MLB Rumors: Alex Cora is the Boston Red Sox manager again, per reports indicating that Boston was bringing back their former skipper, who stepped down in the aftermath of his being implicated in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal this spring.
Cora, who was the Astros’ bench coach in 2017, as well as being the reported ringleader in the team’s implementing of an illegal scheme to steal signs via a live stream of the opposing catcher’s signs, which was then relayed to batters by banging a trash can, was suspended for the 2020 season, as was A.J. Hinch, the Astros manager, and Jeff Luhnow, the Astros general manager. The suspensions ended once the World Series was over.
The Red Sox won the World Series in 2018, Cora’s first year at the helm, and when Cora departed as manager this spring, it was clear from the reports out of Boston that the management there held him in high regard and viewed his departure as a major loss. While Ron Roenicke was tapped as Cora’s replacement, speculation has consistently been that the team wanted to bring Cora back after his suspension was up. An awful 2020 campaign provided the front office with an easy justification for letting Roenicke go, setting the stage for a reunion with Cora which surprises no one.
Cora had been heralded as a future managerial star prior to his joining the Red Sox, and had interviewed with the Rangers after the 2014 season — one can only imagine how different things would have been the Rangers had hired Cora, rather than Jeff Banister. Cora will have a much different team in Boston than the one he ended the 2019 season with, as Mookie Betts and David Price have been traded, Chris Sale is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, and Jackie Bradley, Jr., is set to depart as a free agent.