K-Rod apologizes to teammates, fans and Mets brass

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Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez finally addressed his third-degree assault and second-degree harassment charges on Saturday at Citi Field.  He made a one-minute statement and did not take questions.  Here’s the transcript of that statement, via ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin:

“First of all, I’m extremely sorry,” Rodriguez said. “I want to
apologize to [owners] Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon and Mr. [Saul] Katz for
the incident that happened Wednesday night. I want to apologize also to
the Mets fans, to my teammates. I want to apologize, of course, to the
front office for the embarrassing moment that I caused. I’m looking
forward to being a better person.

“Right now the plan is I’m going
to be going to [an] anger management program. And I cannot be speak no
farther about the legal stuff that we’re going through right now. I want
to apologize. Sorry.”

Was it enough?  Probably not.  But there’s no easy way to make up for his hideous and violent actions.  The anger management counseling should at least help him internally.

If you’re into the gossipy side of this story, the New York Post is reporting (with pictures!) that K-Rod has moved out of the Long Island home that he shared with his girlfriend.  It’s safe to say that relationship just took a major hit.

Report: Red Sox expected to hire Alex Cora after World Series

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox have offered a contract to Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora, though the deal won’t be officially announced until the conclusion of the World Series later this month. Cora has long been a favorite for the Sox’ managerial vacancy, and despite reports that he was being pursued by the Tigers, Mets, Phillies and Nationals, he’s expected to land in Boston after all. The team has yet to verify the report.

The deal is for three years, per the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. Cora is coming off of a one-year gig with the Astros and has no prior managerial experience. More importantly, however, he stands out for his familiarity with the Red Sox’ organization, strong connection with players and analytics-driven approach.

The Red Sox are the second team to replace their manager this offseason after the Tigers snatched up Ron Gardenhire on Friday. The Mets, Phillies and Nationals are still hunting for replacements.