The MLB landscape, particularly fans in Beantown, are anxiously waiting for the league to reveal Alex Cora's punishment.
All reports suggest that the skipper's penalty will be severe, and it's quite possible that the Red Sox opt to relieve him of his managerial duties in the fallout.
With that in mind, let's stay ahead of the game and identify three potential replacements for Cora should he be canned.
3. Jason Varitek
Varitek spent his entire 15-year career with Boston, and has recently served as a Special Assistant to the President of Baseball Operations for the organization. It goes without saying that the two-time World Series champ is keen on becoming a manager at some point. Why not now? He doesn't boast the most qualified of resumes, but Monday's bombshell could leave the Red Sox with their hands tied. Keep in mind that Aaron Boone didn't have experience as an MLB before his appointment with the Yankees, and has enjoyed success.
2. Matt Quatraro
Quatraro was rumored to be a finalist to land the San Francisco Giants' managerial position, and for good reason. He's established a tremendous reputation during his tenure in Tampa, during which he's served as a third base coach before being promoted to bench coach in 2019. Quatraro was formerly the Indians' assistant hitting coach for four seasons. The 46-year-old might not flaunt MLB managing experience, but he did manage four seasons (2006-2009) in the minor league ranks.
1. Ron Roenicke
Roenicke is an obvious candidate considering that he's second in command to Cora, serving as Boston's bench coach. The 63-year-old has 20 years of MLB coaching experience under his belt and even spent five seasons as the Brewers manager, during which he logged a 5.08 winning percentage. Roenicke might not be a long-term replacement, but he is more than qualified.