The fallout from the MLB investigation into the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal continue: Alex Cora out as Red Sox manager following sign-stealing scandals - ESPN
Red Sox and Cora are claiming “mutually” parting ways, I’m sure in much the same way my college bar and myself would “mutually” part ways after I demanded the karaoke mic for my 3rd attempt at crushing Wearwolves of London.
The MLB investigators found Cora deeply involved in the sign stealing scheme in Houston, and the Red Sox are currently still under investigation for a different sign stealing scheme that Cora was potentially in the center of as manager there. From Jimmy Golen of the AP: Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired in sign-stealing scandal
Manfred mentioned Cora by name 11 times in a nine-page report, saying he “originated and executed” the scheme in which Houston used a center field camera to decode catchers’ signals to pitchers, then banged on a trash can to relay the signs to batters so they would know what type of pitch was coming.
Yesterday, Passan was reporting that, per his sources, Cora’s discipline will be “harsh” and more than what Hinch and Luhnow got:
It is technically not a year-long suspension for Jeff Luhnow and AJ Hinch. Their suspensions begin today and conclude the day after the 2020 World Series ends.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 13, 2020
It is still a massive suspension -- and considering Alex Cora's apparently culpability, his is bound to be far longer.
This is a massive deal, and while we still do not know the full extent of the Red Sox scheme, or the punishment that will be handed down from the MLB, it’s not surprising Cora is out as manager.
In two years as Red Sox Manager, Alex Cora has won the World Series, faced a highly disappointing year and missed the postseason, been named as a key figure in a cheating scandal, lost his job, and is now waiting on word of how long he will be suspended.
Since taking on this job, Chaim Bloom left sunny Tampa with no pressure and inherited this:— Julian McWilliams (@byJulianMack) January 15, 2020
— What to do with a franchise player in Mookie Betts
— cutting payroll
— Now having to find a new manager three weeks before spring training.
He’s taking his licks early and then some
And finally in tweets that did not age very well:
Stealing signs, relaying signs, getting signs...not that easy.— Alex (@ac13alex) October 17, 2016