Red Sox rehire Cora after suspension ends

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The Boston Red Sox are bringing back Alex Cora, rehiring the manager less than a year after they let him go because of his role in the Houston Astros' cheating scandal.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to manage once again and return to the game I have loved my entire life," Cora said in a statement Friday.

"Boston is where I have always wanted to be and I could not be more excited to help the Red Sox achieve our ultimate goal of winning in October."

Boston announced the decision 10 days after Cora finished a one-season suspension for his role in the Astros sign-stealing scheme during their 2017 championship run.

Cora was Houston's bench coach when he joined the Red Sox in November 2017, and he led Boston to the 2018 World Series after a franchise-record 108 regular-season wins.

The Red Sox, who finished third in 2019, let Cora go in January after Commissioner Rob Manfred identified him as as the ringleader in the Astros' scheme.

"This past year, I have had time to reflect and evaluate many things, and I recognise how fortunate I am to lead this team once again," Cora said.

An infielder on Boston's 2007 champions, Cora was mentioned 11 times in Manfred's decision on the Astros.

The fallout from the Astros investigation also cost Houston manager AJ Hinch and newly hired New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran their jobs; Hinch was hired as Detroit Tigers manager last week after completing his one-season suspension.

"Alex knows that what he did was wrong, and he regrets it," Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom said.

"He loves the Red Sox and the game of baseball, and because of that we believe he will make good on this second chance."