Barring some unforeseen event, Alex Cora will be in the Boston Red Sox dugout until at least 2024. What does this mean? It means the Sox have secured one of the best managers in all of baseball for a three-year contending window, at minimum.
Never a Doubt
There were buffoons out there who thought Alex Cora and A.J. Hinch should never manage in the Major Leagues again. This came after they were both suspended for a whole season following the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing fiasco, which they were involved in. They were each hired almost immediately after their suspensions ended, Cora back to the Red Sox and Hinch by the Tigers.
They are now at the helm of two of the most exciting teams in baseball. ‘Cause they’re good managers. That’s what good managers do.
Did the Astros, and later the Red Sox, benefit from the sign-stealing antics largely headed by Cora in Houston? Duh. It really helps in baseball if you know what’s coming. However, it’s foolish to take this bit of information and jump to the conclusion that Cora shouldn’t get another job and/or would fail if he did.
Alex Cora is a superb manager who puts his players in a position to win using an effective mixture of new- and old-school thinking. Plenty of MLB teams would take Cora over their current manager in a heartbeat.
Work to be Done
Now, even though Alex Cora is the right man to lead the Red Sox into battle next season, they still need to fill out some holes and make upgrades at different positions. Do they add a starting pitcher? Do they secure a lights-out reliever? Who’s gonna play first base? Is the outfield set in stone? All questions that Chaim Bloom and Co. will have to answer.
Nevertheless, it’s good to have the manager spot locked down. These next three seasons should be full of October baseball. The AL East is a nightmare, but the Red Sox have a good crop of talent and the means with which to build off of it. The Sox aren’t going anywhere.