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

09:35  15 january  2020
09:35  15 january  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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  With Alex Cora suspension likely, Red Sox need to consider interim manager candidates It’s a given that Alex Cora is at least facing a long suspension, so they need to prepare with spring training approaching.A day later, it’s uncertain whether Cora will be around the team for much longer.

The Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora on Tuesday, a day after baseball commissioner Rob Manfred implicated him in the sport’ s sign-stealing scandal.

MLB has identified the manager as a blatant cheater, and acting now allows the Sox to preserve some institutional dignity. They just love Alex Cora , and we understand that. But this is not an episode that calls for The Red Sox are an important local institution. Firing Cora now, before MLB’ s next set of

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a man wearing a red hat: Cora spent two seasons as Boston's manager. © Brian Fluharty, USA TODAY Sports Cora spent two seasons as Boston's manager.

The Boston Red Sox may have loved the man and believed in everything he stood for, but they simply had no choice.

Alex Cora had to go.

They fired him Tuesday evening.

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Officially, they "parted ways," but make no mistake about it – the Red Sox fired him. Even before his expected suspension gets handed down.

If Pete Rose is out of baseball forever, Alex Cora should be too

  If Pete Rose is out of baseball forever, Alex Cora should be too If Pete Rose is out of baseball forever, Alex Cora should be tooIn 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.

Alex Cora and the Red Sox agreed to part ways on Tuesday.Credit Jim Crane, Houston’ s owner and chairman, went one step beyond M.L.B.’ s ruling, firing both “ Cora was involved in developing both the banging scheme and utilizing the replay review room to decode and transmit signs,” the report said.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred made it painfully clear he has the goods on Alex Cora and even the lowlife Astros knew they had no choice but to fire manager A.J. Hinch. This, of course, leaves the Red Sox with an easy call. No point in keeping manager Alex Cora , mastermind

It would have been silly waiting until commissioner Rob Manfred’s announcement. It’s clear that Cora will get a longer suspension than Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch by participating in cheating schemes with the Astros in 2017 as their bench coach and perhaps with the Red Sox in 2018 as their manager.

Besides, if Astros owner Jim Crane was firing his manager and general manager, the Red Sox had no choice but to fire Cora.

Heck, they might have fired GM Dave Dombrowski too – but they already did that in September.

Who could have imagined that just 15 months after winning the World Series, both would be gone?

The Red Sox, just like the Astros, will now have their latest World Series flag hit with an unofficial asterisk.

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Red Sox and manager Alex Cora part ways amid MLB cheating scandal. By Jordan Freiman. Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox celebrates his team' s 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five of the After Luhnow was fired , he released a statement implicating Cora in the sign-stealing scheme.

MLB had also been investigating allegations the Red Sox had stolen signs en route to their 2018 World Series championship. Cora met Tuesday with Red Sox management. “Given the findings and the commissioner’ s ruling, we collectively decided that it would not be possible for Alex to effectively lead

How do you feel if you’re the Los Angeles Dodgers?

They might have back-to-back World Series titles, but instead lost to the Astros in 2017 and the Red Sox in 2018.

The Dodgers say they have been instructed by the commissioner’s office not to publicly talk about it, but just wait until spring training, and you’ll hear the grumbling.

“As everything’s been coming out, and the more facts that we get,’’ former Yankees starter CC Sabathia said on Tuesday’s edition of Showtime’s Inside the NFL, “it’s getting frustrating... to sit here and know that late in my career I could’ve had a title, maybe (in 2017) or maybe ’18. But we got cheated out (by) a team kind of doing something that’s not within the rules of the game.”

The Red Sox, of course, won’t go unscathed by simply firing Cora. The MLB investigation is expected to be completed within two weeks, and the Red Sox also could be facing a heavy fine and the loss of draft picks.

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  MLB world reacts to the Boston Red Sox parting ways with Alex Cora amid scandal Alex Cora is out as the manager of the Boston Red Sox.Now, he is no longer employed by the team.

Cora , who has never managed, played 14 years in the major leagues, including parts of four seasons with the Red Sox , and retired in 2011. In 2003, with the Dodgers, he led the National League in putouts and double plays by a second baseman. “ Alex is a guy that communicates well with the

Red Sox manager Alex Cora could still face a heavy suspension for his alleged role in sign-stealing operations in Houston and Boston. Crane was speaking at a press conference at Minute Maid Park on Monday afternoon. Now there could be extreme pressure on the Red Sox to fire manager Alex

Who knows who’s next?

Where does this leave the New York Mets and new manager Carlos Beltran?

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MLB is not disciplining any players who were involved in the cheating schemes and Beltran was still a player on that 2017 Astros team. Yet, Beltran was the only player directly implicated in Manfred’s report. 

It’s up to the Mets now if they still want him to keep him as their manager.

Certainly, spring training will be an absolute circus around baseball.

“We agreed that parting ways was the best thing for the organization,’’ Cora said in a statement. “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.

Will the Red Sox use Alex Cora’s dismissal as a pretext for a teardown?

  Will the Red Sox use Alex Cora’s dismissal as a pretext for a teardown? And could it serve as an excuse to unload Mookie Betts and his $27 million salary?The situation with the Red Sox strikes me a bit differently, though. And with Alex Cora getting fired this evening, I’m wondering if, perhaps, we may see some major changes for Boston, and if we see them quickly.

The Boston Red Sox announced they have fired manager Alex Cora after a Major League Baseball investigation connected him to the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. Statement from the Boston # RedSox and Alex Cora : pic.twitter.com/qXsUhSobSy.

Cora had to know it was a chance he couldn’t take, and the Red Sox should have made certain he didn’t. Dan Shaughnessy: Red Sox need to do the right thing and fire Alex 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.

“This is a special place. There is nothing like it in all of baseball, and I will miss it dearly.”

And now he may be gone forever from baseball too, with Manfred’s report saying that Cora was an “active participant in the scheme” in Houston and that he “implicitly condoned the players’ conduct.”

Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, after being fired Monday, also blasted Cora in his fiery statement.

“The sign-stealing initiative was not planned or directed by baseball management,’’ Luhnow said. “The trash-can banging was driven and executed by players, and the video decoding of signs originated and was executed by lower-level employees working with the bench coach (Cora).

“I am deeply upset that I wasn’t informed of any misconduct because I would have stopped it.’’

Now, MLB and the Red Sox have stopped Cora.

It’s a shame. Cora was beloved in Boston. He was popular among his players, the fanbase and the media. Who knows, over time, he had a chance to be one of the greatest managers in Red Sox history.

Now, his managerial career may be over and at best, forever tainted, as if he were a player caught using steroids.

We may never know how good of a manager Cora could have been without cheating.

He cheated in Houston, which helped the Astros win the World Series, which helped Cora get his dream managerial job with the Red Sox.

So, tell us, was it worth it?

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Opinion: Red Sox had no choice but to fire Alex Cora

Carlos Beltran steps down as Mets manager because of sign-stealing scandal .
Carlos Beltran steps down as Mets manager because of sign-stealing scandal

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