The Boston Red Sox announced it fired Alex Cora on Tuesday, in the wake of an MLB investigation that revealed the manager helped orchestrate the Houston Astros’ illegal sign-stealing in 2017 when he was Houston’s bench coach.
Cora, 44, “arranged for a video room technician to install a monitor displaying the center field camera feed immediately outside of the Astros’ dugout,” MLB determined, which helped the Astros steal pitchers’ signs in the 2017 regular season, playoffs (when they won the World Series) and throughout 2018.
“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,” the Red Sox said in a statement.
MLB currently is investigating the Red Sox for using electronics to steal signs in 2018, when Cora led Boston to the World Series in his first season as manager.
“I do not want to be a distraction to the Red Sox as they move forward,” Cora said after the firing.
On Monday, the league suspended Astros manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow one season each, and both were subsequently fired by Houston for their roles in the scandal, which the league found was player-driven.
As a result of the scandal, Houston also will have to forfeit their first-round and second-round draft picks in each of the next two years, and it will be fined $5 million.
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