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“Managing the Red Sox was the hardest job I ever had” – Terry Francona.
Now one of Tito’s favorite players, is sitting in the very seat he occupied from 2004 – 2011.
The two hardest jobs in New England- managing the Boston Red Sox, and being a closer for the Boston Red Sox.
Former Red Sox utility man and most recently Astros’ bench coach, Alex Cora, is going to experience one of these astronomically difficult positions in 2018.
Although known to be tough, is there any better time to inherit the Red Sox job than now?
The Red Sox have young talent, excellent starting pitching, and a wallet that would even turn a Kardashian’s head.
Pressure is what makes Boston difficult. However, where will the pressure be? Cora, who has never managed a Major League Baseball game from innings 1-9, will have much less pressure on him than his boss, Dave Dombrowski.
For the past 3 seasons, it had been Farrell. In 2014, he got a pass. When a team wins an unexpected championship, the manager is praised. Farrell was the king of Boston for a short while. A very short while. Since the failures of 2014, the pressure had been on Farrell.
If there wasn’t success in 2016, he would’ve been fired. Mookie Betts and the 2016 Red Sox were fun, exciting, and nearly must-see baseball during their September hot streak. The ‘17 Sox never could seem to fully get off the runway at Logan Airport. With that, John Farrell, the only manager in Red Sox history to win back to back division titles, was let go.
Fast forward to 2018 and the pressure to succeed sits squarely on Dave Dombrowksi.
It’s Dave’s hire that’s now the manager. It’s Dave’s free agents. It’s Dave’s trade acquisitions that have been made at the expense of a once prized farm system. It’s on Dave.
Now, in the offseason Dave must supply a spark to a power-barren lineup.
Not too much pressure for a young manager with a loaded team.
Good luck, Alex – we can’t wait to see you succeed.