Joey Cora

José Manuel Cora Amaro (born May 14, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball player with an 11-year career in MLB spanning the years 1987 and 1989–1998. He played for the San Diego Padres of the National League and the Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians of the American League. He played second base, shortstop, third base and also served as a designated hitter.

Joey Cora
Joey Cora coaching the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2017
Cora coaching the Pirates in 2017
Pittsburgh Pirates – No. 28
Second baseman / Coach
Born: May 14, 1965 (age 54)
Caguas, Puerto Rico
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 6, 1987, for the San Diego Padres
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1998, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Batting average.277
Home runs30
Runs batted in294
As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Professional career

Career as a player

In college, Cora played for Vanderbilt University. On June 3, 1985 he was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the first round.

As a member of the Beaumont Golden Gators Cora received national attention when on June 22, 1986 he was stabbed after a game in San Antonio, Texas. Cora, who had been a first round draft pick, was waiting outside the team bus following the game against the San Antonio Missions at V.J. Keefe Stadium when two men called his name and then assaulted him. He was stabbed once in the stomach and once in the arm. Cora was quickly rushed to the hospital and later made a full recovery after spending six weeks on the disabled list. A man named Jose Puente, 29, was caught at the scene and was later charged with attempted murder. Apparently Cora had exchanged words with fans outside of the visitor's dressing room, resulting in the fans returning with more men later on.[1]

He debuted in the Major Leagues on April 6, 1987, as a 21-year-old rookie. After spending parts of three seasons with the Padres, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox in 1991, where Cora would spend the next four seasons.

On April 6, 1995, he signed with the Seattle Mariners, where he would enjoy his most productive seasons at bat. His 24-game hitting streak was a Mariners record (later broken by Ichiro Suzuki) and was an AL record for switch hitters (until broken by Kansas City's Jose Offerman in 1997). In 1997, he was elected to the AL All-Star team and went on to hit .300 with 11 home runs and 54 RBI.

Cora, who was nicknamed "Little Joey," was one of the most popular Mariners during his time with the team, and many fans admired the second baseman for his hustle, grit, and good nature. In the bottom of 11th inning of the deciding Game 5 of the 1995 American League Division Series, he bunted and dove into first base, narrowly avoiding the tag, to kick off the game-winning rally and score on Edgar Martínez's famed double. He also endeared himself to the fans when the Mariners' storied 1995 season was ended in game six of the 1995 American League Championship Series by the Cleveland Indians. Cora, like thousands of fans in the Kingdome that day, broke down and wept. The footage of him weeping while the Mariners' rookie Alex Rodriguez draped his arm across Cora's shoulder and consoled him was widely replayed throughout the Seattle area. This event was memorialized the following year with a humorous promotional ad. The sensitivity and emotion Cora displayed made him particularly popular with young women in the Pacific Northwest, who would often hold signs at Mariners' home games, saying "Marry me, Joey!"

Cora spent most of the 1998 season as a Mariner, but with the team falling out of contention, he was dealt to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for David Bell,[2] where he barely played, due to injuries. He signed a free-agent contract with the Toronto Blue Jays during the off-season, but retired without playing a game.

Career as a coach

Following his retirement from play, Cora was a manager in the New York Mets minor league system. He was later hired by teammate and good friend, Ozzie Guillén as a coach. He began coaching in 2003 for the Chicago White Sox. His responsibilities included facilitating the role of third base coach and organizing the team's spring training camps prior to his promotion to bench coach following the 2006 season. He occasionally served as an interim manager whenever Guillen was suspended or ejected from a game, or was unable to attend for any other reason.

He managed the Venezuelan Winter League baseball team Tiburones de la Guaira in the 2005–2006 season with a record of 31–31.

Joey is the elder brother of former MLB player and current Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora. Both brothers are Major League Baseball World Champions. Joey earned his ring as the third base coach of the 2005 World Champion Chicago White Sox. Alex earned his as a member of the 2007 World Champion Red Sox, a coach with the 2017 World Champion Houston Astros, and as the manager of the 2018 World Champion Boston Red Sox.

