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Full Name: Jose Alexander Cora Primary Position: SS,2B
Height/Weight: 6'0"/200 First Game: June 7, 1998
Birthdate: October 18, 1975 MLB Experience: 10 years
Birthplace: Caguas, Puerto Rico
Bat/Throw: Left/Right


Biography

Alex Cora (Jose Alexander Cora) was born on October 18, 1975 in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He made his Major League debut on June 7, 1998 for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2000, his rookie year, he hit .238 with 4 home runs and 32 RBI. Cora played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox over the course of his 9 year career.

Cora came up through the Los Angeles Dodgers system and had a couple of good years for them in 2002 when he posted a career high .291 AVG and in 2004 when he managed a career high 10 HR. He went to the Cleveland Indians before the 2005 season to act as insurance for the youngsters. But with the emergence of Jhonny Peralta and the good play of Ron Belliard it became clear that he wasn't really needed. The Indians sent him to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for another utility infielder, Ramon Vazquez in order to save a few bucks.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1998 LA N 29 33 1 4 0 0 .121 .194 .182 0 1 2 8 1 2 0 0 0
1999 LA N 11 30 2 5 0 3 .167 .194 .200 1 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 1
2000 LA N 109 353 39 84 4 32 .238 .302 .357 18 6 26 53 7 6 4 4 6
2001 LA N 134 405 38 88 4 29 .217 .285 .306 18 3 31 58 8 3 0 6 16
2002 LA N 115 258 37 75 5 28 .291 .371 .434 14 4 26 38 7 2 7 4 3
2003 LA N 148 477 39 119 4 34 .249 .287 .338 24 3 16 59 10 9 4 3 5
2004 LA N 138 405 47 107 10 47 .264 .364 .380 9 4 47 41 18 12 3 10 9
2005 CLE A 49 146 11 30 1 8 .205 .250 .288 5 2 5 18 4 1 6 0 3
2005 BOS A 47 104 14 28 2 16 .269 .310 .394 3 2 6 12 1 3 1 0 3
2005 TOT A 96 250 25 58 3 24 .232 .275 .332 8 4 11 30 5 4 7 0 6
2006 BOS A 96 235 31 56 1 18 .238 .312 .298 7 2 19 29 6 4 6 1 4
2007 BOS A 83 207 30 51 3 18 .246 .298 .386 10 5 7 23 9 7 1 2 5
Total NL 684 1961 203 482 27 173 .246 .314 .351 84 21 148 261 52 34 18 27 40
Total AL 275 692 86 165 7 60 .238 ? ? 25 11 37 82 20 15 14 3 15
Total 959 2653 289 647 34 233 .244 .309 .348 109 32 185 343 72 49 32 30 55

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1998 LA N SS 21 4 76.1 22 21 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 .956
1998 LA N 2B 4 1 14 4 8 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1999 LA N 2B 3 3 23 3 9 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .857
1999 LA N SS 8 3 37.1 10 11 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2000 LA N SS 101 94 828.1 151 260 12 70 0 0 0 0 0 .972
2000 LA N 2B 8 7 59 11 13 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2001 LA N SS 132 119 1062.2 178 327 20 63 0 0 0 0 0 .962
2001 LA N 2B 1 1 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2002 LA N 2B 40 10 153 30 53 2 11 0 0 0 0 0 .976
2002 LA N SS 61 53 453 67 144 5 32 0 0 0 0 0 .977
2003 LA N 2B 141 122 1103 287 376 15 112 0 0 0 0 0 .978
2003 LA N SS 15 5 55.1 10 17 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2004 LA N 2B 138 122 1091.1 261 342 8 91 0 0 0 0 0 .987
2005 CLE A OF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2005 CLE A SS 24 22 197.1 29 83 3 11 0 0 0 0 0 .974
2005 CLE A LF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2005 CLE A 2B 15 14 119 24 47 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2005 BOS A SS 11 5 48.1 9 24 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2005 BOS A 3B 5 2 24.2 2 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .750
2005 BOS A 2B 35 21 209.1 52 63 2 18 0 0 0 0 0 .983
2005 TOT A 2B 50 35 328.1 76 110 2 29 0 0 0 0 0 .989
2005 TOT A SS 35 27 245.2 38 107 3 16 0 0 0 0 0 .980
2006 BOS A 2B 18 10 95.1 18 24 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 .977
2006 BOS A 3B 11 4 50.2 3 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2006 BOS A SS 63 47 434 66 167 6 47 0 0 0 0 0 .975
2006 BOS A DH 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2007 BOS A 2B 47 30 297.1 67 95 1 20 0 0 0 0 0 .994
2007 BOS A SS 33 22 202.1 25 69 3 18 0 0 0 0 0 .969
2007 BOS A DH 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2007 BOS A 1B 1 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Total DH 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total SS 469 374 3395 567 1123 51 258 0 0 0 0 0 .971
Total 2B 450 341 3172.1 758 1031 31 279 0 0 0 0 0 .983
Total LF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total 3B 16 6 75.1 5 14 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .864
Total OF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total 1B 1 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500

Transactions

  • Selected by Minnesota Twins in the 12th round of the free-agent draft - did not sign (June 3, 1993).
  • Selected by Los Angeles Dodgers in the 3rd round of the free-agent draft (June 4, 1996 - signed June 14, 1996).
  • Granted free agency (December 21, 2004).
  • Signed by Cleveland Indians (January 18, 2005).
  • Traded by Cleveland Indians to Boston Red Sox in exchange for Ramon Vazquez (July 7, 2005).
  • Granted free agency (October 31, 2006).
  • Signed by Boston Red Sox (November 17, 2006).

Trivia

  • Cora is the younger brother of former MLB utility player and current Chicago White Sox bench coach, Joey Cora.
  • On May 12, 2004, Cora had an 18-pitch at-bat against Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Clement. Facing a 2-1 count, Cora fouled off 14 straight pitches before finally hitting a home run. It's the longest documented at-bat since baseball statisticians began keeping track of pitch counts in the mid-1980s. So much time elapsed that Cora's brother Joey joked that he and Ozzie Guillen were watching the game at a restaurant ordering their first beer during the first pitch, and, by the time Cora homered, Cora and Guillen were "so...drunk that we had to call a cab to take us home."
  • Cora has played in the two longest 9-inning games in MLB history. The first was a 4 hour, 27 minute game on October 5, 2001 between the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. The second game - and the longest on record - was a 4 hour, 45 minute game on August 18, 2006 - the second game of a double header between the Red Sox and New York Yankees.


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