Alex Cora is in his first year as manager of the Boston Red Sox and all he did was win a franchise record 108 games and knock off the Yankees and Astros en route to the World Series. It is the franchise’s 4th appearance in the last 15 years (under three different managers). The Dodgers are back in the World Series for a second straight year, led by third year manager Dave Roberts.
Both managers have a lot in common and have connections to both World Series teams.
- Both won a World Series as a player with the Red Sox (Roberts in 2004, Cora in 2007)
- Alex Cora, as bench coach for the Astros, beat Dave Rodgers, as manager of Dodgers, in 2017 World Series
- Both played for Dodgers and Red Sox
- Cora – Dodgers 1998-2004, Red Sox 2005-2008
- Roberts – Dodgers 2002-2004, Red Sox 2004
- They were Dodgers teammates in 2002-2003 and part of 2004
Statistically, both men weren’t so different as players
- Cora- .243 average, 35 homeruns, 285 RBI
- Roberts- .266 average, 23 homeruns, 213 RBI
In 2004, both players made the playoffs
- Cora, for the first time in his career, with the Dodgers. The Dodgers lost to the St Louis Cardinals. Who would go on to beat Dave Roberts and the Red Sox…
- Roberts made one of the most famous plays in Boston franchise history – a stolen base in the 9th inning of game 4 of the ALCS, down 3-0 to the Yankees, the sparked a comeback that game and led to the historic comeback in the series. Red Sox would go on to win their first World Series in 86 years
This is the first meeting between these two historic teams in their current eras, surprising given the history of both.
Who do you think takes home the 2018 World Series?