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Alex Cora plans to play next season at age 36

Sep 27, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

Alex Cora, Ivan Rodriguez (courtesy Washington Nationals)

Alex Cora has hit just .219 with zero homers and a .540 OPS in 171 plate appearances for the Nationals, but the 36-year-old utility man said yesterday that he has no plans to retire.

“I’ll be playing” next year,” Cora told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. “I’m only 36. Whenever people talk about the future, you better hold it, because I’m going to be playing until I don’t feel I can play well. I feel like I can contribute and help teams out. In my mind, there’s no doubt about that.”

Teams may feel a bit differently, because Cora also hit just .210 with zero homers and a .544 OPS last season and hasn’t cracked a .650 OPS since 2009. He’ll likely have to settle for a minor-league contract and fight for a bench job during spring training.

  1. natstowngreg - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    With all due respect, it’s about time for Alex to start on his coaching career.

  2. Joe - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    .540 OPS two years running. What’s your definition of “not playing well,” Alex?

  3. foreverchipper10 - Sep 27, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    I truly did not know he was playing this year.

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