The Red Sox announced today that Alex Cora, who won a World Series with the Red Sox in 2007 and is currently the Astros bench coach, will become the 47th manager in team history.
There will be pressure on Cora, who has no managerial experience, to win immediately. He is replacing John Farrell, who is coming off consecutive AL East championships and led them to the 2013 World Series title. Cora will be expected to at least lead the Red Sox past the ALDS, which Farrell could not do the last two years.
A key to Cora's success will be getting the young stars - like Mookie Bette and Xander Bogaerts - to play up to their All-Star potential. The Red Sox are betting that he can and if they're right, Cora could very well end up returning to the World Series in 2018.