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The Boston Red Sox decided not to wait. A day after manager Alex Cora’s name was mentioned 11 times in the commissioner’s report on the Houston Astros‘ sign-stealing scandal from when Cora was the team’s bench coach in 2017 — a report that implicated Cora as the mastermind behind the entire scheme — the two sides decided to part ways. A less nice way of putting it is that Cora was fired before probably facing the same season-long suspension that commissioner Rob Manfred handed down to AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow on Monday.
The Red Sox issued a statement on Tuesday from principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and CEO Sam Kennedy indicating that after reviewing Manfred’s report, “… We collectively decided that it would not be possible for Alex to effectively lead the club going forward and we mutually agreed to part ways. This is a sad day for us. Alex is a special person and a beloved member of the Red Sox. We are grateful for his impact on our franchise. We will miss his passion, his energy and his significant contributions to the communities of New England and Puerto Rico.”