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Feelings are mixed on Red Sox Alex Cora hire

Cora was wrapped up as one of the masterminds of the Houston Astros cheating scandal. Prior to the announcement that Cora would be suspended for his role in the scandal, the Red Sox fired him.

Conor Carney from DPN Commentary nailed it right on the head when he said “The Red Sox are going to quietly sign Alex Cora in the middle of the election”, and that’s exactly what they did. 

Early Thursday morning when the entire world was glued to the news networks, or refreshing Twitter, waiting for somebody to announce whether Donald Trump secured a second term, or whether Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States, news started quietly started leaking that the Boston Red Sox re-hired Alex Cora to reclaim the managers job, one season after being suspended and fired. 

There was a mixed reaction amongst Red Sox fans, some seemed thrilled with the prospect of the manager who led Boston to the 2018 World Series returning, and others vented their frustration and “disgust” at the hiring. 

Cora was wrapped up as one of the masterminds of the Houston Astros cheating scandal. Prior to the announcement that Cora would be suspended for his role in the scandal, the Red Sox fired him. Cora has had a year to think about things, and he seems ready to move on, but he also recognizes he’s going to have to rebuild trust with Red Sox fans.

“This past year, I have had time to reflect and evaluate many things, and I recognized how fortunate I am to lead this team once again,” Cora said. “Not being a part of the game of baseball, and the pain of bringing negative attention to my family and this organization was extremely difficult. I am sorry for the harm my past actions have caused and will work hard to make this organization and its fans proud.

“I owe John Henry, Tom Werner, Mike Gordon, Sam Kennedy, Chaim Bloom, and Brian O’Halloran my gratitude for giving me another chance.”

The Red Sox season did not go well under manager Ron Roenicke, and even though he was let go after only one season as the boss, he played a big roll in Cora being re-hired. 

“I was hoping that he would (return) because I know how I left it with Chaim and BOH,” Roenicke said. “And I told them what I thought about Alex and how good he was. And I thought it would be a good hire for Boston. What I saw before and how he fits in — and the different requirements that are put on a manager in Boston are different than other places. I know I had to do it Milwaukee. I did it again in Boston. And it was a weird year this year (because of COVID-19) but I saw it. It’s a harder job. The fans, the media, everybody expects them to win. And so there’s different pressures put on you, and I think Alex does a really good job with that.”

Cora will have a tough job getting the Red Sox back on track, they are in desperate need of pitching, both starting and in the bullpen, but Cora seems like the most logical decision the Red Sox could have made.

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