- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - Alex Cora has been hired as bench coach for the Houston Astros.

Cora, who had a 14-year career in the majors, takes the place of Trey Hillman, who recently left to manage in South Korea. His hiring was announced Tuesday.

The 41-year-old Cora began his career with the Dodgers, and he also played for the Indians, Red Sox, Mets, Rangers and Nationals. He was a career .243 hitter with 35 homers and 286 RBIs.

Cora has worked as a television analyst since 2013 and is the general manager for the Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican winter league. He also is the general manager for Puerto Rico’s team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

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