The Chicago White Sox might be out on Alex Cora as their next manager.
The Chicago White Sox is one of the few teams in search of a new manager. They fired Rick Renteria a few weeks back now and lots of rumors about who is available swirl the baseball world. You would have to think that of all the teams that have a vacancy in that spot, the White Sox are the most intriguing option. Normally, bad teams fire their managers after lousy years. That isn’t the case for the White Sox. They are a great team looking to take the next step.
One man that has helped many teams get to that next step is Alex Cora. He has done it as both a player, bench coach, and manager. He was previously the manager of the Boston Red Sox ahead of his firing in early 2020. He has since been one of the names connected to the White Sox in their search of a manager but that doesn’t seem like it is going to happen.
Let’s talk about why Cora was fired by Boston first. Well, he was the bench coach for the 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros. That team is now well known for the sign-stealing scandal that accuses them of using technology and banging trash cans in order to let the hitter know what pitch is coming. He was then hired the following season by Boston to be their manager where they would win the 2018 World Series themselves.
Cora was suspended for one full season (2020) for his actions with Houston. Nothing came of anything he did with Boston as it was just Houston that was found guilty. A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow were also both suspended and thus fired as manager and general manager of the Astros respectively. All of their suspensions will be over at the conclusion of this current 2020 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays.
Now, the reason it feels like Cora is out as the White Sox manager is that it feels inevitable that he is going back to Boston. It was already a highly anticipated move when he was first fired but some of his recent tweets suggest it even further.
The original tweet might have come when he learned that he would be the Red Sox next manager in 2017. His typing of “X2” makes it easy to assume that history is just going to repeat itself. It seems like he is for sure going back which means he will not be moving on to the White Sox.
That is okay, to be honest. He is a great manager and one of the great young baseball minds of today but there are some other really good options. The White Sox need to focus on who they do get instead of who they don’t get to advance themselves further in the rebuild. It is certainly going to be interesting to see what is decided on the south side.