Alex Cora’s time as a manager has an expiration date.
Being an MLB manager generally is a job that comes with a series of firings over the course of a career, even for the best. But there are some – Buck Showalter and Dusty Baker among them – who will bounce from club to club, managing for as long as someone will allow them to.
But the Boston Red Sox manager, who is 46, has no such desire.
“I love the game, I love what I do, I love managing here in this city,” Cora said Wednesday on WEEI's "Merloni, Fauria and Mego". “But my boys turn five in July, and it’s going to get to the point where you want to be part of Little League or basketball or football or whatever they decide to do, you want to be a part of it. I don’t see myself managing as long as (Terry Francona), Tony (La Russa), Mike Scioscia, those guys. I respect them but it’s very hard. Can you imagine managing in Boston for 20 years doing this? It’s not easy.
“One of the things that always intrigues me is building a team. I was a GM in winter ball in Puerto Rico, I was the GM for our national team in the last (World Baseball Classic). So we’ll see, time will tell what I’ll do in this sport. I’ll always be around, but one thing is for sure: I’m not going to be the guy that works as a manager for 20 years.”
Managing anywhere is a grind, but in some markets it’s just a little tougher, and Boston is one of them.
For now, Cora is under a two-year contract with the Sox, with a club option to extend him in 2023 and 2024.