Cora celebrates World Series title in Puerto Rico
Hundreds of arms stretched into the sky in the hometown of Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora as fans took pictures and video of the first person from Puerto Rico to lead a team to a World Series championship.
Cora held up the trophy that he had been cradling in his arms as he arrived in Caguas with chairman Tom Werner, pitchers David Price and Eduardo Rodriguez and catcher Christian Vazquez, among others.
The Red Sox say they haven’t decided whether they will visit the White House if invited by President Donald Trump. Cora said if that happens, it offers what he called a “huge platform.”
“I know what it represents, and I think I’ve done a good job so far representing my country and Latinos, and if as an organization we decided to go, I’ll use this platform the right way,” he said. “I’m not going to embarrass the organization, or my country or myself.”
Nationals: Former Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal signed a one-year contract with a conditional option for 2020. He hasn’t pitched since 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Rosenthal, 28, is a hard-throwing right-hander with 121 career saves in the majors, all with St. Louis.
Tigers: Detroit claimed reliever Jose Fernandez and infielder Brandon Dixon off waivers. Fernandez, 25, made his major league debut this year with Toronto, posting a 6.10 ERA in 13 relief appearances. Dixon, 26, made his big league debut with Cincinnati, hitting .178 this year in 74 games. Reds: Pitcher Jairo Capellan was killed and two other Reds minor leaguers were injured in a car accident Saturday morning in the Dominican Republic. Dick Williams, the Reds’ president of baseball operations, confirmed Capellan’s death and said pitcher Raul Hernandez was in critical condition and outfielder Emilio Garcia in stable condition. Capellan was 19, the same age as the two injured players. All three played on the Reds’ rookie team in the Dominican Summer League.
Right-handed reliever Matt Bowman, who appeared in a club-high 75 games for the Cardinals in 2017 but spent much of this season on the disabled list with finger blisters and circulatory issues, was claimed on waivers by Cincinnati. Bowman, 27, had an 0-2 record and 6.26 ERA in 2018.