Red Sox

Notebook: On analytics, filling the pitching coach vacancy, the pressures of Boston and more

(Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Alex Cora credited his past season as bench coach with the world champion Houston Astros as an invaluable experience for his personal growth and aiding his preparation to become the new manager of the Red Sox.

When asked Monday at his introductory press conference what lesson proved most valuable, Cora didn’t hesitate.