Alex Cora was named the Astros bench coach on Nov. 15, 2016. The 14-year Major League veteran joined the Astros after a four-year stint (2013-16) as a TV analyst for ESPN and ESPN Deportes. In that role, Cora provided analysis on various platforms across both networks, including Baseball Tonight, Beisbol Esta Noche, SportsCenter and other studio programming. He also contributed to ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio. His broadcasting career followed a long career in the Majors, as he played for parts of 14 Major League seasons (1998-2011) with six different organizations. He played in a total of 1,273 Major League games, compiling a .243 (828x3408) batting average with 140 doubles, 35 home runs and 286 RBI. A middle infielder by trade, Cora appeared in 616 games at shortstop, 530 at second base, 48 at third base, 13 at first base and one game in left field. He had his best season with the 2002 Dodgers, as he hit .291 (75x258) with 14 doubles, 28 RBI, a .371 OBP and an .805 OPS in 115 games. He appeared in 13 postseason games in his career, making the playoffs with the Dodgers (2004) and Red Sox (2005, 2007-08), which included winning a World Series ring with Boston in 2007.