Red Sox

Hot Stove Lunch: Cora’s reputation takes a big hit

Major League Baseball is nearing the completion of one investigation into illegal sign-stealing and is about to open another.

Those two inquiries have exactly one thing in common: Alex Cora.

Cora was the bench coach of the 2017 Houston Astros, who appear to have broken the rules with an elaborate sign-stealing operation. And, of course, Cora is the manager of the Red Sox, whom MLB is now investigating for similar misdeeds during its championship 2018 season.

It's too early to determine the level of Cora's involvement in either scandal. As the Astros bench coach, Cora almost certainly knew -- and may well have been a big part -- of the Astros' misdeeds. Manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow, however, are likely the ones who wil be hit hardest in any MLB-ordered discipline.

In Boston, it's a different story.