Red Sox fire manager Cora after MLB cheating probe

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Boston Red Sox have fired manager Alex Cora on Tuesday night. The move comes one day after MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced his findings in the Houston Astros cheating probe.

Manfred mentioned that Cora was one of the individuals involved in the cheating with the Astros. After the report came out, Cora was on the hot seat.

Former Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora smiles before the MLB London Series against the New York Yankees
Alex Cora smiles before the MLB London Series against the New York Yankees (Getty Images)

The Red Sox met with Cora today, according to the press release. However, they used the words “mutually agreed to part ways.”

That basically means he was fired. But the team is allowing him to save face, as people will believe he resigned in the public eye.

Cora is facing a potential life-time ban. He would be the first person since Pete Rose to receive a lifetime ban from the sport if Manfred does lay down the harsh ruling.

Despite Cora’s firing, the investigating into the Red Sox cheating is ongoing.

“Today, we met to discuss the Commissioner’s report related to the Houston Astros investigation,” the Red Sox said in a statement. “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.”

He is now one of three individuals, who have been fired from this probe. The Astros fired general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch after each were suspended one year by the Commissioner.

“I want to thank John, Tom, Sam, the players, our coaching staff, and the entire Red Sox organization,” Cora said in a statement. “I especially want to thank my family for their love and support. We agreed today that parting ways was the best thing for the organization. I do not want to be a distraction to the Red Sox, as they move forward. My two-years as manager were the best years of my life. It was an honor to manage these teams and help bring a World Series Championship back to Boston.

“I will forever be indebted to the organization and the fans, who supported me, as a player, a manager, and in my efforts to help Puerto Rico. This is a special place. There is nothing like it in all of baseball, and I will miss it dearly.”

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