuesday night, the Boston Red Sox and skipper Alex Cora announced they had “mutually agreed to part ways” following bombshell revelations from Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Houston Astros‘ sign-stealing during the 2017 season, when Cora served as Houston’s bench coach.

Now, just one year removed from the winning the World Series, both the president of baseball operations — Dave Dombrowski, who was fired after a disappointing 2019 season — and the manager who helped lead Boston to its ninth championship are gone.

Now what?

Where the Red Sox will look for their next skipper is unclear, with Dombrowski’s replacement, Chaim Bloom, forced to kick off a managerial search a month before the start of spring training.

Guiding the 2020 Red Sox will be difficult. The speculation around Mookie Betts‘ future in a Red Sox uniform remains, with the star outfielder determined to test free agency after the season. Bloom himself enters his first year as the team’s principle decision maker, leaping from the small-market problems of Tampa Bay to the big-market problems of Boston. And with Major League Baseball investigating the Red Sox over their own alleged sign-stealing scheme under Cora during their title run, any new skipper will be asked to manage the PR storm certain to follow.

While Bloom spoke highly of his former manager, Cora’s departure allows Boston’s new chief baseball officer to put his stamp on this Red Sox team, and at least try to turn the page on one of the more volatile two-year stretches in recent team history.

Here are some candidates who could make Bloom’s list.

Ron Roenicke, Red Sox bench coach: Roenicke is the easiest choice for the Red Sox to make. He’s spent the past two seasons as the team’s bench coach and Cora’s right-hand man, previously managing the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011 to 2015. The 63-year-old Roenicke is also the only coach on the Red Sox staff with major league managerial experience, and brings more than 20 years of experience coaching in the bigs.

Matt Quatraro, Tampa Bay Rays bench coach: Quatraro finished as a finalist for both the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants managing jobs this offseason, but lost out to Derek Shelton and Gabe Kapler, respectively. Quatraro previously worked with Bloom while with the Rays, where he started his post-playing career as a minor league hitting coach. He then worked as the Indians assistant hitting coach from 2014 to 2017 before rejoining Tampa Bay as third-base coach in 2018, later being promoted to bench coach. If Bloom wants to go with someone he’s worked with before, Quatraro stands out.

Carlos Febles, Red Sox third base coach: Febles has been with the organization since 2007, and has served as manager of the rookie ball Lowell Spinners, the Low-A Greenville Drive, the High-A Salem Red Sox and the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. Febles is well-liked by the players, has a lot of experience working in the Boston organization and is also bilingual as a native of the Dominican Republic.

Tim Hyers, Red Sox hitting coach: Hyers also enters his third season with the Red Sox coaching staff, having previously worked as an area scout for the team from 2009 to 2012, and as minor league hitting coordinator from 2013 through 2016, before working as the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ assistant hitting coach from 2016 to 2017. When Cora was hired before the 2018 season, Hyers rejoined the Red Sox organization as hitting coach.

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January 14, 2020 at 06:10PM

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