Thursday marked the dawn of a new era for the Boston Red Sox as new Chief Baseball Officer Craig Breslow gave his introductory press conference at Fenway Park.
Breslow touched on numerous topics during his first meeting with the Boston media, including the job security of manager Alex Cora.
Not surprisingly, Breslow confirmed ownership's guarantee that Cora will return to manage the Red Sox in 2024. He also said that he's excited to work with Cora, who was a teammate of Breslow's when both played for Boston in 2006.
It's encouraging to hear that Breslow has a positive outlook on the situation given that he's coming into a bit of an awkward situation with Cora. Many new executives get to pick their manager when they take over a baseball operations department, but Cora was already in place when Breslow arrived.
Even more awkwardly, Cora was also a candidate for Breslow's job. He has expressed desire to work in a front office role someday, but he declined to be considered for the GM role after Chaim Bloom was fired, saying that he's "not ready."
Cora has built up a considerable amount of authority within the organization and has been here a lot longer than Breslow, obviously. He's entering his sixth season as Boston's manager and led the team to a World Series title in 2018, so ownership remains strongly committed to him.
Time will tell how Cora and Breslow's partnership evolves, or whether Cora will be back after next season. He's on a bit of thin ice coming off back-to-back last-place finishes, and he may be the next person to go if the team underperforms again in 2024.
But for now, at least, the Red Sox will have some continuity in the dugout despite all the recent changes.
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