Former Astros manager A.J. Hinch was just hired to coach the Detroit Tigers, and it seems that the scapegoats from the 2017 scandals are suddenly forgiven. Now that A.J. Hinch has been given a second chance, Boston’s announcement for an Alex Cora return should be on the way.
The Detroit Tigers today named A.J. Hinch as the 39th manager in franchise history, agreeing to terms on a multi-year contract. pic.twitter.com/AHALJU1wGw— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) October 30, 2020
Most fans insisted Hinch and Cora would never return to baseball after taking cheating “to the next level.” For anyone not aware, they were using camera technology to relay to hitters what the pitchers were throwing.
Hinch was just handed the keys to an up-and-coming Detroit roster, so Boston will more than likely to do the same. Based on a cursory glance at Twitter, local Boston fans couldn’t give a rip about the cheating scandal. Harping on the past and ditching Cora would hurt the Red Sox in 2021. Emotions aren’t useful in making business decisions like they are in dating. The Red Sox aren’t proposing marriage yet. But if Cora is the most qualified manager to help Boston win a new ring, he should be hired.
Here’s a tweet from Cora that he leaves unexplained. Check the replies.
What a day!— Alex (@ac13alex) October 18, 2020
Cora knows sports are about winning. Those who can contribute in the future will always have a job. Just look at Tony La Russa. Compare La Russa at 76 with Colin Kaepernick at 32. Kaepernick failed on the field and then thought he could bend the rules. Alex Cora may have burned a few bridges during the scandal, but at least he won in the process. He’s also only 45.
Boston stunk in 2020, and now that Cora has been officially reinstated, the Red Sox should pounce before someone else does. There’s no guarantee a re-building Boston team can land on their feet. Boston did just tank so bad they landed the fourth overall pick in this year’s draft. They should take a different route and build some type of momentum for 2021 by bringing back a fan favorite in Alex Cora.