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MLB Notebook: Ron Roenicke cheers Alex Cora’s return; a look at Cora’s to-do list

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Ron Roenicke came to Boston to be Alex Cora's bench coach. When Cora left, unceremoniously, Roenicke was named as his replacement.

And when, in turn, Roenicke was dismissed as Red Sox manager, Roenicke urged the Red Sox to make his predecessor also his successor.

Call it the baseball Circle of Life.

"I just think, with all the stuff that happened, that Alex is the right guy to bring back,'' said Roenicke from California. "I'm not saying that I didn't want to (remain as manager); I would have liked to do it. But I think Alex did a great job and I think because of the way he feels about people and players...There's so much great communication and care on his part. And knowledge, too. This is a really smart baseball guy with great feel.

"I didn't know if it was going to be with Boston. I wasn't sure. But I knew that this guy needs to be managing.''

Unlike all the other candidates who were considered and interviewed for the job, Cora will need no learning curve when it comes to handling the pressures of the job and the demands of the market. He's already done it and Cora will hit the ground running.

"I think that's a big part of it,'' Roenicke said. "I think it's important when they're looking at people and how they're going to handle a pressurized situation because it is a pressurized situation. They want to win, they expect to win. So either that personality, if it's a first-time guy, has to be super-strong, confident. But this guy already knows what's entailed there -- whether it's the media, the fans, the front office -- and has a good feel for what goes on and what kind of pressure is going to be put on you.''

Cora spent the 2020 season in a sort of baseball exile, serving out his suspension for his involvement with the 2017 Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. In that time, Roenicke said Cora had time to think and grow and will return to his second stint both energized and more focused.