Cora was interviewed by the Milwaukee Brewers for their managerial opening in October 2010. He was believed to be a finalist along with Bob Melvin, Bobby Valentine, and Ron Roenicke.[3]

Cora was dismissed by the White Sox on September 27, 2011, the day after they released Guillén from his contract, despite initially tabbing Cora to manage the final two games of the season.[4][5] Cora was named bench coach of the Miami Marlins on November 1, 2011, reuniting with Guillén.[6]

Cora took over as interim manager for the Miami Marlins on April 10, 2012 in the wake of Ozzie Guillen's 5-game suspension for comments related to Fidel Castro.

In 2016, Cora became the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates Double-A club, the Altoona Curve. He became the ninth manager in franchise history.[7] After the 2016 season, he was promoted and became a base coach for the 2017 season.

Broadcasting career

Cora served as a guest analyst on MLB Network's 2013 World Baseball Classic coverage and subsequently joined the network as an analyst debuting on MLB Tonight on May 6.[8]

Personal life

Joey is the older brother of Red Sox manager Alex Cora.

See also


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Indians Deal for Cora". Orlando Sentinel. September 1, 1998. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Ozzie Guillen's bench coach Joey Cora also exits early". USA Today. September 27, 2011.
  5. ^ "Chicago - Chicago : News : Politics : Things To Do : Sports". Chicago Sun-Times.
  6. ^ Frisaro, Joe. "Marlins announce coaching staff for 2012 season". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Joey Cora join MLB Networks as on-air analyst". Retrieved 2013-04-10.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bruce Kimm
Chicago White Sox third base coach
Succeeded by
Razor Shines
Preceded by
Tim Raines
Chicago White Sox bench coach
Succeeded by
Mark Parent
Preceded by
Brandon Hyde
Miami Marlins bench coach
Succeeded by
Rob Leary
1990 San Diego Padres season

The 1990 San Diego Padres season was the 22nd season in franchise history. The team finished with a 75–87 record. They scored 673 runs and allowed 673 runs for a run differential of zero.

1991 Chicago White Sox season

The 1991 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 92nd season. They finished with a record 87-75, good enough for 2nd place in the American League West, 8 games behind of the 1st place Minnesota Twins, as the club opened the new Comiskey Park on April 18.

1992 Chicago White Sox season

The 1992 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 94th season. They finished with a record 86-76, good enough for 3rd place in the American League West, 10 games behind the 1st place Oakland Athletics.

1993 Chicago White Sox season

The 1993 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox' 94th season. They finished with a record of 94-68, good enough for first place in the American League West, which they won on September 17th, eight games ahead of the second-place Texas Rangers. However, they lost the American League Championship Series in six games to the eventual World Series champion Toronto Blue Jays. It would be the last year the Sox would compete in the American League West, as they would join the newly formed American League Central in 1994.

1994 Chicago White Sox season

The 1994 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 94th season in the major leagues, and their 95th season overall. They led the American League Central, 1 game ahead of the 2nd place Cleveland Indians with a record of 67-46, when the season was cut short by the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike.

1995 American League Championship Series

The 1995 American League Championship Series (ALCS), the second round of the 1995 American League playoffs, matched the Central Division champion Cleveland Indians against the West Division champion Seattle Mariners. The Mariners had the home field advantage, which was predetermined and assigned to either the West Division champion or their opponents in the Division Series.

The two teams were victorious in the AL Division Series (ALDS), with the Indians defeating the East Division champion Boston Red Sox three games to none, and the Mariners defeating the wild card qualifier New York Yankees three games to two. The Indians won the series four games to two to become the American League champions, and lost to the National League champion Atlanta Braves in the 1995 World Series.

