The Red Sox reintroduced their manager, Alex Cora, during a virtual news conference at Fenway Park on Tuesday. Cora, who managed the Red Sox to a World Series championship in 2018 and had a mutual parting with them in January due to his involvement in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal and
The Red Sox reintroduced their manager, Alex Cora, during a virtual news conference at Fenway Park on Tuesday. Cora, who managed the Red Sox to a World Series championship in 2018 and had a mutual parting with them in January due to his involvement in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal and a resulting one-year suspension, returns on a two-year deal running through 2022 with a two-year club option for the ’23 and ’24 seasons.
“It’s been a tough year,” Cora said. “And to spend time with [family], it was amazing this year. But like I’ve been saying all along, I was spending time at home for the wrong reasons. For that I want to apologize. I deserve what happened this year. It’s something that I’m not proud of, but we went through the whole process with the Commissioner’s Office and the department of investigations. At the end I got my penalty and I served it.
“This situation is part of who I am for the rest of my career. As a man, I have to deal with it. I don’t want people to make it seem like it’s a great comeback story. I don’t want that. I’m going to use this bad experience to make people better, starting at home. The process started early in the year and we’re going to continue. I know there’s a lot of people that I disappointed and for that I’m sorry. And also telling those people that, hey, I’m still Alex. I made a mistake. I still love the game and I still love what I do, and I promise you that from now on I’m going to use this experience the right way. I’m not proud of it, I’m not happy about it, but we have to move on. I’m happy to be back home.”
Said chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom: “Alex needs no introduction here. We all know him as a brilliant baseball mind who can lead and who can inspire as well as anybody in the game. He has shown he can get the best out of players, and we’re looking forward to a really bright future with him at the helm.”