The only exception came about 30 minutes through a 45-minute press conference on Tuesday at Boston’s Fenway Park, when officers from that team were asked if they believed the 2018 Red Sox beat the Dodgers of Los Angeles “fairly” in the World Series that fall. At that time, lead owner John Henry and team president Sam Kennedy abandoned their cautious conversation points and answered the question head on:
“Absolutely yes,” they said.
Otherwise, the team’s brain confidence sheds little light on the scandal. Cora, they said, was fired, by mutual agreement, solely for his role in the poster theft scheme with the Houston Astros of 2017, for whom he served as a bank coach, and not for anything that could have happened with the Red Sox of 2018, whom he drove. The decision to separate, they said, was “hard” but ultimately “easy.” They don’t know who will manage the team in 2020, with spring training within a month, or even if that manager will be in an interim or interim. permanent base.
The Red Sox learned about Cora’s transgressions in 2017 with Houston, executives said, at the same time as the public, on Monday afternoon, when MLB published the investigation report. They would not answer a question about whether Cora had told them in advance what he had told the investigators.
“Alex, by his own admission, and we agreed, played a central role in what happened in Houston,” said Red Sox president Tom Werner. “And we all agreed that it was wrong and that we had a responsibility as stewards [of the Red Sox franchise] have a standard here where that kind of behavior is not acceptable. “
“His behavior yesterday was exactly how [anyone] I would expect it to be like that: it was handled with class, with dignity, with respect, “Kennedy said of the internal discussions with Cora.” And it was about what was best for the Boston Red Sox, not for a single individual. We reached the same conclusion, after talking together … He expressed remorse. He apologized to us for the shame this caused. “
Cora’s dismissal on Tuesday raised the number of high-profile figures who have lost their jobs to this scandal to three, joining Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, who were suspended for one year each, and later fired by Astros owner Jim Crane, following the publication Monday of the MLB investigation report on the theft of electronic posters by of the 2017 and 2018 Astros. Cora, as a banking coach in 2017, was named throughout the report as the main instigator of the scheme.
The Astros were also fined $ 5 million and stripped of their two best elections in each of the next two drafts.
The status of the manager of the New York Mets, Carlos Beltrán, a batter designated in the 2017 Astros who was the only player named in the report as part of the scheme, in which the Astros hitters used a camera remains unresolved. from the center field and a video monitor behind his canoe to steal the signs of the opposite receivers, decode them and then transmit what pitch he was approaching to his own batters. The Mets have not addressed the state of Beltran, who was hired in November, although Boston’s rapid action on Cora could increase pressure on them to make a similar move.
The cases of Cora and Beltrán are different in that Commissioner Rob Manfred said in the report that he would not impose penalties on the players who participated in the scheme. However, Cora faces a substantial suspension, probably more than Hinch and Luhnow’s one-year suspensions, when MLB’s investigation of the 2018 Red Sox is completed in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Red Sox executives worked hard on Wednesday to praise Cora, who led the team to a World Series as a rookie manager in 2018, despite the actions he took and which has now plunged them into a messy scandal and embarrassing. Werner called it “an extraordinary talent.” Henry said Cora was “a tremendous manager for us, at all levels.”
When asked if Cora deserves another chance to drive in the big leagues in the future, Kennedy said: “I think it will go through a rehabilitation process, so we’ll see what happens.” It would be difficult to speculate. But it is an extreme talent. “