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Alex Cora named Red Sox manager

Discussion in 'Red Sox Forum' started by RedOctober3829, Oct 21, 2017.

  1. DeadlySplitter

    DeadlySplitter Member SoSH Member

    Cora will be introduced at noon today
  2. Harry Hooper

    Harry Hooper Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    And then the countdown clock to his firing will commence:

  3. bosox0192

    bosox0192 lurker

  4. Kun Aguero

    Kun Aguero lurker

    A former manager needs a job. Used to be a pitching coach iirc. Naaahhh. Probably wouldn't work out.
    Anyways, have they spoken to Righetti or asked permission to? I can't see what it would hurt to ask. Wouldn't he be the best option now?
  5. Al Zarilla

    Al Zarilla Member SoSH Member

    I asked that question upthread, probably others have too, and nobody’s responded so far.
  6. rembrat

    rembrat Well-Known Member Bronze Supporter SoSH Member

  7. Laser Show

    Laser Show Well-Known Member Bronze Supporter SoSH Member

  8. InsideTheParker

    InsideTheParker Member SoSH Member

    I need to learn more Spanish.
  9. geoduck no quahog

    geoduck no quahog Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    Going through some old articles about pitching coach searches this fall. Here are names that came up:

    Indians: Steve Karsay (Clippers Coach)
    Indians: Scott Atchison (Former Red Sox...currently hired as bullpen coach)
    Twins: Dan Warthen (ruined many a staff, apparently)
    Twins: Derek Lilliquist (Cardinals)
    Twins: Jeremy Hefner (Twins video scout)
    Cardinals: Brian Eversgerd (AAA)
    Cardinals: Cal Eldred (Special Asst)
    Dodgers: Rick Honeycutt (long shot)
    Giants: Frank Viola (Mets AAA)
    Giants: Darryl Scott (Rockies)
    Giants: Dave Burba
    Giants: Darren Balsley (Padres...and best name ever)
    Phillies: Rick Kranitz (Asst Coach)

    ...just thought I'd research some other names being thrown around in various cities.
  10. pjr

    pjr Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member


    Sean McAdam‏ @Sean_McAdam 26m26 minutes ago

    Asked if it will be a "goal" to stay under CBT in 2018, Dombrowski answers, simply: "No." John Henry later confirmed the same
  11. 4-6-3

    4-6-3 Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    While you're on a roll, another name: Rich Dubee (former Tigers, Phillies and Marlins coach)
  12. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

    No idea. But it couldnt hurt. this Dodgers team had a great success with doubles and homeruns, at a more friendly pitcher's park. Plus, he preaches patience at the plate.

    He also has familiarity with the Red sox organization by subbing in for Colbrunn and scouting for the team previously.
  13. Merkle's Boner

    Merkle's Boner Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    Really impressed by Cora in this press conference. So relaxed, being familiar with all of the reporters he knew from his days here. Not just giving canned responses but really thoughtful in the way he is responding. Good first impression for me.
  14. soxhop411

    soxhop411 Member SoSH Member


    “@ByChrisMason: Craig Kimbrel could be used differently in 2018. Cora says he believes there are times when your best pitcher needs to get outs before 9th.”
    #314 soxhop411, Nov 6, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2017
  15. mikeot

    mikeot Member SoSH Member

    Definitely in line with current managerial thinking, see: Tito, Hinch, Madden, Roberts
  16. Smiling Joe Hesketh

    Smiling Joe Hesketh All Hail King Boron Dope

    Kimbrel was in fact used that way early in the season, before later being switched to the 9th only, apparently at his request, IIRC

    This should be interesting to see play out
  17. Red(s)HawksFan

    Red(s)HawksFan Member SoSH Member

    In line with playoff usage, maybe. But how often was Cody Allen, Ken Giles, Wade Davis, or Kenley Jansen used in pre-9th inning situations?

    Allen entered 16 of 69 (23%) appearances before the 9th (3 times in the 7th)
    Giles entered 11 of 63 (17%) appearances before the 9th (all in 8th)
    Davis entered 1 of 59 (1.6%) appearances before the 9th (8th inning ahead by 6)
    Jansen entered 14 of 65 (21%) appearances before the 9th (all in 8th)
    Kimbrel entered 6 of 67 (9%) appearances before the 9th (all in 8th, all but one before All Star Break)

    So Tito and Roberts aren't averse to bringing in their closer earlier. Hinch seems to be slightly above average (guessing). Maddon did no such thing. And Farrell was in line with these other guys until Kimbrel expressed a desire for him to stop.

    It will indeed be curious to see if Kimbrel goes along with this idea...at least for the whole season. I firmly believe it is the pitcher more than the manager that drives this kind of usage.
  18. canderson

    canderson Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    Kimbrel was used this way in 2017 and told Farrell it shouldn't happen. Wonder if that changes.
  19. Van Everyman

    Van Everyman Member SoSH Member

    Pretty sure it was multiple innings CK objected to, not earlier innings.
  20. bosox0192

    bosox0192 lurker

    Nice story that I had never heard.

