The Boston Red Sox continue to make big moves.
It was announced on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 that the MLB (Major League Baseball) team had fired manager John Farrell after the Houston Astros eliminated it from the playoffs in four games on Monday, October 11th. Keep in mind that he did lead the Boston Red Sox to the 2013 World Series title, but that didn't buy him enough job security to get to the 2018 season.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports suggested in May that Farrell was potentially on the hot seat and he was right. Rosenthal cited two incidents that "raised questions about Farrell's leadership."
The Red Sox lost to the Houston Astros in the American League Division Series. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Astros bench coach Alex Cora is seen as Boston's "top candidate" to replace Farrell.
Baseball reporter Peter Gammons noted Red Sox President Dave Dombrowski received a recommendation regarding Cora from Houston manager A.J. Hinch. The Astros hired Cora to his current position in November 2016 after he played 14 seasons from 1998 through 2011. As a result, he's helped lead them to within two victories of the World Series this postseason.
Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe is reporting that Dombrowski was "expected to interview [Cora] on Sunday" while the Astros were off during their American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees.
David Lennon and Marc Carig of Newsday reported the New York Mets are also expected to interview Cora for their open manager position with the Astros in New York for the ALCS.
"He has a great personality," former teammate and current Astros player Carlos Beltran said of Cora, per Lennon and Carig. "He's intense, players like to see that. But at the same time, he's a guy that can sit down in the clubhouse with the players and have a baseball conversation."
Some people might not know but there is a clear connection with both franchises as Cora played for the Red Sox from 2006-08 and the Mets in 2009 and 2010.
Boston hired Farrell back in October 2012 after one disastrous season with Bobby Valentine as manager. The Red Sox went 69-93 with Valentine in 2012, but Farrell completed an incredible turnaround and led them to the 2013 World Series title in his first season, which is impressive.
Fast forward, Boston suffered through losing campaigns in 2014 and 2015 but bounced back in 2016 with an American League East crown and 93-69 record. This year, they lost in the AL Division Series. He was also the team's pitching coach from 2007 to 2010, a span that saw a World Series title and three playoff appearances.