Red Sox lose draft pick, Cora banned in sign-stealing scams

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred did not bring the hammer down on the Boston Red Sox for their sign stealing during the scandal in the 2018 season.

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April 23, 2020 - 9:59 AM

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Fenway Park in Boston on August 20, 2019. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/TNS

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Red Sox escaped severe penalties in Major League Baseball’s cheating investigation on Wednesday, with Commissioner Rob Manfred concluding that the 2018 World Series champions’ sign-stealing efforts were less egregious than the Astros’ when they won it all the previous season.

Ex-manager Alex Cora was formally suspended for the coronavirus-delayed 2020 season — but only for his role as Houston’s bench coach; Manfred had held off a penalty for Cora despite fingering him as the ringleader of the Astros’ sign-stealing operation.

In a statement, Cora said he was “relieved’’ the investigations were finished and that Manfred found he “did not violate any MLB rules as a member of the Red Sox organization in 2018 or 2019.”

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