Red Sox hire Astros bench coach Alex Cora as new manager
Astros manager A.J. Hinch will search for a new bench coach for the second consecutive offseason.Alex Cora, who's finishing his first season as the Hinch's right-hand man, was announced Sunday as the new manager of the Boston Red Sox. He will continue his duties as the Astros' bench coach through the World Series, after which Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski will formally introduce Cora at a press conference in Boston. I am extremely honored and humbled to be named manager of the Boston Red Sox and I want to thank Dave, John Henry, Tom Werner, and Sam Kennedy for giving me such a tremendous opportunity," Cora said in a prepared statement released by the Red Sox Jimmy Wynn Jersey. Returning to the Red Sox and the city of Boston is a dream come true for me and my family and I look forward to working towards the ultimate goal of winning another championship for this city and its great fans. "At the same time, I want to express my appreciation for Jim Crane, Jeff Luhnow, A.J. Hinch, and the entire Houston Astros organization for giving me the chance to start my coaching career. It has been a very special season and an incredible organization to be a part of and I am looking forward to the World Series and winning with this group.Cora, 42, played for the Red Sox from 2005 to 2008 and was a part of their 2007 World Series-winning team. He interviewed with Dombrowski last weekend during the Astros off day in New York City before Game 3 of the ALCS. An Astros spokesman said Sunday the team wouldn't comment until after the World Series. Cora replaces John Farrell, who was fired after Boston's ALDS loss to the Astros.The Red Sox gave Cora a three-year contract with a club option for the 2021 season.We were very impressed when we interviewed Alex, Dombrowski said in a prepared statement. He came to us as a highly-regarded candidate https://www.astrosfansgear.com/Astros_Andy_Pettitte_Jersey-31, and from speaking with him throughout this process, we found him to be very knowledgeable, driven, and deserving of this opportunity."He is a highly respected and hardworking individual who has experience playing in Boston. Alex also has a full appreciation for the use of analytical information in today's game and his ability to communicate and relate to both young players and veterans is a plus. Finally, the fact that he is bilingual is very significant for our club.The Astros hired Cora last offseason after their previous bench coach, Trey Hillman, took a manager job in South Korea. Pedro Grifol, the catching coach for the Kansas City Royals, and Jeff Pickler, a coach on the Minnesota Twins' staff, were among the candidates last year. Former Astros catcher and ex-Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus could be another name to consider in the team's next search.