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McAdam: Ron Roenicke departs with his ego a bit bruised, but integrity intact

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There would be no guns-blazing, take-no-prisoners, burning-bridges kind of farewell Sunday night from Atlanta. Not from Ron Roenicke.

Roenicke, seated in the visiting manager's office in Truist Park, and with his characteristic understated sense of humor, invited the inevitable inquiries.

"There's a lot going on,'' said a visibly exhausted Roenicke as the Zoom camera rolled, "so ... questions?''

Roenicke, who met with chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom Sunday morning and was informed that he wouldn't be returning to manage the Red Sox next season, said managing the game after being given the news wasn't difficult, since he found himself in his usual environment and had work to do.

After the game, a 9-1 Red Sox win, however was different.

"Some of the players spoke,'' said Roenicke, his voice catching, "and that was tough. That was a little emotional.''

The 24-36 record, landing the Red Sox in last place, was no one's idea of a good season, of course. But Roenicke said he was proud of what he did to get the most out of his players while also ensuring their safety during the pandemic. He also was pleased with the team's play in September, going 12-9 over their final 21 games.

"Me personally,'' said Roenicke, "I'm happy that I saw some guys playing good ball, having good years. We saw some young guys doing really well. That's my focus -- trying to get the most out of players and I feel like that's always been my strength. It was nice just hearing that from a lot of the players afterward. So it makes you feel like, what you do and when you work hard, that they realize that.''

The tough part for Roenicke,