The Red Sox have officially got their guy. Alex Cora has made his return to the team following his year suspension for the Astros Cheating Scandal. If you don’t like this move, you’re not rooting for the Sox to succeed.
Alex Cora's Impact on Players
Cora is the perfect manager to help elevate the Red Sox’s young talent. I think players like Yairo Munoz, Rafael Devers, Jonathan Araúz, and Alex Verdugo can flourish under Cora’s leadership and reach their full potential. Cora is also far more capable than Ron Roebuck, who coached the Sox through their miserable 2020. However, it is hard to blame Roenicke. He was thrust into the managerial position and did not have much to work with.
Impact on Free Agent Attraction
I also think that Cora will aid the Red Sox in attracting free agents. A stable managerial situation has to be much more attractive to free agents than the past one with Roenicke. Specifically, Cora’s hiring might boost the Red Sox chances for 2 top free agents. These 2 are George Springer and Michael Brantley. Both of these two have a connection to Cora, through the Astros, and both could fit into the Sox’s outfield with the looming departure of Jackie Bradley Jr. In my opinion, I’d rather have Brantley, but Springer wouldn’t be the worst addition under Cora.
Impact on Lineups
Additionally, I think Cora is better at formulating lineups than Roenicke. I don’t think there will be a situation like when Roenicke benched Alex Verdugo against lefties. Verdugo hit multiple home runs off lefties and was still sometimes benched. This would not happen under Alex Cora. I also think Cora would be able to manage a lineup with a possible new outfield addition and I think he is capable of putting a competent lineup out there every game. I also hope to not see Kevin Plawecki pitch this upcoming year.
In all, Cora brings reassuring normalcy to the 2021 Red Sox, and he will be able to elevate the restored and revitalized Sox team. With a (hopefully) competent pitching staff and potential new additions in the field, the 2021 Red Sox are trending upwards under their new management.
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