Puerto Rico’s Alex Cora officially named new Red Sox manager

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A report by Jen McCaffrey for Mass Live.

It’s finally official.

The Red Sox named Alex Cora the 47th manager in franchise history on Sunday afternoon.

Cora, 42, who is still under contract as bench coach of the Houston Astros, agreed to a three-year deal with the Red Sox that runs through the 2020 season, with a club option for 2021.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to be named manager of the Boston Red Sox and I want to thank Dave (Dombrowski), John Henry, Tom Werner, and Sam Kennedy for giving me such a tremendous opportunity,” Cora said in a statement. “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.

Cora played 14 years in the majors, including four with the Red Sox under Terry Francona from 2005-2008 and was a part of the 2007 World Series team.

After retiring in 2012, he became general manager of the Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican League and led the team to the 2013 Caribbean Series in his first year on the job. Cora also served as the general manager for the Puerto Rico team that finished second in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

This past season was his first as bench coach for the Astros, who begin the World Series on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“We were very impressed when we interviewed Alex,” Dombrowski said in a statement. “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,” club owner John W. Henry in a statement. “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 years as an organization.”

The last former Red Sox player to go on to manage the team was Butch Hobson, an infielder in Boston from 1975-80 and manager from 1992-94.

Prior to being hired by the Astros as bench coach, Cora spent four years (2013-16) as a baseball analyst for ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

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