Alex Cora has returned as the manager of the Boston Red Sox.
Cora won the job back after it appeared to be a two-man race between him and Sam Fuld, MLB Network reported on Friday. Cora, who led the Red Sox to the World Series in 2018, is back in yen after a year away from the club following a penalty for his role in two fraud scandals.
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Cora has been suspended for his role in the Red Sox and Houston Astros fraud scandals, though the burden of the penalty comes to what he did in Houston. The Astros are said to have developed a plan in which they will forward speed throws to bats using a trash can.
Cora and Carlos Beltran were the only two people included in Commissioner Rob Manfred̵7;s report on the 2017 Astros investigation. Cora was the team’s bench coach and Beltran was the nominee. Cora quit her job with the Red Sox and was punished for a separate scandal in Boston. Beltran has left his short-term managerial role with the New York Mets.
AJ Hinch and then Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow were also suspended for a season. Hinch took a new management job with the Detroit Tigers last week.
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Cora told ESPN in the summer that he thought he was unfairly eliminated.
“There was an account of what happened. From mid-November until the commissioner released the results of the Red Sox investigation, I have read many things that are true and many others have not, ”said the 44-year-old man.
“During this whole process, if there is one thing that I completely refuse and disagree with is that the people in Astros’s organization will kick me out, especially [former general manager] Jeff Luhnow, as if I were the sole mastermind. The commissioner report explains, in its own way, what happened. But [Astros players] has spoken out and denied all allegations for which I am fully responsible “.
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Red Sox has replaced Cora with Ron Roenicke but there is a feeling that Cora will return.
Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said in an April conference call that Cora deserves one more time to be the manager.
Kennedy said, according to NESN. “It is my personal feeling. He needs to go through rehabilitation. What he did was wrong. He admitted it to us and apologized to us. I strongly believe in the second chance, so we all wish him well. “
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Cora has apologized for her role in the Astros and Red Sox scandals. In Boston, a video operator was suspended for using electronic equipment to steal a sign in 2018.