Red Sox

Hot Stove Lunch: Mark Kotsay reportedly on list of Sox managerial candidates

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It would appear that we have our first external candidate for the Red Sox’ managerial vacancy.

MassLive.com reports that Oakland A’s coach Mark Kotsay is on the list of people the Sox are considering to replace Alex Cora.

Kotsay has spent several years as a major league coach — some with San Diego; more recently with Oakland — and, of course, once played for the Red Sox. He was with them in 2008 and 2009, as part of a 17-year major league career spent with seven clubs. He’s served as both as bench coach and a quality control coach in the big leagues.

Kotsay spoke about wanting to manage recently and has since interviewed with Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Houston.

In some ways, Kotsay’s career somewhat mirrors that of Cora: a long career, often spent as a role player, with many stops along the way. Kotsay, however, has a longer coaching resume since Cora had spent only one year on a coaching staff before being hired by the Sox following the 2017 season.

In his relatively brief time with the Sox, Kotsay was known as an intelligent player with strong instincts for the game– not unlike Cora.

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