Boston Red Sox: 5 things to know about our new manager Alex Cora

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The Boston Red Sox have officially hired Alex Cora to be their next manager in 2018, so here are 5 things you may not know about him.

When the Boston Red Sox take the field in 2018, they’ll be under new management with 41-year old Alex Cora at the helm. Before then, Cora is hoping to win a World Series with the Houston Astros as their bench coach. That series will start on Tuesday, and as soon as it’s over Cora will head to Boston.

The former major league player has spent just one season as the Astros’ bench coach, but he has plenty of experience and was clearly the top choice for Dave Dombrowski. Now, he’ll have the chance to take an underperforming Red Sox club to a World Series within the next 3 years.

5. Cora will be the 47th manager in Red Sox history

As you’d expect, the Boston Red Sox have quite a long list of previous managers. This is due to their long history, and the fact that they failed to win a World Series for 86 years. Losing will cause some quick turnover to occur.

Joe Cronin and Terry Francona are the two winningest managers in Boston history, and Cora will have to become legendary in the city to surpass them. Cronin had 1,071 total wins from 1935-1947 while Francona won 744 from 2004-2011. The last manager, John Farrell, won 432 games during his tenure, which ranks 4th on the Red Sox all-time list. I wouldn’t be surprised if Alex Cora passes Farrell or Jimmy Collins (455) to end up 3rd on this list when all is said and done. The Red Sox have a ton of talent on their roster, Cora just needs to put it all together.