The Boston Red Sox have released an official statement Tuesday on the mutual agreement to part ways with ex-manager Alex Cora.
Cora, who was previously the bench coach for the 2017 Houston Astros, was accused of being heavily involved with the sign-stealing allegations from the official statement of the Commissioner Robert Manfred. The Red Sox are also being investigated for a similar scandal while also under Cora in 2018, where he led the team to 108 wins and a World Series title.
It was inevitable that Cora would not be safe in his position after the MLB announced its punishment for the Astros. Cora’s name was mentioned 11 times on the nine-page document released from the commissioner’s office.
He was said to be the mastermind behind most of it. He arranged for a video technician to install the monitor that was used to display the center-field camera feed outside of the Astros’ dugout. It also said that he was instrumental in the banging of the trash can method to let the batter know what kind of pitch was coming.
Assuming that he was the puppet master in 2017, the assumption is that he was also the mastermind behind the Red Sox cheating in 2018, which is still being investigated.
“Cora was involved in developing both the banging scheme and utilizing the replay review room to decode and transmit signs,” Manfred wrote in his statement. “Cora participated in both schemes, and through his active participation, implicitly condoned the players’ conduct. I will withhold determining the appropriate level of discipline for Cora until after the DOI completes its investigation of the allegations that the Red Sox engaged in impermissible electronic sign stealing in 2018 while Cora was the manager.”
This puts new Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom in a hard spot. In his first year in the position, he will have to deal with any punishments coming the Red Sox way for their allegations from the 2018 season, and now he has to appoint a new manager and possibly look for a new outside hire heading forward.
The Red Sox will most likely make Bench Coach Ron Roenicke an interim manager. He was brought in along with Cora in 2018. He has managerial experience as a former manager for the Brewers so he is probably the leading candidate at this point.
There is a missing piece that not many people have seen that I must share though. On Monday, Former Seattle Mariners First Baseman Logan Morrison recently accused the Astros of cheating in 2014 using the same cheating mechanism with the trash can.
There was a clip found where you can faintly here banging right before a pitch was thrown. This is not yet confirmed, and may not be due to the Astros already being punished.
Looked into Logan Morrison’s claim that the Astros were cheating in 2014, and he’s CORRECT.— Kyle ⚾️ (@KyleNYY) January 13, 2020
Down 3-2 in the bottom of the 5th with the bases loaded, you absolutely hear bangs before Alex Presley rips a go-ahead single with the bases loaded. https://t.co/hzUvpySBKQ pic.twitter.com/m7bTFvMGM3
Cora really does love baseball and very much enjoyed being the manager of the Red Sox, but he must be asking himself if it was worth it. Many will think he is a disgrace to the game now because he orchestrated the cheating. His punishment in full is still yet to come.