BOSTON (AP) — Alex Cora brought a new voice and culture



BOSTON (AP) — Alex Cora brought a new voice and culture

Postby liny195 » 01 Apr 2019, 08:14

to the Boston Red Sox that helped propel them to their latest World Series title.The Red Sox rewarded him for bringing home a championship in his first year with the team by giving him a new contract with an additional guaranteed year through the 2021 season.The deal containing the extension was announced Wednesday by Boston also includes a club option for 2022.In his rookie season as a major league manager http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-j.j.-hardy-jersey , Cora guided the Red Sox to a franchise-record 108 victories and the team’s fourth championship in 15 seasons.He finished second in the AL Manager of the Year voting announced Tuesday.“We have consistently been impressed by Alex at every turn,” Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said in a statement. “His knowledge of the game, ability to connect with our players, and his incredible instincts and decisiveness led us to an historic championship season. We know we are in good hands and could not be more pleased to know he will be with us for the foreseeable future.”Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was in search of new direction for the club when he fired former manager John Farrell after back-to-back Al Division Series losses in 2016 and 2017.After the historic regular season, Cora then steered Boston past the 100-win Yankees and Astros in the AL playoffs before downing the Dodgers in the World Series.“For me, 2018 was not only historic, but it was special as well, both on and off the field,” Cora said in a statement. “We have a great appreciation for our accomplishments this past year, but now our focus moves forward to the season ahead and defending our World Series title.”During Boston’s run Cora got the best out his young talent, led by AL MVP favorite Mookie Betts. They shined in player-centric approach in which Cora encouraged an aggressive hitting mentality, lots of hit-and-runs and active running of the bases.Cora also the most out of his pitching staff Brad Brach Jersey , which included clutch performances in the postseason by Chris Sale and David Price. Neither pitcher had logged a playoff victory as a starter prior to this season.Price had a tough time acclimating to Boston’s rugged sports environment during his first two seasons of the seven-year, $217 million deal he signed in 2015.He’s found a groove late in the season, pitching the clinching Game 5 of the ALCS to help the Red Sox advance.“Just his demeanor. It doesn’t change,” Price said last month. “I know it’s easy to not change when your team wins 108 games in the regular season. But he hasn’t changed one bit.”A member of the Red Sox’s 2007 World Series title team as a player, Cora was the bench coach on Houston’s 2017 championship team. He learned from manager A.J. Hinch that being close to players would be beneficial.“Talking to players is not bad, having a relationship with players is not bad,” Cora said in describing his managerial philosophy. “Doing that, you’re going to get the best out of them. People may think that crossing that line is not helpful, but I see it the other way around, and I lived it.”Cora became the first manager from Puerto to guide a team to a championship. It came more than a year after Hurricane Maria devastated island, prompting Cora during initial contract negotiations last October to ask the Red Sox to help his people with relief efforts. Ownership responded by sending a chartered plane full of supplies.Days after winning the World Series, they again obliged Cora’s request to take the trophy to his hometown of Caguas http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-j.j.-hardy-jersey , Puerto Rico. On a night the longshot dream of the Tampa Bay Rays came to an end, the New York Yankees made as much news off the field than they did during the game.The Yankees used eight different pitchers in a 4-1 victory that eliminated the Rays from postseason contention. But it was other Yankees developments that made the real headlines.First of all, New York, with manager Aaron Boone continuing to deflect all questions regarding his wild card game starter, pushed Luis Severino back to Tuesday night’s second game of the series, going with a complete Rays-type bullpen game Monday.Article continues below ...The win, the Yankees’ 96th of the season, kept the Yankees 1 1/2 games ahead of the winning Oakland A’s for home field in the wild card game. The Yankees own the tiebreaker with Oakland by virtue of a better divisional record.Then, Didi Gregorius, who might have been lost for the season with torn cartilage in his right wrist, reported improvement and vowed he will play again this season.“I feel way better,” said Gregorius Craig Gentry Jersey , who was given a cortisone injection Sunday. “It’s a big improvement from yesterday to today. I’m feeling stronger. I’ll get some exercises in and wait to see what’s going to happen. … I said the same thing yesterday; I said I’ll be ready to go before the season ends.”Said Boone: “He felt significantly better obviously with some of the range of motion things he’s able to do. I would also temper it. The true indicator will come Wednesday when he’s re-evaluated, and we see how he does.”During the game, Aaron Hicks, who fouled a ball off his foot Saturday before getting the hit that led to Gregorius’ injury diving into home plate, left with left hamstring tightness. “Hopefully it’s nothing serious,” said Boone, who added Hicks will have a precautionary MRI Tuesday.Brett Gardner, who replaced Hicks in centerfield, drove in the go-ahead run and then made a spectacular catch to keep his team ahead.The Yankees, winning for only the second time in seven games at the Trop this season (10-18 over their last 28 there), went with the bullpen game to give their starters an extra day of rest, but Boone said nothing should be read into anything when it comes to the wild card game.“I think a lot of people have read too much into how Happ is set up right now Andrew Cashner Jersey ,” Boone said. “Happ is very much in the picture as a possibility for us and one of those good choices … but how it lines up right now isn’t by design or anything.”The Rays will go with reliever Jake Faria to at least start Tuesday night’s game, not as an “opener” but expected to give way to Jalen Beeks at some point.Tampa Bay came out of nowhere to make a bit of a late run at the A’s but just ran out of time.Tampa manager Kevin Cash, asked about the Yankees’ parade of relievers (two hits, 13 strikeouts), said, “I don’t think it’s fair for them to call it a bullpen day. It’s more like a closer day because they all just kind of come in there and they’ve all got … closing? It’s wipeout stuff from the second that (Chad) Green steps on the mound and out, they’re very special.”Zach Britton pitched the ninth for the save and is showing real signs of returning to his dominating days as an Orioles.Kevin Kiermaier was out of the Tampa lineup with a shoulder injury and catcher Nick Ciuffo left with a bruised hand.Severino is 7-2 with a 3.06 ERA lifetime against the Rays, 2-1 with a 3.43 in St. Petersburg. He is 2-1 against Tampa Bay this season but was strafed by the Rays in July.Mallex Smith is 3-for-10 (.300) against Severino, but both Jesus Sucre and Joey Wendle are 1-for-9 (.111) and Kiermaier is 3-for-23 (.130).
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