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Alex Cora | Third Baseman

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (42) / 10/18/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Miami (FL)
Drafted: 1996 / Rd. 3 (0) / LA

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Astros' bench coach Alex Cora will interview for the Mets' manager job next week.
Cora is one of a few names known to be of interest to the Mets, including hitting coach Kevin Long, White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing and possibly former White Sox manager Robin Ventura. As for Cora, the Mets are just one of a handful of teams with known interest in his services -- he's interviewing for the Red Sox gig Sunday, and the Phillies and Tigers are believed to be interested as well. It appears as though the 41-year-old will have his pick of landing spots this winter for what would be his first managerial position. Oct 14 - 7:03 PM

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Astros' bench coach Alex Cora is set to interview for the Red Sox' managerial vacancy on Sunday.

He'll meet with Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski after getting a ringing endorsement from Astros' skipper A.J. Hinch. The 41-year-old is in his first season as the Astros' bench coach. He's widely respected throughout the game and is expected to be a hot commodity this winter for the various managerial openings around the league.
Oct 14 - 3:45 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Alex Cora will interview for the Diamondbacks' vacant managerial position.

The Diamondbacks cleaned house after the season by firing both manager Chip Hale and GM Dave Stewart. Cora has served as an analyst for ESPN since retiring a few years ago. He's also the GM for Puerto Rico's World Baseball Classic team that will be competing next spring. Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo will also interview for the Diamondbacks' job, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports. Lovullo had a successful stint as Boston's interim manager in 2015 when John Farrell missed the final two months while undergoing chemotherapy.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 06:40:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Padres will interview Alex Cora for their managerial vacancy.

Cora has been talked about a future manager since his playing days, so it's likely just a matter of time before a team gives him a shot. He currently works as an analyst for ESPN. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Cora will also interview with the Marlins and Nationals. The Padres recently announced that Pat Murphy won't return as manager next season and plan to conduct a lengthy search. Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will also reportedly interview for the position.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 01:14:00 PM

Cardinals released INF Alex Cora.

Cora was a longshot to make the Opening Day roster and served primarily in a mentor role with the Cardinals' less experienced infielders. Entering his age-36 season, he offers very little in the way of upside.
Sun, Mar 25, 2012 01:34:00 PM

Cardinals signed INF Alex Cora to a minor league contract.

Cora's contract comes with an invitation to spring training, where Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the 36-year-old will "serve as both competition and mentor for the club's group of less-experienced infielders." It doesn't sound like he has much of a shot at grabbing an Opening Day roster spot.
Mon, Feb 6, 2012 01:07:00 PM

According to's Jesse Sanchez, the Cardinals are nearing a minor league deal with Alex Cora.

Cora batted just .224/.287/.276 in 172 plate appearances with the Nationals last season. The 36-year-old is doubtful to land a 25-man roster spot in St. Louis.
Sat, Feb 4, 2012 11:19:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Jon Heyman of reports that Alex Cora intends to play in MLB this season.

Reports from Puerto Rico indicated that Cora was ready to call it a career, but it turns out that he was merely announcing his retirement from winter ball play. The 36-year-old batted infielder just .224/.287/.276 over 172 plate appearances with the Nationals last season, so we wouldn't be surprised if a lack of interest ultimately pushes him into the coaching profession.
Thu, Jan 26, 2012 11:16:00 AM

Alex Cora has announced his retirement from baseball.

Cora made it official last night after playing the final game of the season for Caguas Criollos in the Puerto Rican Winter League. The 36-year-old will walk away with a .243/.310/.338 career batting line to go along with 828 hits over his 14-year major league career. We'll likely see him in the dugout again real soon in a coaching capacity.
Thu, Jan 26, 2012 09:01:00 AM

Jon Heyman of reports that there are "a couple teams that want Alex Cora as a coach and a couple that want him as a player."

Cora said at the end of the 2011 season that he planned on playing another year, and Heyman thinks he'll follow through on his word. It sounds like he'll have a chance to get into coaching once his playing career is finished. It's not clear which teams are interested in adding the veteran as a utility player.
Fri, Jan 6, 2012 09:54:00 AM

Alex Cora told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post on Monday that he plans to return for his 15th major league season in 2012.

"I’ll be playing, " said Cora. "I’m only 36. Whenever people talk about the future, you better hold it, because I’m going to be playing until I don’t feel I can play well. I feel like I can contribute and help teams out. In my mind, there’s no doubt about that." Cora, who signed a minor league deal with the Nationals last January, is batting just .219/.282/.258 with a .540 OPS over 171 plate appearances this season. He'll likely begin a career in coaching once his playing days are through.
Mon, Sep 26, 2011 08:13:00 PM

Alex Cora lined out as a pinch-hitter in Friday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Cora had to leave Wednesday's game due to a bout with food poisoning. He should be fine to start, if needed, over the weekend.
Sat, Jun 4, 2011 02:41:00 AM

Alex Cora left Wednesday's game against the Phillies due to "stomach issues."

Cora was replaced by Jerry Hairston Jr. at third base to begin the fifth inning. The veteran infielder will likely be back to 100 percent in the next day or so, though he's hardly fantasy relevant.
Wed, Jun 1, 2011 02:42:00 PM

Alex Cora left Wednesday's game against the Nationals after four innings for an undisclosed reason.

He went 0-for-1 with a walk before being replaced by Jerry Hairston Jr. at third base. We'll pass along an update on his status as soon as it is made available by the team.
Wed, Jun 1, 2011 02:30:00 PM

Alex Cora picked up a pair of singles and stole a base in Thursday's loss to the Phillies.

Cora normally offers very little at the plate, but he does have seven hits in his last three starts to lift his average up to .250. He'll get plenty of playing time at third base while Ryan Zimmerman is out, and with the rash of injuries among NL third basemen recently, he's actually rosterable in single-league formats.
Thu, May 5, 2011 10:18:00 PM

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3Alberto Rosario
1B1Jose Martinez
2Luke Voit
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
3Breyvic Valera
SS1Paul DeJong
2Alex Mejia
3Aledmys Diaz
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Jedd Gyorko
LF1Tommy Pham
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Harrison Bader
3Magneuris Sierra
RF1Stephen Piscotty
2Randal Grichuk
Starting Pitcher
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Michael Wacha
5Luke Weaver
6John Gant
7Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
R1Juan Nicasio
2Tyler Lyons
3Seung Hwan Oh
4Matt Bowman
5Brett Cecil
6John Brebbia
7Zach Duke
8Sam Tuivailala
9Ryan Sherriff
10Jack Flaherty
11Sandy Alcantara
12Joshua Lucas
13Trevor Rosenthal