Joey Cora
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Joey Cora has emerged as a candidate to possibly fill the bench coach vacancy inside the New York Mets dugout.

There are numerous coaching positions the New York Mets are now looking to fill after finding a new manager. The organization hired Carlos Beltrán to take over the duties as their skipper in late October.

One of these vacant coaching positions happens to be the team’s bench coach.

Many individuals have been reported to be candidates for the job. And as of Monday, you can add one more to the list.

Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Joey Cora has emerged as a “strong candidate” for the Mets. Cora apparently has ties to Beltrán as well as Omar Minaya.

As a player, Cora spent time at second base with the San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, and Cleveland Indians. He was named to an All-Star Game as a member of the Mariners.

Cora has additionally worked as a minor league manager for the Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates. He also served as the third base coach and bench coach for the White Sox from 2004-11 and was the bench coach for the Miami Marlins in 2012. His most recent gig was working as the bench coach for the Pirates.

Cora has a World Series ring from 2005 when he worked for Chicago.

The Mets are also looking to fill the vacancy at their pitching coach spot. It was recently reported that former New York Yankees pitcher Steve Karsay was going to be interviewed for that job.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.