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The Alex Cora Difference

Discussion in 'Red Sox Forum' started by TheoShmeo, Aug 2, 2018.

  1. Nevermore

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    During the broadcast last night, they showed some stats about Price's great record with the home plate umpire. I'm curious if that was a significant factor in Cora's decision to start Price on short rest? If so, might that be an emerging trend in playoff decision-making?
     
  2. dhappy42

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  3. Minneapolis Millers

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    Solid choice. Melvin took a low payroll team that suffered huge losses to its rotation and won 97 games. Impressive.
     
  4. gixer1k

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    Yep, no issues with Melvin winning it.

    I'm guessing Cora wouldn't trade his latest trophy for it either.
     
  5. Detts

    Detts Member SoSH Member

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    The vote happens before the playoffs.
     
  6. brandonchristensen

    brandonchristensen mad photochops SoSH Member

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    Melvin and Cash deserved it. But I’m quite happy with Cora.
     
  7. DennyDoyle'sBoil

    DennyDoyle'sBoil Found no thrill on Blueberry Hill SoSH Member

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    I heard a snippet of an Alex Cora interview today that apparently was broadcast on XMSirius on the Duke Basketball Coach's show on the college basketball channel (I'm not going to try to spell his name -- the guy with the K). Anyone have a link? It sounded interesting.
     
  8. Al Zarilla

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    Mike Shashefski?
     
  9. drbretto

    drbretto guidence counselor SoSH Member

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    They say that the playoffs don't count for the voting here, but I think they will count for next year. IMO, Cora is 2019 manager of the year until someone steals it from him.
     
  10. joe dokes

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  11. tims4wins

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    It's Kroojewooski

     
  12. Al Zarilla

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  13. LesterFan

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  15. Al Zarilla

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    Yes, and also award the AL and NL pennants to the teams that gained the most wins year over year! After 10 years of that, turn the final standings upside down to determine playoff rivals. Endless possibilities!
     
  16. Papelbon's Poutine

    Papelbon's Poutine Homeland Security SoSH Member

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    Honestly who gives a shit? It would have been cool but end of day...?

    I’ve listened to Keefe whine about JD not making top three for mvp for like a week and his tent pole was ‘when it comes time to vote for HoF, these things matter! I’m going to be really upset if I look back years from now and he finished 6th or 7th!’

    Right. Because voters are sitting around and saying ‘well if he had only finished third that year instead of fifth, I’d vote for. But now....’ Winning mvp or cya sure, but stuff like moy or roy are pretty inconsequential in the grand scheme.
     
  17. Lose Remerswaal

    Lose Remerswaal Leaves after the 8th inning Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    How great is this news?

    And no one is talking about it?
     
  18. mt8thsw9th

    mt8thsw9th anti-SoSHal SoSH Member

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    A guy who can't even beat Bob Melvin? Consider me unimpressed.
     
  19. joe dokes

    joe dokes Member SoSH Member

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    Wasn't Bob Melvin the guy who used to sub for Ted Sarandis on late nite WEEI in the early 80s?
     
  20. Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat

    Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat has big, douchey shoulders Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I loved him with the Blue Notes
     
  21. joe dokes

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    I never realized Melvin was such a cheapskate, though. With all that access to Howard Hughes's money, you'd think he'd throw a few dollars at the A's.




    (oh my goodness gracious, baseball season may never get here......)
     
  22. dcmissle

    dcmissle Deflatigator Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    It’s tremendous. It’s the right thing and the smart thing.
     
  23. InsideTheParker

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    Too bad they had to raise ticket prices to pay for it.
     
  24. Pozo the Clown

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    The ticket price increase is to pay for Harper and Machado, not Cora's raise! ;)
     
  25. The Gray Eagle

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    For perspective on what the Manager of the Year award is worth, remember that John McNamara won it in 1986.
     
  26. DeadlySplitter

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    this is from Cafardo's Sunday notes [blech], but Cora had some comments on 2019. I really like Cora calling out players who could do better even off of a championship season. (I'll quote the whole section because screw Cafardo)

     
  27. soxhop411

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    Ok. That Cora Special on MLBN was amazing.

    We are lucky to have him as our manager.
     
  28. MakeMineMoxie

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    I was getting goose-bumps all the way through it. Loved the back story on Nunez in G1 of the WS.
     
  29. santadevil

    santadevil Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Agreed. I was dead tired when I got home last night after being on the road most of the day.
    I still stayed up for the entire thing, because I was looking forward to it.

    The Eovaldi part had me in rapt attention. At the time, watching him go back out for inning after inning, I was in amazement. Nate just kept getting outs. And knowing how much he had already thrown in the days before, my respect kept going up and up. One of the best pitching performances I've ever seen and I'm happy those guys recognized it, especially Cora. I know we were told about it right away, but hearing it over and over is great.
     
  30. drbretto

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    My cable company doesn't carry MLB network. Id anyone happens to run into a link for this, could you let us know? :)

    I've been looking but I haven't seen anything. I'm not sure if that means I'm not looking in the right place or if it's just not out there.
     
  31. InstaFace

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  32. leftfieldlegacy

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    Try this link to MLB Network. I think this is what you are looking for
    https://www.mlb.com/video/cora-on-bringing-trophy-to-pr/c-2522657283?tid=105943036
    They have it set up as a series of short videos that auto play one after the other so it is fairly seamless.
     
  33. drbretto

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    Thanks! It took me a minute to get it, lol, but it works!

    Edit: It does seem like there's some gaps, though, so if anyone happens on a full clip, still post it!
     
    #433 drbretto, Feb 13, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2019
  34. brandonchristensen

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    Sorry just saw this. I only get notifications when on my computer, I don't use the app.
     
  35. Sin Duda

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    Soxhop411 - thank you for alerting us to this video. Leftfieldlegacy, than you for providing the link. I have to admit I got little misty during the Eovaldi section. It certainly made me thirsty for spring training to begin.
     
  36. canderson

    canderson Fomenting voting confusion and angst since 2016 Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    I cried during the WS G3 talk. That Cora special is, well, special.
     
  37. DeadlySplitter

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    he also helped Mookie to stop pressing (at least a bit) and hit the HR in game 5.
     
  38. uncannymanny

    uncannymanny Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Thanks to whoever bumped this yesterday in time for me to get the 2am show on the DVR. Can’t wait to watch it tonight.
     
  39. Al Zarilla

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    That bit about positioning hitters and where to play Joe Mauer was funny. Cora’s guys study the data and decide the outfielders should be all swung around to the left, with Mookie in right center, crazy for a strong left handed hitter. Sure enough, Mauer hits it right at Mookie, who after he catches it pulls out his cheat sheet, points to it and Cora in the dugout, laughing. Pretty obvious the players bought into what this guy was selling, all year long.
     
  40. Reverend

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    And, of course, that is also the immanent MVP loudly proclaiming his "buy in" to other team members. That's good leadership, good club house, etc--the total package.
     
  41. canderson

    canderson Fomenting voting confusion and angst since 2016 Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Alex Cora is a tremendous human being and we are blessed to have him part of our favorite franchise. He oozes class out of every pore.

     
  42. MuzzyField

    MuzzyField Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    And competence... a nice combination!
     
  43. jacklamabe65

    jacklamabe65 A New Frontier butt boy Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I almost don't worry who will play out their free agency with this man at the helm. Seriously.
     
  44. bobesox

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    Alex Cora one hour special being aired on MLBN at noon today. Preseason game w NYY follows at 1
     

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