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Red Sox, Alex Cora part ways amid cheating investigation

The Red Sox and Alex Cora mutually agreed to part ways Tuesday amid Major League Baseball's investigation of the team using electronics to steal signs from 2018-2019.

"I want to thank [team owner] John [Henry], [chairman] Tom [Werner], [CEO] Sam [Kennedy], the players, our coaching staff and the entire Red Sox organization," Cora said in the statement. "... My two years as manager were the best years of my life."

The announcement came one day after MLB levied sanctions against the Astros for using a centerfield camera to steal signs from 2017-2019. As part of the punishment, general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch were both suspended for a year. Shortly after their suspensions were announced, Astros owner Jim Crane fired both.

In a statement on Monday, Luhnow said the sign-stealing initiative "was not planned or directed by baseball management," but instead "was executed by lower-level employees working with the bench coach." Cora was the bench coach for the Astros in 2017.

As MLB's investigation into the Red Sox's alleged sign-stealing continues, it is believed Cora will face a punishment at least comparable to Luhnow and Hinch. As a result, the Red Sox decided it was time to move on. The investigation began earlier this month.

Cora spent two seasons as the Red Sox manager, winning 108 games and the World Series in 2018. They went 84-78 and missed the playoffs in 2019.

Cora is the brother of Pirates third base coach Joey Cora.

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