By David Little – @DLittleMLB
It’s all but settled at this point, as it appears that once the ALCS is over, Alex Cora, the current bench coach for the Houston Astros, will be named the manger of the Boston Red Sox. So who is Alex Cora?
Alex Cora played 1273 games in the MLB for multiple teams between second base and shortstop. He’s considered to have a great mind for the game, as his knowledge is highly sought after. His ability is most revered in picking up tendencies of the pitchers he’s facing, something that we could all use in Red Sox land. He’s also renowned for his ability to engage with and understand his players, and with the number of high drama players we have that could be another huge plus.
The number one thing that stands out for me is that he worked for ESPN for 4 years. With that comes valuable time engaging with the media, and he should have a good understanding of the ins and outs, something that will serve him greatly managing for the most media engaged team in the MLB.
The only knock I can see is that he has had no experience as the manager, other than filling in from time to time. At 42 though, he’s a young highly motivated and highly influential (in the clubhouse) bench coach, and now is the time to start.
Personally, I think he’s a great fit. He’s highly intelligent and highly intellectual and He should bring a very thought out and analytical style to our team, something that I personally will deeply value after some of the dumbfounding calls that we have seen in recent years. He’s a passionate leader who will be a great leader for our team for years. Be excited.