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Removing Alex Cora Doesn’t Remove MLB’s Greater Epidemic

The Boston Red Sox elected to part ways with Alex Cora on Tuesday, following his reported involvement in baseball’s most recent sign-stealing scandal.

On Tuesday the Boston Red Sox and now former manager Alex Cora came to a “mutual agreement”, electing to “part ways”, shortly following Major League Baseball’s punishment handed down West to the Houston Astros which led the firings of manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff L

On Tuesday the Boston Red Sox and now former manager Alex Cora came to a “mutual agreement”, electing to “part ways”, shortly following Major League Baseball’s punishment handed down West to the Houston Astros which led the firings of manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow.

It was reported via the Athletic, that in 2017, the Houston Astros devised a scheme in which players at the plate would be relayed an indication when breaking pitches were about to be thrown from opposing pitchers on the mound. This would be memorized, recorded, and caught through a camera placed in centerfield at Minute Maid Park, which would then lead to a trash can being banged in the Astros dugout, giving batters full awareness of what pitch was coming.

Then in 2018, it was reported that the Boston Red Sox used a similar approach, utilizing a film room just behind their dugout at Fenway Park. Unlike the more blatant, juvenile approach in Houston, the Red Sox would use film from previous games to relay signs to each other whenever a runner was at second-base, in order to provide the guy at-bat with a tip.

According to that release from the Athletic, and a now very disgruntled and petty Jeff Luhnow, it was Alex Cora who initiated the sign-stealing scheme, and was the man fully responsible for what took place in both Houston and Boston.

To begin, the Houston Astros have been an organization on thin ice even aside from what’s grown to be one of MLB’s greatest cheating scandals.

Back in October, the organization didn’t exactly express their strongest moral card when former team executive Brandon Taubman celebrated Houston’s ALCS defeat of the New York Yankees, screaming “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f–king glad we got Osuna!”

Now for some background knowledge.

Roberto Osuna, 24, was arrested and charged for assaulting the mother of his child back in May of 2018.

Major League Baseball proceeded to suspend Osuna for 75 games which calculates to 46.3% of the 2018 season when applying basic math.

Nevertheless, S.I. reporter Stephanie Apstein and a few other female reporters were understandably rattled by Taubman’s statement, standing just a few feet away from him.

Fast forward to the World Series in which the Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros in seven games along with applying the cheating scandal reports taking the MLB rumor mill by storm and you’ve got very, very thin ice below the Astros feet.

There was no question that the organization had no choice but to relieve Hinch and Luhnow of their duties and affiliation with the organization.

Two individuals who were both linked to the scandal that’s now got everyone in Major League Baseball throwing down their moral authority card, as to say that it was this scandal that broke ground and pioneered the way for sign-stealing and it’s place in the sport of baseball.

Alex Cora, after just two seasons with the Boston Red Sox, was also relieved of his duties as manager.

After a 108-win regular season (Red Sox franchise record), and an 11-3 breeze through the 2018 postseason, Cora quickly ends his tenure leading Boston to their most dominant single season.

Now comes the issue currently investigated today with Cora gone awaiting his punishment from Rob Manfred and the MLB.

Just how many teams in Major League Baseball are applying the ever-growing convinces of modern-day technology in order to get an edge over the competition?

According to players across baseball who’ve taken to social media to express their views and run-ins with sign stealing, there’s a greater epidemic at hand for the MLB to investigate.

It doesn’t necessarily take experience within a Major League clubhouse to conclude that Cora and Hinch were the only ones in this era of baseball to apply technology to gain an advantage in games.

In 2017 the Boston Red Sox, managed by John Farrell, were fined by the MLB for reportedly using Apple watches in order to steal signs in a regular-season series against the New York Yankees.

As stated by Morrison, in 2014 the Houston Astros applied the same sign relay scheme in order to make each other aware of what pitch to expect when at the plate.

Both instances, which occurred prior to Alex Cora’s arrival in both Houston and Boston.

This is no way shape or form a justification to Cora’s role in what took place in 2017 and 2018.

However, to create the narrative that Cora one day woke up and created the application of utilizing technology as a coach in an MLB dugout is foolish, ignorant, and flat-out comical.

If Major League Baseball truly wants to crack down on sign-stealing and really flex their authority muscles, then they need to not just investigate those who successfully cheat, but all who do.

Be careful. While it’s the Red Sox and Astros on the hot-seat today. There’s plenty of room for more to come through what should be a greater investigation by the MLB.

You can suspend one who partook in sign-stealing, but you can’t suspend the action in itself and its widely known embedment within the game of baseball today.


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