Four Potential Coaching Staff Replacements For The Pittsburgh Pirates
Altoona Curve Manager Joey Cora
Prior to the start of the 2016 season the Pittsburgh Pirates hired Joey Cora to be the manager of the Double-A Altoona Curve. Cora brought 15 years of coaching experience to the Pirates’ organization. His coaching experience includes coaching on Major League staffs.
During his first season as Curve skipper Cora led the team to a 76-64 record. This record earned the Curve a postseason berth. It was also an improvement over their 2015 win total.
Joey Cora’s coaching career began in 2001 when he started a two-year stint as manager of the New York Mets’ rookie league team. He then spent seven seasons (2004-2011) as a Major League coach for the Chicago White Sox. This included him being bench coach from 2008 through 2011. Cora was also part of the White Sox coaching staff that won a World Series Championship in 2005.
When White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen went to Miami in 2012, Cora joined him. Once again, just as he was in Chicago, Cora served as Guillen’s bench coach.
Joey Cora has more than paid his dues in the Minor Leagues as a coach. Additionally, he has experience as a Major League coach. His Major League coaching experience is some great experience to boot. In my opinion, Cora would be a great addition to the Pirates’ coaching staff in 2017.