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April 17, 2014

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Top 30 Las Vegas 51s Players:

5. Joey Cora (1987-90)

He had a franchise best 37-game hitting streak, ranks high in several notable categories in the franchise’s record book

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Former Las Vegas Star infielder Joey Cora throws the ball to first base in this file photo. Cora is one of the Las Vegas Sun’s top-30 players in Las Vegas minor league history.

After playing four seasons with Las Vegas in the late 1980s, Joey Cora ranks among the team’s top 10 career hitters in several notable categories.

Cora ranks seventh in franchise history in games played (378), third in at-bats (1,471), fourth in runs (243), third in hits (448), sixth in total bases (556), fourth in triples (17) and first in stolen bases (98). The highlight of his run with the Las Vegas Stars was a 37-game hitting streak.

Cora played on four teams during his 11 years in the big leagues. During his career with the Padres, White Sox, Mariners, and Indians, Cora collected 30 home runs and 294 RBIs on 1,035 major league hits.

Cora also scored 624 runs and stole 117 bases in his professional tenure before making his final MLB appearance on September 27, 1998 as a member of the Indians.

Following his retirement from play, Cora was a manager in the New York Mets minor league system. He was a later hired by fellow teammate and good friend, Ozzie Guillen.

After spending eight years as an assistant coach for the White Sox, Cora was named bench coach of the Miami Marlins on November 1, 2011, reuniting with Guillen.

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