June 23, 2021

Who will replace fired Alex Cora (New York Post)

The Red Sox’s search for a new manager officially began Tuesday after the team fired Alex Cora, one day after MLB revealed the disgraced skipper helped orchestrate the Astros’ illegal sign-stealing scandal when he was Houston’s bench coach in 2017.

Cora joins now former Houston manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow in the unemployment line, while the 44-year-old Cora also waits to learn whether MLB will suspend him — as it did Hinch and Luhnow one season each — for a separate incident involving the Red Sox’s possible use of electronics during the 2018 season, when they won the World Series in Cora’s first season as manager.

While that all gets sorted out, here’s a look at who Boston could turn to as its next manager. The Red Sox better move fast, however, as pitchers and catchers report to spring training early next month.

Jason Varitek

The former Red Sox catcher, who famously fought Alex Rodriguez in the middle of a 2004 game, has been working with the team since 2012 and currently serves as a catchers and pitchers coach. Varitek has no managerial experience, but that didn’t stop Boston from hiring Cora in 2018. Plus, Varitek’s famed Red Sox career,…

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