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Joey Cora

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Biographical Information[edit]

Joey Cora was signed as a first round pick in the 1985 amateur draft by the San Diego Padres and scout Bill McKeon.

Cora was a second baseman who played 11 seasons in the big leagues, mostly with the Chicago White Sox and the Seattle Mariners. He was on four division winners between 1993 and 1998 with the White Sox, the Mariners, and the Cleveland Indians.

He is the older brother of infielder Alex Cora.

He led the league in sacrifice hits in 1993 and was second in the league with 13 triples. He established a record for a Mariner with 24 consecutive games hitting safely. In 1997, a year in which he hit 40 doubles, he was selected to the American League All-Star team.

In 1998, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians for David Bell late in the season.

He was with the Toronto Blue Jays in the spring of 1999, but did not make the team and decided it was time to hang 'em up.

After his playing career ended, Joey spent 2000 as hitting coach of the Daytona Cubs and three seasons as a minor league manager before joining the Chicago White Sox as third base coach in 2004. After three years, he became the club's bench coach. When manager Ozzie Guillen resigned suddenly with two days to go in the 2011 season to accept the Miami Marlins' managerial job in 2012, Cora was expected to take over as the Pale Hose's skipper for the last two games. Instead, he was let go amid rumors that he had already agreed to join Guillen in Miami the following season, and pitching coach Don Cooper was handed the interim managerial assignment. Indeed, shortly thereafter, Guillen named him the Marlins' bench coach. His fate being tied to Guillen's, he was fired after Ozzie's single stormy season in Miami.

He currently manages the Venezuelan Winter League baseball team Tiburones de la Guaira. He was the Pittsburgh Pirates' Double-A manager in 2016, taking the helm of the Altoona Curve in the Eastern League. In 2017, he became the third base coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He is the major leaguer with the most games played, at-bats, hits, and runs scored to come out of Vanderbilt University.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • AL All-Star (1997)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1997 & 1998)

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2001 Kingsport Mets Appalachian League 31-35 6th New York Mets
2002 Kingsport Mets Appalachian League 23-44 5th New York Mets
2003 Savannah Sand Gnats South Atlantic League 58-80 6th/7th Montreal Expos
2016 Altoona Curve Eastern League 76-64 4th Pittsburgh Pirates Lost in 1st round

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