Boston Red Sox had no other option than Alex Cora

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 18: Boston Red Sox Manager Alex Cora sits in the dugout during the fifth inning of the game against the San Francisco Giants at Fenway Park on September 18, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 18: Boston Red Sox Manager Alex Cora sits in the dugout during the fifth inning of the game against the San Francisco Giants at Fenway Park on September 18, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) /
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While the Boston Red Sox may be criticized for their decision to bring Alex Cora back to the bench, they had no other option.

It was absolutely no surprise that the Boston Red Sox decided to hang the reins of their team back to Alex Cora. That had been the expectation almost from the moment he stepped aside, especially when Ron Roenicke was handed a one year contract. He was just there to keep the seat warm for Cora.

As Boston struggled in 2020, and Cora’s suspension drew ever closer to coming to an end, those whispers began to get louder. Roenicke was let go, told he would not be returning to the franchise following their disappointing 24-36 season. But he had served his purpose, guiding the team through what was a rebuilding year.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox needed to find a new manager. They went through the pretense of undergoing a search, interviewing various candidates. However, the players, ownership, and majority of the fanbase were vocal in who they wanted guiding the ship forward – Alex Cora.

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And so, it came to pass. On Friday, the least surprising news of 2020 was official, as the Red Sox named Cora as the new manager. One could easily understand why, as he won a World Series with the team in 2018, and had a 192-132 record over his two seasons. Boston is potentially looking to spend again, and wants to have their championship manager back.

Cora’s history with the Astros understandably has some fans upset with this decision. He had received that year long suspension due to his part in AstroGate, although it is worth noting that Major League Baseball did not implicate him in the Red Sox own cheating scandal. Cora served his time and was free to return to the game.

And in baseball, results matter. Despite what anyone may think about Cora, he did win a championship in Boston. The players and ownership wanted him back. Chiam Bloom may well have wanted to go in another direction, but he did not have a choice.

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Alex Cora is back with the Boston Red Sox. That was really their only option.