Marcus Stroman

Marcus Stroman puts Red Sox' Alex Cora on blast amid sign-stealing scandal

Marcus Stroman puts Red Sox' Alex Cora on blast amid sign-stealing scandal

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.

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New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman took a diferent path to point out Cora's hypocrisy Tuesday.

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.

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.

Ranking the Red Sox's biggest villains from the past decade

Ranking the Red Sox's biggest villains from the past decade

Editor's Note: As the calendar turns to 2020, NBC Sports Boston will be taking a look back at the highs and lows of the Boston sports scene over the past decade. 

Over the past 10 years, the Red Sox have won a pair of World Series and four division titles, but they've also finished in last place three times, including a worst-to-first-to-worst rollercoaster from 2012 to 2014.

Boston sports fans have become accustomed to winning, but nothing captures the imagination like a good villain. Sometimes it's hard to tell whom Red Sox fans are harder on — opponents or their own players (and managers).

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In that spirit, here are 10 villains from the past decade, including four former Red Sox, because nobody eats their own like we do.

Click here for the gallery.
 

MLB Rumors: Marcus Stroman expected trade to Red Sox, other AL contender

MLB Rumors: Marcus Stroman expected trade to Red Sox, other AL contender

Even if you thought the Boston Red Sox wouldn't trade for Marcus Stroman, Marcus Stroman apparently felt otherwise.

The Toronto Blue Jays traded the right-hander to the New York Mets on Sunday in a move that surprised many -- including Stroman himself.

According to the Toronto Sun's Rob Longley, Stroman caused a "commotion" in the Blue Jays' clubhouse Sunday upon learning he was going to the Mets.

The New York Post's Mike Puma then added an interesting follow-up: Stroman was upset because he was joining the 50-55 Mets instead of a contender -- and was expecting to go to the Red Sox, New York Yankees or Houston Astros.

Stroman, a Long Island native, would have made sense for the Yankees, who boast a strong bullpen but desperately need another starter. The 28-year-old also would have bolstered an Astros rotation working with just four starters.

But the Red Sox recently acquired a starting pitcher in Andrew Cashner and likely would use their remaining assets to acquire bullpen help instead of another rotation piece.

Stroman is saying the right things publicly, expressing his excitement over pitching for the team he grew up watching.

Still, it's notable the veteran right-hander reportedly lumped the Red Sox -- who as of Monday sit one game out of the final Wild Card spot -- among serious American League "contenders" like New York and Houston.

UPDATE (3:20 p.m. ET): In a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon, Stroman denied his disturbance had anything to do with going to the Mets.

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