Alex Cora is out as manager of the Boston Red Sox in the wake of the Astros sign-stealing scandal. … [+] (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Baseball continues to reel from the fallout of the electronic sign-stealing scandal. Just over 24 hours from the time that Commissioner Manfred laid down heavy penalties against the Houston Astros that culminated in firing of general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch, another key figure in Manfred’s investigation is now unemployed.
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who was the bench coach for the Astros at a critical point in the 2017 World Series Championship season, reached a mutual agreement with the Red Sox to part ways.
In a statement through the Red Sox, Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, CEO Sam Kennedy, and Alex Cora said, “Today we met to discuss the Commissioner’s report related to the Houston Astros investigation. Given the findings and the Commissioner’s ruling, 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.”
Overall, Major League Baseball now sees the managers of the 2017 and 2018 World Series Championship teams being fired in roughly 24 hours.
The firing seemed highly likely given how prominently Cora is framed as a key figure in the implementing of the sign-stealing cheating scheme. His name appears 11 times, with a core aspect of Manfred’s report pointing a finger directly at him saying, “Witnesses consistently describe [the] scheme as player-driven, and with the exception