I typically try and stay away from stories that only relate to the Boston Red Sox given that at Trifecta Sports we work the Triple-A Pawtucket beat. But this one simply feels too big not to mention and there are obvious relations to Pawtucket on this one.
On Tuesday the Boston Red Sox announced via a Press Release that they have mutually parted ways with manager Alex Cora. This news, of course, comes on the heels of Monday’s bombshell Houston Astros report that named Cora as one of the orchestrators of a cheating scandal when he was a bench coach in Houston.
“Today we met to discuss the Commissioner’s report related to the Houston Astros investigation. Given the findings and the Commissioner’s ruling, we collectively decided that it would not be possible for Alex to effectively lead the club going forward and we mutually agreed to part ways.”– Statement from Red Sox.
This news shouldn’t really come as a shock with MLB handing out a year-long suspension to A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow. Houston shortly after that announcement fired both Hinch and Luhnow.
Major League Baseball was expected to hand out an even harsher punishment to Cora who by all accounts wasn’t just aware of the sign-stealing but at the center of the events.
“We agreed today that parting ways was the best thing for the organization.,’ said Alex Cora in via the team’s press release. “I do not want to be a distraction to the Red Sox as they move forward. My two years as manager were the best years of my life. It was an honor to manage these teams and help bring a World Series Championship back to Boston. I will forever be indebted to the organization and the fans who supported me as a player, a manager and in my efforts to help Puerto Rico. This is a special place. There is nothing like it in all of baseball, and I will miss it dearly.”
Sign stealing is apart of baseball and has been for a very long time. The way Cora and the Astros conducted it was in clear violation of the rules. As a hitter, if you know a fastball is coming and you can sit dead red on it, that’s a huge advantage. L.A. certainly has the right to be angered by these revelations. The 108 win World Series-winning Red Sox team in 2018 might also have similar revelations once MLB releases any information it may have on Cora specifically.
You can’t help but think other teams also installed similar systems as Cora did in Houston. But Cora and the Astros got caught in the act, had immense success while doing so and MLB had to lay down the hammer to teach a lesson.
So What Now?
Pitchers and catchers report down in Fort Meyers on February 11th. 28 days away. To make matters worse the person heading up the baseball organization is brand new and this would be Chaim Bloom’s first managerial hire in his career.
The firing of Cora affects every player and coach in the organization. Until MLB hands out their report on Boston’s 2018 run the Red Sox should be very hesitant to appoint anyone in the interim or permanent role that was apart of the 2018 club.
It will be interesting to see if Boston waits for MLB to publish their findings or just appoint an interim right away. Interior candidates could be Jason Varitek, Keith Foulke, Billy McMillon, or someone like Dustin Pedroia.
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