Top 5 Candidates to fill the vacant Phillies manager role

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Matt Klentak and Pete Mackanin of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Matt Klentak and Pete Mackanin of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FL – MAY 16: Bench coach Alex Cora
MIAMI, FL – MAY 16: Bench coach Alex Cora /

NUMBER 4: ALEX CORA

Current Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora could be among the unnamed candidates for the Phillies managerial role.

Previously, he was interviewed for manager jobs by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers,  San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins, and the Washington Nationals. Current Astros manager A.J. Hinch left the possibility open of Cora leaving for a managerial position, but his answer wasn’t definitive: [quote via Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle]

"“I trust him to be prepared. I trust him to be able to handle it,” Hinch said. “He can compartmentalize very, very well. If anybody ever asked for permission, we’ll have to handle it dependent on what we’re doing, where we’re at, what his comfortable timeline is.”"

Cora is in his first year as a bench coach for the Houston Astros. He was hired in 2016 to replace Trey Hillman.

Cora had a 14-year carerr in the big leagues, playing with the Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, and the Texas Rangers. Before being hired by the Astros, he was a analyst with ESPN.

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