1995 American League Division Series

The 1995 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 1995 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Sunday, October 8, with the champions of the three AL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. As a result of both leagues realigning into three divisions in 1994, it marked the first time in major league history that a team could qualify for postseason play without finishing in first place in its league or division. The teams were:

(1) Seattle Mariners (Western Division champion, 79–66) vs. (4) New York Yankees (Wild Card, 79–65): Mariners win series, 3–2.

(2) Boston Red Sox (Eastern Division champion, 86–58) vs. (3) Cleveland Indians (Central Division champion, 100–44): Indians win series, 3–0.The format of this series and the NLDS was the same as the League Championship Series prior to 1985, a five-game set wherein the first two games were played at one stadium and the last three at the other. This was much criticized as the team with home field advantage had its games back ended while a team with two games often preferred them in the middle as opposed to three straight in the opposing team's ballpark. The highly unpopular format was changed in 1998 for the present and more logical 2–2–1 format, which has been used in the LDS since except for 2012, when the 2-3 format was used due to the additional of the Wild Card games.

Because of realignment, this was the first time that both the Yankees and the Red Sox reached the playoffs in the same year.The Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians went on to meet in the AL Championship Series (ALCS). The Indians became the American League champion, and lost to the National League champion Atlanta Braves in the 1995 World Series.

1995 Seattle Mariners season

The Seattle Mariners' 1995 season was the 19th in the history of the franchise. The team finished with a regular season record of 79–66 (.545) to win their first American League West title. They had tied the California Angels for first place, and in the one-game tiebreaker, the Mariners defeated the Angels 9–1 to make the postseason for the first time in franchise history.In the postseason, the Mariners defeated the New York Yankees in the best-of-five American League Division Series after losing the first two games, a series notable for Edgar Martínez' 11th-inning double that clinched the series for the Mariners. In the American League Championship Series, Seattle won the opener at home but lost in six games to the Cleveland Indians.

1997 Seattle Mariners season

The Seattle Mariners 1997 season was their 21st season, and the team won their second American League West title, with a record of 90–72 (.556), six games ahead of the runner-up Anaheim Angels. For the second straight year, they led the AL in runs scored (925) and shattered the all-time record for most home runs hit by a team in one season (set at 257 by the Baltimore Orioles the year before) with 264. Five Mariners scored at least 100 runs and six hit at least 20 home runs. In addition, the Seattle pitching staff led the league with 1,207 strike outs.

The Mariners drew over three million in home attendance for the first time in franchise history, in the penultimate full season at the Kingdome. Ken Griffey Jr. hit a franchise record 56 home runs and won the Most Valuable Player award in the American League.

1998 Cleveland Indians season

The 1998 Cleveland Indians season was the franchise's 98th season. The Indians hoped to improve upon their American League pennant-winning season of 1997, but succumbed to the New York Yankees in the ALCS in six games. The Indians would lead the AL Central wire-to-wire in 1998, becoming the first team in franchise history (and as of 2017, the only team in franchise history) to do so.

1998 Seattle Mariners season

The Seattle Mariners 1998 season was their 22nd season, and was the final year in which Kingdome was the home venue for the entire season. Their record was 76–85 (.472) and they finished in third place in the four-team American League West, 11½ games behind the champion Texas Rangers.

The Mariners were the defending division champions, but exceeded the .500 mark only once during the season; at 19–18 after a win at Detroit on May 12. On July 18 at the Kingdome, Seattle (crimson, silver, and black) and the Kansas City Royals (yellow gold and blue) played a game in futuristic uniforms for "Turn Ahead the Clock" night. Shortstop Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Mariners won by three.

Ken Griffey Jr. hit 56 home runs to tie his franchise record set the year before; Rodriguez hit 42 home runs and stole 46 bases to become the third member of the 40/40 club, joining Jose Canseco (1988) and Barry Bonds (1996).

