There's a new beta in Boston. During the off-season, Alex Cora was named the 47th manager of the Red Sox.
Cora, who has only one year of coaching experience, was the bench coach of the Houston Astros in 2017. He'll enter his first year as a Big League Skipper with his work cut out for him. He's taking over a team who has made no off season improvements after being completely over-matched in the first round of the playoffs. The team completed the 2017 season ranked 27th in total home runs and 24th in total defensive errors committed. Despite these glaring weaknesses, the expectations are high for a winning season, as the Red Sox hold the third highest payroll in the MLB.
Cora's approach to managing this ball club of powerless soy boys is to "connect" off field with his players and give them "rest." Is creating a soft culture to an already soft team the antidote to winning?
As a Red Sox fan, I'd like to have seen management fill the holes in their line up and hire an experienced coach who knows how to use young talent (like former head coach of the Yankees, Joe Girardi).
Bring on the beta boys!