Alex Cora is also connected to the Houston Astros cheating scandal. He was their bench coach in 2017 so he knew exactly what was going down with that squad back then. That team won the World Series and then Cora was hired by the Boston Red Sox not long after. That Red Sox team went on to win the World Series in 2018 making Cora a back to back champion. AS a result, his Red Sox tenure was investigated just as much for his Astros tenure.
They didn’t find anything from the Red Sox years so you want to believe that the cheating stopped once he left Houston. He was, however, suspended for one full season (2020) for his involvement in the Astros scandal. As a result, the Red Sox decided to fire him. There are a lot of rumors that he is going to go right back to Boston but it would be cool to see him come to the Chicago White Sox.
Does Alex Cora have the stench of cheating? A little bit but not nearly as much as Hinch. As good as Hinch would be for the White Sox, Cora would be better. He is less known (right or wrong) for being a cheater so that might not be as talked about as much.
One area that Cora would excel in is the young core. He was brilliant with the young and talented Boston Red Sox team that won the World Series in 2018. Cora did a brilliant job that year maximizing his starting lineup and doing work with his pitching staff. This might be just the guy to consider if you are the White Sox.