The Boston Red Sox continue to make headlines.
If you recall, just last year, the MLB (Major League Baseball) team had fired manager John Farrell after the Houston Astros eliminated it from the playoffs in four games on Monday, October 11th.
Keep in mind that he did lead the Boston Red Sox to the 2013 World Series title, but that didn't buy him enough job security to get to the 2018 season.
The Red Sox lost to the Houston Astros in the American League Division Series. Astros bench coach Alex Cora was seen as Boston's "top candidate" to replace Farrell.
Red Sox President Dave Dombrowski received a recommendation regarding Cora from Houston manager A.J. Hinch. The Astros hired Cora to his current position in November 2016 after he played 14 seasons from 1998 through 2011.
As a result, he's helped lead them to within two victories of the World Series this postseason.
Some people might not know but there is a clear connection with both franchises as Cora played for the Red Sox from 2006-08 and the Mets in 2009 and 2010.
Boston hired Farrell back in October 2012 after one disastrous season with Bobby Valentine as manager. The Red Sox went 69-93 with Valentine in 2012, but Farrell completed an incredible turnaround and led them to the 2013 World Series title in his first season, which is impressive.
Fast forward, Boston suffered through losing campaigns in 2014 and 2015 but bounced back in 2016 with an American League East crown and 93-69 record. This year, they lost in the AL Division Series. He was also the team's pitching coach from 2007 to 2010, a span that saw a World Series title and three playoff appearances.
On Friday night (August 3, 2018), Cora let emotions get the best of him as he was tossed from the game against the New York Yankees after right fielder Mookie Betts was nearly hit by a pitch from Yankees' starter Luis Severino. You can see the video here:
"I wasn't very polite," Cora said, per masslive.com . "It's out of character. I already apologized to my family, which is very important. My daughter gave me a call."
"I didn't appreciate them throwing at my leadoff guy," Cora said. "I did not like the fact they gave a warning. If they felt that way, that the pitch had intent, just throw him out of the game.
"I know what I said. I know how I feel about it, and now they know how I feel about it. I don't appreciate them throwing at Mookie Betts' head. If they felt an 0-2, backdoor sinker had intent, well the first pitch of the game went right at the head of the best player in baseball. There's intent."
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