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Alex Cora Gives Brutally Honest Assessment of 2022 Red Sox

Tyler Maher
Alex Cora didn't hold back when summing up the Boston Red Sox's disappointing 2022 season.
Alex Cora didn't hold back when summing up the Boston Red Sox's disappointing 2022 season. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora is known for his constant optimism, regardless of how well his team is playing. It's one of his greatest qualities as a manager and is a big reason why players love playing for him. On the rare occasions when he does say something negative, it can be extremely jarring.

That was the case on Monday when Cora summarized Boston's disappointing campaign before its final series of the year, calling it "a horrible season."

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It seems that Cora's positive outlook is wearing thin, but you can't blame him. After coming within two wins of reaching the World Series last year, the Red Sox will finish 2022 in last place in the AL East with their first losing record under Cora.

This year has been a tough pill to swallow for Cora, who led Boston to 108 regular-season wins and a World Series title in his first season as manager in 2018. Between the poor results on the field and all the drama off of it, it's been a long, frustrating summer for the Red Sox.

Cora has escaped much of the blame for the team's regression, which has been largely blamed on injuries and poor roster construction by the front office. Ownership has already said that the 46-year-old skipper will be back with Boston in 2023 and picked up his option for 2024 as well.

Even now, Cora is still trying to look on the bright side. He's appreciative that fans have continued to show up to Fenway Park despite the team's mediocre performance, and he hopes they'll continue to do so over the next few days. Several key players such as Xander Bogaerts, Nate Eovaldi and J.D. Martinez will be free agents this winter and may not return next year, so this could be the final chance for Red Sox fans to cheer them on.

Given how strongly Cora feels about his players, he'll likely be rooting hard for them, too.

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