Well, Red Sox Nation won't have Alex Cora to kick around anymore.
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The team announced on Tuesday evening that it had decided to remove Cora following his being named by Major League Baseball in its investigation of the Houston Astros and that club's sign-stealing escapades in recent years.
A joint statement released by Red Sox owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, president/CEO Sam Kennedy and Cora said, “Today we met to discuss the Commissioner’s report related to the Houston Astros investigation. Given the findings and the Commissioner’s ruling, 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 Astros, for whom Cora was a bench coach prior to becoming Boston's manager, fired their own manager AJ Hinch and GM Jeff Lunhow on Monday, thus setting the stage for what took place in Boston Tuesday.
The Red Sox are also under investigation for alleged illegal use of electronics to steal signs under Cora's watch. Tuesday's decision came in advance of an expected major penalty from Major League Baseball.
Cora led the Red Sox to a world championship in the history-making 2018 season, his first at the helm of the club. 2019 saw the team go 84-78, finishing 19 games behind the New York Yankees.
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