I'd go further than that. Unless what happened in Boston on Cora's watch is worse than we've heard, he shouldn't be suspended at all. It makes no sense to suspend a bench coach, but not players, who were not only participants and the main beneficiaries, but also the ones who came up with the garbage can thumping scheme. Absent that, using the replay room to steal signs seems to be an "everybody does it" offense. If Cora hadn't gone on to become Boston's manager, he'd probably get minor mention in Manfred's report.Guess I’m in the minority — unless what happened in Boston on Cora’s watch is worse than we’ve heard, I’d gladly welcome him back after a suspension of not more than one year, with someone currently on staff handling interim managerial duties. (If Cora’s suspension extends into the 2021 season, however, then I agree the Sox need to move on.)
Stealing signs is gamesmanship. Cora went too far and should be punished; he doesn’t need to me made a pariah. It’s a lot different than betting on games, or even PEDs (though I think the moral outrage over PED use is overblown too).