July 16, 2024

Purple Sox

“My purpose right here is to maintain enjoying good baseball and assist these guys to get higher.”

Red Sox manager Alex Cora walks back to the dugout during the sixth inning of play against the Rangers at Fenway Park.
Alex Cora is presently signed via the 2024 season with Boston. Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe

Purple Sox crew president Sam Kennedy acknowledged on Thursday afternoon that the group could possibly be gearing up for a “broader search” because it tries to discover a substitute for the not too long ago fired Chaim Bloom. 

However may Boston go for an in-house substitute in Alex Cora?

Kennedy famous in his press convention Thursday that each he and the group anticipate Cora to return as supervisor for the 2024 season.

However Cora, whose present contract runs via 2024, didn’t reveal a lot data when requested if he was knowledgeable already that he’ll handle the ballclub subsequent season.

“After the season, I’ll be right here for just a little bit, do the press convention and prepare for subsequent season,” Cora stated, as reported by Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com. 

When pressed if Cora himself needed to return to the Purple Sox subsequent season, he didn’t budge. 

“I’ll end the season and spend a while right here,” Cora stated. “I’ll go residence and prepare for subsequent 12 months.”

ESPN insider Buster Olney tweeted shortly after Bloom’s firing that Cora could possibly be a possible candidate to run Boston’s baseball operations — following an identical script as Brad Stevens’ transfer from Celtics head coach to prime govt.

“Kennedy wouldn’t outright rule it out,” Cotillo added in response to Olney’s tweet. “It’s a profession path Cora wouldn’t thoughts pursuing. But it surely looks like they want an skilled chief who has achieved it earlier than.”

Cora has loads of expertise with the Purple Sox and this market already, and has an excellent rapport with the crew’s prime brass.

“That’s one thing that’s for the longer term,” Cora stated of a profession past managing, per Cotillo. “My purpose right here is to maintain enjoying good baseball and assist these guys to get higher. All people is aware of how I really feel about this recreation and no matter resolution we make sooner or later relies on my household and all that stuff. I believe, proper now, that is one thing that now we have to speak about as a gaggle, what we need to do.”

Regardless of Cora’s potential in a brand new position, Kennedy and the Purple Sox may go for extra within the subsequent the top of baseball ops.

“On the finish of the day, we’d like management,” Kennedy stated. “These are massive operations. So we’d like management that may assist proceed to construct the group from the underside up, proceed to advertise and broaden processes and procedures, medical, analytics, maintaining with this ever-changing recreation.

“And management that’s centered on profitable on the massive league degree. So it’s one thing we’ve all been making an attempt to do the final a number of years. And that will likely be a mandate going ahead.”

Cora is not any stranger to turnover within the baseball ops division, having gone via it with Boston in 2019 when Dave Dombrowski was fired over the ultimate weeks of the season. Nonetheless, that familiarity doesn’t soften a day when a baseball group opts to wave the white flag on an important cog in its management group.

“Clearly it’s a choice that possession made. They determined to go this route,” Cora stated, per Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe. “We labored collectively all these years and it’s by no means simple to listen to that. It’s by no means simple.”

The Purple Sox went 267-262 throughout Bloom’s tenure in Boston, with three last-place finishes standing as a tangible risk, based mostly on how Cora’s crew closes out these previous few weeks.

Nonetheless, given the robust hand that Bloom was dealt out of the gate in 2020 with each Cora’s season-long suspension and the Mookie Betts commerce, Cora empathized with the tough job that landed on Bloom’s shoulders.

“It was an excellent relationship. I believe we grew up,” Cora stated of Bloom. “Clearly, it wasn’t simple for him early on. I made my mistake and we paid the value. I nonetheless do not forget that day. He was the primary one there for me.

“We really had a terrific dialog Wednesday about the way forward for the group and what he envisioned. We grew up lots the previous couple of years. But it surely’s like in enterprise, proper. You don’t agree with every part that your companions do, proper? Or what they suppose. However on the finish of the day, you’re employed collectively for the good thing about your online business. It’s the identical factor right here.”