According to various sources, the Boston Red Sox have rehired former manager Alex Cora. Cora guided the Red Sox to the 2018 World Series victory before agreeing to leave the team amid a sign-stealing incident. In 2020, Ron Roenicke managed the Red Sox, but he was fired at the end of the season. Former major league player and current Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Roenicke.
Cora first joined the Red Sox as an infield coach in 2016 after three seasons managing the Houston Astros. He was named their manager the following year after the Red Sox dismissed Dave Roberts. Under Cora's leadership, the Red Sox won the World Series for the first time since 2003. He also received consideration from other teams after they removed themselves from the bidding process, but he decided to stay with the Red Sox.
Cora was born on January 4th, 1976 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He played baseball for St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida where he earned a degree in sports management. After graduating, he went on to play third base for the Houston Astros from 1999 to 2003. During his time with the club, they made the playoffs each year and won the National League Central division twice. In 2001, they even went on to win the World Series over the Oakland Athletics. Cora was part of that championship team along with other notable players such as Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, and Mike Hampton.
The Boston Red Sox confirmed on Friday that Alex Cora will return as manager. Cora and the Red Sox have agreed to a two-year contract extension through 2022, with a two-year club option for 2023 and 2024.
Cora's deal is worth $6 million annually, according to ESPN sources. He was scheduled to make $1 million this season and $10 million in 2020.
Cora took over for Dave Roberts after the 2017 season when Terry Francona was fired. Under Cora, the Red Sox made the playoffs for the first time since 2013 and won the World Series for the first time since 2004.
He managed the Puerto Rican national team at the 2009 World Baseball Classic and the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Last year, he led the Red Sox to their first World Series title in 86 years.
Before becoming the Red Sox manager in January 2016, Cora served as the bench coach for the team. In October 2017, after the Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games to win their second World Series title in four seasons, Cora announced that he would be returning for 2018. He signed a three-year contract extension with an option for 2021 just before the 2019 season began.
In February 2012, Cora was named the new manager of the Boston Red Sox.
Alex Cora was hired by the Red Sox. Boston, Massachusetts Following an intensive search for their next manager, the Red Sox decided to bring back Alex Cora, the organization announced on Friday. Cora is back on a two-year contract that runs through 2022, with a two-year club option for the 23rd and 24th seasons. He will be entitled to a $5 million bonus upon signing.
Cora managed the Red Sox to a World Series title in his first season at the helm in 2018. He took over for David Ortiz as the team's hitting coach in August of 2017 and then replaced Terry Francona as the full-time manager a month later. The Red Sox went 77-85 under Cora, finishing second in the American League East behind New York.
He has managed three other teams - Puerto Rico's San Juan Giants, the Dominican Republic's Los Danes and Cora's own native Puerto Rico - during his career. The Red Sox are hoping he can help them end their recent losing streak which dates back to April 9th against the Tampa Bay Rays. They have not won since then.
Cora is the ninth manager the Red Sox have had since 2002 when Bobby Valentine was fired after the team lost four of five games to start the season. The Red Sox have never had more than one manager at a time since 2003.
Boston Red Sox Manager Alex Cora
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Alex Cora, the manager of the Boston Red Sox, is pleased to be back with the organization. He managed the Red Sox from 2017 to 2019 before joining his second World Series-winning team, the New York Mets. When asked if he would return for another season, Cora said "Yes, I'm excited about it.".
Cora has been praised for his work with young players during his tenure with the Red Sox. After finishing last in the American League in 2016 and 2017, they made the playoffs in 2018 and won the World Series that year. Cora was named the MVP of the series after he helped guide the Mets to their first World Series victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He became the third-youngest manager in MLB history when he took the helm at the age of 36 years old in 2007. Since then, he has never been more than 90 games behind the leader of the league's standings. The Red Sox went 810-726 under Cora's leadership. He was not retained by new management following the 2019 season.
Cora has also managed in Japan, the Caribbean Series, and internationally for Puerto Rico. From 2004 to 2006, he served as a coach for Puerto Rico's national baseball team.
Boston Red Sox/Alex Cora Gerentes gerais Alex Cora has spent the last year on the bench due to his involvement in the Houston Astros' sign-stealing controversy. Cora is relishing every bit of being back in spring training as manager of the Boston Red Sox, after the franchise granted him a second opportunity to lead. Previously, he was let go following the 2017 season when it was discovered he had worked with the Houston Astros during their sign-stealing scandal.
Cora took responsibility for what happened with the Astros and wanted to make things right with baseball's community. However, many fans felt that he should be fired since he betrayed the trust of his current team. The Red Sox decided not to fire him at the time but did not offer him a contract for 2018. After another losing season, Cora finally got his contract bought out by Boston.
Now, he is back managing the Red Sox for a third time. This time, they are expected to compete for the American League East title this season.
Before becoming the Red Sox manager, Cora managed the Puerto Rican national team in the 2015 World Baseball Classic. He led them to the semifinals, where they lost to the eventual winners Japan. Cora also managed them at the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He led them to the final round before being replaced by Tony Pena Jr.
Cora first joined the Red Sox as a coach in 2011.