Pirates dismiss 3B coach Joey Cora after 5 seasons

Pittsburgh Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo, right, stands on third, talking with coach Joey Cora, left, after hitting an RBI double and advancing on an error during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, in Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have dismissed third base coach Joey Cora after five seasons at the post.

The Pirates announced the move Saturday, less than a week after they finished 61-101 and last in the NL Central.

“We would like to thank Joey for his passion for the job and his commitment in continuously helping our players grow as big leaguers,” Pirates general manager Ben Cherington said. “Even though this was a difficult decision, we wanted to make it now out of respect for Joey so that it allows him to immediately be able to pursue other opportunities."

The 56-year-old Cora, the older brother of Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, was often criticized by Pittsburgh fans for aggressively waving runners home. The Pirates ranked among the major league leaders in outs made at the plate.

Cora, a second baseman for most of his 11 years in the big leagues, also worked with Pittsburgh infielders. The Pirates made just 70 errors this season, fewest in the majors.

“Joey Cora is a great baseball man whose love for the game and passion for the job was obvious every day that he represented the Pittsburgh Pirates,” manager Derek Shelton said. “I want to thank him for his commitment to the organization along with all the time and dedication that he gave to our players.”

Cora previously was a bench coach for the Chicago White Sox and Miami.

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