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Francona out in Boston

Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:38 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 5:27 pm

By C. Trent Rosecrans

After nearly a full day of speculation, the Red Sox have made it official -- Terry Francona is out as the team's manager.

Reports started trickling out late Thursday night that the Red Sox would not pick up Francona's options for 2012 and 2013. He met with general manager Theo Epstein, team president Larry Lucchino and owners John Henry, Tom Werner and Ben Cherington on Friday morning. The group left Fenway Park without comment.

However, hours after releasing a statement that there were "no immediate plans for an announcement," the team made it official just after the team that took the wild card from Boston, the Tampa Bay Rays, started Game 1 of the ALDS in Texas.

The team had options for hte net two years on Francona's contract, worth $4.25 million each. 

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Francona asked the team not to exercise his options.

"He has had his fill of the whole thing," a source told the Sun-Times.

Francona would be an attractive candidate for the White Sox or the Cubs. Francona started his coaching and managing career in the White Sox system, even serving as the manager of Double-A Birmingham when Michael Jordan played for the White Sox farm team. He has also worked with Chicago pitching coach Don Cooper, who received a four-year extension this week.

The 52-year-old Francona managed the Red Sox since 2004 and won two World Series titles during his tenure. He's 744-552 with two pennants and two World Series titles, but his teams have missed the playoffs the last two seasons despite having the second-highest payroll in the game. 

This season, the Red Sox lost a nine-game lead in the American League wild-card race, going 7-20 in September.

Earlier on Thursday, Boston general manager Theo Epstein refused to blame Francona and said, "I know we don't believe in scapegoats." 

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:12 pm

Francona out in Boston

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Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 7:00 pm

Francona out in Boston

Ill usually dont agree with yankee fans but your %100 right about everything you said

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 6:56 pm

Francona out in Boston

This is a bad move by the redsox. And Theo Epstien should be taking alot of the blame for the problems this team is having. If he was a GM with any average team in baseball he would be a laughing stock. He has made way to many BAD Deals in the last 4 years but they get covered up by going out and over paying for a replacement. The problem with the Redsox is in upper management and unless they fix it that clubhouse isnt gonna change for any manager that comes in here in the future

Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 4:43 pm

Francona out in Boston

ChefSalad  he won two world series championship.....2007 and 2004.  If you are going to sound like a know it all... be correct 

Hey clown.  No crap.  I wasn't the one who said he only won 1.  I was quoting somebody else you fool.  See how I put your comment in bold type?

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:43 pm

Francona out in Boston

Jaxdawg1205 wrote:

Epstein has had some of the worst free agent signings in history the last few years

See K. Williams, Chicago White Sox for a very strong contender.


Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:20 pm

Francona out in Boston

Peoplewillcome (and others), I fully agree with your sentiment. Unfortunately, the best way of dealing with the posters who are not here for insight is to simply and completely ignore them. They will be gone just as quickly as they came without reinforcement. With regard to your baseball post, I disagree on one note. Boston's pitching was really no better coming into the season then the Yankees in my opinion. They did get a bounce back from Beckett and Lester was as advertised and yes Bucholtz got hurt. Beyond that, there never was anything else there. Dice-K and Lackey were two awful signing as bad as Burnett. But everyone seen the flashy signing of Crawford (that will be an albatross on their team) and instantly they were the darlings of the pre-season. Not surprised how this all unfolded and Epstein should be the one removed........ 

Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:03 pm

Francona out in Boston

I'm a Yankees fan and I want to commend - and commiserate with - a Red Sox fan, Canespanther, for his comment about idiotic posts and Administrators needing to step in.  CP - I'm with ya.  On this page alone, there's a Francona ouster who talks about Francona and "rings" and forgets that the only recent rings the Sox won were with Francona at the helm.  That's idiotic ignorance.  Then there's the Fat boy - I won't even bother worrying about the full name, 'cause I won't waste another second in the vicinity of his post.  He's simply inconsequential (except for the space he wastes.)

Sad truth is that guys like those are out here 'cause life, to them, is a pathetic attempt at getting acknowledgment (they can't actually be seeking validation can they?) with their assinine posts.

Sad for you and me, CP, 'cause we gotta wade through crap like that in the hopes of seeing something that *DOES* show some baseball knowledge and *IS* worth reading.

Anyway, my two cents on the baseball situation here: IMO, Epstein ain't quite as bad as some have made him out to be - when the pitching rotation, and your third baseman and your rightfielder, etc. get bit by the injury bug - and the pen goes south come September at least in part  because of the rotation woes - you can't blame the GM; not for *all* of that.  You especially can't blame the manager.  Francona was good enough to take the the team to the top twice in four seasons after and 86-year drought and he's a flat-out savvy baseball guy from a baseball family.

Yeah, I smirked at the end result - Boston done for the season; I am, as I said, a Yankees fan.  But I also think I know, after almost 50 years of attentive - and construtive - fandom, that the whole of the AL East got *lucky* this year that they didn't have to face a healthy Sox team.  I'll say this - Crawford underperformed and Gonzalez tarnished a great season with the whine about night games.  This winter, Sox need to go after arms and think about how much more they are gonna get out of Poppy and Drew.  Reyes would be an awesome upgrade at short, but after the crap he pulled with "The Bunt heard round the World", I hope neither the Sox nor the Yanks think he's worthy of being in their organizations.  (Reyes is also gonna decline quickly with the constant hammy problems)

That's about all for now - except to say... Canespanther, you and I are destined to be in the minority amongst the volume posting to this site because a) we care about baseball - and b) have literacy quotients that aren't dwarfed by the average third-grader.

Take care. 

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 5:41 pm

Francona out in Boston

Absoluty rediculous, Now I am upset they extended Acta contract in Cleveand.  Would love to have Francoa

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