Boston Red Sox: Alex Cora a clear front runner to be next manager

MIAMI, FL - MAY 16: Bench coach Alex Cora
MIAMI, FL - MAY 16: Bench coach Alex Cora /

A big change is needed in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse, and it seems like one is coming as Alex Cora is the favorite to land the job as the team’s next manager.

John Farrell is out, and it looks like Alex Cora will be in as the next manager for the Boston Red Sox. As the Houston Astros bench coach, Cora of course still has some unfinished business in the ALCS and potentially the World Series, but he’s the favorite for the Boston job.

Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski reportedly traveled to New York to interview Cora this past Sunday. Cora is there preparing his Astros team for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Yankees.

Cora seems like he’d be the perfect fit in Boston. He’s a former major leaguer with 1,273 games played as an infielder. Cora even spent some time in Boston from 2005 to 2008, winning a World Series title here in 2007. With the Red Sox, he hit .252 with 6 homers and 61 RBI in 301 games. He was extremely solid on defense though, with just 24 errors in that span.

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Brad Ausmus, Ron Gardenhire, Gabe Kapler, Hensley Muelens and DeMarlo Hale are all still expected to interview for the Red Sox job, but the choice seems clear. Alex Cora should be Boston’s next manager. He played the middle infield with a rookie Dustin Pedroia, and he’ll be able to handle both him and David Price.

Of note, the Red Sox have never had a minority manager in their long history. Cora would be the first. As a native Puerto Rican, Cora may be better able to communicate with his Hispanic players in a way that John Farrell just couldn’t. That’s just a nice bonus though, as Cora is an extremely smart coach that would likely make a lot better decisions than Farrell did.

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Cora is also a younger option, at just 41-years old. That’s only a year older than David Ortiz who was a longtime leader in the Red Sox clubhouse. He will be able to better communicate with players and take charge of the Red Sox young core. It would be a lot of fun to watch how he handles this team, and Dave Dombrowski knows that. So, mark my words, Alex Cora will be your next Boston Red Sox manager, once his Astros are done in the World Series.