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 ... On 11/14/18, the Red Sox and Cora agreed to new terms on a contract, including a 1-year extension through the 2021 season, with a club option for 2022 ... Has won 3 World Series as a manager (2018 Red Sox), bench coach (2017 Astros), and player (2007 Red Sox) ... Is 1 of 4 individuals to win a World Series with the Red Sox as both a manager and a player ... Became only the 2nd Puerto Rican-born manager in MLB history...Edwin Rodriguez managed 163 games for the Marlins during the 2010-11 seasons ... Also became only the 2nd Latino manager ever to win a World Series, joining Ozzie Guillén (Venezuela, 2005 White Sox) ... 2018: In his MLB managerial debut, led the Red Sox to a World Series title, MLB's best record, and a franchise-record 108 wins (108-54, .667) ... Finished 2nd in BBWAA AL Manager of the Year voting. His 108 wins are the 2nd-most ever for an individual in his 1st season as an MLB manager, trailing only Ralph Houk (1961 Yankees, 109-53) ... The only other Red Sox manager to win 100+ games in his 1st season with the club is Jake Stahl (105 in 1912) ... Led the Red Sox to a 15-win improvement from 2017-18 (93-69 in 2017), the 3rd-largest in MLB last season ... The Sox won the AL East title and finished 8.0 games ahead of the 2nd-place Yankees, Boston's largest margin of victory since the division was formed in 1969 ... Became the 5th individual to win a World Series in a 1st season as an MLB manager, joining Bob Brenly (2001, ARI), Ralph Houk (1961, NYY), Eddie Dyer (1946, STL), and Bucky Harris (1924, WSH) (source: Elias) ... Led the Red Sox to an 11-3 postseason record, defeating NYY (3-1), HOU (4-1), and LAD (4-1) ... Became the 5th person to lead the Red Sox to a World Series title in his managerial debut with the team, joining John Farrell (2013), Terry Francona (2004), Ed Barrow (1918), and Jake Stahl (1912) ... Was ejected once, on 8/3 vs. NYY by home plate umpire Adam Hamari in the 1st inning ... Initiated 43 replay challenges; 22 calls were overturned (51.2%) ... Had 44 players appear in a game, including 21 position players (4 rookies) and 23 pitchers (8 rookies)...2 players made their ML debuts, and another 9 players made their Red Sox debuts ... Was the youngest Red Sox manager at the start of a season since Kevin Kennedy (40 in 1995) ... Earned his 1st managerial win on 3/30 at TB (W1-0) ... Helped lead the Sox to the best 10-game (9-1) and 19-game (17-2) starts in franchise history ... According to Elias, became only the 4th individual since 1900 to win at least 9 of his first 10 games as a ML manager, joining Pat Moran (PHI, 1915), Joe Morgan (BOS, 1988), and Mickey Callaway (NYM, 2018) ... According to Elias, the 2018 Red Sox are the only MLB team since 1900 to win at least 17 of their first 19 games with a manager in his 1st season with the club ... The only other Red Sox manager to win 17+ of his first 19 games with the club was Joe Morgan, who took over at the 1988 All-Star break and went 19-1 in his first 20 games in his managerial debut ... When the Sox moved to 85-35 on 8/12, joined Ralph Houk of the 1961 Yankees as the only 1st-year managers to lead their clubs to 50 games over .500 (source: Elias) ... When the Sox improved to 90-39, became only the 2nd manager in MLB history to win 90 games before his 130th game managed, joining Cap Anson of the 1879-80 White Stockings (source: STATS) ... Earned his 100th win as manager on 9/12 vs. TOR ... 2017: Made his MLB coaching debut as the Astros' bench coach ... Helped lead HOU to a 101-61 record, the AL West Division title, and the 1st World Series championship in franchise history ... Was the general manager for the Puerto Rico team that finished 2nd in the 2017 World Baseball Classic ... 2012-16: Served as general manager for 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.
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 championship 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 1996 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.
In the Community: In his first season as Red Sox manager in 2018, took part in several meet-and-greet events and community initiatives that benefit the Red Sox Foundation ... On 1/30/18, helped deliver nearly 10 tons of supplies to aid Hurricane Maria recovery efforts in Puerto Rico... The JetBlue plane cargo included medical supplies and vaccines, water filtration systems, first aid kits, flashlights, and diapers...In his hometown of Caguas, helped distribute food, water, and supplies to nearly 300 families, as well as baseball equipment to roughly 100 children ... At Red Sox Winter Weekend in January 2018 and '19, signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans ... In December 2017, visited Shriners Hospital and The BASE as part of the annual Red Sox Holiday Caravan ... Interacted with fans at Christmas at Fenway in 2017.