Sport With Alex Cora suspension likely, Red Sox need to consider interim manager candidates

19:55  14 january  2020
19:55  14 january  2020 Source:   bostonglobe.com

Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired in sign stealing scandal

  Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired in sign stealing scandal The Boston Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora on Tuesday, a day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred implicated him in the sport's sign-stealing scandal.Cora was the bench coach for the Houston Astros when they won the 2017 World Series and led Boston to the title the following year in his first season as manager. Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired on Monday, an hour after Manfred suspended them for the 2020 season for their role in the cheating scheme.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were each handed a yearlong suspension from the league before getting fired by team owner Jim Crane. Former Houston bench coach and current Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora was also referenced extensively in the

Red Sox manager Alex Cora could be fined and suspended as part of the continuing MLB investigation into illegal electronic sign-stealing. Because no penalties were levied against players, Carlos Beltran escaped starting his rookie year as Mets manager while serving a suspension .

Alex Cora was in Boston Monday, taking part in meetings with the Red Sox baseball operations staff to prepare for the upcoming season.

Ron Roenicke, Alex Cora are posing for a picture: Ron Roenicke (left) has been Alex Cora’s bench coach for the last two seasons and managed four-plus seasons in the majors with Milwaukee.© 2018 file/jim davis Ron Roenicke (left) has been Alex Cora’s bench coach for the last two seasons and managed four-plus seasons in the majors with Milwaukee.

A day later, it’s uncertain whether Cora will be around the team for much longer.

Cora was the protagonist in what amounted to a nine-page story released by Major League Baseball Monday that detailed how the 2017 Houston Astros used video equipment and a signaling system to relay stolen signs to their hitters.

Cora, Houston’s bench coach at the time, was described as breaking MLB rules in several ways, including arranging for a monitor to be placed close to the dugout at Minute Maid Park so players could get a better look at the opposing catcher.

Opinion: Red Sox had no choice but to fire Alex Cora

  Opinion: Red Sox had no choice but to fire Alex Cora Boston and their manager "parted ways" a day after MLB's report implicated Cora in the Astros' cheating scandal, when he was an assistant for Houston.The Boston Red Sox may have loved the man and believed in everything he stood for, but they simply had no choice.

Alex Cora , who was Houston’s bench coach in 2017, is the only person called out by name in Major League Baseball’s report on the sign-stealing scandal involving the Astros. He’s now the manager of the Boston Red Sox . (David J. Phillip/Associated Press file photo).

Alex Cora , the Astros’ bench coach, is the new manager for the Boston Red Sox .Credit David J. Phillip/Associated Press. The Red Sox faced renewed racial scrutiny this season after Orioles outfielder Adam Jones reported being subjected to racial slurs at Fenway Park.

MLB suspended Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch until the day after the 2020 Word Series. Astros owner Jim Crane then fired them.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said he would determine Cora’s punishment after MLB concluded its investigation into whether the 2018 Red Sox also used video to steal signs.

That the Red Sox were fined for relaying signals to the dugout via text messages in 2017 will be taken into account. Cora had to know it was a chance he couldn’t take, and the Red Sox should have made certain he didn’t.

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No point in keeping manager Alex Cora , mastermind behind the Astros’ garbage-can lid scandal and, allegedly, the still-being-investigated Red Sox replay-room sign The Sox need to negotiate a buyout with Cora , release a statement that he has been fired and assign Ron Roenicke as interim manager .

That Cora faces a long suspension is a given. Whether the Red Sox will fire him is not. But with spring training set to start Feb. 12, the Sox soon will be looking for at least an interim manager.

Chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom, a veteran off 11 weeks with the Red Sox, now faces a much more complicated decision than how to best manage the payroll.

Cora is the face of the organization after leading the team to a championship in 2018. He quickly earned the loyalty of the players and the trust of ownership. After Dave Dombrowski was fired as president of baseball operations in September, the Sox were quick to say Cora would return.

Now Cora is at the center of a scandal that led to one of his best friends, Hinch, being fired.

