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Red Sox manager fired over cheating fiasco

Alex Cora has already been identified as a ringleader in an illegal system of sign stealing in Major League Baseball when he was with the Houston Astros.

Boston Red Sox didn't wait to see what punishment the MLB might give him for possibly bringing a similar scheme with him to Boston.

Cora on Tuesday night was fired by the team he led to the 2018 World Series title, one day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he was "an active participant" in the Astros' cheating when he was a bench coach in Houston.

Manfred mentioned Cora by name 11 times in a nine-page report, saying he "originated and executed" the scheme in which Houston used a centre-field camera to decode catchers' signals to pitchers, then banged on a trash can to relay the signs to batters so they would know what type of pitch was coming.

The Astros fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, making that announcement an hour after Manfred suspended them for the 2020 season for their roles in the cheating scheme.

Cora on Tuesday met with Boston management and they issued a release saying they had "mutually agreed to part ways."

"Given the findings and the commissioner's ruling, we collectively decided that it would not be possible for Alex to effectively lead the club going forward," the team said in a statement attributed to owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, CEO Sam Kennedy and Cora.

The team called a news conference for Wednesday afternoon to address the scandal, which leaves it without a manager less than a month before pitchers and catchers are due to report to spring training.

"We agreed today that parting ways was the best thing for the organization," Cora said in a statement released by the team.

"I do not want to be a distraction to the Red Sox as they move forward."

Recently-appointed New York Mets manager and former Astros player Carlos Beltran was the only player mentioned and implicated by Manfred in his report on Monday.

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