Ron Roenicke

Red Sox manager Alex Cora brings youthful eye to new job

Dave Dombrowski wanted to make sure he and Alex Cora were on the same page, so the Red Sox boss sent off an email for his new manager's approval.

The response: A thumbs-up emoji.

Tony La Russa and Jim Leyland never did that.

"He's a good emoji texter," Dombrowski said with a laugh this month as the team turned its thoughts toward spring training. "He's very good with the thumbs-up. My children, they help me out at times."

A native of Puerto Rico, Cora is already a pioneer as the first minority manager in the history of a franchise that was the last to field a black player. But he's also a new kind of Red Sox dugout boss: One of the...