The Boston Red Sox continue to make big moves.
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.
The Red Sox lost to the Houston Astros in the American League Division Series. Astros bench coach Alex Cora was seen as Boston's "top candidate" to replace Farrell.
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.
"I am extremely honored and humbled to be named manager of the Boston Red Sox and I want to thank Dave, John Henry, Tom Werner, and Sam Kennedy for giving me such a tremendous opportunity," said Cora in a press release issued by the Red Sox.
"Returning to the Red Sox and the city of Boston is a dream come true for me and my family and I look forward to working towards the ultimate goal of winning another championship for this city and its great fans.
"At the same time, I want to express my appreciation for Jim Crane, Jeff Luhnow, A.J. Hinch, and the entire Houston Astros organization for giving me the chance to start my coaching career. It has been a very special season and an incredible organization to be a part of and I am looking forward to the World Series and winning with this group."
A formal press conference with Cora and Dombrowski will be held at Fenway Park at a time to be determined. Dombrowski, Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner also expressed their thoughts on the hiring in a press release.
"We were very impressed when we interviewed Alex," said Dombrowski. "He came to us as a highly regarded candidate, and from speaking with him throughout this process, we found him to be very knowledgeable, driven, and deserving of this opportunity. He is a highly respected and hardworking individual who has experience playing in Boston.
"Alex also has a full appreciation for the use of analytical information in today's game and his ability to communicate and relate to both young players and veterans is a plus. Finally, the fact that he is bilingual is very significant for our club."
"In Alex we have found a natural leader to guide our clubhouse," said Henry. "He is extremely smart with a dedication to what it takes to be successful in today's game on the field.
His baseball acumen and his ability to think strategically are uncommon for someone his age. We could not have found a better match for our players, our front office and for where we intend to go over the coming year as an organization."
"As someone who has played in Boston and knows what it takes to win here, Alex is uniquely positioned to instill a championship culture," said Werner.
"Baseball is in his blood and we could not be more pleased to have found someone so accomplished to lead our team. Welcome home, Alex."