Earlier this week, Major League Baseball concluded its investigation on allegations on a sign-stealing scandal orchestrated by the Houston Astros in the 2017 World Series. The Astros received their punishment. But the whole ordeal seems far from over. Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran‘s futures in the MLB are in serious jeopardy. Furthermore, the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal draws a comparison to the infamous 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal.
Cora and Beltran were identified as the ringleaders of the scandal. Beltran, a player at the time, avoided discipline but resigned as manager of the New York Mets. Cora was Houston’s bench coach at the time. However, a decision on Cora has yet to be made. MLB is investigating the Boston Red Sox for allegedly stealing signs in the 2018 World Series. Cora who managed the Red Sox in the 2018 and 2019 seasons admitted to his involvement in the Astros scandal.
Furthermore, he’s no longer with the team. However, the Red Sox aren’t off the hook yet. They may also face punishments if found guilty of sign-stealing. The investigation is still on-going.
Has Cora permanently damaged his reputation?
A lifetime ban is very unlikely. A lengthy suspension and a fine would make more sense. It’s very likely he’ll never manage in the MLB again. With his reputation being so badly damaged, teams aren’t going to trust him. A man who leads a cheating scandal to help a baseball club win the World Series is simply not capable of leading a baseball club. At this point, any organization that brings him in will face criticism. None can go through with it at this time.
Cheating in baseball strikes a major painful blow to baseball’s reputation. There’s no excuse to cheat in the game. Cora’s actions leave a permanent stain on the legacy and history of baseball. In that case, Cora’s damage is, indeed, permanently damaged. In addition, Cora’s notoriety on the matter is going to live forever. What’s done is done. There’s no going back.
His chances of getting a job in the majors again are very slim. Cora recovering and bouncing back from this whole ordeal is not impossible, however, he certainly has to re-earn his respect. He needs to learn from his mistakes. It’s up to him to regain the MLB’s trust. And it is going to take some time.