The difference between the John Farrell and Alex Cora regimes so far in Boston? Utility man and former All-Star Brock Holt didn't mince his words when he talked about the improvement in communication this season under first-year manager Cora.
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"You know, for me personally it's communication," Holt said during his pregame media availability Wednesday afternoon. "Being able to know what's going on, what's going through his head, when we're playing, when we're not playing, certain situations where we might come in during the game. It just makes it so much easier as a team to go out and perform. There wasn't a whole lot of communication in the past.
"And just kind of the vibe that he brings, the looseness. Not being too far removed from playing himself, he understands the game is hard. And he believes in us. I just think the overall vibe that he brings to the team, to the clubhouse, is so positive that it's easy for us to go out and kind of do what we've been doing."
Cora is the fourth manager over the last five decades to bring the Red Sox to a World Series in his first year with the team, joining Dick Williams (1967), Terry Francona (2004) and Farrell (2013). Francona and Farrell both won it all in their first seasons.
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