Boston Red Sox

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 20: Boston Red Sox Manager Alex Cora returns to the dugout after disputing a call during the fourth inning of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies at Fenway Park on August 20, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

Alex Cora’s year-long suspension from baseball is nearing its end. Once the World Series is over, the man who led the 2018 Red Sox to a World Series title will be back on the market. Will he return to Boston?

According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, things are trending in that direction. Heyman tweeted Thursday morning that “Alex Cora, with the support of [Red Sox] owners, players, and fans, has been viewed as the favorite.”

It’s worth noting that the list of “owners, players, and fans” has one glaring omission – Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom. Bloom is the one who ultimately will be making the hire, and there has been speculation he wants somebody he is more familiar with in the spot.

Would Bloom go against the wishes of the rest of the organization for the hire? It’s certainly possible. But after months of speculation, we now know that Cora is at least firmly in the conversation to replace Ron Roenickie, who was let go in September.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at Alexander.Barth@bbgi.com.