By JIMMY GOLEN, AP sports journalist
BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Red Sox chose Alex Cora’s option for two more seasons, rewarding their manager for taking them to the AL Championship Series in his first year back after serving his suspension from a year for theft of signs.
Cora, 46, is now under contract until 2024.
“Alex’s leadership on our staff and our players has been essential to everything we accomplished in 2021,” said baseball general manager Chaim Bloom. “With the entire Red Sox front office, I am delighted with these many years of continued partnership as we work together to bring another World Series trophy to Fenway Park.”
A former infielder who made the Boston squad for the 2007 world championships, Cora is 284-202 in three seasons as a manager.
In his first year, 2018, he led the club to a franchise record of 108 wins and a World Series title. Cora was fired a year later when he was identified as the leader of the Houston Astros fraud scandal.
After Ron Roenicke dealt with the pandemic shortened 2020 season, Cora was brought back to the Boston shelter. The Red Sox went 92-70, then beat the New York Yankees in the AL Jokers game and the Tampa Bay Rays in the divisional round before losing to the Astros in the ALCS.
“I am more than grateful for this opportunity to manage the Red Sox,” he said. “We have had so many special moments as a team and as a city in 2021, but we still have some unfinished business to deal with. “
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