2. Alex Cora
I feel for Cora. I really do. When he came here in 2018, Dave Dombrowski gave him the best team in Red Sox history to manage. Since then, Bloom has given him garbage, constantly leaving him without enough starting pitchers, relievers, and talent in general.
Worse, Cora has had to watch virtually all of the guys he won with in 2018 leave for nothing. Rafael Devers is the only player left from that title squad, and he’s far from perfect.
Still, the time has come for Cora to move on. He’s clearly become frustrated by the last two seasons based on his constant shots at the front office through the media and seems like a defeated man at this point. He basically quit on the season in late August when he stopped using his bullpen, and since then his players have followed suit.
Cora’s been here for five years now, and he just doesn’t seem to have the same spark and enthusiasm for the job anymore. The players seem to be tuning him out, too, seeing as how they keep making the same mistakes over and over.
While most of Boston’s struggles are Bloom’s fault, some of them fall on Cora’s shoulders, too. It’s time for a new voice in the Red Sox dugout.