It’s been three months since Alex Cora and the Boston Red Sox parted ways in a bizarre press conference, the team going out of its way to stress a man appearing responsible for multiple illegal sign-stealing scandals wasn’t being fired, or departing for anything he did with the under-investigation 2018 Red Sox.

The refrain that January afternoon from Kennedy, primary owner John Henry (of both the Boston Red Sox and Boston Globe Media Partners, including Boston.com), chairman Tom Werner, and chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom was to reserve judgment in the face of MLB investigating illegal sign stealing during Boston’s 2018 championship season.

The results of that inquiry are still yet to be published thanks largely to COVID-19, something Bloom admitted Wednesday on WEEI was “obviously frustrating,” but our perspective has already changed. Cora, implied as the mastermind of Houston’s 2017 sign-stealing efforts in MLB’s January report, was not its driving force.

And the 2018 Red Sox believe the delay in MLB releasing its findings is keeping them from being exonerated. That’s been abundantly clear from the comments of no less than 10 players from that team.

Steve Pearce

The World Series MVP officially announced his retirement Monday, going on to tell WEEI’s Mike Mutnansky the allegations levied in The Athletic — based on conversations with three people who were with the team that season — are bogus.

“That’s such a joke to us. When it came out, we were all kind of joking about it,” Pearce said.