The Boston Red Sox have parted ways with MLB World Series-winning manager Alex Cora amid allegations of sign stealing.
Boston and Cora mutually agreed to part a day after Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were fired following an MLB investigation into sign-stealing allegations.
Cora – who was bench coach for the Astros when they illicitly stole signs and went on to win the 2017 World Series – was named in MLB's findings and is awaiting discipline as the league investigates whether Cora's Boston used electronics to steal signs during their triumphant 2018 season.
"Today we met to discuss the Commissioner’s report related to the Houston Astros investigation," the Red Sox said in a statement on Tuesday.
"Given the findings and the Commissioner's ruling, we collectively decided that it would not be possible for Alex to effectively lead the club going forward and we mutually agreed to part ways."
In MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's report on Monday, he wrote: "Cora was involved in developing both the banging scheme and utilising the replay review room to decode and transmit signs. Cora participated in both schemes, and through his active participation, implicitly condoned the player's conduct."
Red Sox owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president/CEO Sam Kennedy added: "This is a sad day for us. Alex is a special person and a beloved member of the Red Sox.
"We are grateful for his impact on our franchise. We will miss his passion, his energy and his significant contributions to the communities of New England and Puerto Rico."
The 44-year-old Cora joined the Red Sox in 2018 and led the storied franchise to World Series glory in his first season, though Boston missed the playoffs in 2019.
"I want to thank John, Tom, Sam, the players, our coaching staff and the entire Red Sox organisation. I especially want to thank my family for their love and support," Cora said.
"We agreed today that parting ways was the best thing for the organization. I do not want to be a distraction to the Red Sox as they move forward. My two years as manager were the best years of my life. It was an honour to manage these teams and help bring a World Series Championship back to Boston.
"I will forever be indebted to the organisation and the fans who supported me as a player, a manager and in my efforts to help Puerto Rico. This is a special place. There is nothing like it in all of baseball, and I will miss it dearly."