“It’s Coming”- Alex Cora Promises Fans Boston Red Sox Is Soon Going to Make a Comeback for Stolen Bases in 2022

Published 04/20/2022, 6:00 AM EDT
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 11: Enrique Hernandez #5 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates his game winning sacrifice fly with teammates in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays during Game 4 of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 11, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

The Boston Red Sox have stabilized their season after a shaky start. And despite a .500 record, they remain behind the eight-ball with stolen bases. Despite turning in some solid results to start the season, the Red Sox are yet to record a stolen base in the 2022 season. And fans remain unclear on whether this is a strategy call or something that the Red Sox have simply failed to capitalize on in their games. Manager Alex Cora offered some clarity in a recent radio interview.

Manager Alex Cora has had a great run with the Boston Red Sox. Capping a franchise-record 108-win regular-season with the title in 2018, he has already endeared himself to the fanbase. However, after his initial success, the Red Sox have fallen into somewhat of a circle. Despite positive performances in the early post-season, the Red Sox have failed to capitalize and capture another pennant.

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Alex Cora speaks about stealing bases

Speaking on a radio show, Alex Cora had some reassuring words for Red Sox fans despite their dismal stolen bases record. Said Cora, “It’s coming, it’s coming.”

And with a series against top contenders for the AL East lined up in the Toronto Blue Jays, Cora made some solid commitments. “I’ll make sure we steal one against the Jays I promise you that,” he added.

His initial reactions to the question, however, were less promising. Opening up the conversation, Cora seemed hesitant to commit. “We’re gonna try,” he had said.

He then spoke about the Red Sox and their base-running strategy. While stolen bases remain a big part of the game, Cora added that the Red Sox didn’t look at the lack of stolen bases as a deficiency. “We hit a lot of doubles as you know and we like to score from first base,” he added, “so it’s not a part of our offense, stolen bases, but running bases well is a part of our offense.”

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Outlook for the season for the Boston Red Sox

Cora added that it was an obvious addition to the offense if they could have a few stolen bases, but it was necessary to do it well. He said, “We like good base runners, we like smart base runners,” he further added, “obviously having Trevor in the equation is going to help and we got some guys that can steal a base here and there.”

Acknowledging a red flag, though, Cora admitted that this was something that the Red Sox needed to work on. “Last year our stolen base percentage was very low for what we want, so we’ll figure spots and we’ll do what we have to do,” he added.

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But do you think this is an issue? If the Red Sox can score on wins, do they need to steal too? Or could they just take forward their method and look to make it big in 2022?

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Aditya Deshingkar

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Aditya Deshingkar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. An aspiring lawyer, Aditya is a final year student of the law program at GLC. Notably, as an avid sports lover, he shares a keen interest in NBA, MLB, and Formula 1.

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