    After clinching the division in 2007, Cora brought a bottle of champagne up to the control room at Fenway to thank the A-V production crew.
  21. joe dokes

    joe dokes Member SoSH Member


    That's my recall, too. The extra 33% of pitches took a toll. Now, if Roberts means, use the best guy for the heart of the order in the 8th and someone else who doesn't suck for the 9th, then it will be interesting.
  22. H78

    H78 Fists of Millennial Fury! SoSH Member

    This stuff just doesn’t feel genuine anymore. Just rinse and repeat. So bored with the act.
  23. Papelbon's Poutine

    Papelbon's Poutine Homeland Security SoSH Member

    What stuff exactly?
  24. Kun Aguero

    Kun Aguero lurker

    New York Post is impressed. i don't know the writer at all. Don't ever read the paper. Just caught my eye.

    They are correct though. I think the Sox made the right choice. I love how he said in the PC that he wants to hear music blaring in the clubhouse after a win. “One thing I would love is to hear music after the game when we win,” Cora said. “That’s the cool part of the whole thing: play music. Enjoy, enjoy the moment because at the end of the day, to win a big league ballgame is hard. It’s hard enough and if you don’t enjoy it, if you don’t have fun doing it, it’s going to get to the point where it’s going to be like ‘Blah, this is not fun.’


    I can't wait for next year. Hopefully, there is a LOT of fun and a LOT of music being played. I think there will be. But they need some pop in the lineup. DD will get that done. I have no doubt.
  25. The Gray Eagle

    The Gray Eagle Member SoSH Member

    I like the sound of Cora's take on baserunning aggressiveness:
    "Cora also addressed how analytics can affect base running.

    “We’re going to take advantage of that,” he said. “I want them to take advantage of situations, understand base running is important but to understand the value of the outs. When can you be aggressive? When do you have to let the guy at the plate do damage? We’re going to do that."

    Seems like a real change compared to this:
    "I think we also recognize that the cardinal rule is don't ever make the first or third out at third base. But I will say this: the one thing that we have continued to try to do and it's worked in our favor -- it's also been at times a detriment -- is the outs recorded on base paths. We have instilled an aggressive style, that's part of who we are as a team, so I'm not going to fault Pedey for making an in-game decision, that didn't quite work out."

    From that same article: "The Red Sox led the majors in outs at home plate (29) and outs at third base (19). They were second for outs at second base (25)."

    And this:
    "While we recognize there are outs -- last night we ran into three of them -- we always try to instill pushing the envelope, being the aggressor," Farrell said. "There comes a price with that. But I think there's something to be said for creating opportunities that might not be as obvious as the out itself."

    Cora is already talking about situations and understanding the value of outs, which was missing from Farrell's constant talk of always being aggressive last year.

    Aggressive baserunning is great, as long as the situation is factored in. Cora is already talking about being aggressive at the right time, instead of aggressive all the time, which is an important distinction that seemed to be missing from last year's Red Sox on the bases.
  26. drbretto

    drbretto guidence counselor SoSH Member

    Yes! This is EXACTLY what many of us have been talking about, and the fact that he's talking about this already, I have to think that this is a concern that DD had in the first place, and has likely had conversations with Cora specifically about this. This is exactly what I want from management. I think Cora is going to be a really nice boon for this team. Imagine all the talent on this team, but with situational awareness to boot.
  27. John Marzano Olympic Hero

    John Marzano Olympic Hero has fancy plans, and pants to match Dope

    Yes. A million times yes to this.

    No one wants the Red Sox to play station-to-station baseball. For one thing it's not pleasant to watch but the other thing is that it's much more difficult to score runs. On the other hand, you don't want your players running around the bases as if their hair was on fire either. Last year the Red Sox made more stupid base running blunders than any other Sox team that I've ever seen.

    And Farrell's reaction was, "Welp, we try to be aggressive and if things happen, then they happen!" Which is insane to me.

    From his comments, Cora knows that there's a time to be aggressive and push the defensive team into screwing up -- the Sox did that a bit last year too and were able to take advantage. But Cora also knows that a lot of times, it's just not going to work and you ran yourself out of an inning.

    We all know that outs are sacred, theoretically you can play all night if the other team never records that 27th out, so you don't make it easy for them. I'm glad that we finally have a manager who understands that.
  28. RedOctober3829

    RedOctober3829 Member SoSH Member

    Red Sox promoted Dana Levangie to pitching coach. That is an interesting choice to say the least.

  29. DeadlySplitter

    DeadlySplitter Member SoSH Member

    No one else left on market?
  30. SoxinSeattle

    SoxinSeattle Member SoSH Member

    Wow. Is it common for a pitching coach to never have pitched? He has worked his way up quite nicely from one time bullpen catcher and he's a local boy. I'll be rooting for him.
  31. soxhop411

    soxhop411 Member SoSH Member


    Also. Someone likes the hire
  32. joe dokes

    joe dokes Member SoSH Member


    Off the top of my head, Rube Walker was the Mets pitching coach in the late 60s and 70s. He was a backup catcher for 11 MLB seasons. Not only did the likes of Seaver, Koosman, Ryan and McGraw get their starts under Walker, all pitched usefully (or better) well into the 1980s. (all into their 40s, except McGraw, who finished at 39).

