Dombrowski: Interview with Cora "went fine"


■ I've read that the Red Sox should hire Cora (I agree). The Astros had an off-day in NY today.

The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox will interview Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora on Sunday with the Astros in NY on an off day during the American League Championship Series. Alex Cora should be Boston's next manager.

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Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora (26) looks on during batting practice before the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. He retired in 2012 and went on to be the general manager for the Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican League, making it to the Caribbean Series within his first season there.

The Red Sox previously asked for and received permission from the Astros to speak with Cora, 41. The Astros hired Cora to his current position in November 2016 after he played 14 seasons from 1998 through 2011, and he's helped lead them to within two victories of the World Series this postseason.

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The Boston Red Sox lost to the Houston Astros in the American League Division Series but are now focusing on their managerial search. Cora would be the first.

Cafardo also linked Cora to the Phillies last week.

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Peter Gammons reported that Dombrowski spoke with Houston manager A.J. Hinch on Thursday. "He says he feels 'normal-ish.' That's, I think, a good thing to hear". Dombrowski has stated he has had an ongoing list of candidates even before the decision to fire Farrell was made, something which is not that unusual for a new president. Most new GMs and presidents want to hire their own manager when they take over, Dombrowski, it appears, is not the exception to this practice in the Major League Baseball.