Los Angeles Dodgers fans have every right to be furious about Alex Cora being re-hired by the Red Sox after zero punishment.
Unfortunately, the Boston Red Sox had to rain on our parade on Friday, abandoning any sense of the moral high ground in the process.
The Sox have officially re-hired Alex Cora on this cursed day, allowing someone who was suspended for cheating in Houston, then investigated for cheating in Boston to waltz back to his old job unabated. Somehow this is more embarrassing than AJ Hinch in Detroit? And MLB owes Dodgers fans an explanation for this brazen bowing back towards evil.
So, ultimately, what price did Alex Cora pay for his actions? The man had to sit out a sham of a 60-game season, during which his decimated roster was bad. Honestly, MLB probably saved him the stress of trying to dig out of a post-Mookie Betts hole. The suspension did nothing but improve his life! What a world!
Cora either perpetrated or masterminded an excessive cheating scheme in Houston in 2017, alongside Carlos Beltran, which helped to take a World Series away from the Dodgers. Then he walked to Boston, won a franchise-record 108 games, stomped to a championship in Los Angeles yet again … and was investigated for crafting another cheating scheme, which ended with a bunch of scapegoating of video room assistant JT Watkins. OK, buddy.
Cora was reportedly fired via a mutual decision for his indiscretions in H-Town, which Boston agreed they no longer care about as of Friday. MLB clearly agrees with that notion.
Fortunately, there’s nothing the league can do about Boston’s cost-cutting roster construction. Advantage, Dodgers.
Look, we’re the champs. We have the high ground now.
But every time an Alex Cora dugout shot is rammed down our throats in 2021 and beyond, we’ll be reminded of two stolen rings and MLB’s ability to let its teflon cheaters back into the mainstream with nary an apology. Cora has never said he’s sorry. All he’s done is leak the message that he’s less responsible than people believe him to be.
And don’t you forget it.