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Poll: Majority believe Alex Cora should have been fired

Are you stressed about Brady leaving, Betts' trade, Sale's surgery, Bruins'/Celtics' seasons postponed or coronavirus
By Staff | Mar 24, 2020

The results are in for the latest Courier Publications/VillageSoup sports poll, and the majority of voters agree with the Boston Red Sox decision to fire former manager Alex Cora.

Thirty-two-and-a-half percent of voters chose the "fired when news broke" option, while the "mutually relieved of duties," "suspended" and "decision after investigation" choices all received 22.5 percent of the vote.

The Red Sox fired Cora on Jan. 14, after Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred listed Cora, among others, in baseball's sign stealing scandal.

Before coming to Boston in 2018, Cora was a coach of the Houston Astros World Series title team in 2017, in which MLB determined Houston stole signs during the season. The Astros did retain their World Series title despite the ruling.

The Red Sox currently are under investigation by MLB for their role in stealing signs during their run to a championship in 2018, but no official word on punishment has been announced.

Now the sports poll turns its attention to a myriad of topics that has led to a range of emotions. The world is embroiled in global health concern over COVID-19, or coronavirus, but people cannot turn to sports to cope because seasons have been postponed, but that hasn't stopped sports news from making headlines.

In the newest poll, the sports staff asks: What has given you the most emotional distress?

Click here to vote.

During recent weeks, New England sports fans have had a wave of bad news on the sports front, including Red Sox star Mookie Betts being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Red Sox announced ace pitcher Chris Sale will undergo Tommy John surgery, the Boston Bruins' and Boston Celtics' successful seasons — to date — being postponed, and, of course, the news of Tom Brady heading south to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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