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September 26, 2011

Joey Cora to manage the last 2 games. (UPDATE: Maybe not.) Then he’ll go the Marlins

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January 13, 2011

Camp Cora video

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/3090/video-live-from-camp-cora (1:11)

Camp (Joey) Cora: Gordon Beckham, Ramon Castro, Brent Morel, Alexei Ramirez, Alex Rios and Dayan Viciedo, Juan Pierre, A.J. Pierzynski and hitting coach Greg Walker.

October 23, 2010

Joey Cora is one of the four finalists for the Milwaukee coaching job

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 23, 2010 9:33 pm
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White Sox bench coach Joey Cora is a finalist for the managerial position with the Brewers, according to a source. Cora is one of four finalists for the position vacated after the firing of Ken Macha. …

Joey Cora and Bob Melvin are the two known finalists.

October 16, 2010

Joey Cora to be interviewed for the Toronto managerial job

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 16, 2010 6:49 pm

Elliott @ TS:

In all seriousness though, where does the Jays interview process stand, 12 days after manager Cito Gaston boarded a plane and headed to Florida?

… To be interviewed

Joey Cora, 45, bench coach Chicago White Sox.

October 11, 2010

Seattle won’t be hiring Joey Cora for manager?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 11, 2010 6:50 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

From early indications, it looks as if Joey Cora will likely be back as bench coach for the Chicago White Sox next season.

According to a major league source, the Seattle Mariners never considered Cora a candidate for their managerial opening and the Pittsburgh Pirates don’t have Ozzie Guillen’s right-hand man on their preliminary list of candidates for their manager opening. …

Cora isn’t in the running for the Florida Marlins manager job either says Padilla.

October 8, 2010

Joey Cora to interview for Milwaukee’s coaching job

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 8, 2010 2:43 pm
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Bob Nightengale @ USAT:

The Brewers are expected to interview White Sox bench coach Joey Cora for their managerial opening while Bob Melvin remains the favorite

Tom Haudricourt says “Cora is one of the hot “new” names on the circuit this winter” and has more on all the candidates for the Brewers’ job.

October 7, 2010

NY Mets to interview White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn next week

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 7, 2010 2:42 pm
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Chicago White Sox vice president/assistant general manager Rick Hahn will interview for the New York Mets general manager position next week, according to a Major League Baseball source.

… Hahn’s expertise blends a firm grip of sabermetrics and physical scouting of players. He is a Michigan graduate and has a Harvard law degree and graduated from Northwestern’s Kellogg graduate school of management…. His expertise in negotiating contracts and learning the scouting end of the game was essential in the White Sox promoting him to a vice president post in 2007.

UPDATE: No interview for Joey yet:

The outlook, however, doesn’t look at promising for Sox bench coach Joey Cora, who aspires to be a manager. A source said Cora hasn’t been contacted yet for the opening in Seattle.

September 28, 2010

Joey Cora one of two finalists for the Seattle Mariners’ manager job?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 28, 2010 3:12 pm
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Doug (Chicago): Do you think everyone from Ozzie’s coaching staff will be back or will someone like Cora get a mgr’s job and Walker potentially resigning?

Bruce Levine: Walker I believe will be back. He and Ozzie occasionaly go back and forth with each other but they have a good understanding these days. Walker is also a close personal friend of Reinsdorf and they have an understanding with each other as well. Joey Cora has a real good shot at the job in Seattle. He interviewed there two years ago before Wakamatsu got the job. I’m hearing it’s between Joey and San Diego bench coach Ted Simmons.

September 22, 2010

Ozzie Guillen’s way out of the White Sox manager job?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 22, 2010 12:17 pm
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Rosenthal @ FS:

The source even outlined a scenario that could lead to Guillen’s departure from the club:

• Guillen asks for a contract extension, one that goes beyond the team simply exercising his club option for 2012.

• The White Sox balk, and Guillen asks owner Jerry Reinsdorf to allow him to pursue the Marlins’ opening.

