UPDATE (November 6, 10:48 a.m.): Alex Cora was reported by multiple outlets as being hired as the next manager of the Boston Red Sox.

Durham native Sam Fuld is one of five finalists being considered for the next manager of the Boston Red Sox, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

According to the report, Fuld, who grew up in the Seacoast region, is up against Alex Cora, Don Kelly, Carlos Mendoza and James Rowson for the job.

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Fuld, 38, spent parts of eight seasons playing in Major League Baseball and posted a .227 batting average over nearly 600 games. In recent years, Fuld worked for the Philadelphia Phillies as a player information coordinator and has been interviewed for other managerial openings.

Although Fuld never played for the Red Sox, he nearly hit for the cycle at Fenway Park in a 2011 game while playing for the Tampa Bay Rays. Chaim Bloom, who currently serves as the Red Sox's chief baseball operator, is familiar with Fuld as a player from Bloom's previous tenure with the Rays.

Fuld was born in Durham and played high school baseball at Phillips Exeter Academy where he won New Hampshire's Gatorade Player of the Year award for the 2000 season. Fuld also played competitively for the Dover Post 8 American Legion team.

His father, Kenneth Fuld, is a former dean and professor emeritus at the University of New Hampshire. His mother, Amanda Merrill, served in the New Hampshire State Senate from 2008 to 2012.

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