Red Sox Notebook: What Alex Cora Could Bring to the Table as Manager
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Alex Cora could be the solution to many of the issues the Boston Red Sox faced this season, just so long as he upholds his reputation as an excellent communicator.
“In Alex we have found a natural leader to guide our clubhouse,” Red Sox principal owner John Henry said during a press release. “We could not have found a better match for our players, our front office and for where we intend to go over the coming year as an organization.”
One of the biggest struggles for the Sox this past season was lack of leadership. Cora, who has experienced what its like to win a World Series Championship in Boston, could help fill the role that has been vacant since the retirement of David Ortiz.
Cora also has a reputation of working well with young players. This past season, former manager John Farrell was not able to draw the best performances out of the team’s younger players.
Cora could make all the difference for the team, considering many of its core returnees (Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers) are on the younger end of the spectrum.
Red Sox show support for injured Celtic Gordon Hayward
Boston Celtics small forward Gordon Hayward’s season came to an abrupt halt in the team’s season opener.
Just six minutes into the game, Hayward suffered a leg injury, which was later diagnosed as a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia. He underwent surgery last week and is expected to be out for the rest of the season.
Since the surgery, several Red Sox players including Chris Sale, Andrew Benintendi, Hanley Ramirez, and Jackie Bradley Jr. took to social media to show their support for Hayward.
The heartfelt messages from these players demonstrate the close-knit community among professional athletes here in Boston.
Ramirez’s post to Hayward summed up this sentiment with the caption: “Best of luck on the recovery and remember there is no better city in the entire world than Boston to be standing strong behind you. #bostonstrong”
Dustin Pedroia out until May with knee injury
The Red Sox announced on Wednesday afternoon in a press release that Dustin Pedroia is expected to be sidelined due to injury for approximately 7 months.
According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, Pedroia underwent left knee cartilage restoration surgery on Wednesday morning.
This isn’t a new injury for Pedroia— it is the same injury that kept him sidelined for most of the 2017 season. How will his injury impact the team going into spring training?