Red Sox Memories: A look at four previous managers and a new one
By Rick McNair
The Red Sox took the easy route to decrease disruptions after the chaos of both trades and sign stealing. Ron Roenicke knows the players and knows the Red Sox system and has major league managerial experience with five seasons at the helm for the Brewers. Add into the mix Roenicke’s extensive coaching experience and as a former player. The résumé is extensive, so just what will happen?
A manager must have four significant areas where he must succeed – game management, player management, positive ownership relations, and media management with the last having a subtext of fans as part of the puzzle. When a manager loses just one then the end will be near.
The managers mentioned in the previous slides all failed in one or more areas. Even the affable Morgan fell victim to his own honesty and bluntness. Occasionally a manager has to use a velvet approach, especially with upper management and ownership.
With Roenicke, his experience certainly will recognize the various traps that can shorten a managerial career significantly. Based on his experience as a manager and coach there is a level of confidence – at least to me – that game and player management should not present a stone wall.
Roenicke has previously been fired and in all probability will be fired in Boston or at least given a suitable option to stay with the team in another capacity. A potential negative is Roenicke is a leftover from the previous regime just as John Farrell was when Dave Dombrowski took over. Is Roenicke Chaim Bloom’s guy? Success will be the major factor in that.