FORT MYERS, Fla. - When the Red Sox parted ways with Alex Cora in the middle of January, new chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom had both a quandary and an opportunity.
Hired months earlier, Bloom never could have anticipated that he would be undertaking a managerial search a month before the start of spring training. That was daunting, but also invigorating — a chance to handpick his choice for the dugout, someone with whom he could work closely and someone who shared his own philosophy about the game.
The Sox opened the search and interviewed at least three known external candidates -- John Gibbons, Mark Kotsay and Luis Urueta.
But as the process developed, Bloom began to see that he had a potential solution already in-house in the person of bench coach Ron Roenicke.