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.
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Baseball officials gave Pete Rose a lifetime ban for gambling on his Cincinnati Reds to win. In contrast, they announced Monday that they aren’t kicking general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch out of the game forever for allowing their Astros to cheat like crazy along the way to the 2017 world
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In the long annals of Major League Baseball, there are but just a few men who have suffered the ultimate punishment from the league — lifetime banishment. That includes members of the Chicago Black Sox Scandal, most famously Shoeless Joe Jackson, and all-time hit leader Pete Rose, who was caught gambling on the game as a manager in the 1980s.
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Pete Rose believes that the Houston Astros' involvement in illegal sign-stealing was worse for baseball than what he did more than 30 years ago when he gambled on the sport. "I bet on my own team to win," Rose told Randy Miller of NJ.com. "That’s what I did in a nutshell. I was wrong, but I didn't taint the game. I didn't try to steal any games. I never voted against my team. I bet on my team every night because that's the confidence that I had"I bet on my own team to win," Rose told Randy Miller of NJ.com. "That’s what I did in a nutshell. I was wrong, but I didn't taint the game. I didn't try to steal any games. I never voted against my team.
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Hinch should ’ve fired Cora during that season if he really wanted to do something about it. Correa should be kicked out of the league for sure though. I’m just baffled that Pete Rose got a life ban on something somewhat similar (could be considered altering the outcome of games), yet these 2 guys
In both cases, the sins were the manipulation of games (the 1919 World Series) or the potential manipulation of games (any that Rose managed while gambling, even though there has never been proof he bet against his team to win).
Both punishments are controversial. Both stand — three decades now for Rose, nearly a century for the Black Sox. It’s part of MLB’s zero tolerance policy.
The core issue is that individual conduct rendered the games illegitimate (or potentially illegitimate). It’s something MLB believes it simply can’t tolerate, thus the use of its nuclear option of discipline.
So if Rose and Jackson are out forever, then why not Red Sox manager Alex Cora?
The league concluded Monday that Cora, while working as a bench coach for the Houston Astros in 2017,using the video replay room and the banging of garbage cans to alert hitters. The system helped the Astros win the World Series that year.
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Current Red Sox skipper and former Houston coach Alex Cora likely still faces penalties after it was determined that he “arranged for a video room technician to install a monitor displaying the center field camera feed immediately outside of the Astros’ dugout.”
Maybe Pete Rose should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. For the longest time, I had zero Then-Houston bench coach Alex Cora developed the system, which involved using a bat and a trash can I’ve been one of the many who have used their votes to keep the steroid cheats out of Cooperstown.
“Cora was involved in developing both the banging scheme and utilizing the replay review room to decode and transmit signs,” MLB’s report stated. “Cora participated in both schemes, and through his active participation, implicitly condoned the players’ conduct.”
There is a lot more. Cora appears caught dead to rights. After the 2017 World Series triumph, he left the Astros to become the manager of the Red Sox who (what a coincidence) won 118-games and the World Series in his first year.
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The league hasn’t concluded its investigation into Cora’s behavior in Boston, but MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said the 44-year-old was implicated in that as well. Manfred said he would determine league discipline at the appropriate time. On Monday,.
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Pete Rose gets banned from baseball for gambling. Alex Cora should be banned for life for cheating. Current Red Sox skipper and former Houston coach Alex Cora likely still faces penalties after it was determined that And Cora ? He needs to be the example. Scare the shit out of the Astros.
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).
When MLB finishes this, it will have to ask itself what’s the difference between Cora and Rose and Jackson, et al?
There is no known gambling component, but Cora presumably altered the outcomes of two World Series. The sport was cheated. Players were cheated. Fans were cheated. Who cares if a gambler somewhere did or didn’t make a buck off of it?
Sign stealing has a long history in the sport and there has always been some element of gamesmanship to it — there is a reason catchers often disguise what pitch they are calling for the pitcher to throw.
Yet with advanced technology, it’s been taken to the next level. The future of the sport rests on fans believing that what they are watching during a given day, let alone the World Series, is fair athletic competition. Without that, what’s the point?
MLB has a disaster on its hands. It stands to reason that this extends beyond just the handiwork of Cora and could implicate other teams, maybe a lot of them. That only increases the importance of dropping the hammer here and making up for years of lax oversight by the league.
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.
Blasts both Luhnow, Hinch, and Alex Cora (then the Astros bench coach and now Boston Red Sox manager) for differing degrees of failing to adhere to the rules as outlined by MLB on electronic signal stealing And while we could debate whether select Astros players should have also be suspended.
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The only reason it isn’t a bigger deal is because the sport is no longer America’s Pastime, long ago eclipsed by the National Football League and even college football. It’s benefiting from this coming out at a time the NFL playoffs suck up a lot of media oxygen.
Still, losing the credibility of the competition would be devastating for a sport that is clinging to national relevance. Baseball is still a big deal, but mostly because when a local team is winning, everyone in that market gets enthralled. When the local team is losing though, those same fans don’t tend to follow the game league-wide the way they do with the NFL or even NBA.
Cora has a right to his defense, so we will see what he says. Barring some incredible turn of events though, he seems likely (and hopefully) finished as a MLB manager regardless of the length of his suspension.
The damage is done regardless — both in the crowning of the potentially wrong teams in 2017 and 2018, and the confidence fans in the future have in the legitimacy of the sport. No baseball fan can be sure of what they did or didn’t watch the last few years. This is a more effective way to cheat than performance enhancing drugs, which alone turned the game into a partial joke, albeit with lots of exciting quarter-mile home runs.
Yes, it is a different America these days than when Rose or Jackson were busted. The culture doesn’t find cheating, lying and manipulating as socially unacceptable as in the past. It can even be celebrated and rewarded.
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So what? That shouldn’t excuse MLB from not taking this with all the severity it ever did in trying to protect its sport. Cheating is cheating. Or it should be.
So either Alex Cora should join Jackson, Rose and the others on the permanent banishment list, or Jackson, Rose and the others should be freed at last.
We’ll find out about MLB one way or the other as it begins to dig out from a scandal that looks far closer to the start than the end.
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