Coaches are brought to a franchise to do one job. That is to give the team the best chance to win. There are different types of coaches.
Some coaches work with the players and make them the best they can be. Other coaches do the behind the scenes work such as trying to find the best players to bring in for the other coaches.
Whatever kind of coaches there are if they do not do the job they get the boot.
The Boston Red Sox are in need of one of those coaches. The Manager position has been a weak point for the Red Sox for the past couple seasons.
Boston fired Manager John Farrell after five seasons with the team. John Farrell was able to bring a World Series to the Organization in 2013, but after that, he has not been able to get the job done.
John Farrell was under contract until the end of the 2018 season. Farrell did not address the media after the Astros eliminated Boston in the 2017 ALDS.
But the Red Sox kept their eyes on someone in Houston. They have now hired Astros Bench Coach, Alex Cora as their manager.
The Red Sox met with Cora during the ALCS as the series switched from Houston to New York. David Dombrowski, the Red Sox president of baseball operations, met with Cora on his day off from the ALCS in New York.
Cora was Boston’s number one prospect to fill the spot of Manager. Now they have been able to pick up their first choice for Manager.
So like an astronaut under distress, Boston called out to Houston for help.