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Sport Opinion: Once a pariah, ex-Astros manager A.J. Hinch has returned to baseball with Alex Cora perhaps on the way

13:50  03 november  2020
13:50  03 november  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora on Tuesday, one day after MLB released its report on the sign-stealing scandal involving On Monday, MLB concluded that Cora was deeply involved in the Astros ' sign-stealing operation in 2017 that saw the team's manager , A . J . Hinch , and general manager , Jeff

Cora , who spent two seasons as the Boston manager , was Houston’s bench coach in 2017 and has been implicated in an M.L.B. report on the Astros ’ Alex Cora and the Red Sox agreed to part ways on Tuesday. He became their manager ahead of the 2018 season and led them to the World Series

So, let me get this straight, we are supposed to be outraged that the Chicago White Sox named Tony La Russa, 76, to be their manager, but not when the Detroit Tigers hired A.J. Hinch?

We are supposed to still be incensed at the Houston Astros, and wish them the worst, but can’t wait to celebrate if the Boston Red Sox hire Alex Cora, to become their next manager?

Trevor Plouffe, the former major-league infielder and now an analyst on the Jomboy Media network, put it best on Twitter when he simply asked Sunday:

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We’ve reached the point in Major League Baseball ’s sign-stealing scandal where a new and bigger question has emerged beyond whether the Houston It’s bigger than Astros manager A . J . Hinch , Red Sox manager Alex Cora , bigger than any individual player, executive and perhaps even bigger

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“I’m sitting around thinking about how dumb it is that Brad Hand (All Star in each 2017, 18, 19) is unemployed but Hinch (suspended for the worst scandal in baseball history) is freshly employed.’’

Yep, he got a whole lot of folks thinking.

When Hinch was suspended and fired as manager of the Astros in January, and Cora resigned as manager from the Red Sox and was later also suspended by MLB, everyone wondered whether they’d ever be welcomed back in the game again, particularly as managers.

The sign-stealing crime was considered so heinous that the entire Astros organization was ostracized.

The New York Mets fired manager, Carlos Beltran, just two months after hiring him, for his role as an Astros’ player in the cheating scandal.

An entire country was outraged, with books and documentaries scheduled to be released in 2021 on the scandal that rocked the baseball world.

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Could Alex Cora return to manage the Red Sox in 2021 — perhaps without missing so much as a single game? On the surface, Cora is in the same situation as his former bosses in Houston, ex - Astros manager A . J . Hinch and ex-general manager Jeff Luhnow.

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Well, here we are, with Cora and Hinch’s suspensions lasting only three months, baseball is rolling out the red carpet for their return.

Just look at the White Sox. Their fanbase is livid that they had the audacity of hiring a 76-year-old manager who’s in the Hall of Fame, winning the third-most games in history, instead of hiring a manager who cheated his way to a World Series title.

A.J. Hinch led the Astros to a World Series title in 2017. © Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY Sports A.J. Hinch led the Astros to a World Series title in 2017.

“Wrong is wrong," Hinch said Friday. "And it was very wrong. It was on my watch. And I'll never forget it.’’

It didn’t stop the Tigers, of course, from calling Hinch just 30 minutes after the final out of the World Series when his suspension was lifted, putting him on a flight the next morning and hiring him before he left town.

Yep, they got the man they wanted all along.

It didn’t prevent the Red Sox from contacting Cora, too, telling him they want to interview him for the job, where, of course, he is the ownership and fanbase’s overwhelming choice.

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Carlos Mendoza talked to the Tigers about the manager ’s job that went to A . J . Hinch . Like Hinch , Cora was suspended by MLB for the 2020 season due to the Astros ’ 2017 sign-stealing scheme. Cora and the team had parted ways in mid-January. According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the

Published January 15. Alex Cora , ex -Red Sox manager The Houston Astros fired manager A . J . Hinch and general manager Jeff Lunhow for their roles in the Beltran avoided suspension Monday as Manfred said that there was no way to determine all the players who were involved in sign-stealing.

Where is all of the outrage now that Hinch and Cora violated the morals and ethics of baseball?

The White Sox never considered Cora. They never interviewed Hinch. But instead of being praised for taking a stand, they were mocked for it.

You don’t think there was a fear of the salacious details that could emerge from the upcoming books and documentaries on the cheating scandal? Or how the White Sox would be received by opposing fans on the road for having a manager at the forefront of the scandal? Or to have people openly raise suspicions if they have a long playoff run?

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TIGERS: A.J. Hinch, ex-Astros manager, named the new skipper

Just ask Dusty Baker, manager of the Astros this season. He wasn’t even in the game at the time of the Astros’ scandal, but still had to bear the brunt of the attacks along with his players.

Hinch knows that his new team, the Tigers, will receive ridicule this upcoming season, or perhaps even longer, simply because of his transgressions.

“That's part of my story and my career,’’ Hinch said. “It’s not the Tigers’ story. It's not a part of the players that I'm going to be managing. I'm sorry that they're going to have to deal with it.

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Houston Astros manager A . J . Hinch tells Rich Eisen how his team reacted to the news that the Texas Rangers refused to swap home games with his team due to

As the Astros sign-stealing scandal rocks the baseball world, it's easy to draw parallels between to the influence of steroids in years past. Baseball knows these conditions and is living through them right now in the wake of the Houston Astros ’ sign-stealing scandal that undeniably affected their path to a

“We're going to have to talk about it.’’

“We have high expectations for how we're going to perform on the field, in terms of wins and losses,’’ said Chris Ilitch, Tigers chairman and CEO, “but also how we conduct ourselves. And I believe, to my core, that A.J. is going to conduct himself in the appropriate manner beyond appropriate manner in all regards.’’

The Red Sox may soon be borrowing the same statement for themselves, just changing the name.

Hinch is back.

Cora could be on his way.

And all of that public outcry, how these two men disgraced the game of baseball, suddenly has vanished.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Opinion: Once a pariah, ex-Astros manager A.J. Hinch has returned to baseball with Alex Cora perhaps on the way

Jeff Luhnow sues Astros for breach of contract .
Luhnow’s lawsuit alleges he was fired without cause, claiming that three documents used by the league as evidence against him in regards to his knowledge of the sign-stealing plan don’t directly mention “in-game electronic sign stealing.” Luhnow became “the scapegoat for the [Astros] organization” in the wake of the league’s investigation, which the lawsuit describes as “a negotiated resolution” between Astros owner Jim Crane and Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred. According to the suit…“The commissioner vetted potential penalties with Crane, and the two exchanged a series of proposals.

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