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Steve Pearce laughs off Trump's snafu: 'It's OK. He's the president'

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Steve Pearce laughs off Trump's snafu: 'It's OK. He's the president'

BOSTON -- So it turns out Donald Trump isn't completely up to speed on Steve Pearce's 2019 season. 

That's OK with Pearce, who still can't believe all of the individual attention he received when the Red Sox were honored at the White House on Thursday.

Standing on the dais to the President's left, Pearce was name-dropped multiple times during the ceremony -- including one moment that provoked some cringes when the President assumed the World Series MVP had carried his October momentum into this season.

"You're doing well this year?" Trump asked. "Pretty well this year, right? Huh? He's doing well this year. When it counts, he does really well. Those are the ones we really like, huh?"

It was a nice sentiment. Unfortunately, Trump voiced it with Pearce locked in a season-long slump and hitting just .111. Pearce isn't sweating it.

"It's OK. He's the President," he told NBC Sports Boston with a laugh. "He's got a lot on his plate."

Pearce was good-humored about the minor snafu.

"I'm sure if he would've known, he probably would've been like, 'Hey, keep it up,'" Pearce said. "But I like how he followed it up. 'Hey, you step up when it matters,' and I was like, 'Yeah!'"

Pearce's slow start is no laughing matter, not with rookie Michael Chavis hammering the ball and needing a spot in the lineup, possibly by taking the right-handed at-bats that were supposed to be Pearce's at first base.

But the 13-year veteran hasn't lasted this long because he lacks confidence, and sometimes the tiniest spark can ignite a player. Maybe Pearce could even experience a Trump bump.

"It's going to come back," Pearce said. "It's going to. I've been playing this game my whole life. It's funny how it happens. Even the President knows. Baseball comes around. If not now, you'll do it later."

As for the visit itself, count Pearce among the players who considered it a great honor, despite the furor that seems to accompany all things Trump.

"It was definitely really cool," Pearce said. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For him to say my name was neat. He reaches back and he acknowledged me during the speech and I shook his hand, that's cool that he gave us the time."

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Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scheme was rather elboarate, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora reportedly played a major role in the operation.

Cora was Houston manager A.J. Hinch's right-hand man as the Astros' bench coach in 2017, winning the World Series with the organization. So, quite frankly, it's not surprising that Cora was involved in the matter. 

Major League Baseball now is investigating the Astros organization, as well as anyone involved with the team in 2017 -- A.K.A. Cora and current New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran. Cora was interviewed Wednesday, and the Red Sox are offering the MLB "full cooperation" in the ongoing investigation, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. 

According to our Red Sox Insider John Tomase, the Red Sox really only need to be concerned with the matter if Cora used some of those tactics to lead Boston to a World Series Championship in 2018, and throughout the duration of a rather upsetting 2019 season. 

It remains unknown if Cora will receive any disciplinary action from the league. 

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MLB Rumors: Ex-Red GM Ben Cherington accepts Pirates general manager job

MLB Rumors: Ex-Red GM Ben Cherington accepts Pirates general manager job

Ben Cherington has moved on from the American League East.

The former Boston Red Sox general manager has accepted the Pittsburgh Pirates' offer to be their next GM, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Friday.

Cherington takes over for former Pirates GM Neal Huntington, who was fired in October.

The New Hampshire native and Amherst College alum rose to prominence in Boston, taking the Red Sox GM job in 2011 and helping the club win a World Series title in 2013.

Cherington resigned amid Boston's second consecutive losing season in August 2015, shortly after the team hired Dave Dombrowski to run its baseball operations.

The 45-year-old executive spent the last two seasons as the Toronto Blue Jays' vice president of baseball operations, and now will be tasked with rebuilding a Pirates team that won just 69 games in 2019.

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