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White Sox deny firing Joey Cora by text message

Sep 27, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

Ozzie Guillen, Joey Cora AP

Joey Cora, who was originally expected to be the White Sox’s interim manager these last two games of the season, is now out of a job under mysterious circumstances.

GM Ken Williams said he and Cora spoke over the phone earlier Tuesday and that it was “mutually agreed” that Cora would not report to the ballpark tonight.  That contradicts reports that Cora was fired via a text message from Williams.

It sounds like Cora, who wasn’t going to be as strongly considered as the heir to Guillen in Chicago, will follow Guillen to Florida and remain a bench coach.  Or as SI.com’s Jon Heyman put it:

Of course I should have realized joey cora would go with ozzie. Cora’s the 1 who does the work while oz talks and tweets

  1. The Wizard - Sep 27, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Well, the Sun-Times story is by Joe ‘I want to be adopted by Ozzie Guillen’ Cowley so the automatic disclaimer is in effect.

  2. qcubed3 - Sep 27, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    I highly doubt that the Sox would fire anybody via text message. For all of Kenny and Jerry’s faults, they have always been very loyal to all Sox players not named Bobby Jenks, and I’ve never had the impression that either of them would shirk from handling the difficult part of the business personally.

  3. Old Gator - Sep 27, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    The Macondo Feeshwrapper reported this morning that Cora would “join” Slobbering Ozzie on the bench – sounds like the kind of thing that would get him kicked off of Southwest Airlines….

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