Cora played a major role in the Houston Astros' 2017 sign-stealing scandal, and currently is being investigated by the league as part of similar cheating accusations with the 2018 Red Sox. Cora's dismissal comes one day after the Astros fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow.
Predictably, Twitter exploded with some interesting knee-jerk reactions as soon the Red Sox released their statement announcing the decision:
Next #RedSox manager will be the 5th in 10 years.
Chaim Bloom inherited a tornado.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) January 15, 2020
Since taking on this job, Chaim Bloom left sunny Tampa with no pressure and inherited this:
- What to do with a franchise player in Mookie Betts
- cutting payroll
- Now having to find a new manager three weeks before spring training.
He's taking his licks early and then some
— Julian McWilliams (@byJulianMack) January 15, 2020
Crazy to look at recent World Series winners
2019 - Davey Martinez (good!)
2018 - Alex Cora (fired Jan.)
2017 - AJ Hinch (fired Jan.)
2016 - Joe Maddon (fired Sept.)
2015 - Ned Yost (retired Sept.)
2014 - Bruce Bochy (retired Sept.)
Talk about some serious turnover.
— Chris Mason (@ByChrisMason) January 15, 2020
— DJ Bean (@DJ_Bean) January 15, 2020
Less than 15 months after the winningest season in Red Sox history, both Dave Dombrowski and Alex Cora are out in Boston.
The unfathomable has happened.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 15, 2020
There's only one ending to this story pic.twitter.com/wTm7QI2Gw6
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) January 15, 2020
Now, the question is who the Red Sox will choose to replace Cora for 2020. Pitchers and catchers report for spring training in Fort Myers, Fla. on Feb. 11.