Cheating has been rampant in sports since their infancy. The second there were rules to break, there was some coach or player plotting on how to bend them in their favor. Unfortunately for baseball they have just stumbled upon a massive cheating scandal ran by the Astros over the last few seasons. The Astros got in trouble for using cameras at their home field to steal signs and use that to their advantage. Not only was their head coach and general manager fired, but so was the Red Sox manager and ex Astros' coach, Alex Cora.
Cora was relieved of his duties last Tuesday in a “mutual parting of ways” agreement he made with the Red Sox. Alex Cora was said to be the ringleader of cheating when he was with the Astros, but for me that sounds a little too convenient. Blame the cheating on the guy that is no longer on the coaching staff, and that is the manager for one of our biggest rivals. Yeah, I’m sure Alex Cora had knowledge of what was going on, but to call him the ringleader to me sounds like an overreaction.
If he was the ringleader, I think it will be warranted to give him a suspension, but why should he lose it lose his job over this? He’s been known around the league for years as a great man, and has done amazing things for his home territory of Puerto Rico. Is this really worth losing his job at another team because of something that happened years ago?
The Red Sox front office did a terrible job with this situation. They were more worried about saving face, and trying not to look like they would employ cheaters and forgot to notice that in all reality what the media says will go by the wayside after a little while.
The media can not force your hand into these franchise changing decisions like John Henry let them do. The Red Sox now are coming off a very underachieving season, losing a coach that seemed as though he could’ve been there for the next 15-20 seasons, and they still have no one to lead the ship with pitchers and catchers reporting in just a few weeks.
The situation never needed to happen with the Red Sox, you’re where Alex Cora take a suspension and take a year off or maybe even have to speak. Then bring him back, he’s a fantastic coach and everyone but him. Now Cora has lost his job and you may even be blackballed from baseball forever, if the Red Sox had his back more there’s a good chance public perception would’ve changed.
Now it’s too far gone, Cora has paid for his actions in Houston and the Red Sox left him out to dry. They also made themselves pay by kicking Cora to the curb, they overreacted badly and has now possible screwed their product on the field going forward.
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