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Monday, April 27, 2020

After slap on the wrist from MLB, Red Sox have a pathway for reunion with Alex Cora in 2021

“ Almost as soon as Major League Baseball’s investigation into sign-stealing allegations by the Boston Red Sox landed on Wednesday — with its near-total exoneration of the team’s management for actions apparently spearheaded by a low-level video-scouting staffer — speculation in Boston began focusing on an intriguing possibility:
Could Alex Cora return as the Red Sox’s manager in 2021 — perhaps without missing so much as a single game?”

majorflaw Posted: April 27, 2020 at 06:33 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: alex cora, red soxs

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   1. Captain Supporter Posted: April 27, 2020 at 08:36 AM (#5944837)
Somewhere George Mitchell is looking down (er..perhaps looking up is more appropriate in his case) and nodding approvingly.
   2. Jay Seaver Posted: April 27, 2020 at 08:53 AM (#5944842)
As much as I as a fan wouldn't necessarily mind this, it seems telling that they formally removed the "interim" tag from Ron Roenicke right around when the report came out, and even if he does turn out to be a placeholder in fact, I figure Bloom would want his own guy.
   3. The Duke Posted: April 27, 2020 at 09:47 AM (#5944869)
Everyone is back in 2021. Cora, Beltran, Hinch, Luhnow. All back in their original roles. But that Red Sox replay technician - he’s screwed.

I could actually see Jim Crane doing this. In some respects it would be great, it would be a a Stars Wars story
   4. Darren Posted: April 27, 2020 at 10:33 AM (#5944893)
I've seen fans talking about this, which is a fan thing to do I guess, but does anyone really think this would ever happen? Cora was a good manager in 2018 and not so good in 2019. You've got another manager in place and even if he doesn't work out, who would want to deal with the fallout of going back to Cora. There are other managers. This is over.

As much as I as a fan wouldn't necessarily mind this, it seems telling that they formally removed the "interim" tag from Ron Roenicke right around when the report came out,


I thought the removal of the interim tag was because the report meant that Roenicke had been cleared.
   5. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: April 27, 2020 at 10:38 AM (#5944897)
I am a Red Sox fan, but given we are in the middle of a pandemic and the early stages of what could reasonably be classified as an economic depression...who cares about this?

Even within the context of professional and college sports in 2020 and 2021...who cares about this?

Actually, even solely within the context of baseball in 2020 and 2021...who cares about this?

Does anybody remember what arguably was the biggest national story on cable news many days in August and early September of 2001?

Then-Congressman Gary Condit, his affair with an intern, and the disappearance/death of Chandra Levy.

After September 11th, 2001, that story completely went away in the eyes of the media and the public. It went from the #1 story, to completely gone, because of the magnitude of what happened on 9/11.

Sign-stealing during baseball games is completely non-existant in the public's eyes, and if Alex Cora came back in 2021 to manage the Red Sox, zero people would care.

26 million unemployment claims in six weeks- with countless millions of additional self-employed, gig economy, and delayed conventional claimants yet to be officially counted - has a way of doing that.

   6. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 27, 2020 at 12:16 PM (#5944952)
It's like the way everybody completely lost interest in baseball players using steroids after the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina.
   7. Anonymous Observer Posted: April 27, 2020 at 12:38 PM (#5944966)
Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer, I bet you're a lot of fun at parties.
   8. karlmagnus Posted: April 27, 2020 at 01:36 PM (#5944993)
Captain Supporter (#1) George Mitchell can look sideways; he's still with us.
   9. Jay Seaver Posted: April 27, 2020 at 03:03 PM (#5945059)
I thought the removal of the interim tag was because the report meant that Roenicke had been cleared.


There is that, and it doesn't look like they've particularly arranged the coaching staff other than bringing in Narron as the new bench coach. I guess the question is whether they play games this year or not. If he never has a chance to make an impression other than a long-forgotten spring training cut short, it doesn't much matter. If the team does well and gets attached, it's something different, maybe.

