The Boston Red Sox have been the definition of mediocre this season. At 32-32, they are toward the bottom of an insanely competitive American League East. The inconsistencies rear their ugly heads when we don’t want them to make appearances.
At one point, it seemed like the Red Sox were becoming fun to watch again. But now, they’re coming back down to Earth.
One positive that is constant throughout this process the last few years has been manager Alex Cora. A players manager and a manager that the players deeply and genuinely respect, Cora has done the best he can with the roster.
But with the disappointments and difficulties the last few seasons have brought, it’s fair to ask the question: is this the last season we see Alex Cora managing the Boston Red Sox?
Boston Red Sox wasting the talent and ability of Alex Cora
Alex Cora is a really good manager and has a very good baseball mind. Is he perfect? No. Does he make mistakes that has fans questioning his decision making at times? Yes! But that’s all big league managers.
Look back at the season that the Red Sox had in Cora’s very first season in 2018. 108 regular season wins, an 11-3 playoff record, and a team full of veterans and promising young players sure made Cora’s life easy.
But even in 2021, Cora brought the Red Sox to an ALCS appearance and two wins away from playing the Atlanta Braves in the World Series.
He isn’t meant for a rebuilding situation, which is totally fine! He deserves to have a team that is ready to win now and compete for playoff/World Series appearances.
Boston Red Sox having to eventually choose between Alex Cora and Chaim Bloom
It seems like the Boston Red Sox are at a crossroads when it comes to their manager and their general manager.
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Chaim Bloom has been a topic of conversation for the last several seasons. We see the youth movement that’s going on with this Red Sox team. But that doesn’t fly in Boston!
A lot of questionable signings, trades of big players (Mookie Betts), and letting go of franchise cornerstones (Xander Bogaerts) have frustrated fans and had everyone questioning of Bloom can handle the bright lights of Boston.
Alex Cora on the other hand has sort of flown under the radar. Again, he hasn’t been perfect. But if fans were to pick between Cora and Bloom, I’m guessing majority would pick Cora.
If the GM and manager can’t get on the same page, one of them is going to have to leave to get the ship back on course.
Alex Cora may end his own tenure in Boston
If Cora wanted to resign as manager after this season, I truthfully wouldn’t blame him.
This Red Sox team is just stuck in MLB purgatory. They’re not a team that is going to tank, with the exception of the 2020 COVID season. They’re not a team that’s competing for World Series titles. This organization is literally stuck in the middle and dragging a good manager in the mud.
I hope the Red Sox figure it out. Alex Cora should be the manager of the future for this team and if that means Chaim needs to go to keep Cora long-term, so be it.
Don’t waste his managing abilities. Get the man some help!