The Red Sox announced on Wednesday that the club and manager Alex Cora agreed to new terms on a contract, which includes a one-year extension through the 2021 season and a club option for the 2022 season. The previous terms had him signed through 2020 with a club option for 2021.
Cora, 43, led the Red Sox to a championship in his first season as a manager. His team won a franchise-record 108 games during the regular season, then tore through the Yankees, Astros, and Dodgers in the postseason.
It comes as no surprise that the Red Sox would want to extend Cora. Cora is bilingual, embraces analytics, and reportedly gets along quite well with his players.
Cora finished in second place in 2018 AL Manager of the Year Award voting behind Athletics manager Bob Melvin. Melvin received 18 first-place votes and 121 total points to Cora’s seven first-place votes and 79 total points.
The Rockies fell 9-6 to the Orioles on Saturday, but the loss wasn’t without its bright spots. Case in point: Third baseman Nolan Arenado passed a significant career milestone on an Andrew Cashner fastball in the third inning, slugging the ball a projected 394 feet into the left field stands for his 200th career home run.
Arenado is the 34th active player to join the 200+ homer club and the first to do so since the Braves’ Freddie Freeman crossed that threshold on May 19. The three-run shot was the infielder’s 14th of the season and third since Friday, when he went deep twice against Orioles rookie John Means and reliever Shawn Armstrong. Following Saturday’s performance, he’s batting a robust .333/.377/.632 with 30 extra-base hits, 42 RBI, and a 1.009 OPS through 220 plate appearances.
He isn’t the only Rockies slugger making history, either. Arenado’s feat trailed that of Trevor Story, who clobbered an 0-2 pitch from Armstrong during the seventh inning of Friday’s 8-6 win. The two-run blast was his 100th home run in 448 career games, making him the fastest shortstop to reach the mark in MLB history.
The Rockies will vie for the series win as they round out the series on Sunday, with right-hander German Márquez scheduled to take the bump against fellow righty David Hess at 3:10 PM EDT.