A look back at other infamous cheating scandals in sports

Ross Houston
January 15, 2020

Where this leaves the Red Sox is this: if they want to maintain any credibility, they have to fire Alex Cora irrespective of the punishment handed down by the league. Alex Cora, the manager of the Boston Red Sox, was sacked on Tuesday.

This team is not my beat or expertise, and I'll be the first to admit it, but hearing there might be some news coming out of Fenway shortly.

Major League Baseball is also investigating the Red Sox because players allegedly used their video replay rum during games to decode catcher signals in 2018, the same year Boston won the World Series.

The Boston Red Sox have fired manager Alex Cora, a day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred implicated him in the sport's sign-stealing scandal.

The team confirmed their decision just after 7:30 p.m. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries.

The players would then relay that information to baserunners and/or the batter at the plate by banging on a trash can, among other things, which continued through the 2017 postseason.

In 2017, the Houston Astros participated in a scheme to steal signs from the catcher.

Cora met with Red Sox management. Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired an hour after Manfred suspended them for the 2020 season for their role in the cheating scheme. It was an honor to manage these teams and help bring a World Series Championship back to Boston.

"This is a sad day for us".

The Red Sox begin spring training in less than a month. Had they stayed with Houston, Hinch and Luhnow would have been suspended for the entire 2020 season.

Cora, 44, led the Red Sox past the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games in 2018, one year after he won the World Series as the Astros' bench coach.

Cora guided the team to a franchise-record 108 regular-season victories in 2018 and its fourth World Series title in 15 years. "We will miss his passion, his energy and his significant contributions to the communities of New England and Puerto Rico".

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. Players would watch it and decipher catcher signals to pitchers. It did, however, fine the club a maximum allowable $5 million, and stripped it of its next two first- and second-round draft picks.

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