Red Sox officially part ways with Alex Cora

Tanya Simon
January 15, 2020

The 108 wins, the 11-3 postseason run, Mookie's MVP season, the World Series title, all of it is now tainted because of this. Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired an hour after Manfred suspended them for the 2020 season for their role in the cheating scheme. We'll get into that decision in more detail as well, but there's plenty to sift through from the nine-page report issued by Manfred.

Cora said in the same statement, "I want to thank John, Tom, Sam, the players, our coaching staff and the entire Red Sox organization".

The Red Sox allegedly used video to decode opponents' sign sequences and passed the information to their players.

Cora was identified by Major League Baseball on Monday as a ringleader in the Astros' scheme to steal signs en route to their 2017 World Series championship, when he was Houston's bench coach. Indications were the penalty would be equal or greater than what Hinch and Luhnow received.

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (20) stands in the dugout during the twelfth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

If Cora is served with a lengthy suspension (let's say a year) and the Sox simply allow him to serve it and then bring him back, that sends a bad message to Red Sox fans and the league as a whole that they don't take it seriously.

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New Mets manager Carlos Beltrán also was implicated by Manfred in his report Monday, the only player mentioned.

The Mets have not commented on Beltrán's status.

In an era when leagues often seem to respond to on- and off-field incidents with a brush back, MLB's response was closer to a beaning, albeit one that didn't void the team's World Series victory. This is nearly certainly because he not only led the cheating effort in Houston, but then brought it to Boston where it continued for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Stroman is referencing Cora's comments following a May 2019 game between the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays in which Boston took exception to Stroman quick-pitching Boston rookie Michael Chavis.

He was rewarded by president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski with a new contract adding an extra guaranteed season in 2021, a deal that included a club option for 2022. He was replaced this offseason by former Tampa Bay Rays executive Chaim Bloom, who will lead the search for a new manager. "We were studying the opposite team every day".

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