Just when you know the Astro players thought they were starting to get out of the woods, the alleged ring leader throws them right back in.
In a conversation with ESPN, former Houston bench coach (and one-time long-time Dodger infielder) Alex Cora wanted to clear the air when it comes to the cheating allegations the Astros were punished for earlier this year.
ESPN scribe Marly Rivera got some seriously hot takes from Cora.
There has been a narrative out there of what happened. … I have read many things that are true and many others that are not. Out of this whole process, if there is one thing that I completely reject and disagree with is people within the Astros’ organization singling me out … as if I were the sole mastermind.
Cora spent the 2017 season as the Astros bench coach before being hired as the manager of the Boston Red Sox ahead of the 2018 season (where he brought his questionable tactics with him).
But the 44-year-old is now ready to defend himself and that “ring leader” narrative in Houston’s cheating scandal. The narrative primarily pointed fingers at Cora as well as veteran outfielder/DH Carlos Beltran.
If there is one thing I am absolutely sure of, it is that it was not a two-man show. We all did it. And let me be very clear that I am not denying my responsibility because we were all responsible.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred
failed to properly punish threw the book at the Astros mid-January of this year. The report from the commissioner’s office heavily indicted Cora and Beltran while active Astro players were allowed to walk away scot-free. The cost of their cooperation was immunity in the investigation.
Safe to say that that might not be sitting right with Cora anymore — much like it hasn’t with most people around baseball.
As a final point, Cora spoke on the validity of Houston’s ill-gotten 2017 World Championship over the Dodgers. You know, the one where they cheated to win? Here’s what he had to say.
I understand why people think that our championship is not valid, and it’s our fault that they think that. I am being honest and I apologize for what happened and for the mistakes we made as a group.
Sorry, AC… that doesn’t make it better.
Where do you stand on this? Does this make you feel any different about Cora or the Astros players? Sound off in the comments below.