Legends On Deck

Joey Cora Named New Altoona Curve Manager

On Tuesday, former Major League player Joey Cora was named the new manager for the Altoona Curve, the Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Cora spent 11 years in the Major Leagues with four teams (Mariners, White Sox, Padres, Indians) from 1987-1998 and in that span, the all-star second baseman batted a combined .277, with 171 doubles, 41 triples, 30 home runs, 294 RBI’s, 117 stolen bases and 380 walks. 

Now at age 50, the Puerto Rican native takes his knowledge of the game back to the minor leagues to prepare the next generation of stars for the big leagues. 

Minor League coaching experience:

2000 – Coach: Daytona Cubs

2001 – Manager: Kingsport Mets (R) 31-36 (.463)

2002 – Manager: Kingsport Mets (R) 23-44 (.343)

2003 – Manager: Savannah Sand Gnats (A-Full) 58-80 (.420)

Major League coaching experience:

2004-2006 – Chicago White Sox:  Third base coach 

2005-2006 – Venezuelan Winter League: Manager of Tiburones de la Guaira 31–31 (.500)

2007-2011 Chicago White Sox: Bench Coach

2012 – Miami Marlins – Bench Coach

2012 – Miami Marlins – Interim Manager when Ozzie Guillen was suspended for five games (comments related to Fidel Castro).

(Feature photo credit: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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