Today, the Boston Red Sox officially announced that Alex Cora has been named the 47th manager in organization history.
“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,” Cora said to MLB.com.
He has been signed to a three-year contract, running through 2020, including a club-option for 2021.
Cora has been serving as the bench coach to the 2017 American League Champions, Houston Astros for this entire season.
The Puerto Rican native played for the Red Sox from ‘05-’08 as the shortstop.
In accordance of official MLB rules, the front-office and Cora will hold off on a formal news conference until the completion of the World Series.
Cora is excited to return to Boston as the city has always held a special place in his heart and is where he and his family want to be.
“Returning to the Red Sox and the city of Boston is a dream come true for me and my family,” Cora stated. “I look forward to working toward the ultimate goal of winning another championship for this city and its great fans.”
Cora then took the time to thank the Astros and the opportunities given to him there.
“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,”Cora said in his thank you to the team. “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.”