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Should the Red Sox bring back Cora?
There are some who view Cora as a controversial choice due to his ties to the scandal in Houston. While I understand the reluctance to hire a manager with that kind of baggage, I disagree with the notion that it should stop the Red Sox from considering Cora. Since his suspension was handed down, we’ve learned that Cora wasn’t the mastermind of the operation that he was made out to be. This was a systemic plan deeply rooted in the Astros organization. Cora was merely a cog in the machine and there’s no evidence that he brought that culture with him to Boston.
Cora has proven that he can handle the pressure of managing in Boston. He’s already brought this team a championship in a season in which they posted the best record in franchise history. The players in this clubhouse respect Cora and would be thrilled to have him back. The Red Sox ownership group has made it clear how much they adore him and their admiration for Cora should outweigh the risks of any PR fires that a reunion might set off.
The Red Sox aren’t allowed to speak with Cora until his suspension ends at the conclusion of this year’s World Series. It will be interesting to see how long it takes the front office to conduct their search. If the process drags on into November when Cora is eligible to be reinstated, the whispers about his return will grow louder.