UNDATED (AP) – The fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing evidence has reached the Boston Red Sox.
The Bosox have fired manager Alex Cora a day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred implicated him in the sport’s sign-stealing scandal.
Cora was the Astros’ bench coach when they won the 2017 World Series and led Boston to the title the following year in his first season as manager.
Manfred’s nine-page report investigating sign-stealing by the Astros mentioned Cora 11 times, saying Cora was among those who “originated and executed” aspects of the cheating scheme.
Manfred explained that the team used a center field camera to decode catchers’ signals to pitchers and banged on a trash can with a bat or massage gun near the dugout to let hitters know which pitch was coming.
MLB had also been investigating allegations the Red Sox had stolen signs en route to their 2018 World Series championship.
Cora’s dismissal comes a day after Astros manager AJ Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow (LOO’-now) were fired by the ballclub. Hinch and Luhnow let go an hour after Manfred suspended them for the 2020 season for their role in the cheating scheme.