Why Alex Cora believes Crimson Sox’ Justin Turner may very well be a future supervisor

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“The factor I like essentially the most is what he brings to the equation within the dugout, within the clubhouse.”

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora argues a call during a baseball game at Fenway Park, Monday, June 5, 2023, in Boston.
Alex Cora believes there’s no less than one future MLB supervisor already on the Crimson Sox roster. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)

Alex Cora adopted a linear path to turn into the Crimson Sox supervisor, leaping into the teaching and administration ranks within the Puerto Rico Winter League shortly after hanging up his spikes in 2011.

5 years later, he was again in MLB as Houston’s bench coach earlier than taking on the reins of the Crimson Sox the next 12 months.

Talking to FOX Sports activities on Saturday, Cora believes that veteran Justin Turner might observe the same path en path to a supervisor gig within the huge leagues.

Whereas this present Crimson Sox squad has no scarcity of seasoned gamers who’ve logged loads of reps within the MLB ranks, Cora says Turner has set himself aside as a future coach.

“He’s a superb baseball participant, general,” Cora informed FOX Sports activities’ Ken Rosenthal throughout Saturday’s highway recreation in opposition to the New York Yankees. “I’ve seen him since we had been teammates with the Mets and the evolution of his swing. However the factor I like essentially the most is what he brings to the equation within the dugout, within the clubhouse.

“He’s an amazing baseball man. I hate to say this as a result of I hated when folks used to say, ‘Oh, you’re gonna be an enormous league supervisor,” however I do consider JT, if he desires to, he’s gonna run a crew and he’s gonna be very profitable.”

Turner, who has spent 15 years in MLB, has earned two All-Star nods and received a World Collection with the Dodgers in 2020. The 38-year-old infielder is batting .265 with eight residence runs and 27 RBI over 63 video games with the Crimson Sox.

Turner informed Alex Speier of The Boston Globe again in Might that the Crimson Sox had been one among six groups vying for his companies in free company in the course of the winter. Although the previous Dodger was a key cog for a number of 100-win groups, Turner acknowledged that groups additionally valued him as a free agent attributable to his management qualities. 

“Clearly, each crew that I talked to known as me wanting to return in and play and do what I do on the sector, however the huge message was are available in and assist create a tradition within the clubhouse,” Turner informed Speier. “I form of heard that from everybody, so a number of groups that had been in had been groups that had been making an attempt to take the following step. I heard a number of the identical issues.

“Everybody made clear as nicely, like, ‘We don’t need you to return in and be a cheerleader by any means. We would like you to go on the market and do your factor.’ However the message was additionally, ‘What you are able to do in our clubhouse and do for our younger gamers could be very engaging.’”