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McAdam: Alex Cora Era in Boston was short, glorious for a time, and ultimately, bittersweet

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It would seemingly be impossible to fall as fast as Alex Cora has.

Sixteen months ago, he had just finished leading the Red Sox to a franchise-record 108 wins during the season, then oversaw a powerhouse team in October which steamrolled three very worthy opponents to win a World Series -- all in his first year as a major league manager.

It was a remarkable debut and Cora had the look and feel of someone who was on his way to becoming one of the game's most celebrated managers. Cora had charisma, a quiet confidence and the ability to communicate with everyone in the game.

The Red Sox were so enamored by the job he had done that they immediately restructured his contract to give him a significant raise and added another guaranteed year to his deal.

After going through three managers between 2011 and 2017, the Sox had every reason to believe that they had found someone who would give them stability and guide the franchise for the long-term.

Then, as if disappearing through a trap door, Cora was fired Tuesday night,