Former Red Sox manager and Astros bench coach Alex Cora is willing to take responsibility for his participation in one of the most infamous cheating scandals in baseball history -- the Astros' sign-stealing scandal. That being said, he's still working to clear up what he believes are misconceptions about the things that actually went down in Houston's clubhouse.
His biggest problem with the reporting surrounding the 2017 sign-stealing scandal, according to a recent interview with ESPN, has been the insinuation that the whole thing was masterminded by him and former Mets manager and Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran. He cites former Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow as one of the people perpetuating this claim.
"There has been a narrative out there of what happened. Ever since mid-November until the commissioner announced the results of the Red Sox investigation, I have read many things that are true and many others that are not," he told ESPN. "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, particularly Jeff Luhnow, as if I were the sole mastermind. The commissioner's report sort of explained, in its own way, what happened. But the [Astros players] have spoken up and refuted any allegations that I was solely responsible.
"If there is one thing I am absolutely sure of, it is that it was not a two-man show," he continued. "We all did it. And let me be very clear that I am not denying my responsibility, because we were all responsible."
The commissioner's office suspended Cora for one year from baseball, and the Red Sox fired him after his involvement with the scandal that helped the Astros win the World Series in 2017 was revealed. The league also determined that Boston's replay room was used to circumvent the rules, though there was no proof to indicate Cora had any idea that was going on.