40 Facts About Alex Cora


Jose Alexander Cora was born on October 18,1975 and is a Puerto Rican baseball manager and former infielder who is the manager of the Boston Red Sox in Major League Baseball.

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Alex Cora previously played in MLB for 14 seasons with the Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, and Washington Nationals.

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Alex Cora was named Boston's manager the following season, winning a franchise-best 108 games and leading the team to victory in the 2018 World Series.

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Alex Cora is the fifth MLB manager to win the World Series in his first season and the first Puerto Rican manager of a World Series-winning team.

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Alex Cora was suspended through the 2020 playoffs for his role in the Astros' scandal.

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Alex Cora was drafted in the 12th round of the 1993 Major League Baseball draft by the Minnesota Twins, but did not sign a contract and decided instead to play collegiate baseball at the University of Miami.

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Alex Cora led the team to the title game in 1996, a game they lost to Louisiana State University.

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Alex Cora was rated by Baseball America as the best collegiate defensive player going into the 1996 draft.

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Alex Cora was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third round, and played 61 games of the 1996 season with the Class A-Advanced Vero Beach Dodgers, batting.

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Alex Cora played the 1997 season with the Double-A San Antonio Missions; in 127 games he batted.

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Alex Cora spent parts of the 1998,1999, and 2000 seasons with the Triple-A Albuquerque Dukes, hitting.

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Alex Cora made his major league debut on June 7,1998, with the Dodgers against the Seattle Mariners; his brother Joey Alex Cora was Seattle's starting second baseman in the game.

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Alex Cora spent the next seven years in Los Angeles, appearing in a total of 684 games while batting.

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Alex Cora played in one postseason series with the Dodgers, the 2004 NLDS, which the Dodgers lost to the St Louis Cardinals.

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Alex Cora appeared in 49 games with the Indians, with 22 starts at shortstop and 14 at second base; he batted.

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On July 7,2005, Alex Cora was traded to the Boston Red Sox for infielder Ramon Vazquez.

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Alex Cora made his Red Sox debut on July 7,2005, and through the end of the regular season appeared in a total of 47 games for Boston, batting.

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Alex Cora was originally intended to back up shortstop Edgar Renteria.

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Alex Cora was a member of the Red Sox team that won the 2007 World Series.

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Alex Cora had one plate appearance, a sacrifice bunt in World Series game 3.

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Alex Cora appeared in four postseason games; two games of the 2008 ALDS, which Boston won, and two games of the 2008 ALCS, which Boston lost.

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On November 30,2009, Alex Cora re-signed with the Mets for the 2010 season, with an option for 2011.

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Alex Cora was released by the Mets on August 7,2010 — at the time, he was batting.

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Alex Cora agreed to a minor league contract with the St Louis Cardinals on February 5,2012.

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Alex Cora played in the two longest nine-inning games in MLB history.

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Alex Cora entered the 2001 game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning, and was the starting shortstop in the 2006 game.

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In March 2016, Alex Cora was named as general manager of the team; he served in that position through the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

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Alex Cora argued that the baseball had too much dirt on it and should be removed from play; it was Alex Cora's first career MLB ejection.

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Alex Cora formally assumed the role on November 2,2017, following the World Series.

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Alex Cora was ejected by home plate umpire James Hoye between the fifth and sixth innings for arguing balls and strikes.

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Alex Cora became the fifth rookie manager to win a World Series, the others being Bob Brenly in 2001, Ralph Houk in 1961, Eddie Dyer in 1946, Bucky Harris in 1924.

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In voting for the AL Manager of the Year Award, Alex Cora finished second to Bob Melvin of the Oakland Athletics.

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On November 14,2018, the Red Sox announced that they had renegotiated Alex Cora's contract, including an extension through the 2021 season, with a club option for 2022.

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Alex Cora was interviewed during MLB's investigation of the Astros, with the Red Sox offering their "full cooperation".

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Alex Cora issued a statement of his own saying that he "did not want to be a distraction" to the team.

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Alex Cora was re-hired as the Red Sox' manager on November 6,2020, on a two-year contract for the 2021 and 2022 seasons, with a club option for the 2023 and 2024 seasons.

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Alex Cora has four children, including twins born during the 2017 season.

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Alex Cora is a 2006 inductee of the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame.

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From February 2013 to November 2016, Alex Cora was a color analyst for baseball on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

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Alex Cora was involved in relief help for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria in 2017.

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