Puerto Rican native Alex Cora manages Red Sox to World Series win
Fred Jeter | 11/1/2018, 6 a.m.
Diversity in the dugout.
That was a theme during the Boston Red Sox’s World Series triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers. With Sunday night’s victory, the Red Sox beat the Dodgers 4-1 to win the series.
For the first time in World Series annals, managers for both baseball teams — Alex Cora of the Red Sox and the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts — are men of color.
Cora, 43 and in his rookie season as the Bosox’s pilot, hails from Caguas, Puerto Rico. He becomes the first Puerto Rican manager to finish on top.
Roberts was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and African-American father. He is considered the lone black manager in Major League Baseball.
The only other non-Caucasians to manage teams to World Series crowns are Venzuelan Ozzie Guillen with the Chicago White Sox in 2005 and Cito Gaston from San Antonio, Texas, with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993.
Cora played collegiately at the University of Miami. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 1993.
Cora needed no travel agents in navigating the Los Angeles area during the three games played there in the World Series. Mostly as a backup infielder, Cora played for the Dodgers from 1998 to 2004.
Cora now has three World Series rings — one as a player with Boston in 2007, one as a coach with the Houston Astros last year and now as a manager.
Boston was well fortified with Red Sox of color. The winning pitcher in decisive Game 5 on Sunday was African-American David Price. Slamming a home run in the final game was another African-American, Mookie Betts.
In Game 3 of the series, native Richmonder Jackie Bradley drilled a home run in what would become the famous 18-inning game won by Los Angeles.