3. Alex Cora
If the Red Sox want an internal replacement for Bloom, they should look no further than their own dugout.
Cora, who is in his fifth season as Boston’s manager, is already one of the most respected and highly regarded managers in the game. He won a World Series in his first year at the post and took his team to the ALCS as well, often getting the most out of the deeply flawed rosters that Bloom has given him.
Cora doesn’t want to manage forever, however, and ultimately has his eyes on a front-office position. Based on his knowledge of analytics, strong communication skills and obvious love of the game, he’d probably excel in such a role.
The former utilityman has become a fan favorite in Boston, partially because he’s one of the few members of the organization who’s actually challenged Bloom and called him out. As a former manager, Cora would bring a unique perspective to the front office, as he has a good sense of what it takes to actually win ballgames on the field.
There would obviously be a learning curve with Cora due to his non-existent front-office experience, but he’s a quick learner and would likely get the hang of it quickly. Cora has the skills to be a good GM — someone just needs to give him a chance.
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