After Hinch received a one-year suspension Monday, and then subsequently was sacked, his bench coach from that 2017 World Series run (Cora) seemed doomed to the same fate. As a rookie coach in 2018, the Puerto Rico native led the Red Sox to a World Series championship, and he has used his position to benefit the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
In 2017, the Houston Astros participated in a scheme to steal signs from the catcher.
Texas Rangers All-Star pitcher Mike Minor eagerly took a jab on Twitter at Cora, who insinuated Minor wasn't "playing the game the right way" when the left-hander encouraged a teammate to drop a popup against Boston during his final start of 2019 so Minor could pursue his 200th strikeout of the season.
Cora guided the team to a franchise-record 108 regular-season victories in 2018 and its fourth World Series title in 15 years. Cora was named 11 times in the report on the Houston investigation alone, which does not bode well for his future with the Red Sox. While the New York Mets might consider firing Carlos Beltran, a decision reportedly won't come any time soon. The league could have gone a variety of different directions with their penalties, but what they ultimately landed on was suspensions for general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch, a $5 million fine (the maximum allowed), as well as the loss of first- and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 MLB Drafts. Both men were subsequently fired by Astros owner Jim Crane. The initial report detailing the Astros' sign-stealing methods broke November 12.
Dombrowski was sacked in September after the Red Sox stumbled toward an 84-78 record and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2015. He was in on the cheating while working as the Astros bench coach. Red Sox officials said the accusations were new to them and that they will fully cooperate with Major League Baseball.
The Red Sox couldn't sustain 2018's success in Cora's second season, finishing 84-78 and third in the division, 19 games behind the Yankees.
As a player, he was a major-leaguer from 1998-2011, appearing with six teams and hitting.243 with a.310 on-base percentage, a.338 slugging percentage, 35 homers and 286 RBIs in 1,273 games.
Several months into the season, Cora arranged for a video room technician to install a monitor displaying the center field camera feed outside the Astros dugout.
Houston players then watched the live feed of the opposing catcher's signals, and once they cracked the code, they would bang on trash cans to alert batters when an off-speed pitch was coming.