Executive Kennedy insists Red Sox won 2018 title fairly

FILE PHOTO: Major League Baseball - New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox - London Stadium, London, Britain - June 30, 2019 Boston Red Sox head coach Alex Cora looks on during the match REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

WHETHER the Boston Red Sox’s 2018 World Series title was won legitimately is up for debate after Alex Cora was involved in sign-stealing scandals in back-to-back seasons with the 2017 champion Houston Astros and Red Sox.

The Red Sox held a press conference on Wednesday — one day after parting ways with Cora — and team president Sam Kennedy made it clear he doesn’t believe the World Series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers is tainted.

Kennedy was asked, “Do you believe you beat the Dodgers fairly and squarely?”

His reply: “Absolutely, yes.”

The Red Sox repeatedly declined to answer questions involving their 2018 title, citing that Major League Baseball’s investigation is still ongoing.

Cora was identified by MLB on Monday as a ringleader in the Astros’ scheme to steal signs en route to their 2017 World Series championship, when he was Houston’s bench coach. He became the Red Sox’s manager the next year and led his new team to the title — albeit with lingering suspicions regarding similar illegal sign-stealing.

On Monday, MLB announced major sanctions against Houston, including one-season suspensions for manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, who were subsequently fired by the Astros.

On Tuesday, Red Sox brass met with Cora and all parties agreed that parting ways was necessary.

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