Joey Cora is in his first season as Pittsburgh's Third Base Coach, having been named to the position on October 29. In addition to his role as the Third Base Coach, Cora will serve as the club's Infield Coach. Cora served as Manager for the Altoona Curve in 2016, the Pirates Double-A affiliate in the Eastern League, and led the club to a 76-64 regular season record and a wild card berth. Altoona took over first place in the Western Division for the first time on June 26, and held that spot for 55-of-63 games until Akron took it over on the next-to-last day of the season. A native of Caguas, Puerto Rico, Cora was a first-round pick of the San Diego Padres in 1985 - the 23rd overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft that year. After making his professional debut with Spokane in 1985 and finishing eighth in the Northwest League batting race that season (.324), Joey made his Major League debut with San Diego at the age of 21 on 4/6/87. The Opening Day second baseman for the Padres in 1987, Cora singled off San Francisco's Mike Krukow for his first big league hit in his fourth at bat. After playing parts of three seasons with San Diego (1987, 1989-90), Cora spent the next four years playing for the White Sox, where he connected off Mike Moore for his first Major League home run on 6/2/93 at Detroit. Joey also played in 153 games with Chicago in 1993 while also ranking second in the league with 13 triples that season (his teammated Lance Johnson had 14). Cora was selected to the American League All-Star team while playing with Seattle in 1997, a season in which he set career highs in doubles (40), home runs (11), RBI (54) and runs scored (105) while playing in 149 games. The switch-hitting infielder produced a 24-game hitting streak with the Mariners during the 1997 campaign between 5/2-29, the third-longest hitting streak in Seattle team history and the third-longest ever by an American League switch hitter. Cora spent a total of 11 seasons in the Major Leagues, playing in a career-high 155 games with the Mariners and Indians during his final campaign in 1998. He batted .277 (1035-for-3734) with 171 doubles, 41 triples, 30 home runs, 294 RBI, 624 runs and 117 stolen bases in 1119 career games, recording his 1000th big league hit on 8/21/98.In addition to his regular season games, Cora appeared in the postseason with the White Sox (1993), Mariners (1995 and 1997) and Indians (1998). He homered off New York's David Cone in the fifth and deciding game of the 1995 Division Series, giving Seattle a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Joey also scored one of the two runs in the 11th inning as the Mariners walked off Yankees on Edgar Martinez' double off Jack McDowell. Cora began his coaching career in 2000 with the Florida State League champion Daytona Cubs. He served as a minor league manager in the New York Mets system for two years, with the Rookie-level Appalachian League Kingsport Mets in 2001 and 2002, and also managed the Montreal Expos' Single-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, the Savannah Sand Gnats, in 2003. In addition to his minor league coaching ca-reer, Cora was a member of the Major League staff of the Chicago White Sox for eight years under manager Ozzie Guillen from 2004-2011. He was Chicago's Third Base Coach for three years (2004-2006) before spending the final five years as the Bench Coach.
Personal: Jose Manuel Cora...Wife's name is Kiria...Has two children; daughter Kimberly (7/26/04) and son Joey (10/29/05)...Played collegiate baseball for three seasons at Vanderbilt University, where he was also a math major.... Was a two-time All-American and a two-time academic All-American...Was named Most Valuable Player while playing in the Cape Cod League in 1984...His younger brother, Alex, played parts of 14 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Dodgers (1998-2004), Indians (2005), Red Sox (2005-2008), Mets (2009-2010), Rangers (2010) and Nationals (2011) and is currently the Bench Coach with the Houston Astros...Served as the General Manager for Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League from 1999-2001, winning the championship in 2001.