Red Sox Firing Alex Cora Over Cheating Scandal?
Are the Red Sox firing Alex Cora over his cheating scandal?
On Monday afternoon the Houston Astros responded swiftly to a report by commissioner Rob Manfred indicating that the organization participated in a major cheating scandal.
Team owner Jim Crane immediately fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, making it clear that what transpired was not acceptable.
Now the big question is what will happen to Boston’s manager.
Cora stands accused of arranging “for a video room technician to install a monitor displaying the center field camera feed immediately outside of the Astros’ dugout” back when he was Houston’s bench coach.
“Cora participated in both schemes, and through his active participation, implicitly condoned the players’ conduct,” Manfred wrote in his nine-page statement.
“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.”
In a recent report, Joel Sherman of the New York Post suggested that Cora’s penalty would be a “stern punishment,” but did not elaborate on precisely what that entails.
The Bleacher Report has indicated that many sources around baseball believe that Cora’s suspension will actually be longer than the ones issued to Luhnow and Hinch.
Will the Red Sox ultimately opt to stand by Cora if the league’s penalty is as harsh as many believe it will be? Time will tell.