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Astros' Cora to interview for Mets' skipper job

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NEW YORK -- Astros bench coach Alex Cora will interview for the Mets' vacant managerial job Tuesday in New York, MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported Monday. Cora interviewed Sunday in New York for the Red Sox's managerial opening, Hinch told reporters Sunday.

"He's the hottest managerial candidate on the planet," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said prior to Game 3.

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NEW YORK -- Astros bench coach Alex Cora will interview for the Mets' vacant managerial job Tuesday in New York, MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported Monday. Cora interviewed Sunday in New York for the Red Sox's managerial opening, Hinch told reporters Sunday.

"He's the hottest managerial candidate on the planet," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said prior to Game 3.

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Cora has a diverse background that includes jobs as a baseball analyst on ESPN and being the general manager of a team in his hometown of Puerto Rico, as well as the Puerto Rican team that finished as the runner-up in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. That's on top of a 14-year Major League career with six teams. He played for the Red Sox from 2005-08.

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"Alex brings a lot to the table," veteran Carlos Beltran said. "He has good communication with the guys, respects the guys. He's always in the clubhouse getting to know the players, getting to know which buttons he could push on each player to make them go out there and play the game hard, which is great.

"I always feel that sometimes managers, they draw a very defined line between players and manager. And sometimes they get caught up not going to the clubhouse because they don't want to feel like they're invading their space. But as a player, I love when managers come to the clubhouse, sit down, talk to us, get to know us, ask about our family, about everything. And that really means a lot. Alex does that real well."

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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