Why The Red Sox Need A Lot More Than A New Manager

https://www.sports-reference.com/blog/category/baseball-reference-com/Red Sox General Manager Dave Dombrowsi officially named https://www.sports-reference.com/blog/category/baseball-reference-com/https://www.sports-reference.com/blog/category/baseball-reference-com/Astros bench coach Alex Cora as the team’s new manager. Cora will take over for the fired John Farrell next season. Cora is also the fourth manager for the  Red Sox in six years.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Although Farrell did enjoy some success in Boston a world title in 2013 plus two consecutive division titles he was often criticized for the way he handled his players. Enter Alex Cora, Cora spent the past season as the Astros bench coach and winning the world series. It marks his second world series championship including his time as a player in Boston in 2004.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In Cora, the  Red Sox get a younger manager with a fresh new approach. He is relatively the same age as the core of his team. The current nucleus of Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley, Mookie Betts and Xander Bogarts is still very young.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The main problem with the Red Sox last year was the clubhouse. One player in particular David Price was the bad apple amongst the group. In an incident on the team plane Price had an argument with Red Sox broadcaster Dennis Eckersley. The incident did not sit well with the Red Sox media and fans. This incident is one of the main reasons Farrell was fired.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Veteran second baseman Dustin Pedroia also had an incident with Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. Pedroia apparently went back and forth with Machado and embarrassing his teammates.                                                                                                                                                                                Behavior like this is what sets the Red Sox apart from winning and losing. Their playoff record the past two seasons is 1-6 at the hands of the Houston Astros.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In order for Cora to gain the respect of his players, he’ll need to put his foot down early. Distractions such as these need to be addressed n spring training if the manager is to gain any credibility.                                                                                                                                                                                           Being a first_ year manager is not an easy task for anyone young or old. Being a manager in Boston can be even more difficult The Red Sox not only need a new manager but strong character players to bring another championship to Boston.

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