BOSTON (WPRI) — For a Major League ballclub, finding a new manager is typically a lengthy process but with less than a month until spring training gets underway – the clock is ticking for the Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox decided to “mutually part ways” with Alex Cora Tuesday night after he was implicated as the mastermind of a sign-stealing scheme involving his former team, the Houston Astros. Cora was the Astros’ bench coach during the 2017 season and the league alleges he helped the team cheat its way to a championship.
Houston was fined $5 million and docked its first- and second-round draft picks for the next two years while manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Lunhow were suspended for one year. Both were later fired by the team.
The Red Sox, who won the World Series in Cora’s managerial debut the following season, are also being investigated by the league.
The team’s brass including newly hired Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom addressed the media on Wednesday.
Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy insisted that Cora left on good terms and said the decision was based solely on his actions in Houston.
“It was a meeting and a collective decision to part ways on Alex’s side and our side,” he said. “I just want to stress that and that’s an important fact here.”
“Alex, by his own admission, and we agreed, played a central role in what went on in Houston,” Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner said.
Bloom said their attention now turns to finding a new manager, noting that it’s an “unusual time” to be doing so.
“I think the priority is just making sure we’re doing the right thing for the organization,” he said. “How we slice that up, I think, is something that’s hard to get into at this point, before we’ve really talked it through.”
“It’s not ideal,” owner John Henry said. “It’s not what we would like to be doing at this point.”
Bloom will be leading the search for a new manager, according to Kennedy, and the team said they haven’t ruled out hiring an interim manager.
As for the team’s 2018 title, they asked fans to withhold judgment until the MLB completes its investigation.