3. Roster Turnover
Cora’s job description has changed immensely during his time with the Red Sox. When he was hired in 2018, his job was to win a World Series with a loaded roster, and he did exactly that.
Since then, however, the organization’s goals have changed. Boston hasn’t been seriously attempting to win a championship since 2019. During Bloom’s tenure, his mission has been to build up the farm system and compete for a Wild Card if everything breaks right at the major-league level.
In that sense, Cora isn’t really the right man for the job anymore. He wants to win now, not break young guys in and babysit prospects. That takes a different type of manager with a different type of skill set, whereas Cora is better suited for managing veteran players.
The problem is, there’s virtually no one left who won with Cora in 2018. Thanks to roster turnover and the departure of so much talent under Bloom, Rafael Devers and Chris Sale are the only holdovers from the 2018 champions. Most of the current roster arrived more recently and has no experience of winning a title with Cora, so they have less reason to play hard for him and trust him.
For whatever reason, Cora just can’t seem to motivate his players the same way he did in 2018. He’s often seemed checked out at times as well, as he’s clearly dissatisfied with the direction of the organization and his lack of available resources.
At the end of the day, Bloom and Cora want different things. Cora wants to win now, and Bloom wants to win later. When that happens, it’s usually a sign that it’s time to break up.
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