Mets Pitcher Stroman Takes Shot On Twitter At Red Sox's Cora Amid Cheating Scandals

Pitcher, Manager Have A History

Ryan Chatelain
January 14, 2020 - 3:39 pm

Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who is wrapped up in two separate cheating scandals, is expected to face discipline from Major League Baseball in the coming weeks. If Boston is anything like the Astros, he could be out of a job, too.

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Don't expect Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman to shed any tears for him.

Stroman used MLB's report Monday on the Astros' sign-stealing scheme, of which Cora was essentially labeled the architect, to take a jab at the Red Sox skipper. Cora was Houston's bench coach in 2017. 

Stroman's beef with Cora dates back to May when the Blue Jays, Stroman's team at the time, faced the Red Sox. Stroman tossed an apparent quick pitch to Boston second baseman Michael Chavis following a timeout, which angered Cora as well as Red Sox ace Chris Sale, who shouted in Stroman's direction.

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After the game, Cora said of Stroman, who was traded to the Mets in July: "It's the same thing with him every day. He competes a certain way, and people don't like it.

"It seems like whenever a team comes in, somebody screams at him. I don't know, that's the way he acts."

Stroman responded to Cora's remarks on Twitter then, writing: "I compete. That’s it. Didn’t know I had to cater to opposing teams to like me. Everyone messes with timing, deliveries and pitching mechanics these days. Everyone. Get over it. I’m going to keep that dawg mentality always. Pops raised me right and approves of it all!"

On Tuesday morning, Stroman dredged up that incident to take a shot at Cora. 

"This man had the audacity to say that I compete a certain way and people don’t like it," he said. "Very comical in hindsight. Lol."

Commissioner Rob Manfred wrote in his Astros sign-stealing report that he is waiting to rule on discipline for Cora until after MLB concludes its investigation into the 2018 Red Sox, who, like the 2017 Astros, won the World Series.

MLB on Monday suspended Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for one year. Shortly after, the team's owner, Jim Crane, fired both. 

Stroman's new manager, Carlos Beltran, a player on that Astros World Series team, is also named in the report as having direct knowledge of the scheme. The team used a camera in center field at Minute Maid Park to zero in on opposing catchers' signs, which were then relayed to batters by having players, who were monitoring the video feed on a computer, bang on a trash can in the tunnel near the team's dugout. Manfred declined to discipline any of the players on the team, including Beltran.