Alex Cora was signed by the Boston Red Sox to a 3-year deal to become the team’s manager a few days back. That’s right, the same Alex Cora who played for this team for parts of 4 seasons. He even won a championship with the team back in 2007. Sure, he’s a young guy and people worry that it might make things difficult, but what does this man bring to the table that others wouldn’t? Let’s take a look.
Youth Is All the Fad
Alex just recently turned 42 years old. 2/5ths of the Atlanta Braves rotation at the start of the season were at least 42! Although his youth could be seen as a bad thing, it really could be a benefit. His youth allows for him to connect with the younger stars of the Sox. The fact that he and Dustin Pedroia were once respective teammates means they’ll connect and respect each other’s roles on the team. His being a utility player also allows him to connect with players at multiple positions.
Alex Cora’s influence on the Hispanic players may prove to be huge. Everyone from the young superstars (Rafael Devers) to the older veterans (Hanley Ramirez) will benefit from having a manager that can speak multiple languages. It gives you an advantage as well as a level of comfort to be able to speak your native tongue with the man in charge of your games.
The Sox Are Back On
Beyond all, the most important aspect about the signing of Cora is that he has familiarity with the team and the organization as a whole. He’s played here, so he knows what the city of Boston expects and how the tension can build. Cora has been here through the toughest of times and he’s seen the glory of it all. That ultimate goal will be what the 2018 Boston Red Sox chase, and it’ll all start at the top with Cora.
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