Alex Cora

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Jose Alexander Cora

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Biographical Information[edit]

Infielder Alex Cora is the younger brother of former big league player and current coach Joey Cora. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 12th round (345th overall) of the 1993 amateur draft, but did not sign. He was drafted again by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 3rd round (88th overall) of the 1996 amateur draft. Among all players drafted in that round, Cora has appeared in more major league games than any of them. He made the All-Tournament Team in the 1995 College World Series and in the 1996 College World Series.

After his retirement as a player, he became the General Manager of the Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican League in 2012, leading the team to the 2013 Caribbean Series in his first year in the job.

In 2013, Cora announced Super Regional games for ESPN.

In 2017, he was named bench coach of the Houston Astros. While the Astros were playing the the postseason that year, his name emerged as a leading candidate for a number of managerial openings that needed to be filled at the time. On October 22, the day after the Astros had qualified for the 2017 World Series, he was hired to become the manager of the Boston Red Sox staring in 2018. He led the Red Sox not only to a division title in his first season, but also to the best record in baseball and to the most wins in the history of the franchise. he then guided the Sox through a brilliant postseason, in which they lost only one game in each of the three series they played to end up as winners of the 2018 World Series, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Fall Classic. He was rewarded after the season with a new contract lasting until the 2021 season with an option for 2022.

On April 9, 2019, when the Red Sox played their home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays, it marked the first time two Puerto Rican managers had faced each other; Toronto was managed by Charlie Montoyo. The Red Sox started slowly that year and could never regain the magic of the previous season, finishing in third place behind their traditional rivals the New York Yankees and the upstart Tampa Bay Rays, well out of the postseason picture. After the season, baseball was rocked by a sign-stealing scandal that first focussed on the 2017 Astros, but later encompassed the 2018 Red Sox. Cora was the link between the two teams, who were both accused of using technology (centerfield cameras in Houston's case, and the video review room in that of Boston) to relay their opponents' signs to batters. When Astros manager A.J. Hinch was handed a one-year suspension for his role in his team's nefarious scheme, it became extremely likely that Cora would be next in line to suffer the wrath of MLB, as it was now investigating the Sox's trespasses. But even before MLB could render its verdict, the Red Sox's top brass met with Cora on January 14th and came to an agreement that it was best for everyone that Cora leave his job immediately.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • Won a World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2007
  • Division Titles: 1 (2018)
  • NL Pennant: 1 (2018)
  • 100 Wins Seasons as Manager: 1 (2018)
  • Managed one World Series Champions with the Boston Red Sox (2018)


Preceded by
John Farrell
Boston Red Sox Manager
2018-2019
Succeeded by
Ron Roenicke

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2018 Boston Red Sox American League 108-54 1st Boston Red Sox World Series Champs
2019 Boston Red Sox American League 84-78 3rd Boston Red Sox

Further Reading[edit]

  • Ian Browne: "Sox finalize 3-year deal with Cora to manage", mlb.com, October 22, 2017. [1]
  • Ian Browne: "Papi, Pedro rave about new Boston manager: Retired stars think Cora 'a perfect fit' to lead Red Sox", mlb.com, November 3, 2017. [2]
  • Ian Browne: "Skip on the radar: Cora has learned from best: New Boston manager will pull from experience with Francona, Hinch and more", mlb.com December 4, 2017. [3]
  • Ian Browne: "Cora named in MLB report, may face discipline", mlb.com, January 13, 2020. [4]
  • Ian Browne: "Red Sox part ways with manager Alex Cora", mlb.com, January 14, 2020. [5]
  • Chris Bumbaca: "Boston Red Sox illegally used video replay room to steal signs during 2018 season, report says", USA Today, January 7, 2020. [6]
  • Daniel Kramer: "Red Sox, Mets line up to interview Cora: Astros bench coach a candidate for vacant managerial posts", mlb.com, October 16, 2017. [7]
  • Gabe Lacques: "After Astros' sign-stealing suspensions, Red Sox are next – and Alex Cora's punishment will be harsh", USA Today, January 13, 2020. [8]
  • Gabe Lacques: "Red Sox, manager Alex Cora 'part ways' after revelations of role in Houston Astros cheating scandal", USA Today, January 14, 2020. [9]
  • Mike Lupica: "Cora aced first postseason test with Red Sox: Rookie manager pushed all the right buttons during intense ALDS", mlb.com, October 10, 2018. [10]
  • Mike Lupica; "Cora earning spot in Sox history with smarts: Young skipper seemed on his way to management even as player", mlb.com, October 19, 2018. [11]
  • Bob Nightengale: "Red Sox had no choice but to fire Alex Cora", USA Today, January 14, 2020. [12]

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