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Sport Red Sox manager search: Five candidates Boston should consider following Alex Cora's dismissal

18:40  15 january  2020
18:40  15 january  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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

  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.

Alex Cora managed the Red Sox for two seasons. Cora was implicated on Monday by a Major League Baseball report following an investigation alleging the Houston Astros stole signs using technology, something forbidden by the league.

Who woulda thunk it?

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Alex Cora's managing tenure with the Red Sox came to a screeching halt on Tuesday after he and the Red Sox decided to "mutually part ways" following the revelation of his role in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal — and subsequent investigation surrounding the Red Sox for sign-stealing in 2018.

Whoever's going to walk into the manager's office is walking into a whirlwind. There are many, many questions surrounding the Red Sox opening: With spring training just under a month away, will Boston look for a quick, veteran manager fix? Are they looking for someone for the next year, or the next five? Are they willing to go outside the box or will they play it safe with a PR move?

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.

– AUGUST 16: Alex Cora #20 of the Boston Red Sox reads prior to the game as the Red Sox take on the Orioles The Red Sox and Cora parted ways on Tuesday night. The decision was mutual Cora is also under investigation for similar accusations against the 2018 Red Sox and is awaiting discipline

Cora ’ s two seasons as Red Sox manager will be forever complicated, and undoubtedly one of the most memorable tenures in the team’s rich history. Here’s a quick look back at how we got to this point. ( Boston , MA, 11/06/17) Newly named Red Sox manager Alex Cora , second from left

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This manager search is unlike anything we've seen, so here are five candidates who may (or may not) fit the mold in Boston:

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Jason Varitek

Tek seems like he would be an obvious, popular choice among Red Sox fandom.

The backstop played the entirety of his 14-year career with the Red Sox and, following his retirement in 2011, slipped into a front office role as an advisor to then-GM Ben Cherington, staying through the Dave Dombrowski regime.

There's the "issue" that Varitek hasn't managed a game and has no coaching experience. But with the successes of inexperienced managers around baseball, that shouldn't be a deterrent. He was the heart and soul of the Red Sox through three World Series championships and has that Beantown 'tude fans love. If nothing else, hiring him would be a good PR move to keep the Boston media at bay for a season.

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 parted ways with Manager Alex Cora on Tuesday night, a day after a Major League Baseball report implicated him in a cheating “Given the findings of the Commissioner’ s ruling, we collectively decided that it would not be possible for Alex to effectively lead the club going forward

Alex Cora was in Boston Monday, taking part in meetings with the Red Sox baseball operations Cora had to know it was a chance he couldn’t take, and the Red Sox should have made certain he Where will the Sox turn for their next manager ? Bloom undoubtedly would lead a search and must

Matt Quatraro

Quatraro, current Rays bench coach, was a hot commodity this past offseason. He interviewed for a few different jobs and was reportedly a finalist for at least the Giants and Pirates.

Certainly, the Rays are en vogue: Kevin Cash has emerged as one of the better managers in the American League, former Ray Rocco Baldelli just won manager of the year for Minnesota and Charlie Montoyo, former Rays bench coach, was entrusted the future of the organization in Toronto. So, needless to say, there's the recency bias of wanting the latest and greatest thing in baseball on your bench.

He also has the added advantage of working with Chaim Bloom, the former Rays GM who is now heralding the operation in Boston.

Mark DeRosa

A 15-year MLB veteran, DeRosa's name has been popping up more and more for managerial openings over recent years. Currently working with MLB Network, DeRosa is heralded for his baseball IQ and ability to connect with players. He's charismatic and knows his way around the media, which will certainly help in Boston.

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.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora and the club agreed to part ways on Tuesday, one day after MLB released its report on sign stealing. Alex Cora , who is the Astros' bench coach, will take over as manager in Boston following John Farrell' s firing.

BOSTON – The Red Sox today issued the following statement on behalf of Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, CEO Sam Kennedy, and Alex Cora : “Today we met to discuss the Commissioner’ s report related to the Houston Astros investigation.

DeRosa was a finalist for the Mets managing job in 2017 before the team hired Mickey Callaway and, well, we know how that worked out. DeRosa was also seemingly unhappy with the way the job seemed to be a "collaborative effort" more than manager-as-field general, which is the way things work now, anyway.

DeRosa would be an outside-the-box hire, and he could very well be an answer moving forward. But would the Red Sox be willing to take the risk of the unknown?

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Ron Roenicke

Cora's current bench coach, Roenicke has a fair amount of managing experience as the head man of the Brewers between 2011-15. He was also a longtime bench coach before and after that, coming on as Cora's lieutenant in 2018.

Roenicke would be the quick fix here, but the question is whether Bloom would be willing to give the keys to Roenicke, who's under investigation by MLB just the same for sign-stealing in 2018. A potential suspension is looming, which would immediately take him out of the fold.

David Ortiz

Well, this would be fun, wouldn't it?

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The likelihood of Ortiz wanting to be a manager is slim, but he's an iconic figure in Boston and would be an instant hit among fans. He's well-respected by his peers and has been around long enough that he certainly learned something. After all, he played for Terry Francona for a long time and helped end the Red Sox's World Series drought.

There's been essentially zero talk of Ortiz of being a candidate for the Red Sox job in the future — of even wanting to manage — but it would be interesting to see how and if Big Papi would be able to stabilize Boston in 2020.

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Analysis: Baseball has become a prisoner of technology .
NEW YORK (AP) — Technology unleashed baseball's Analytics Era, and now it's holding the sport prisoner. AJ Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltrán are casualties, a triple play of hubris. At the cutting edge with the Houston Astros, now they have been cut. Their sign-stealing system exposed, all three managers were deposed within a whirlwind 72 hours this week that raised questions about the prevalence of the sport's rule breakers. What's next in aAJ Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltrán are casualties, a triple play of hubris. At the cutting edge with the Houston Astros, now they have been cut.

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