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Francona's out, who's next in Boston?

Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:31 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 5:32 pm
Bobby ValentineBy C. Trent Rosecrans

So, Terry Francona is out in Boston… who's next?

Here's several ideas:

Bobby Valentine: For the first time in a long time, he's not the heir apparent in Miami, as Ozzie Guillen has become the latest manager Jeffrey Loria is itching to fire. Valentine, 61, is currently an ESPN announcer, but he's managed the Rangers and Mets, as well as two stints as the manager for Japan's Chiba Lotte Marines. In MLB, Valentine has a record of 1,117-1,072 and appeared in one World Series, losing to the Yankees as the Mets skipper in 2000.

DeMarlo Hale: It wouldn't be sexy, but it would be a link to the recent regime in Boston. Hale has served as Francona's bench coach the last two seasons and was previously the team's third-base coach. Last year he interviewed for the Blue Jays job, which went to then-Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell. However, he could be seen as too close to the former regime and not enough of a change.

Joe Torre: If you want a big name, there are few bigger in managerial circles. However, there's questions whether the 71-year-old would want to manage again and even as well as he put up with the madness that is managing the Yankees, why would he want to enter another circus? He also didn't exactly light the world on fire as the Dodgers' manager.

Dave Martinez: The Rays bench coach is going to be one of the hottest names in potential managerial searches until he gets a gig. He's served as Joe Maddon's bench coach since 2008. Martinez retired in 2001 after 16 seasons in the big leagues.

Pete Mackanin: The Phillies bench coach has been an interim manager twice, in Pittsburgh in 2005 and in Cincinnati in 2007.  He's been the Phillies' bench coach the last three seasons. Mackanin may not be seen as a big enough name for the Red Sox.

Don Wakamatsu: The former Mariners manager was the Blue Jays' bench coach last season. Wakamatsu had a strange exit in Seattle after what seemed like a players' revolt. He failed to get along with some of his players in Seattle, and with talk of problems in the Red Sox clubhouse during the last month of the season, Wakamatsu's past could be a red flag.

Eric Wedge: The current Mariners manager has been mentioned, but he's under contract and the Mariners seem happy with him. It doesn't make sense for the Mariners to let him go to Boston.

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Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 1:28 pm

If Francona's out, who's next in Boston?

Clint Hurdle, all he needs is talent and too give them a kick in the ass. Francona totally blew it this year and he should be fired right now. Every team has injuries and players not hitting or pitching. The manager is supposed to fix these things, and you can't do it nicely. get id of him NOW!

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:21 pm

With Francona out, who's next in Boston?

Oh yeah ... if you pick Brad Pitt, you also get Jonah Hill as the bench coach ... which would make it even more wicked funny to blow yaw money on the Sawks

Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:19 pm

The first shoe falls...but why?

Fire Theo.  Crawford and Lackey too.  Sure, we're eating their contracts.  But we're doing that anyway.  It's not Francona...

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:19 pm

With Francona out, who's next in Boston?

A few possibilities ...

  1. Brad Pitt ... he seems to have invented baseball

  2. Jimmy Fallon ... he seemed really passionate about baseball in that movie, "Fever Pitch"

  3. That dude Lavarnway ... didn't he go to Yale?
    (asked and answered for the 100th time)

  4. Does it really matter who you get to manage a $200 Million per year team

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:03 pm

With Francona out, who's next in Boston?

half of the guys i mentioned have never been a full-time manager


Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:57 am

With Francona out, who's next in Boston?

Revolving door?? Francona has been our manager for 8 years.

Do you have any idea what you are talking about?

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:46 am

With Francona out, who's next in Boston?

Bobby Valentine - great pick.  He can handle the Media, the fan base, the passion that comes with Boston Sports, and can and has succeeded in a major market for many years.   

Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:38 am

With Francona out, who's next in Boston?

Go get Bo Porter in DC.  Not one of these retreads.  Can we STOP with the revolving door of managers.  Please.

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