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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Alex Cora out as Red Sox manager following sign-stealing scandals

Alex Cora, who won the World Series in 2018 in his debut season as manager of the Boston Red Sox but has been linked this offseason to two sign-stealing schemes, has mutually agreed to part ways with the team.

Cora, 44, led the Red Sox past the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games in 2018, one year after he won the World Series as the Astros’ bench coach.

He is awaiting discipline from MLB for his role in a sign-stealing scheme by the Astros and is still under investigation for a different sign-stealing scheme that is said to have occurred with the Red Sox in 2018.

In MLB’s findings on Houston announced Monday, Cora is described by commissioner Rob Manfred as being “involved in developing both the banging scheme and utilizing the replay review room to decode and transmit signs. Cora participated in both schemes, and through his active participation, implicitly condoned the players’ conduct.”

Well, that was quick….

 

QLE Posted: January 15, 2020 at 12:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, dirty rotten cheaters, firings

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

MLB sign-stealing investigation turns to Cora, Red Sox

Round two…..

BOSTON (AP) — Alex Cora could be the next World Series-winning manager sent home for stealing signs.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said the Red Sox skipper was “an active participant” in the sign-stealing scandal that cost Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs Monday. Cora was Houston’s bench coach when the team used electronics to illegally steal signs en route to a World Series championship in 2017.

The commissioner said Cora was among those who “originated and executed” aspects of the cheating scheme, in which the team used a center field camera to decode catchers’ signals to pitchers and banged on a trash can with a bat or massage gun near the dugout to let hitters know which pitch was coming.

Manfred is withholding discipline for Cora until concluding a separate investigation into allegations that Boston used electronics to steal signs in 2018, when the Red Sox won a franchise-record 108 regular season games and a World Series in Cora’s first season as manager.

 

QLE Posted: January 14, 2020 at 01:16 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, red sox, sign-stealing

Red Sox should fire Alex Cora to save face in baseball’s cheating scandal

There’s a good chance Alex Cora won’t be managing the Boston Red Sox in 2020 — and perhaps not ever again.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced his punishment Monday for the Houston Astros in their sign-stealing scandal and the harshest penalty yet might be looming for Cora, who was the Astros’ bench coach when the cheating scheme happened in 2017.

Cora was spared for now, as Manfred noted the league’s department of investigations was next turning its attention to sign-stealing allegations against the Boston Red Sox that surfaced last week. Those involve the 2018 season, when the Red Sox won the World Series with Cora as their first-year manager.

The Red Sox are alleged to have, according to The Athletic, used their video-replay room to decode signs and pass them along to teammates. This wasn’t as sophisticated as the Astros’ system, but it was still illegal, particularly after MLB issued a warning to teams against doing this very thing.

And, should John Henry have concerns about appeasing the fan base, there’s a gentleman in Cleveland he may want to get in touch with, and my home team might offer someone who’d be an instantly beloved player in exchange for some considerations on players in return…..

 

QLE Posted: January 14, 2020 at 12:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, dirty rotten cheaters, red sox

Monday, September 02, 2019

Alex Cora’s only hope for his Red Sox is September

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Alex Cora, erudite leader of the Boston Red Sox, shaper of a World Series champion, bearer of modest perspectives and global empathies, is not above the dispositions of the calendar. Some days it blesses him. Others, it comes for him. Same as for everyone. The best he—anyone—could hope for is to see it heading in his direction, the latter in particular.

He is 43 years old. That is not, in this case, how the calendar hounds him. Rather, on this Sunday, warm and sticky on the final afternoon of an eight-gamer first through San Diego and Colorado, Alex Cora awakened to September. He smiled. September can be an overbearing and wolfish beast. September fills his clubhouse and his bullpen, fills his nights, sends him home exhausted and drags him back for more September. September from 5 games back, from 15 ½ games back, is a god-awful mucky slog. September is his only hope. Their only hope.

Today, it comes for him, for them all.

“It’s not impossible,” Alex Cora said Sunday morning, which, sometimes, is about the best you can say for September.

Do you suppose he remembers dancing in September?

 

QLE Posted: September 02, 2019 at 04:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, red sox, september baseball

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Alex Cora has bold proposal to cut down on position players pitching

There are many segments of fans and analysts who believe that letting position players pitch in blowout losses is a way to cheapen the game. There’s no real way to stop it, but Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora has a few ideas.

Cora suggested that any team that uses a position player should be obligated to do it again in the next game to cut down on the practice. He also suggested that a team that uses a position player should not be allowed to hit again during that game.

Sadly, the really sensible ideas, “be brave enough to keep your starters in the game longer”, and “use your relievers under the old-time “fireman” model, instead of playing weird games over how they can be used”, seem not to be included….

 

QLE Posted: August 22, 2019 at 06:22 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, position players pitching

 

 

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