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Red Sox maintain that ownership didn’t dictate Cora’s rehiring

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It may have been obvious to most that Red Sox ownership and upper management were rooting for the return of Alex Cora. But that doesn't mean that they called the shot on his rehiring.

"As we said back at the end of the season, we brought in Chaim (Bloom for a reason), '' said team president Sam Kennedy as the Red Sox re-introduced Cora as their manager again following his departure in January and his subsequent season-long suspension by Major League Baseball.

"He and (GM Brian O'Halloran and assistant general managers Eddie Romero, Raquel Ferreira and Zack Scott) ran this process and did a great job running the process and keeping me and (ownership) informed throughout. We were very pleased, obviously, with the outcome, given how excited we are to have Alex back.''

Cora was ineligible to even speak with the Red Sox -- or any other franchise -- about working again in MLB until after the World Series was completed, signifying the official end of the 2020 season, and with it, his suspension for his involvement with the 2017 Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal.

Before the Series ended, the Sox had already discussed their managerial opening with a host of candidates, some multiple times. The Sox considered Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Don Kelly, Miami Marlins bench coach James Rowson, Chicago Cubs coach Will Venable, Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach Luis Urueta, New York Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza, San Diego Padres associate manager Skip Schumaker, Minnesota Twins bench coach Mike Bell and Philadelphia Phillies player information coordinator Sam Fuld.