Where will the Sox turn for their next manager? Bloom undoubtedly would lead a search and must already have a list of candidates, if only in his head.

Bench coach Ron Roenicke is an obvious option if the Sox decide to keep Cora and wait out his suspension. He managed the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011-15 and knows the Sox well after two years on Cora’s staff.

Alex Cora out as Red Sox manager

  Alex Cora out as Red Sox manager Cora, who led Boston to a World Series in his first season, was implicated in a MLB investigation alleging he coordinated the stealing of signs using technology.The Red Sox parted ways with Alex Cora on Tuesday night, deciding it was untenable for the popular manager to continue given his central role in baseball’s cheating scandal.

Manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox looks on during the game against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Aug. Major League Baseball suspended Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for one year as part of the discipline for stealing signs.

The Boston Red Sox introduce Alex Cora as their new manager in a press conference from Fenway Park.

Third base coach Carlos Febles should be considered, along with former team captain Jason Varitek, a special assistant and occasional on-field coach. Varitek has long aspired to manage.

Dustin Pedroia? It’s an idealistic notion, the idea of a beloved injured player riding to the rescue of the team by taking over as manager after his mentor and former teammate is suspended.

Pedroia knows baseball. But being the manager also means being the public representative of the team to the community and holding twice-daily sessions with the media. It’s an all-day job and one that would quickly test his patience.

If Pedroia were unable to play, he’d be a better fit as a coach under an interim manager, and I’m not sure he’d want to do that.

Eduardo Perez has many of the same qualities that made Cora an attractive candidate when he was hired in 2017. Now an ESPN and MLB Network Radio analyst after playing 13 years in the majors, Perez has never managed at the highest level but has experience as a coach and winter league manager. He also is bilingual and has a deep knowledge of and appreciation for analytics.

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Red Sox manager Alex Cora is expected to be hit hard with a punishment, Passan adds. " Cora arranged for a video room technician to install a monitor displaying the center field camera feed immediately outside of the Astros' dugout.

The Red Sox have fired manager John Farrell, the team announced Wednesday.

Perez, 50, is the son of Hall of Famer Tony Perez, who played for the Sox from 1980-82.

New Hampshire native Sam Fuld would be another intriguing candidate. Fuld, 38, played eight seasons in the majors, then joined the Philadelphia Phillies in 2017 as their major league player information coordinator, a new position.

Fuld interviewed to be manager of the Toronto Blue Jays after the 2018 season but withdrew from consideration. He has since been at least loosely tied to managerial searches conducted by the Cubs, Giants, Mets, Phillies, and Pirates.

Fuld also has a connection to Bloom, having played for the Tampa Bay Rays from 2011-13. Bloom was the team’s director of baseball operations at that time.

Former Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, even-keeled, smart, and erudite, would be a great option if he wants the job.

Three successful older managers — Bruce Bochy, Mike Scioscia, and Buck Showalter — are available. But Bloom’s data-driven approach would not seem to be a good fit with their more traditional methods.

Former Tigers and Angels manager Brad Ausmus, a Connecticut native who graduated from Dartmouth, is a better mesh of styles. But he has been fired twice in the last three seasons.

Former players Eric Chavez, Mark Loretta, and Will Venable also are considered managerial material.

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General manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were each suspended for a year. The team subsequently fired both men. Then-bench coach and current Red Sox manager Alex Cora also seems likely to be punished, though his precise comeuppance has yet to be determined pending an

For many of the Red Sox players, the loss of Cora would be a blow. He has been instrumental in the development of Rafael Devers and the significant improvements made by Xander Bogaerts, Eduardo Rodriguez, Christian Vazquez, and others.

But players almost always move on quickly. Dombrowski’s unexpected firing in September caused some initial surprise, then a collective shrug.

The Red Sox won a championship two years after Terry Francona was fired following a historic September collapse. Life moves pretty fast in baseball.

Just ask Cora. He was on a duck boat celebrating a championship only 14½ months ago.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.

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