Red Sox Ownership Hides Behind MLB Investigation


In 2018 the Boston Red Sox won the World Series and Boston was on top of the baseball world. 

Today, it feels like everything is crumbling around them. The team has an incomplete roster, starting pitching that feels like it won’t make it the whole season without an IL stint, Mookie Betts can walk at the end of the season and now the Sox don’t have a manager. 

This is absolutely nuts. 

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said former manager Alex Cora admitted wrong doing for playing a “central role” in the 2017 Houston Astros sign stealing scheme. That the Red Sox and Cora are mutually parting ways for his wrong doing in Houston but not Boston. 

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"Alex by his own admission played a central role in what went on in Houston. We all agreed it was wrong, and that we had a responsibility as stewards where we have a standard where that behavior is unacceptable” Werner would go on to add. 

"We’ve held this wonderful baseball club to a very high standard. Today, this week, is not any different. We must ensure everybody in the organization represents the club in a manner that deserves the support and respect of our fans” said Henry at the beginning of the presser. The Official Online Shop of Major League Baseball

If Henry respected his fans, he wouldn’t have allowed now a second sign stealing scandal to happen under his ownership. 

Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training  in less than a month. Red Sox CBO Chaim Bloom will need to expedite the process to hire his first manager here in Boston. 

When reporters asked Bloom on who’ll take over as Red Sox manager he replied “I don’t know.” 

In fairness, the organization just “parted ways” with Cora the day before. But there had to be feeling at the offices at Fenway this potentially could be a possibility once the Athletic’s report came out regarding the sign stealing scandal. 

Bloom would follow up by saying “This just happened. We wanted to make sure we were handling the situation with Alex correctly. We’re going to turn our attention to figuring out who our next manager is and what that means for the rest of the staff."

Reporters asked if they’ll use an internal option for manager, Bloom would respond with "I fully expect we’re going to consider internal options as well. We have a lot of regard for our coaches. It’s an impressive group. No reason to think none of them would deserve consideration for this."

Bloom also did not rule out having a placeholder for one year and start a new process at the end of 2020. 

Ownership would dodge questions about the investigation by hiding behind the message they can’t comment due to MLB’s investigation. 

The Red Sox ownership took no ownership for this sign stealing scheme. The club is coming off an Apple Watch issue the year before and then hire the mastermind behind a huge cheating scandal and did not show remorse or apologize. 

Did the Red Sox vet Cora prior to hiring him before the 2018 season? If the club did it’s true due diligence they would have asked him about the sign stealing but it feels ownership didn’t care and hired Cora anyway. 

The Red Sox will now be looking for their fifth manager since 2010. One of the most prestigious jobs to have in baseball feels tainted and it’s because of this ownership. 

It’ll remain to be seen who’ll be the next Red Sox manager. I do have confidence in Bloom to select the right man for the job. Hopefully he’s allowed to and ownership doesn’t meddle in the decision process. 

Ownership was asked if they think Cora will ever manage again in baseball. There was an incredible seven second pause where no one said anything. Even Henry backed away from his microphone. 

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy would jump in and reply, “Alex is an incredibly talented manager. ... He expressed remorse and apologized yesterday to us for the embarrassment that this caused and he’ll go through a process of rehabilitation so we’ll see what happens. He’s an extreme talent.”

This whole press conference felt uncomfortable and there was no remorse or apology from ownership. 

Is it possible they did this because they’ve already struck a deal with MLB to lessen the blow for the penalty coming down?

Bloom has a challenge to reduce payroll, extend Betts, fill out the roster and now he needs a manager. 

Good luck Bloom.
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