February 25, 2020

Former Nats: Alex Cora announces retirement from winter ball (Updated)

Updated: Apparently, Cora has only retired from winter ball and still wants to play in the United States. The following is the message from the Criollos de Caguas Facebook Page:

DE PARTE DE NUESTRO CAPITAN ALEX CORA: “El mensaje que puse aqui anoche se malinterpretó un poco… Mi retiro es solo DEL BÉISBOL DE PUERTO RICO… sigo buscando oportunidades para volver a jugar en Estados Unidos… Gracias a todos por el apoyo a mi carrera”

(Translated by Bing):
PART of our captain ALEX CORA: “the message that I put here last night were misinterpreted a bit…” My retirement is only baseball from PUERTO RICO… keep looking for opportunities to return to play in United States… “Thank you all for the support of my career”


Former Nationals utility infielder Alex Cora played winter ball and was the Captain of the Caguas Criollos of Puerto Rico. After the Criollos final game of the season tonight, he announced his retirement from baseball winter ball.

Alex Cora, 36, was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third round of the 1996 draft. Cora has played all over the infield for seven MLB teams: Dodgers, Blue Jays, Indians, Red Sox, Mets, Rangers and Nationals Maybe he’ll follow in his big brother Joey’s footsteps and coach.

Best of luck to Alex Cora!

From the Criollos de Caguas Facebook Page:
MENSAJE DE NUESTRO CAPITAN ALEX CORA ANUNCIANDO SU RETIRO: Gracias a todos ustedes por el apoyo que me dieron por 16 temporadas. Gozamos y sufrimos, ganamos y perdimos pero de corazón les digo que ser Criollo es lo mejor que hay. Hoy cierro un capítulo de mi carrera y del fondo de mi corazón les digo que lo hago con la frente en alto porque soy y siempre seré Criollo de pura cepa! Gracias a todos.

(Translated by Bing):
MESSAGE from our captain ALEX CORA announcing his retirement: thank you all for the support they gave me for 16 seasons. We enjoy and we suffer, we won and we lost but heart I can tell you that being Creole is the best there is. Now close a chapter in my career and in the bottom of my heart I say that I do with the high front because I am and always will be pure strain Creole! Thank you all.

(h/t to John S.)

Alex Cora at a Nationals Fan Event, March 2011 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Alex Cora playing at Nationals Park, May 2011 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.

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