The Houston Astros punched their ticket to the World Series after shutting out the Boston Red Sox in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series and now await a matchup with either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Atlanta Braves.
It marks the Astros’ first trip back to the Fall Classic since 2017, when they defeated the Dodgers in seven games. For the Red Sox, the loss closes the book on what had been an improbable season.
After finishing in last place during the shortened 2020 season, Boston made a change at manager, replacing Ron Roenicke with Alex Cora, who voluntarily stepped down just one year prior due to his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.
Roenicke has since returned to the Dodgers as a special assistant within the front office and was on hand at Minute Maid Park to scout the Astros, via Alex Speier The Boston Globe:
Roenicke – who is on assignment as a Dodgers scout – said hello to Alex Cora pic.twitter.com/LjpzD3UB1s
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 22, 2021
Prior to taking the helm as Red Sox manager, Roenicke was Cora’s bench coach during the 2018-19 seasons. Now back with the Dodgers, the 65-year-old was in Houston on a scouting assignment for the possibility of the team advancing to the World Series.
Roenicke spent parts of the first three seasons of his playing career with L.A. before rejoining the club as a coach in 1992. He held various coaching roles at both the Major League and Minor League levels until departing the organization in 1999.
Roenicke returned to the Dodgers midway through the 2015 season to accept a position as their third base coach. He also served as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011-15 and had two different stints on the L.A. Angels coaching staff.
Roberts: Roenicke brings ‘wealth of knowledge’ to Dodgers
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was thrilled to find out that Roenicke had returned to the organization at the start of the 2021 season.
“He brings a wealth of knowledge, a lot of energy, and eagerness to teach and learn,” Roberts said. earlier this year.
“He is a Dodger. Came up with the Dodgers, so to get him back home in this organization, I know he’s excited. Get him and Dino Ebel reunited.
“He’s going to do a lot of things, whether it’s on the outfield baserunning with coordinator Jason Bourgeois, he’s going to coach the coaches, he’s going to help us on the big league staff, he’s going to do some eye in the sky for the front office.
“We’re just lucky to have him. He’s going to wear a lot of hats. There’s just a wealth of knowledge that I’m excited for myself and the players to tap into.”
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