Alex Cora named Astros bench coach

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The Houston Astros have named Alex Cora their new bench coach, Ken Rosenthal reports.

Cora played 14 seasons in the majors and has been a TV and radio analyst for ESPN and ESPN Deportes since he retired in 2012. He has been a candidate for multiple managerial gigs in the past couple of offseasons and has served as general manager for Puerto Rico’s Criollos de Caguas in the Caribbean Series. Cora replaces Trey Hillman, who left to manage the SK Wyverns in the Korea Baseball Organization.

In other news, scientists have announced that they are no more than two to three years away from discovering what, exactly, bench coaches do.