From Jen McCaffrey at The Athletic on October 3, 2018:
Alex Cora’s debut season as a manager was better than almost anyone else in the history of the game.
He won 108 games. Only Ralph Houk in 1961 with the Yankees had a better first year at the helm with 109 wins. No Red Sox manager had ever won so many games.
Aside from J.D. Martinez, who nearly won the Triple Crown and deserves significant credit for Boston’s success this season, adding Cora was the most significant change the Sox made last offseason to a club that the previous two seasons finished with 93 wins.
So what did Cora do to bring more out of this team?
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- Related link: Listen to Alex Cora talk about the art of fielding on the Defensive Metrics Panel at the 2016 SABR Analytics Conference
Originally published: October 4, 2018. Last Updated: October 4, 2018.