Boston Red Sox: Front office meets with Alex Cora

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 20: Alex Cora #20 of the Boston Red Sox reacts during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on September 20, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 20: Alex Cora #20 of the Boston Red Sox reacts during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on September 20, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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The Boston Red Sox are still searching for their 2021 manager, and former field general Alex Cora is clearly at the top of the list.

At what point are we going to stop acting like anybody but Alex Cora will be the manager of the Boston Red Sox in 2021?

According to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe, Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom and General Manager Brian O’Halloran met with Cora in Puerto Rico on Friday. Cora was removed from the position after receiving a one year suspension for his role in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. Cora was also at the helm for the Red Sox brush with their own sign-stealing scandal, relaying catcher signs with the use of apple watches.

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But despite his apparent disregard for the rules of the game, there’s no reason to believe that he won’t return to the Red Sox. He was absolutely loved by the players, and led the team to a World Series victory in 2018. He served his suspension, and he deserves the chance to get back in the game. After all, AJ Hinch was recently hired by the Detroit Tigers. It’s only fair that Cora gets the same shot to redeem himself in the eyes of the game.

So let’s stop tip-toeing around Cora’s return to the Red Sox. We all know it’s coming. He’s a perfect fit for the team and he’s already done the job. He led the team to a World Series, he’s beloved by the players and beloved by the fans.

The Red Sox may still be meeting with other candidates, but it’s hard to believe any of them will be a better fit than Cora. I would be shocked if he’s not standing on the top step in Boston come spring.

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The Boston Red Sox are coming off an absolutely terrible year, and they need a strong hand at the helm to guide them back into the playoff picture. Alex Cora is that strong hand.