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.



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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