BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox have hired Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora to be their new manager.
The team made the announcement on Sunday, a day after Cora's Astros reached the World Series.
Cora replaces John Farrell, who was fired this month despite winning back-to-back AL East titles. Farrell's teams won the 2013 World Series, finished last twice and then in each of the past two years won the division but got eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
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A native of Puerto Rico, Cora is the first Hispanic manager in Red Sox history.
He played 14 years in the major leagues before retiring in 2011, including parts of four seasons with the Red Sox. He was a member of Boston's 2007 World Series team.
Cora has never managed before.
Reports: Mets offer manager job to Indians coach Callaway
NEW YORK - It appears the New York Mets have settled on their choice for a manager.
Several media outlets are reporting the team has offered the job to Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway. The New York Post was the first to report the Mets were in talks with Callaway, saying a deal is being finalized.
When contacted Sunday, multiple Mets officials declined to comment.
With his contract set to expire, Terry Collins stepped down at the end of the season after seven years as Mets manager and accepted a position as a special assistant to general manager Sandy Alderson.
The 42-year-old Callaway has been Cleveland's pitching coach for the past five seasons under highly successful manager Terry Francona. Led by ace right-hander Corey Kluber, the Indians led the major leagues with a 3.30 ERA this season, one year after reaching the World Series.
Callaway has never managed at any professional level.