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Alex Cora hopes to ask Bill Belichick about defending a championship

Alex Cora hopes to ask Bill Belichick about defending a championship

Alex Cora and the Boston Red Sox will soon open the 2019 season and try to defend their World Series title, something no MLB team has successfully accomplished since the New York Yankees three-peated in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Trying to repeat as champs will be a new experience for the Red Sox manager, and to best prepare for the challenge ahead, he's hoping to pick the brain of a coach who's won back-to-back titles: New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

Cora sat down with MLB Network and explained to Tom Verducci what he wants to ask Belichick about defending a championship. Check it out in the video below:

The Patriots won Super Bowl LIII over the Los Angeles Rams earlier this month, so they also will be defending a title later this year. Belichick's Patriots were the last NFL team to win consecutive Super Bowl titles in 2003 and 2004. 

The Red Sox haven't repeated as World Series champions since 1915 and 1916, back when Babe Ruth was the team's best player. Cora's squad does have a good chance of returning to the World Series after the front office returned nearly all of the 2018 roster. Oddsmakers like Boston's chances, too -- the Sox have the second-best odds to the 2019 World Series. 

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Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Yet another former member of the Boston Red Sox has joined the Chicago Cubs.

Former Sox slugger Mike Napoli has joined the Cubs as a quality assurance coach, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Napoli joins fellow 2013 World Series champion David Ross on the Cubs staff. Ross replaced Joe Maddon as Chicago's manager last month.

Ex-Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has served as Cubs president of baseball operations for the last eight years. Former Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie recently interviewed for the Cubs' bullpen coach job.

In three seasons as Boston's DH/first baseman, Napoli hit .242 with 53 home runs.

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Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scheme was rather elboarate, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora reportedly played a major role in the operation.

Cora was Houston manager A.J. Hinch's right-hand man as the Astros' bench coach in 2017, winning the World Series with the organization. So, quite frankly, it's not surprising that Cora was involved in the matter. 

Major League Baseball now is investigating the Astros organization, as well as anyone involved with the team in 2017 -- A.K.A. Cora and current New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran. Cora was interviewed Wednesday, and the Red Sox are offering the MLB "full cooperation" in the ongoing investigation, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. 

According to our Red Sox Insider John Tomase, the Red Sox really only need to be concerned with the matter if Cora used some of those tactics to lead Boston to a World Series Championship in 2018, and throughout the duration of a rather upsetting 2019 season. 

It remains unknown if Cora will receive any disciplinary action from the league. 

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