Red Sox Manager Alex Cora.... In BIG TROUBLE.

January 14, 2020

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were fired by Astros owner Jim Crane after Major League Baseball suspended them for a year each following an investigation that discovered Houston cheated using technology en route to winning the 2017 World Series.

The Athletic and ESPN first reported the suspensions. Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who was bench coach for the Astros during the 2017 season, has not yet been punished. ESPN is reporting the discipline will be “harsh.” 

Hinch’s suspension is tied for second-longest in MLB history for a manager. Only Pete Rose’s voluntarily accepted lifetime ban is longer. 

The Astros were also fined $5 million, the maximum allowed by the league, according to the Athletic. They must forfeit their first- and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts, and ex-assistant Brandon Taubman, whose tirade directed at a female reporter resulted in his firing, has been placed on baseball’s ineligible list.

MLB will determine Cora’s punishment after the investigation into the Red Sox’ alleged illegal sign stealing is complete.

The Athletic first reported last week that the Red Sox illegally used the video replay room to steal signs, then used signals and baserunners to convey them to batters during the 2018 season.