On Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox and skipper Alex Cora announced that they had “mutually agreed to part ways” following bombshell revelations from Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Houston Astros‘ sign-stealing during the 2017 season, when Cora served as Houston’s bench coach.
Just one year removed from Boston’s win in the 2018 World Series, both the president of baseball operations — Dave Dombrowski, who was fired during a disappointing 2019 season — and the manager who helped lead the team to its ninth championship are gone.
Where the Red Sox will look for their next skipper is unclear, with Dombrowski’s replacement, Chaim Bloom, forced to kick off a managerial search a month before the start of spring training.
Guiding the 2020 Red Sox will be difficult. The speculation around Mookie Betts‘ future in a Red Sox uniform remains, with the star outfielder determined to test free agency after the season. Bloom himself enters his first year as the team’s principle decision-maker, leaping from the small-market problems of Tampa Bay to the big-market problems of Boston. Plus, with Major League Baseball investigating the Red Sox for their alleged…