The Boston Red Sox have mutually agreed with manager Alex Cora to part ways.

This comes a day after the Houston Astros were heavily penalized by the league for sign stealing in 2017. Cora was a member of the coaching staff with the World Series-winning Astros that year, and then was hired by the Red Sox as their new manager in 2018.

Cora’s Red Sox are accused of sign stealing in 2018. Red Sox principal owner John Henry, CEO Sam Kennedy and chairman Tom Werner released a statement on behalf of the Red Sox saying “it would not be possible” for Cora to continue being the manager amid these allegations. Cora was described by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred as the “key person” for executing the cheating scheme with the Astros.

Cora provided a statement of his own, saying, “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 going forward. My two years as a manager were the best years of my life. It was an honour to manage these teams and bring a World Series Championship back to Boston.”

Manfred also decided that no players will be disciplined for breaking the rules, but new Mets manager Carlos Beltran was implicated. Beltran was a member of the Astros in 2017 as well. The New York Mets have not commented on the status of Beltran.

Featured photo courtesy of The New York Times

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