Red Sox re-hires Alex Cora as manager

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Boston Red Sox have re-hired manager Alex Cora. He was previously fired by the Red Sox earlier this year.

Cora was replaced by Ron Roenicke after the season. Roenicke guided the team to a 24-36 record in the coronavirus 60-game MLB schedule.

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora watches from the dugout against the Arizona Diamondbacks
Alex Cora watches from the dugout against the Arizona Diamondbacks (Getty Images)

The 45-year-old Cora reportedly beat out Sam Fuld, the Philadelphia Phillies Director of Integrative Baseball Performance, for the job. According to MLB.com, Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom and General Manager Brian O’Halloran met with the team’s former manager late last week in Puerto Rico.

Fuld and Cora were the last two of a group of five for the job. The others included Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Don Kelly, Miami Marlins bench coach James Rowson, and New York Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza.

Earlier this year, Cora was fired following an investigation by Major League Baseball. It was determined that Cora was involved in the sign-stealing cheating scandal with both the Houston Astros and the Red Sox.

He was hit with a one-year suspension when he was the only person to be involved in both scandals. There was a belief that Cora could be hit with a multi-year suspension or a lifetime ban before he received just a slap on the wrist.

The Puerto Rican-born manager spent two seasons leading the Red Sox in 2018 and 2019. Cora went 192-132 in those two seasons.

He also guided the Red Sox to the World Series Championship in 2018. The team defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 to win their first Championship since the 2013 season.

Cora is the second manager, who was involved in the sign-cheating scandal to find a job. The Detroit Tigers hired A.J. Hinch as manager following his one-year suspension.

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