The Boston Red Sox have announced that they have agreed to part ways with manager Alex Cora.
Cora managed Boston for the last two years and led the team to a 192-132 record and an incredible 2018 World Series victory. Alex Cora, seen to most as the leader of the sign-stealing allegations pointed out this week regarding the 2017 Houston Astros, was undoubtedly going to be fired or let go after Astros manager A.J. Hinch was fired on Monday.
Sign-stealing or not, replay room or no replay room, nothing should be taken away from that historic 2018 Red Sox World Series team. Considering that the replay room couldn’t have been used throughout the playoffs to the Red Sox’ advantage, these allegations and investigations do not discredit that 2018 team.
So, where do the Red Sox go from here? Well, obviously Boston will need a new manager. Just 14 months after winning their fourth World Series title in just 15 years, the Red Sox have hired a new Chief Baseball Officer in Chaim Bloom and will now have to hire a new manager after firing Dave Dombrowski and Alex Cora.
Some names that have been dropped are Jason Varitek and Ron Roenicke as the best possible manager candidates. Varitek, the beloved former Red Sox catcher and recent front office assistant, has stated that he would love to manage one day. Roenicke, the current bench coach for the Red Sox, has a long history in MLB.
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Some other names that have been thrown out there are former Giants manager Bruce Bochy, former manager Dusty Baker, Red Sox base coach Carlos Febles, A’s quality control coach (ironic) Mark Kotsay, and former Angels’ managers Brad Ausmus and Mike Scioscia.
Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro, who has ties to Chaim Bloom is not expected to be a candidate at this point, per Ken Rosenthal.
The good news for Red Sox fans? Three of the Red Sox’ four recent championship victories have come in a rookie manager’s first season. Can they do it again in 2020 with a new manager in his first year with the team?
SPIN ZONE— The Red Sox have won a World Series title with a new manager, in his first year with the team in:
2004- Terry Francona
2013- John Farrell
2018- Alex Cora
2020- ??? https://t.co/fNdGmKPdRR
— Jordan Moore (@iJordanMoore) January 13, 2020