Alex Cora has just made Red Sox history earlier this week by becoming not only the youngest manager in Red Sox history, but also the first Hispanic manager in the history of the organization. While most fans and analysts love the hire, what exactly does Alex Cora provide to the team? How can he help the team move out of the ALDS, a round that has had tremors for the club the last two seasons.
At 42 years old, the 2007 Worlds Series Champion provides the winning attitude the media and the fans demand. Boston is well known for having the harshest fans and brutal media, making any position in any sport tough to manage when not playing to expectations. He is a well respected as the bench coach for the Houston Astros, and was during his 14 year career as a major league player, spending 4 years with the Boston Red Sox.
Dave Dombrowski had this to say upon the hiring of Alex Cora. ” “We were very impressed when we interviewed Alex. He came to us as a highly-regarded candidate, and from speaking with him throughout this process, we found him to be very knowledgeable, driven, and deserving of this opportunity. He is a highly respected and hardworking individual who has experience playing in Boston. Alex also has a full appreciation for the use of analytical information in today’s game and his ability to communicate and relate to both young players and veterans is a plus. Finally, the fact that he is bilingual is very significant for our club.”
One of his biggest tasks will be handling player personas like David Price. John Farrell never had a good handling on the David Price and Dennis Eckersley situation, that made for a huge distraction throughout the second half of the season.
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