'Boomer And Gio': Did Alex Cora And AJ Hinch Deserve To Be Fired?


Alex Cora and AJ Hinch have each been fired by their respective teams.

Hinch was fired by the Astros on Monday after the league announced he had been suspended for the entirety of the 2020 season. Cora hasn’t been suspended yet, but he was fired by the Red Sox on Tuesday in anticipation of a lengthy ban.

On Wednesday, Gregg Giannotti and Jerry Recco (filling in for Boomer Esiason) further discussed the cheating scandals engulfing baseball. Recco wasn’t sure that both coaches should have been dismissed.

“The fact that the Red Sox parted ways with Alex Cora, I think is silly,” said Recco. “AJ Hinch being fired, the more I’ve thought about it: stupid … if this plan was so amazing, and that’s why the Astros were your World Series champions in 2017 … I would think … that we would see stark differences in terms of batting average. Not only are the differences not stark, they go the other way.”

Major League Baseball had warned teams about harsh punishments if they stole signs electronically. Despite that warning, both the Astros and Red Sox seem to have continued to do just that.

The Red Sox have yet to be punished, as the investigation into their 2018 scandal is still underway. Boston chose to get ahead of the ruling by parting ways with Cora, who could even be in line for something as punitive as a lifetime ban.

Bench coach Alex Cora and manager A.J. Hinch of the Astros look on from the dugout during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas.Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Some people are asking the question about whether Mets manager Carlos Beltran should also be fired for his role in the Astros’ scandal. Giannotti thinks that would be unfair, as no other players from that 2017 team have been punished. 

“He got a job with the Mets after this. The interview process that he went through with the Mets, none of this was out there … If the Mets end up firing him, and now he is being punished as the only player in that thing, then all the other players that were involved are getting off scot free. That, to me, is a major distinction. He was not in a position of power when this was going on.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to the full intro from Thursday's "Boomer And Gio" show.