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Alex Cora stresses personal side in taking Red Sox reins

(Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

In real estate, it’s all about location, location, location.

In baseball, according to Alex Cora, managing is about relationships, relationships, relationships.

As Cora was introduced Monday as the 47th manager of the Red Sox on Monday, he stressed the importance, the value, indeed the utter necessity of building strong relationships with his players.

“We’re going to connect with players, be genuine and be accessible,’’ vowed Cora while speaking of the approach he and his coaching staff will take. “That’s the most important thing. This year, I learned that talking to players is not bad, having a good relationship with players is not bad.  Doing that, you’re going to get the best out of them.

“People may think that crossing that line is not helpful. But I see it the other way around. And I lived it. You embrace them, tell them how good they are and when you have to twist their arm and tell them, ‘That’s not good enough,’ they’re going to respond to you. That’s my goal here – I want players to respond to me.’’