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Sean Casey: Alex Cora is 'ahead of everybody else'

September 26, 2018 - 7:48 am

Sean Casey only played one season with Alex Cora, but the former infielder and current manager left quite an impression.

Appearing on the Mut at Night Show with Rob Bradford, Casey, now an analyst for MLB Network, reflected on the 2008 season with the Red Sox when he and Cora served as bench players for a team that went to Game 7 of the American League Championship Series.

"He's so smart, man. I saw it coming because we became great friends. We're still great friends. We did everything together," Casey said. "Man, he talks baseball 24-7. Sometimes I'm like, 'AC, can we not talk baseball? Let's talk TV shows or something. We've got to talk baseball and strategy?'I think AC, he's ahead of everybody else. I always said to him, 'You're going to be a great manager one day. The way you think is next level.' What he's doing there is he's managing that club with his personality, but he's so smart, too, baseball smart. He's always a couple of steps ahead. I knew he would be good. I know the guys have to love him the clubhouse. He's one of the smartest guys I've ever played with."

During the interview, Casey went on to say that the only team that can match what the Red Sox will represent in the postseason might be the Astros. To listen to the entire conversation, click here (starting at 26-minute mark).