Red Sox's Cora: I got my penalty and served it

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Alex Cora figured he would eventually get back into baseball — maybe in two or three years. But not this quickly and not back as manager of the Boston Red Sox, the team he guided to a World Series title in 2018.

Cora and the Red Sox mutually parted ways in January after Cora was found to have been instrumental in developing ways to use the Houston Astros‘ replay room to illegally transmit signs when he was a bench coach for the team in 2017. Commissioner Rob Manfred’s nine-page report mentioned Cora’s name 11 times. In April, MLB officially suspended Cora through the end of the World Series.

“When the suspension happened, this is the last thing I was thinking,” Cora said at Tuesday’s news conference at Fenway Park that reintroduced him as Red Sox manager. “I had to take care of a lot of things at a personal level, take care of my family, and baseball was far away from my thoughts.”

Cora apologized for his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, saying it was a tough year.

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