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The Boston Red Sox are the only MLB team left without a manager in the fallout of MLB’s sign-stealing scandal. It appears it might stay that way for a while with the team reportedly waiting for the league to conduct its investigation into the Red Sox.

According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Red Sox might be "slow-playing" their managerial search as a means to buy time during MLB’s investigation. MLB is currently examining allegations that the Red Sox used the replay room to steal opponents’ signs in 2018.

The allegations against the Red Sox suggested the team used a similar method as the Houston Astros employed during the 2017 season. While Boston fired Alex Cora for his role in the Astros’ cheating methods, the organization isn’t in the clear on potential punishment.

MLB fined the Red Sox for using electronics to steal signs from the New York Yankees in 2017. After the punishment, MLB informed the team that the discipline would be even harsher if rules were violated again.

If MLB’s investigation concludes that the Red Sox continued using technology to steal signs the following year, the league could hand down a punishment similar to what the Astros received. In that instance, MLB fined the team $5 million and stripped its first- and second-round picks in 2020 and 2021.

While the Red Sox have been connected to several candidates to replace Alex Cora, it now appears likely that they won’t move forward with a hire until the league investigation ends. Meanwhile, whomever Boston hires might not have Mookie Betts when they ultimately get the job.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.


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ARZ / 2001
Bob Brenly
ATL / 1995
Bobby Cox
BAL / 1983
Joe Altobelli
BOS / 2018
Alex Cora
CHC / 2016
Joe Maddon
CHW / 2005
Ozzie Guillen
CIN / 1990
Lou Piniella
CLE / 1948
Lou Boudreau
DET / 1984
Sparky Anderson
HOU / 2017
A.J. Hinch
KC / 2015
Ned Yost
LAA / 2002
Mike Scioscia
LAD / 1988
Tommy Lasorda
MIA / 2003
Jack McKeon
MIN / 1991
Tom Kelly
NYM / 1986
Davey Johnson
NYY / 2009
Joe Girardi
OAK / 1989
Tony La Russa
PHI / 2008
Charlie Manuel
PIT / 1979
Chuck Tanner
SF / 2014
Bruce Bochy
STL / 2011
Tony La Russa
TOR / 1993
Cito Gaston
WAS / 2019
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