Boston Red Sox rehire Alex Cora, but expectations for the club should be tempered moving forward.

Alex Cora is back. Really like the move to bring him back to the dugout. It seemed that once AJ Hinch went off to the Detroit Tigers this one was pretty much a done deal. Cora had the inside track from the start against other candidates considering he has already formed relationships with a fair amount of the players and knows what the job takes. It would have been quite surprising had someone else been determined to be a better fit for the team than him.

Clearly, the reaction is going to be polarizing. Many people still have ill will towards those involved in the Houston Astros cheating scandal, but it feels like it’s time to move on. I’m not saying this because Cora is our manager now, but it’s a thing of the past. The Astros proved that even without their trash can banging antics they are still a really good team. No bad teams can make it to the ALCS, and they did it while also posting a sub .500 record. This isn’t to say that what the Astros did was right, but at some point it has to be let go of.

Regardless of this move, Boston Red Sox fans should not change their expectations for this team. Remember, after the 2018 World Series run the Red Sox missed the playoffs entirely in 2019, so there isn’t a reason to think that things will magically change. This team was bad last season, and things will probably be similar this upcoming season. Sure, everything that could have gone wrong ended up going wrong, but playoff expectations don’t feel reasonable. There is still a lot of talent on this roster, but there’s even more holes. Alex Cora being named the manager is a good move, but it doesn’t fill those holes, and that’s where the real problem lies for this team.

(Originally posted on November 6, 2020)

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