Alex Cora's past is coming back to haunt him.
MLB's investigation into illegal sign-stealing in both Houston and Boston cost Cora his job Tuesday evening. The former Red Sox manager and Astros bench coach played a prominent role in Houston's 2017 illegal sign-stealing operation that got general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch fired Monday.
Some have already resurfaced Cora's poorly-aging comments and tweets about sign-stealing in recent years.
New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman took a diferent path to point out Cora's hypocrisy Tuesday.
This man had the audacity to say that I compete a certain way and people don’t like it. Very comical in hindsight. Lol https://t.co/bpIDWmqzA6— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) January 14, 2020
Stroman is referencing Cora's comments following a May 2019 game between the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays in which Boston took exception to Stroman quick-pitching Boston rookie Michael Chavis.
"It’s the same thing with him every day. He competes a certain way and people don’t like it," Cora said of Stroman at the time. "It seems like whenever a team comes in, somebody screams at him. I don’t know, that’s the way he acts."
As Stroman notes, Cora's take didn't hold up well considering his "certain way" of competing -- orchestrating a sign-stealing operation -- may result in a multi-year ban from baseball (or worse).
Former MLB outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. was among the many who agreed with Stroman.
Yeah, that quote didn’t age to well!— Tony Gwynn Jr. (@tonygwynnjr) January 14, 2020
MLB also is investigating Cora for helping the 2018 Red Sox steal signs, so it's likely his words will come back to bite him. And it sounds like Stroman (and many others) won't have much sympathy for him.