    He might be an exception, but there are probably a few others.

    Dave Duncan might be the most famous.
    #332 joe dokes, Nov 8, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2017
  33. MiracleOfO2704

    MiracleOfO2704 not AWOL SoSH Member

    Like most of you, I’ve been going to Red Sox games for most of my life. I even remember LeVangie as the bullpen catcher in the mid-90s, warming up the likes of Jeff Suppan and Kerry Lacy. Of those three, I don’t think you could’ve ever convinced me that it’d be LeVangie guiding Red Sox pitchers 20 years later.
  34. joe dokes

    joe dokes Member SoSH Member

    Yeah. I began to think of it being more realistic when he continued to survive regime changes, but its still quite the move up the organizational ladder.
  35. Dewey'sCannon

    Dewey'sCannon Well-Known Member Silver Supporter

    As a former catcher, I'd venture to say that there's a lot that could be learned about pitching from spending 20 years in the bullpen (including SP's pre-game warm-ups). How many different pitchers has he seem come through in that time - gotta be well over 100.
  36. streeter88

    streeter88 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    Bullpen was a strength last year, so LeVangie must have been doing something right. That said, the Red Sox have solved one problem, but created another -- they need a bullpen coach now.
  37. streeter88

    streeter88 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    Yep. Great call all around. Really excited for Cora, and looking forward to the GM moves that will refresh the lineup.
  38. Ted Cox 4 president

    Ted Cox 4 president Member SoSH Member

    Norm Sherry is another one--catcher, then coach (also manager).
  39. Rovin Romine

    Rovin Romine Johnny Rico Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    They need a Porcello/E-rod whisperer. A good bullpen is a plus. The Sox could do fine with a slightly-worse Sale, a full season of Price, and a repeat from Pom, plus two. They'd do better with a slight downtick for the bullpen, the main three, and resurgent seasons from Porcello and E-Rod.

    (Not sayng that LeVangie can't help those two, but they're the most needed fixes on the club.)
  40. InsideTheParker

    InsideTheParker Member SoSH Member

    Maybe Ziegler is using the word "incredible" literally?
  41. Norm Siebern

    Norm Siebern Member SoSH Member

    Joe Becker was a former catcher who was the pitching coach for the Dodgers who helped to oversee Sandy Koufax's transformation (and Don Drysdale) then went on to St. Louis to help Bob Gibson solidify his greatness while tutoring the beginnings of Steve Carlton and Nelson Briles.
  42. Red(s)HawksFan

    Red(s)HawksFan Member SoSH Member

    I'm ignorant as to what a bullpen coach's job is other than answering the phone and making sure that the right guy(s) warms up. Is he a secondary pitching coach, as LeVangie's promotion would indicate or is the job less than that and LeVangie is a unique case?
  43. nvalvo

    nvalvo Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    And remember all, we also have Bannister in his hybrid FO/coach role.
  44. Al Zarilla

    Al Zarilla Member SoSH Member

    During the Giants run, and before, maybe, Mike Krukow always gave a lot of credit to Mark Gardner, Giants bullpen coach, for working with pitchers down there. Of course, Dave Righetti got most of the National attention. Krukow’s an old pitcher and I always assumed he knew what he was talking about. I wonder where Gardner is going now.
  45. DrewDawg

    DrewDawg Dorito Dink SoSH Member

  46. BigPapiMPD34

    BigPapiMPD34 lurker

    I would think saying a bullpen coach's job is to answer the phone would be like saying a CPA's job is to send emails. Answering the phone or sending an email is simply an administrative task that accounts for about 1% of their job description.

    LeVangie's role with the team last year (in addition to "bullpen coach") was also the catching coordinator, along with advanced scouting, which him and Butterfield led. Alex Cora mentioned today that LeVangie would have been qualified to be the hitting coach as well. It seems like every coach on the team has a title, and then various roles and responsibilities on top of that. I imagine that is the same for every team in MLB, but not completely sure. See below for what I have gathered for the new coaching staff:

    Alex Cora - Manager
    Ron Roenicke - Bench Coach
    Tom Goodwin - 1B Coach / OF Instructor / Baserunning Instructor
    Carlos Febles - 3B Coach / IF Instructor
    Tim Hyers - Hitting Coach
    Andy Barkett - Asst. Hitting Coach
    Dana LeVangie - Pitching Coach
    Brian Bannister - Asst. Pitching Coach (not confirmed)
    TBD - Bullpen Coach / Catching Instructor
    Ramon Vazquez - "Quality Control" Coach
  47. bg1025

    bg1025 lurker

    Interesting tidbit I just realized. "Quality Control" coach Ramon Vazquez was traded to the Sox for none other than Dave Roberts, and was traded from the Sox for..... Alex Cora.
  48. BuellMiller

    BuellMiller lurker

    Maybe they can also bring on Jay Payton as the TBD Bullpen Coach/Catching instructor, until he complains his way out of town that he should have had one of the other better roles.
  49. soxhop411

    soxhop411 Member SoSH Member

    New bullpen coach

  50. Snodgrass'Muff

    Snodgrass'Muff oppresses WARmongers Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    I like him already.

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