After letting Pat Murphy know he would not be getting the job, the search began for a new manager of the San Diego Padres. Sources are telling us who is being interviewed for the position, so let’s take a closer look.
It’s time to play Whack-a-Manager with Alex Cora!
Younger brother of former Padres infielder, Joey Cora, Alex was an infielder for six teams over 14 years. Cora was drafted in the 12th round of the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft by the Minnesota Twins, but did not sign a contract, deciding to play baseball at the University of Miami. While there, Cora was named to the College World Series all-tournament team in both 1995 and 1996. He led the team to the title game in 1996, a game they lost to Louisiana State University.
Cora was then drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1996 and made his major league debut on June 7, 1998.
After seven years with the Dodgers, Cora signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Indians in 2005. He was traded to the Boston Red Sox midway through the season. He stayed with Boston for three seasons and won a World Series with the club in 2007.
Cora spent the 2009 and part of the 2010 season with the New York Mets. On August 17, 2010, he signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, and was assigned to their Triple-A affiliate Oklahoma City. The Rangers released Cora on September 7. Despite only playing with the Rangers for 6 days, the Rangers ownership still rewarded Alex with an AL Championship ring.
In 2011 the Washington Nationals signed Cora as a free agent. He signed with the St Louis Cardinals in February of 2012 and retired in March of that year.
Cora lead Puerto Rico’s Caguas Criollos to the 2013 Caribbean Series in his first year as general manager of the club. Cora previously played for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic – both in 2006 and 2009.
Cora currently works as a color analyst for ESPN and ESPN Deportes.