It has been quite the October for Alex Cora, who was officially named the 47th manager in Boston Red Sox history on Sunday. Cora and the Red Sox agreed to a three-year contract that will run through the 2020 season and includes a club option for the 2021 season.
However, Cora has some work to do at his existing job first. He is the bench coach for the Houston Astros, who are gearing up to play the Dodgers in the World Series, which starts on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
Once the series is over, Cora will settle into a dream job of not only managing in the Major Leagues for the first time, but doing so for a franchise he won a World Series championship with as a player in 2007.
The job went to Cora exactly a week after he interviewed in New York with Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski during an off-day in the American League Championship Series. Cora was one of three candidates Dombrowski interviewed in his search for John Farrell’s successor.
“I am extremely honored and humbled to be named manager of the Boston Red Sox and I want to thank Dave, John Henry, Tom Werner, and Sam Kennedy for giving me such a tremendous opportunity,” said Cora in a press release issued by the Red Sox. “Returning to the Red Sox and the city of Boston is a dream come true for me and my family and I look forward to working towards the ultimate goal of winning another championship for this city and its great fans.
In accordance with Major League Baseball rules regarding announcements during the postseason, the Red Sox and Astros will refrain from further comment until after the completion of the World Series.
Cora brings a well-rounded skill set to the table. He is known for having strong communication skills with players and was always known for his intelligence as a player, something that can only help him as a manager. Cora’s experience in his first season as bench coach under Hinch this season has been invaluable.
In particular, the Red Sox were looking for a manager who works well with young players, and that is viewed as one of Cora’s best strengths.
Before going to the Astros, Cora spent four years as a baseball analyst for ESPN and ESPN Deportes.
Soon enough, he will start another exciting new chapter. First, he gets to experience the thrill of coaching in the World Series.