Red Sox World Series Managers Since 2000

By Aditya Bhattarai / 20 November 2023 02:15 AM

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Red Sox World Series managers since 2000 are Alex Cora, John Farrell, and Terry Francona. Cora led the team to their last World Series victory in 2018.

The Boston Red Sox is one of the pioneer teams in the American League of MLB. They have been to 14 World Series games and won 9 over the past 131 years.

Initially established as Boston Americans in 1901, they changed their name to Red Sox in 1908. Former owner John Irving Taylor had decided the name for the team inspired by the baseball team Boston Red Stockings.

There have been 49 managers to lead the team starting with Jimmy Collins in 1901. The Red Sox was the first team to ever win the World Series under his leadership after the establishment of Major League Baseball in 1903.

Over the years, Boston has successfully clinched nine World Series titles under seven skippers including the Cora and Collins. Among them, John McNamara and Jimy Williams were the only two to get the AL Manager of the Year award.

The Red Sox had faced the longest World Series drought or the Curse of Bambino for 86 years. Starting since the departure of Babe Ruth in 1918, the curse was finally broken when Francona led the team to a victorious season in 2004.

Alex Cora

Rookie managers to win the World Series include Alex Cora as the fifth addition to the list. Cora started as a manager for the Red Sox in 2018.

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Bob Brenly, Ralph Houk, Eddie Dyer, and Bucky Harris were the other four managers who won the World Series in their rookie years. They were skilled to lead their team to victory after making a managerial debut in the same season.

The Sox managed to win the World Series that year even though Cora had just debuted as a manager. He has a combined record of three World Series titles obtained over his extensive career as a player, coach, and manager.

His first World Series was won as a player for the Red Sox in 2007 when it was managed by Terry Francona. After his retirement from MLB as a player, he started working as a bench coach for the Houston Astros in 2017.

It was also the year when the Astros obtained their first World Series title in the franchise's history. Cora had multiple opportunities to manage the team as a replacement for Andrew J. Hinch after being ejected by the umpires.

The following year, he was hired by the Boston Red Sox as the 49th manager for the team after the termination of John Farrell. Cora also had a history with the Sox as their champion player from the 2007 World Series.

Additionally, his previous experience as a coach and temporary manager for the Astros in 2017 played a major role in his acceptance as a full-time manager for the Red Sox.

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Cora the best rookies season as a manager since the Sox secured the first position in the AL East Division Ranks. They had the highest record of 108-54 record with a .667 winning percentage for that season.

The team had their last World Series victory that year after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in 5 games. After managing the team for two seasons, he stepped down from his position in 2019.

It was influenced by the circumstances surrounding his involvement in the sign-stealing scandal from 2018. He was later reinstated as a manager for the team in 2021 after the MLB investigation concluded in 2020.

John Farrell

John Farrell is the former Red Sox Manager who led them to the 2013 World Series. He had a managerial record of 432-378 with a .533 win rate from 2013 to 2017.

Farrel was among the first year managers to win World Series after taking the reigns in 2013. His tenure began with a victory against the Cardinals that year.

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The Red Sox had clinched the AL West Division ranks along with the best record in the league with 97 wins and 65 losses. They had a .599 winning percentage as highest among AL teams in the regular season.

His first venture as a manager was with the Tampa Bay Ray from 2011 to 2012. He had a 154-170 managerial record with the Jays before coming back to the Sox in 2013.

Farrell's first World Series with the team occurred during his coaching stint with the Sox in 2007. He had worked as a pitching coach with the team for four seasons till 2010.

Working under Terry Francona, he coached the pitching crew as a formidable asset for their successful World Series venture that year. Similar to Alex Cora, Farrell had also been a part of the management team under Francona.

Being a former pitcher, Ferril started his career as a player with the Cleveland Indians on 18 August 1987. He retired from the major leagues after his last game with the Tigers on 22 May 1996.

Before joining the Red Sox, he worked as the director of Player Development for the Cleveland Indians from 2001 to 2006. He is also a former baseball pitcher who spent ten years of his career with five different MLB teams.

After his retirement, he started his coaching stint with his former NCAA team at Oklahoma State University. He worked as an assistant coach and a coordinator for pitching and recruiting for four seasons before joining the Cleveland Indians in 2001.

Terry Francona

Terry Francona is a historic manager in the Red Sox records. He had led the team to break the alleged Bambino curse on the Sox by winning the 2004 World Series.

Francona played a major role in improving the team after being appointed by the Boston Red Sox that year. They had finished the regular season record of 98-64 with a .609 win rate to clinch the playoff through the wild card berth.

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It was a crucial season as they almost lost the ALCS but turned it around by winning the last 4 games of the best-of-seven series. They swept the St. Louis Cardinals with four consecutive victories and broke the 86-year-old drought in the World Series championship for the franchise.

He managed the Red Sox for 8 seasons from 2004 to 2011 and led them to postseason games in five of them. His best season throughout this tenure was in 2007 when the team clinched the playoff by ranking first in the AL West Division.

Francona completed the regular season with a record of 96-66 with a .593 win rate. They advanced through the ALDS and ALCS to reach the World Series where they defeated the Colorado Rockies in four games without suffering a single loss.

The former first baseman turned coach turned manager Francona has the best managerial record of 1950-1672. He had 744 wins and 552 losses throughout his tenure with the Sox.

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Terry Francona almost made it to the list of managers to win World Series with different teams in 2016. The Cleveland Indians had a close call against the Cubs and lost by 3-4.

He had obtained multiple milestones as a Red Sox manager including his 500th win in 2009 and ranking fourth in managing 1,000 games for a single team in 2010.

Red Sox General Managers Since 2000

Boston Red Sox General Managers since 2000 include Brian O'Halloran, Mike Hazen, and Theo Epstein. There have been eight GM replacements in the last 25 years.

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O'Halloran was the last executive in this position as his term ended this year on 14 September 2023. He was promoted to the position of executive vice president of baseball operations for the team.

Here are all the General Managers to lead the Red Sox since 2000;

  • Brian O'Halloran - 2019 to 2023
  • Mike Hazen - 2015 to 2016
  • Ben Cherington - 2012 to 2015
  • Theo N. Epstein - 2006 to 2011
  • Ben Cheringon & Jed Hoyer - 2005 to 2006 (interim)
  • Theo N. Epstein - 2002 to 2005
  • Michael D. Port - 2002 (interim)
  • Daniel F. Duqette - 1994 to 2002

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