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Alex Cora will return as Red Sox manager next year

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A lot of the time, when a general manager is fired, the manager he put in the dugout gets let go too, at least eventually. The idea is that a new GM will want to craft the team in his or her own image and one of the most important ways to do that is to put someone in the manager’s office with whom he or she can work and communicate well.

Whoever replaces Dave Dombrowski as the next Red Sox GM will not have the luxury, however, as Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy said yesterday on WEEI that Alex Cora will return in 2020.

Which, as unusual as that may be, is probably the right call too. Cora, like Dombrowski, is still less than a full season removed from winning a World Series and there hasn’t been any suggestion that he has lost the confidence of either the players or the front office. Really, it all just underscores again how weirdly-timed Dombrowski’s firing is. And suggests, perhaps, that maybe it was something more singular to Dombrowski as opposed to something with broader bearing on the organization that ultimately led to his dismissal.

Part of me also wonders if Cora’s safety means that one of the executives who are currently serving as the Red Sox interim brain trust — assistant general managers Eddie Romero, Zack Scott, and Brian O’Halloran and senior vice president of major and minor league operations Raquel Ferreira — have the inside track on the GM job. A strong outside candidate may balk at not being able to name his or her manager, but one of those four may have no problem with Cora whatsoever.

It’s gonna be an interesting offseason in Boston.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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