In MLB's findings on Houston announced Monday, Cora is described by commissioner Rob Manfred as being "involved in developing both the banging scheme and utilizing the replay review room to decode and transmit signs".
Where this leaves the Red Sox is this: if they want to maintain any credibility, they have to fire Alex Cora irrespective of the punishment handed down by the league. "I will withhold determining the appropriate level of discipline for Cora until after the [Department of Investigations] completes its investigation of the allegations that the Red Sox engaged in impermissible electronic sign stealing in 2018 while Cora was the manager". The Red Sox beat a pair of 100-win teams in the Yankees and Astros in the AL playoffs, then defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in a five-game World Series to make Cora the first Puerto Rican manager to win a championship and the fifth manager to guide a team to a title in his first season.More news: In Numbers | David Warner & Aaron Finch Rewrite Records During Mumbai Masterclass
"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", Red Sox said in a statement. Houston manager AJ Hinch is out of a job, and so is general manager Jeff Luhnow.
"This is a sad day for us", Henry, Werner and Kennedy said in a statement. "My two years as manager were the best years of my life".More news: Kyrie Irving: 'I Love the Game, I Missed it So Much'
The Red Sox begin spring training in less than a month. It was an honor to manage these teams and help bring a World Series Championship back to Boston.
Before they were fired Monday, Hinch and Luhnow were suspended for one season by Major League Baseball for the team's use of electronics to steal signs in 2017 and 2018. We are grateful for his impact on our franchise. When players believed they had a handle on the signs, they would bang on a trash can with a baseball bat to signal to Astros hitters - in real-time - which pitch was coming next. "We will miss his passion, his energy and his significant contributions to the communities of New England and Puerto Rico". This is nearly certainly because he not only led the cheating effort in Houston, but then brought it to Boston where it continued for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Boston finished 84-78 past year and missed the playoffs. The Astros were also fined $5 million and they were forced to forfeit their first- and second-round picks in 2020 and 20201.More news: Injuries reported after plane dumps fuel on Los Angeles school