José Alexander Cora is a Puerto Rican professional baseball manager and former infielder. He is the manager for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). Cora led the team to the 2018 World Series championship in his first season as a manager, becoming the fifth manager to do so in MLB history and the first as a Puerto Rican manager.
Cora was formally introduced as the Boston Red Sox head coach at a press conference at Fenway Park on November 6, 2017. He has won 3 World Series, one as a manager (2018 Red Sox), one as a bench coach (2017 Astros) and one as a player (2007 Red Sox). Cora is 1 of 4 individuals to win a World Series with the Red Sox as both a manager and a player.
In his MLB managerial debut, Cora led the Red Sox to a World Series title, MLB's best record, and a franchise-record 108 wins (108-54).
His 108 wins are the 2nd-most ever for an individual in his 1st season as an MLB manager, trailing only Ralph Houk. He led the Red Sox to a 15-win improvement from 2017-18.
Cora played college baseball at the University of Miami before playing in MLB for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, and Washington Nationals from 1998 through 2011. Cora was a baseball analyst for 4 years on ESPN before becoming a coach and manager.
Cora lives in Caguas, Puerto Rico, during the off-season and is married with four children.