Alex Cora, a utility infielder for the Red Sox from 2005-08, is considered a top major league managerial candidate this offseason. He could receive interviews with multiple teams in pursuit of a new skipper.
The 41-year-old Cora has served as a Winter Ball manager in Puerto Rico. Rusney Castillo has played for him.
He spent 2017 serving as Astros bench coach under manager A.J. Hinch. It marked his first year on a major league coaching staff.
“His first year of coaching has gone well given his ability to connect with players and given his baseball intellect,” Hinch said recently. “He’s very sharp, sees the game in an extraordinarily deep way, has really connected well with players in our clubhouse and spent a lot of time developing relationships and being the bench coach liaison to the clubhouse that I asked him to be.
“I think he’s grown and I think that’s key because it’s not easy to just, no matter how long your career, to jump into a coaching role. Trust me, I know how things can go when you jump right into a job, it’s not easy.
“For him to be able to learn, to grow, to evolve, become a better coach, continued to learner of the game. Those are characteristics as to why he is a hot name in every opening that’s coming up so far this offseason or this postseason and why one day he’s going to manage, whether it’s now or later.”