Managerial/Coaching Career Highlights: Named the 47th manager in Red Sox history on 10/22/17...Formally introduced at a press conference at Fenway Park on 11/6/17...Would be the youngest Red Sox manager at the start of a season since Kevin Kennedy (40 in 1995). Made his MLB coaching debut in 2017 as bench coach of the Astros, helping lead the club to a 101-61 record, the AL West Division title, and the 1st World Series championship in franchise history. Is the 8th person to win a World Series with the Red Sox as a player and then go on to manage the club, the 1st to do so since Heinie Wagner in 1930. Served as general manager for Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League in 5 consecutive winters, beginning with the 2012-13 offseason. Doubled as Caguas manager during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons...The 2016-17 Caguas club earned Puerto Rico its first Caribbean Series title since 2000. Was the general manager for the Puerto Rico team that finished 2nd in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Playing Career: His 16-year playing career included parts of 14 seasons in the majors with LAD (1998-2004), CLE (2005), BOS (2005-08), NYM (2009-10), TEX (2010), and WSH (2011). Played for current Red Sox bench coach Ron Roenicke in LAD's minor league system in 1997 (Double-A San Antonio) and 1998 (Triple-A Albuquerque). Made his ML debut with the Dodgers on 6/7/98 at SEA...In that game, his brother, Joey, batted leadoff and played 2B for the Mariners. On 5/12/04 with LAD vs. CHC, homered off Matt Clement to conclude an 18-pitch at-bat. Traded to BOS on 7/7/05 in exchange for current Red Sox coach Ramón Vázquez. Helped the Red Sox reach the postseason 3 times (2005, '07, '08)...Was on the World Series roster in 2007. Was teammates with Dustin Pedroia from 2006-08 (BOS) and with Mitch Moreland in 2010 (TEX)...Played for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009.
Personal: Full name is Jose Alexander Cora. Has 4 children: Camila, Jeriel, Xander, and Isander. His older brother, Joey, played parts of 11 ML seasons (1987, '89-98) and is currently the 3B coach for PIT. Spent 4 years (2013-16) as a baseball analyst for ESPN and ESPN Deportes, appearing on Baseball Tonight, Beisbol Esta Noche, and SportsCenter...Also contributed to ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio. Attended the University of Miami, helping lead the Hurricanes to the College World Series in each of his 3 years at the school (1994-96)...Following the 2006 season, ranked by Baseball America as the best defensive player in the college game...Selected by LAD in the 3rd round of the 1996 June Draft. Inducted into the University of Miami Hall of Fame in 2006.