I am a Red Sox fan, but given we are in the middle of a pandemic and the early stages of what could reasonably be classified as an economic depression...who cares about this?

Even within the context of professional and college sports in 2020 and 2021...who cares about this?

Actually, even solely within the context of baseball in 2020 and 2021...who cares about this?


I'm admittedly in a fortunate position in terms of how all this has affected me personally, but there's got to be room for more in one's head than despair or even determination. You'll burn out otherwise, and it's probably good to actually care about the things that fill the moments when you're not attending to the Most Important Things rather than passively going through the motions.
   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 27, 2020 at 03:26 PM (#5945082)
As much as I as a fan wouldn't necessarily mind this, it seems telling that they formally removed the "interim" tag from Ron Roenicke right around when the report came out,
Roenicke is still on a 1-year contract. Not a lot of job security there. Would it even roll over to 2021 if MLB doesn’t play at all in 2020? I’d be surprised if they can Roenicke without him getting a chance, but if he were to get off to a bad start, who knows?
   11. PreservedFish Posted: April 27, 2020 at 03:30 PM (#5945084)
Does anybody remember what arguably was the biggest national story on cable news many days in August and early September of 2001?


I thought it was shark attacks.
   12. jmurph Posted: April 27, 2020 at 03:56 PM (#5945102)
Roenicke is still on a 1-year contract. Not a lot of job security there. Would it even roll over to 2021 if MLB doesn’t play at all in 2020? I’d be surprised if they can Roenicke without him getting a chance, but if he were to get off to a bad start, who knows?

He should definitely be concerned, that's for sure.
   13. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: April 27, 2020 at 06:11 PM (#5945187)
Reading between the lines on some of the comments from the Sox FO the past week I don’t think Cora is coming back. I think they are very content to move on from him.
   14. Walt Davis Posted: April 27, 2020 at 07:05 PM (#5945225)
I just looked up Condit on Wiki. Her body was eventually found and somebody was convicted. However it turns out that the conviction was overturned and charges later dropped -- the key testimony was the good ol' standby jailhouse informant, this particular informant had already been shown to lie in other cases and then somebody came forward with a tape of the informant saying he had liked about the Levy murder. So the murder remains unsolved.
   15. bardos Posted: April 27, 2020 at 10:39 PM (#5945265)
Everyone here has a paid subscription to the Washington Post and Democracy dies in darkness?
   16. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 27, 2020 at 10:48 PM (#5945267)
Don’t you still get 10 free articles a month, plus all the coronavirus coverage you can stomach?
   17. Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Fred Posted: April 27, 2020 at 11:43 PM (#5945284)
Everyone here has a paid subscription to the Washington Post and Democracy dies in darkness?
Who reads TFA?
   18. Howie Menckel Posted: April 28, 2020 at 12:43 AM (#5945288)
eh, not worth it
   19. JL72 Posted: April 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM (#5945369)
After September 11th, 2001, that story completely went away in the eyes of the media and the public. It went from the #1 story, to completely gone, because of the magnitude of what happened on 9/11.


The same thing happened with the McDonald's monopoly scandal. I had completely forgotten that the major prizes were rigged until I watched the documentary on HBO (good pandemic watching, by the way). News cycles and our national attention are very interesting that way.
   20. winnipegwhip Posted: April 28, 2020 at 10:27 AM (#5945387)
Along the lines of this thread, Peter Nygard loves COVID 19!
   21. Astroenteritis Posted: April 28, 2020 at 11:34 AM (#5945411)
I would be completely fine with Hinch managing the Astros again. Luhnow returning, however, not so much. Of course Hinch isn't going to manage the Astros again, but I would not be at all surprised if he managed again in MLB. Right now, I just hope Dusty Baker gets to manage Houston for at least one year.
   22. Zach Posted: April 29, 2020 at 04:09 PM (#5945935)
I for one would love for a truly frivolous issue to dominate the news for a little while.

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