Alex Cora Red Sox Manager Returns


The Red Sox have re-hired Alex Cora as manager, a source told MLB.com’s Ian Brown on Friday. The team has not confirmed the news, which was first revealed by MLB network insider John Heyman. Cora managed the Red Sox from 2018-19 and led them to a World Series championship in their own

The Red Sox have re-hired Alex Cora as manager, a source told MLB.com’s Ian Brown on Friday. The team has not confirmed the news, which was first revealed by MLB network insider John Heyman.

Cora managed the Red Sox from 2018-19 and led them to a World Series Championship in their first season with the team. Cora had a record 192–132, a .593 winning percentage in those two seasons with Boston, including a franchise-record 108 wins in ’18.

He was suspended for the 2020 season for his involvement in the Astros’ sign theft scandal in 2017, when Cora was Houston’s bench coach. Ron Ronikay replaced Cora as Red Sox manager, but Boston chose not to bring Ronkey back after a 24–36 season and final place in the American League East.

45-year-old Cora was one of two finalists for Boston’s managerial inauguration, along with Phyllis’s director of integrative baseball performance Sam Fuld. Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Cham Bloom and General Manager Brian O’Halloran flew to Puerto Rico to meet with Cora last weekend.

Cora and Fuld were the last two candidates in a group of five previously, including Pirates bench coach Don Kelly, Marlins bench coach James Rawson and Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza.

Cora is popular among players at the club house, and the team’s returning coaching staff for all 2021 seasons has either served as manager in his two seasons with Cora or was hired by Cora after the 2019 season.

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