Heyman | Alex Cora wanted by all team with manager openings

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 16: Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora (26) hitting balls during batting practice prior to MLB baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox on June 16, 2017 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX. Boston Red Sox defeated Houston Astros 2-1. (Photo by Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire)

Alex Cora is the hottest name in managerial interviews this winter if you judge by interview requests. Coras is 4-for-4 in terms of teams interested in his services.

The New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers – all four teams with openings – have now expressed interest in interviewing Cora, the Astros’ bench coach, for their managerial openings. Cora, one of the most desired candidates along with former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, would seem to be in pretty good position to land a job.

One big key: Cora is said to be receiving a very positive endorsement from Astros manager A.J. Hinch, a Manager of the Year candidate.

Cora has previously had about a half-dozen managerial interviews – at least the San Diego Padres, Arizoan Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals, Miami Marlins and Texas Rangers are among those who have reportedly met with him to discuss a managerial post in the past – so it’s possible he will have met with about a third of the teams by the time this winter’s interviews are over.

Cora, who was previously a broadcaster for ESPN, had a 14-year playing career, and he played for the New York Mets and Red Sox. He finished his career when he tried out for the Tigers in the spring of 2012, and failed to make the team. Cora’s older brother Joey Cora was the longtime right-hand man of Ozzie Guillen as a coach and is currently managing in the minors.