Red Sox Name Alex Cora 47th Manager in Team History
Monday, October 23, 2017
Cora and the Red Sox agreed to a three-year deal that will run through 2020 and includes a club option for the 2021 season.
"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. 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,” said Cora in a press release issued by the Red Sox.
A formal introductory press conference will be scheduled for a time to be determined.
Cora is currently the bench coach of the World Series-bound Houston Astros. He will stay with the Astros until the World Series is over.
Cora played in the Major Leagues for 14 seasons including with the Red Sox from 2005-2008 where he hit .252 over 301 games played.
Cora was part of the 2007 Red Sox team that won the World Series.
However, this season with the Astros is his only season as a major league coach.
Red Sox Last Season
The Red Sox are coming off a season in which they went 93-69 and won the AL East title for the second straight year.
They fell to the Astros 3-1 in the divisional round.
Cora official with #RedSox. Team just announced.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 22, 2017
The Red Sox just made an absolutely sensational hire in Alex Cora. One of the smartest, most passionate people I've worked with at ESPN.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 22, 2017
Related Slideshow: The History of Baseball in Central Massachusetts
Baseball and Central Mass. go way back - to the 1860s. The local historical landmarks range from Mudville to Hotel Vernon to Fitton Field. A version of these highlights is posted on the site of the new, yet-to-be-formally-named Worcester Baseballteam of the three-year-old Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
First Perfect Game
The first perfect game in the history of Major League Baseball was pitched in Worcester, on June 12, 1880, by J. Lee Richmond for the Worcester Worcesters – also known at various times as the Brown Stockings and the Ruby Legs - versus the Cleveland Blues at the Worcester Driving Park Grounds, located in the Worcester Agricultural Fairgrounds near Elm Park. Worcester joined the National League in 1880, replacing the failed Syracuse Stars.
NE Collegiate Baseball
A New England Collegiate Baseball League team played in Leominster from 1995 to 1999. Called the Central Mass. Collegians, they won the NECBL Championship in both 1995 and 1996, and During the 1995 season, they played a game against the Cuban National Youth Team in Worcester.
Wachusett Dirt Dawgs
The Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, who play at historic, and newly renovated, Doyle Field in Leominster, are a 2012 expansion franchise in the now-three-year-old Futures Collegiate Baseball League.The Dirt Dawgs’ 2013 season swung into action on June 5 with big expectations, but ended on August 8 with those hopes being dashed. They finished in the basement, with a record of 20-31 - 14 games behind first-place the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks (38-18). The team is owned by prominent Leominster businessman John Morrison, who also founded, owns and operates Fosta-Tek Optics in Leominster.
Last month, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League announced the formation of the Worcester Baseball franchise, which will play its first season next summer. The team is owned by the family that owns and operates Creedon and Co. The prominent Worcester catering service will be the food-and-beverage vendor at home games at Fitton Field, at the College of the Holy Cross. Through Octobert 25, Worcester Baseball is conducting a name-the-team competition.
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