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Red Sox Fire Alex Cora
9 months ago  ::  Jan 14, 2020 - 9:46PM #1
NY23
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Red Sox Fire Alex Cora




The Red Sox announced Tuesday evening that manager Alex Cora will not return as their manager in 2020. The news comes one day after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced the results of his investigation into the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, wherein Cora was revealed to be one of the architects of Houston’s trash-can system. The Red Sox organization issued the following statement:



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.



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The Red Sox’ usage of “mutually agreed to part ways” notwithstanding, there’s no way that Cora would’ve been ousted as manager were it not for his role in the sign-stealing scandal. It’s been extraordinarily difficult to fathom a scenario in which Cora would’ve stayed on as manager after Houston GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were fired by the Astros yesterday, given his involvement in the Astros’ scandal as well as the current investigation of the Red Sox’ 2018 . The now-former manager issued a statement of his own:


“I want to thank John, Tom, Sam, the players, our coaching staff and the entire Red Sox organization.  I especially want to thank my family for their love and support. We agreed today that parting ways was the best thing for the organization. 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.”


As was the case when Houston let go of its GM-manager tandem, this represents a stunning turn of mid-winter events for Boston. In terms of wins and losses, the two-year Cora era was especially fruitful for the Red Sox. As Cora mentioned, he helped the club to a championship in 2018 – his first year on the job and one in which it piled up a whopping 108 regular-season victories before steamrolling the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers in the playoffs. Of course, now that the league’s investigating Cora, there are perhaps questions about the legitimacy of that title.


Last season was far less successful for Cora and the Red Sox, though they were still an above-average team that won 84 games. Now, depending on how MLB disciplines Cora, that could go down as his final season as a manager in the league. Cora’s reportedly facing “harsh” punishment for his misdeeds, so the end of his Red Sox tenure seems likely to serve as a forerunner to a significant suspension.


The Boston organization, like Houston, now finds itself in the once-unimaginable position of suddenly having to find a new manager just weeks before pitchers and catchers report to camp. The responsibility rests with new chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom, who inherited Cora from ousted president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.


9 months ago  ::  Jan 14, 2020 - 10:01PM #2
Jon
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Timeline: When sign stealing began in Houston under Alex Cora


Red Sox manager Alex Cora could be facing a lengthy suspension by Major League Baseball.




Red Sox manager Alex Cora could be facing a lengthy suspension by Major League Baseball. Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for a year for failing to stop a sign-stealing scheme Cora developed as Houston’s bench coach in 2017. The Astros fired both Luhnow and Hinch shortly after the suspensions were announced.


Manfred said he would wait for MLB to finish its investigation of claims the Red Sox engaged in similar activities under Cora’s watch in their run to the 2018 World Series, before handing down a punishment.


Cora’s name appears 11 times in the report issued by Manfred.


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Here is a timeline of Cora’s involvement with the scheme:


■  Nov. 15, 2016: Cora hired by the Houston Astros as bench coach.


■  Beginning of the 2017 season: Astros employees in the video replay review room start using the live game feed from the center field camera to decode opposing teams’ sign sequences. Once it was decoded, a player in the video replay room acted as a “runner’’ to relay the information to the dugout.


■ Early in 2017 season: Cora began to call the replay review room to obtain the sign information.


■ Approximately two months into 2017 season: Cora has a video technician install a monitor displaying the center field camera feed just outside the the Astros’ dugout.


■ During 2017 season: Team employees or players would communicate expected pitches by banging a trash can to signal offspeed pitches. Witnesses say the scheme was player driven, and that with the exception of Cora, non-player staff had no involvement in the scheme.


■ Sept. 15, 2017: The Red Sox are fined an undisclosed amount for using an Apple Watch to convey decoded signs to the dugout. Manfred issues a memo to all teams, putting them on notice that “use of electronic equipment to steal signs would be dealt with more severely by my office.’’


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■ Oct. 5, 2017: The Astros and Red Sox begin their American League divisional series, which Houston wins 3-1.


Houston won Games 1 and 2 decisively, rolling to 8-2 victories in both games at Minute Maid Park on Oct. 5 and 6. The series became more competitive when the action shifted to Fenway Park, with the Red Sox rolling to a 10-3 win in Game 3 on Oct. 8 before succumbing in Game 4, 5-4 on Oct. 9.


■ Oct. 22, 2017: Red Sox announce a three-year deal for Cora to become their new manager.


■ 2017-18 offseason: Commissioner’s office informs clubs that phones in replay review room and dugout will now be monitored.