Guillen hinted at his desire for an extension in conversations with White Sox beat reporters in Oakland on Tuesday. His option for 2012 would become guaranteed if the White Sox won the AL title next season. …

May 29, 2010

Joey Cora doesn’t like Bobby Jenks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 29, 2010 2:20 am
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While being asked afterward about Matt Thornton pitching 1 1/3 innings to get the save, Cora took a page from Guillen’s book of snarkiness.

”Since I was the manager today, I never liked [Bobby] Jenks … [bleep] him,” Cora said, before laughing. ”No, Jenks was running during BP and tweaked the calf, so he wasn’t available. But you can put the other one if you want.”


April 11, 2010

Ozzie Guillen wanted to go DH-less today

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 11, 2010 8:00 pm
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Not only is manager Ozzie Guillen rotating his designated hitter, he was ready to give it up completely Sunday and, potentially, let the pitcher hit. Bench coach Joey Cora talked him out of it.

After DH Andruw Jones singled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth, Guillen considered putting Jones in left field for his defense, which would have moved the pitcher into Juan Pierre’s leadoff spot.

But Pierre was due to bat fourth in a one-run game and the Sox would have had to use a pinch-hitter for him in a tie game. Guillen only had Jayson Nix and Omar Vizquel left on the bench, which might have left him short in extra innings.

March 20, 2010

Gordon Beckham moves to 2nd base

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 20, 2010 9:16 pm
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Gordon Beckham‘s transition from third base to second base, in theory, shouldn’t be any more difficult than moving from Double-A to Triple-A to the major leagues to becoming the Sporting News rookie of the year at a position he only played a few games in professionally.

“Playing second base, except for the turn [6-4-3 double play], is relatively easy,” Beckham said.

“The turn” as Beckham calls it, was a problem when the spring training games began — only because there were very few chances for him to practice the play with a runner bearing down on him and his back to the play.

“We had our first one the other day,” Beckham said, two weeks into spring training. “It was a clean transition. We actually got the outs.” Beckham did trip over the base runner, however. …

March 10, 2010

Alexei promises more bunting in April

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 10, 2010 2:40 pm
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”The only difference you’ll see in April this year is I’m going to try to bunt a little more,” Ramirez said through an interpreter. ”I need to get it out of my mind that it’s too cold and just play the game, see what happens. I feel like I have the experience now; I know what to expect. That’s also going to help.”

January 20, 2010

January 20 links

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 20, 2010 10:19 pm
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– BDD’s Top Prospects Compilation: Update #12:

Spreadsheet: 2009-2010 Top Prospect List Compilation.xls [175 KB]

– Ozzie Guillen turns 46.

– Gordon Beckham is looking to avoid a sophomore slump.

– Don Cooper is encouraged by Mark Buehrle’s off-season workout program.

– Octavio ‘Doc OcK’ Dotel signed a 1-year deal with a 2011 club option with the Pirates.

Joey Cora and Greg Walker approve of Gordon Beckham

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 20, 2010 7:56 pm
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Cora has already given the thumbs up on the work that Beckham put in last week. Especially after the third day of the three-day voluntary mini-camp.

“I feel like I got where I wanted to be in those three days,’’ Beckham said. “All I need to do at second base is relax. Joey was happy after the third day. He mentioned it was all worth it because of that third day.

“The main thing is the double-play feeds around the bag. Make sure you’re quiet with the feet and always going toward first base on the throws. But you can bet we’ll be out there before every home game doing a lot of early work. I think I should be very good by the time we get to June. I don’t see it being a problem.’’

His swing sure wasn’t.

Beckham, who hit .270 with 14 home runs, 28 doubles and 63 RBI in 103 games, also worked in the cage with hitting coach Greg Walker in Miami.

“Gordon looked like Gordon,’’ Walker said. “His swing is fairly low maintenance. It’s about the mental battle for Gordon. His big challenge now is to move over to second base and understand that mental battle of a long season.’’ …

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