BOSTON, MA (WTNH) — Major League Baseball’s continuing sign-stealing scandal has hit closer to home, as the Boston Red Sox issued a statement that the organization had agreed to “part ways” with manager Alex Cora Tuesday.
On Monday, MLB announced that it had suspended Houston Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch for the 2020 season after the league’s investigation concluded the team had used technology to steal signs during its World Series-winning 2017 season. The team then announced that both Luhnow and Hinch had been dismissed as a result of the findings.
Cora — the Astros bench coach in 2017 — was seen as the developer of the sign-stealing system used by the Astros, and was hired as manager of the Red Sox following Houston’s World Series win that year. In 2018 he became the fifth manager in MLB history to lead a team to a World Series Championship in his first season at the helm. That legitimacy of that title has recently come into question, however, as stories surfaced that Cora had brought a similar sign-stealing system with him to the Sox.
Carlos Beltran – hired this past November as the newest Manager of the New York Mets -was also mentioned multiple times in MLB’s report on the Astros case. However, because Beltran was a player at the time he will not face punishment for his role. What the Mets do in the wake of the firings of Cora, Hinch and Luhnow remains to be seen.