■ March 29, 2018: Cora makes his debut as manager of the Red Sox.


■ Oct. 18, 2018: Red Sox beat Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS to advance to the World Series. Houston took Game 1 at Fenway and the Red Sox rebounded to take Game 2. On the road at Minute Maid Park, Boston won three games in a row to advance.


■ Oct. 28, 2018: Cora coaches Red Sox to World Series win over Dodgers.


■ Nov. 12, 2019: The Athletic publishes a report detailing the trash-can scheme, prompting an MLB investigation. The next day, Cora declines to comment on the report to the Globe.


■ Jan. 7, 2020: Major League Baseball announces it will investigate allegations that the Red Sox illegally stole signs in 2018 using the video replay room, following another Athletic report.


■ Jan. 13, 2020: Luhnow and Hinch are suspended, then fired, after commissioner’s report is released.




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9 months ago  ::  Jan 15, 2020 - 2:21AM #3
laurenfrances
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I wonder if Red Sox is trying to avoid additional penalties like losing future drafts by being ahead of the game. The hand writing was on the wall as it relates to Astros. Hoping Manfred would be satisfy with Cora being fired.  


Unbelieveably Cora has the nerve to espouse his accomplishment on his way out.  It seems he believes winning WS by cheating is honorable .... "It was an honor to manage these teams and help bring a World Series Championship back to Boston."  Commented that he helped Red Sox win a W.S in 2018 –  piling 108 regular-season wins before pummelling the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers in the playoffs.


Does the man have any shame?????

9 months ago  ::  Jan 15, 2020 - 8:02AM #4
Lola
Posts: 25,923

Jan 15, 2020 -- 2:21AM, laurenfrances wrote:


I wonder if Red Sox is trying to avoid additional penalties like losing future drafts by being ahead of the game. The hand writing was on the wall as it relates to Astros. Hoping Manfred would be satisfy with Cora being fired.  


Unbelieveably Cora has the nerve to espouse his accomplishment on his way out.  It seems he believes winning WS by cheating is honorable .... "It was an honor to manage these teams and help bring a World Series Championship back to Boston."  Commented that he helped Red Sox win a W.S in 2018 –  piling 108 regular-season wins before pummelling the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers in the playoffs.


Does the man have any shame?????



 


No shame... no integrity... no guilt. I hope his lack of moral character speaks to Manfred while handing out Cora's suspension.

9 months ago  ::  Jan 15, 2020 - 9:08AM #5
GottaGoToMo
Posts: 79,837

Jan 15, 2020 -- 2:21AM, laurenfrances wrote:


I wonder if Red Sox is trying to avoid additional penalties like losing future drafts by being ahead of the game. The hand writing was on the wall as it relates to Astros. Hoping Manfred would be satisfy with Cora being fired.  


Unbelieveably Cora has the nerve to espouse his accomplishment on his way out.  It seems he believes winning WS by cheating is honorable .... "It was an honor to manage these teams and help bring a World Series Championship back to Boston."  Commented that he helped Red Sox win a W.S in 2018 –  piling 108 regular-season wins before pummelling the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers in the playoffs.


Does the man have any shame?????




Cheaters are not honorable peoople.

9 months ago  ::  Jan 15, 2020 - 10:24AM #6
Jon
Posts: 1,890

Maybe Alex Cora shouldn't have attacked other players like Marcus Stroman and Mike Minor for "not playing the game the right way".

9 months ago  ::  Jan 15, 2020 - 10:28AM #7
Jon
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9 months ago  ::  Jan 15, 2020 - 10:46AM #8
Jon
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Cora seemed to make every right move in the 2018 postseason and in the rare case when he didn’t–sticking with Eduardo Rodriguez too long in World Series Game 4–he admitted it, bringing it up himself unsolicited. He was beloved, not only for winning the World Series as a manager but also emerging as someone fans could root for.


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He was that confident, he talked about mistakes the day of. Hrm.

9 months ago  ::  Jan 15, 2020 - 1:41PM #9
audierules
Posts: 860
I swear I love the term “mutually agreed to part ways”,  Hahaha! What a world we live in.
9 months ago  ::  Jan 15, 2020 - 2:07PM #10
luvdayanks
Posts: 27,962

Jan 15, 2020 -- 1:41PM, audierules wrote:

I swear I love the term “mutually agreed to part ways”, Hahaha! What a world we live in.




Mutually agreed: 


Red Sox ownership: Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.


Cora: Okay thanks.



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