The manager element is one that is almost never seen on television.
The manager is, however, one of the biggest aspects of an entire ball club. Now, John Farrell always gets brought up as the black sheep, notorious for his standoff’s with his own players and showing no emotion.
For all his bad pedigree, Farrell brought the Red Sox to a World Series and led them to 3 division titles during his tenure. Taking the helm following Farrell’s firing last fall would be former Red Sox player and at the time current bench coach for the Houston Astros, Alex Cora. Cora played four seasons in Boston and was a part of the 2007 World Series team. What makes Cora appealing as a manager, is his attitude with players.
The 42-year-old Cora understands what makes the everyday player tick. With his goal of translating down from higher-ups to the players themselves. The man he served under in Houston, AJ Hinch sees why Cora is such a great guy to have in the clubhouse.
"“When you see him interact with players and you see the buy-in that he gets, it’s very easy to see why he was a good teammate, and why he’s beloved around the league.”"