MLB is a disgrace for letting back AJ Hinch and Alex Cora so quickly.
We knew the Boston Red Sox had no morals, but the Detroit Tigers? Those bottom feeders in the AL Central? We mostly feel bad for them on an annual basis. But nope, not anymore.
On Friday the Tigers announced they’d be hiring AJ Hinch to be their next manager the second his suspension ended. Major League Baseball banned Hinch for the 2020 season after he was “fired” by the Astros for playing a role in the team’s sign-stealing scandal that rocked the league and helped Houston cruise to a World Series title and two AL pennants in three years.
We’d say commissioner Rob Manfred should be ashamed of himself, but you already know he doesn’t care. He allowed this to happen. And New York Yankees fans should be the most mad about this.
You’d think more teams would try and stand up against those who have compromised the integrity of the game by sending some sort of message of unity in leaving guys like these unemployed, but why would that matter when winning is all any owner cares about?
The sad part is that Yankees fans are technically getting a “win” here because Hinch didn’t sign on with the White Sox, which would’ve been a lot worse for the team’s championship window over the next couple of years. Nonetheless, Hinch shouldn’t be back in the game this quickly, regardless of whether he played an active role in the scandal or not. He exercised neglect by allowing it to happen, which is an indictment on any leader in any setting.
But to make matters worse, as we’ve been predicting for all of the 2020, the Red Sox are reportedly “in contact” with Alex Cora about a return to the franchise. He “mutually parted ways” (yeah, right) with the Red Sox following the 2019 season after it was unearthed that he was a central figure in the Astros’ illegal operation and then played some sort of role in Boston’s 2018 infractions, though we’ll never know exactly what those were. All we know is that Cora ended up getting some low-level video employee fired.
The lack of shame here is … does the right word even exist? The season ends and the Tigers pounce immediately to sign Hinch, while the Red Sox, after already being shoved in the corner with the biggest dunce cap known to man for trading Mookie Betts to the Dodgers in the name of saving money during a pandemic, are already trying to get Cora on the horn. Shoutout to Don Kelly and Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza, who the Sox have reportedly interviewed twice before talking to Cora. Waste of both of their time!
It’s nothing short of disgraceful and just further proves actions do not have adequate/fair consequences, which is a far too common theme among those in positions of power. Politicians are rarely held accountable. High-end executives are rarely held accountable. Billionaires? Never. But now that slimy lack of liability is permeating everyday life when it comes to baseball. Managers aren’t behind-the-scenes puppet masters getting away with things you don’t see. They’re right in front of you. And MLB doesn’t care.
It’s insulting, but it’s something we have to live with. One can only hope the Tigers remain stuck in neutral and Cora repeats his 2019 dumpster fire campaign with the Red Sox. After all, these guys only proved something to anyone when they were accused of cheating. The best revenge would be watching them fail without the assistance of unfair advantages.