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Boston Red Sox Fire Alex Cora Amid MLB Investigation Into Sign-Stealing Scandals

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Major League Baseball finally handed out punishments to the Houston Astros on Monday for their sign-stealing scandal back in 2017.

The Astros won the World Series that year and their bench coach at the time, Alex Cora, went on to become the Boston Red Sox manager.

Cora led the Red Sox to a World Series in his first year in Boston, but the honeymoon between the two was short-lived, as Cora is heavily implicated the MLB’s investigation into the Astros.

Now as the league is investigating the culture of sign-stealing that Cora brought to the Red Sox in 2018, the franchise has taken the proactive approach and parted ways with their controversial manager.

The Astros received stiff penalties for their sign-stealing scandal, including the forfeiture of draft picks, the maximum fine allowed under MLB rules and a one-year suspension for manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Lunhow.

Astros owner Jim Crane responded by firing both Hinch and Lunhow and now the Red Sox have followed suit with Cora.

As part of a nine-page report MLB commissioner Rob Manfred released in regards to his investigation of the Astros, he discussed Cora’s role in the scandal at length and explained that he would be receiving a stiff punishment as well.

Many have theorized that Cora will be getting the biggest suspension of the three, as he is believed to have started a similar sign-stealing system to help the Boston Red Sox win the World Series in 2018.

Now Cora just has to wait and see what his punishment for Major League Baseball will be, but whatever it its, Cora may never be given another opportunity to work in a dugout again.

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Houston Astros Now Being Accused of Using Buzzers to Steal Signs in 2019

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Over the past week, Major League Baseball has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, as discipline was handed out to the Houston Astros for a sign-stealing scandal that netted them a World Series win in 2017.

The fallout from those penalties has been stark, as three managers and a general manager have all been relieved of their duties this week.

Now the Astros are starting fall under hot water once again as there is now speculation (mostly coming from social media), that the Astros were cheating in 2019 as well.

The clip that raised speculation comes from Game 6 of the ALCS this past season, where Jose Altuve hit a walk-off home run against the Yankees.

As Altuve was coming around third, he made it very clear to his teammates that he did not want his shirt ripped off.

Many are speculating that Altuve was wearing a wire of some sort that would buzz to tell Astros batters what pitches were coming.

People are now looking through pictures of Astros players and others all around the league and trying to discern if there are wires visible underneath their jerseys.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred concluded through his investigation of the Houston Astros that they stopped trying to electronically steal signs in the middle of the 2018 season, clearing them of any wrongdoing after that point.

This continues to be a terrible look for the Astros and baseball as a whole, especially if it can be proven that buzzer-gate is in fact true.

The act of sign-stealing around baseball seems to be rampant, not only with the Astros. Hopefully with this extra attention being paid to the issue, things will change in 2020.

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Carlos Beltran and the New York Mets Agree to Part Ways Amid Sign-Stealing Scandal

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The sign-stealing scandal that has rocked the game of baseball has claimed it’s next victim.

Carlos Beltran was set to start his first season as the manager of the New York Mets, but he will never actually get the chance to manage a game, as the two sides have agreed to part ways.

Beltran was a player on the 2017 Houston Astros, winning the first World Series of his 20-year career and promptly retired after.

In Rob Manfred’s nine-page report on the Astros sign-stealing scandal that took place that season, Beltran was the only player mentioned by name.

Still, since he was a player at the time, Beltran did not receive any punishment from Major League Baseball and could have managed the Mets without any risk of suspension.

In the end, the Mets and Beltran agreed that his place leading the team would be too much of a distraction moving forward.

The concern was that any success the Mets had, people may have wondered if Beltran was stealing signs again.

Somehow the Mets, who really had nothing to do with this sign-stealing scandal, ended up just as wrapped up in it as the Astros and the Boston Red Sox.

They will now look to hire a new manager and try to put this behind them as best as they can.

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Minnesota Twins Sign Three-Time All-Star Josh Donaldson to Four-Year Deal

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The Minnesota Twins set a record last year for the most home runs ever hit by a team in a single season.

Yet despite already having a lineup loaded with power, the Twins just made a move to add another big bat to the middle of their lineup.

Minnesota has signed slugging third baseman Josh Donaldson to a four-year contract that will take the top free agent off the market.

Donaldson, 34, was the American League MVP back in 2015, playing for the Toronto Blue Jays. In four years spent in Toronto, Donaldson had 116 home runs and 316 RBIs.

After an injury-plagued 2018 season spent split between the Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians, Donaldson needed to rebuild his market when he hit free agency last offseason.

Donaldson took a one-year, $23 million contract with the Atlanta Braves and put together a great season both offensively and defensively.

Donaldson hit .259/.379/.521, with a .900 OPS, 37 home runs, 33 doubles and 94 RBIs. He also proved his health once again by playing in 155 games for the Braves.

Atlanta is losing a huge piece of their team last year, which won 97 games and the National League East.

For performing at such a high level, Donaldson was able to finally secure the long-term significant contract that a player of his caliber deserves.

Donaldson will make an average of $21 million a year for the next four years.

While that is not much compared to the $35 million a year fellow third baseman Anthony Rendon got from the Angels, it is still a good deal for a player that is five year older.

Now the Twins just got a lot scarier, as the lineup that hit 307 home runs last year just added one of the top sluggers in the game.

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