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Alex Cora has never been the kind of player, or coach to shy away from using new information to gain an advantage to help his team win.
During his interview, he mentioned that the Red Sox will install new shifts that will cater to raw data that is obtained. In addition to that, he says he will not refer to analytics as that, but rather an information that will benefit the team.
Cora is coming to Boston after leaving Houston, who is one of the top teams in all of baseball in incorporating data and analytics.
The Red Sox have been a team to adopt and adapt quickly to the ever-changing data that has become more and more critical in today’s baseball games. This started with former GM’s, Theo Epstein, continued with Ben Cherington, and now is being used by Tony LaRussa, Dave Dombrowski and the rest of the Baseball Operations department.
The Red Sox have already benefited from advanced data analysis and implementation on the pitching front with the hiring of Brian Bannister and Dave Bush during the 2015 season. Under former Red Sox pitching coach, Carl Willis the Red Sox pitching staff finished this past season second in the American League. The numbers are fantastic with an ERA of 3.70 / BAA of .245 / K/9 9.59. Now with Dana Levangie in charge, they look for even further improvement.
However, under former hitting coach Chili Davis, the Red Sox went from a team that was second in the American League in offensive categories to 10th this past season. They had a team average of .258, 785 runs scored, 168 home runs, and 735 RBI’s.
These stats were all on the downward side compared to where they were in 2016, when they were second in the American League with a team average of .282, hitting 208 home runs, and driving in 836.
Recently, the Red Sox announced the hiring of former player Ramon Vasquez as their “control coach.” His job on Cora’s staff will be that of a liaison between the Baseball Operations department and that of the managerial staff of Cora and his coaches. His duties will include breaking down stats and being able to communicate the data to the players in a language that they will be able to understand and implement.
Another hiring in the Analytical department is that of Steve Lagone. He will be the Manager of Advanced Scouting and ,along with advanced scout JT Watkins, will help break down the data that Vasquez gets and help Cora to use and implement it into the planning for games.
The Red Sox believe that the skills Cora learned during his tenure with the Astros along with the help from both Vasquez and Watkins will aid in the implementation of data and the hopeful revival of the Sox lineup.