Alex Cora

José Alexander Cora (born October 18, 1975) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball manager and former infielder. He is the manager for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). Cora led the team to the 2018 World Series championship in his first season as a manager, becoming the fifth manager to do so in MLB history and the first as a Puerto Rican manager.Cora played college baseball at the University of Miami before playing in MLB for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, and Washington Nationals from 1998 through 2011. Cora was a baseball analyst for ESPN before becoming a coach and manager.

Beaumont Golden Gators

The Beaumont Golden Gators were a minor league baseball team in the double A Texas League from 1983 to 1986. Owned by insurance man Ted Moor, the team was an affiliate of the San Diego Padres for their entire tenure. Future Major League Baseball players John Kruk, Roberto Alomar, Joey Cora, Ozzie Guillén, Sandy Alomar, Jr., Shane Mack, and Benito Santiago all played at one time for the Golden Gators. The team played its home games at Vincent-Beck Stadium on the campus of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and won the 1983 Texas League championship. Their uniforms were a gaudy gold, white, and green and the hats were of the historic pillbox variety with a white B surrounded by a golden triangle. The cities of Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange are known in local parlance as the "Golden Triangle." The oil bust in 1986 caused the local economy to falter and Moor sold the team to a group that moved them to Wichita, Kansas before the 1987 season, becoming the Wichita Pilots. The team spent 21 seasons in Wichita, being renamed to the Wichita Wranglers in 1989, before moving to Springdale, Arkansas and becoming the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Prior to their time in Beaumont the team had been the Amarillo Gold Sox.

Don Cooper

Donald James Cooper (born January 15, 1956) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) who spent parts of four seasons with the Minnesota Twins (1981–1982), Toronto Blue Jays (1983) and New York Yankees (1985). He has been the pitching coach of the Chicago White Sox since July 22, 2002. Under his tutelage, both Mark Buehrle and Philip Humber pitched perfect games (with the former also getting a no-hitter), and the White Sox won the 2005 World Series.

Razor Shines

Anthony Razor Shines (born July 18, 1956) is a retired baseball player who played first base for the Montreal Expos for four seasons, from 1983–1985 and 1987. He also served as a base coach for the New York Mets from 2009 to 2010.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs are a U.S. Class A minor league baseball team, based in South Bend, Indiana, that plays in the Midwest League. Known for more than two decades as the "'Silver Hawks"', they ended their 17-year affiliation with the Arizona Diamondbacks in September 2014, signed a 4-year player development agreement with the Chicago Cubs, and changed their name to the South Bend Cubs.

The Double (Seattle Mariners)

The Double was a double hit by the Seattle Mariners' Edgar Martínez in Game 5 of Major League Baseball's 1995 American League Division Series on October 8, 1995. Trailing by one run in the bottom half of the 11th inning, with Joey Cora on third base and Ken Griffey, Jr. on first, Martinez's hit drove in Cora and Griffey, giving the Mariners a 6–5 victory over the New York Yankees to clinch the series, 3–2. The play is held to be the "biggest hit in franchise history."Amid rumors that the team would be sold and/or relocated, the Mariners—who had had only two winning seasons (1991 and 1993) since beginning play in 1977—mounted a late-season comeback in 1995 to clinch their first postseason appearance in franchise history. They then mounted a series of comebacks in the ALDS, first overcoming a 2-game series deficit to force a deciding Game 5, then tying Game 5 in the 8th inning to force extra innings, and finally a one-run 11th inning deficit that was overcome by the Double.

The hit is regarded as the defining moment of Martinez's 18-year Hall of Fame career. Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus' call of the play—which is equally memorable to Seattle fans as the play itself—is also regarded as the highlight of his career. The play is also credited with keeping a Major League Baseball team in the city of Seattle, as it helped garner support for a new taxpayer-funded stadium for the Mariners. That stadium, known today as T-Mobile Park (it was originally known as Safeco Field through the end of the 2018 season), opened in 1999, with the Double depicted in a mural as part of the stadium's art collection.

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