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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Where are they now- Alex Cora

Alex Cora played a vital role for the Red Sox from 2005-2008 when he played at all 4 infield positions at least once. Prior to 2005, he was the starting 2Bman and back-up shortstop for the LA Dodgers from 1998 to 2004. His batting average ranged from .238 to .270 and his OPS ranged from .609 to .719 during his 300+ games with the Sox. His value wasn’t so much with his bat as it was his glove, as he registered a .982 fielding percentage. He played with the Mets in 2009 and 2010 and signed as a free agent with the Texas Rangers in August of last year after the Mets released him.

Alex Cora’s role with the Sox was not unlike that of what Jed Lowrie’s role may be in 2011 as a super-utility player. During his time in Boston, it had been mentioned that Alex Cora would make a good MLB manager some day. He just turned 35, so he may have a couple of years as a player left before he tackles that goal. For now, Alex agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals and has been invited to spring training.

Here’s wishing Alex good luck on pursuing a roster spot with the Nats this year.

You can watch MLB videos of Alex here, here and here.

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