The Boston Red Sox are bringing back Alex Cora as the new manager of the team, according to Jon Heyman.
Last week, Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom and General Manager Brian O’Halloran apparently flew down to Puerto Rico to meet with Alex Cora to interview him. Cora led the team to a World Series championship in 2018 following a 108 win season.
In January, Boston and Alex Cora mutually agreed to part ways after Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred declared Cora as an “active participant” in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. Cora was the Houston Astros bench coach until 2017 before originally becoming the Red Sox skipper in 2018.
According to Manfred, Alex Cora was involved in “originating and executing” aspects of the cheating going on in Houston. The team was found to have been using a camera in center field to steal catchers’ signals and relayed them to their batters.
In April, Alex Cora was officially given a one-year suspension throughout the entire 2020 MLB season. Now that the suspension was uplifted, there was no question Cora would immediately be back in the conversation for the Red Sox manager position.
Alex Cora Hopes to Turn it Around in Boston
Last season, the Red Sox struggled big time. After Cora was fired, bench coach Ron Roenicke took over as manager. He led the club to a 24-36 record in the shortened 60 game season. He was fired in the last series of last year, and that is when the search for a new manager started. Ultimately, the two finalists for the position were, of course, Alex Cora and Phillies’ Executive Sam Fuld.
It will be interesting to see if Cora can turn around the Red Sox and get them back into the playoffs, as he did in his first year in 2018. As the team struggled last year, Cora puts the Red Sox back into a position to compete again. A long offseason is ahead for the Red Sox, but Alex Cora being hired is a step in the right direction for Boston.
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