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Red Sox make Francona's departure official

Posted on: September 30, 2011 5:34 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2011 5:51 pm
Terry Francona

Francona out in Boston
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Terry Francona is officially out as the Red Sox manager.

The team released a statement just as the team that knocked them out of the playoffs, the Tampa Bay Rays, started Game 1 of the ALDS in Texas.

Here's the complete statements, the first from John Henry, Tom Wener and Larry Lucchino "on behalf of the Boston Red Sox."

“We met with Terry Francona, Theo Epstein and Ben Cherington Friday morning to discuss the 2011 season, ways to improve the club in the future, and Tito’s status.  During the meeting, Tito, Theo and Ben agreed that the Red Sox would benefit from an improved clubhouse culture and higher standards in several areas.  Tito said that after eight years here he was frustrated by his difficulty making an impact with the players, that a different voice was needed, and that it was time for him to move on.  After taking time to reflect on Tito’s sentiments, we agreed that it was best for the Red Sox not to exercise the option years on his contract. 

We have enormous respect, admiration and appreciation for Tito and the job that he did for eight years, including two World Series Championship seasons and five playoff appearances.  His poise during the 2004 post-season was a key factor in the greatest comeback in baseball history, and his place in Red Sox history will never be forgotten.  We wish him only the best going forward.”

From general manager Theo Epstein:

“Tito and I didn’t know each other when he was hired eight years ago, but over time we developed not only a great working relationship but also a personal friendship that will always be important to both of us.  He proved to be an unflappable leader for our major league club, displaying consistency, calmness, hard work, thoughtfulness, a sense of humor, and faith in the players even at the most difficult of times.  Without Tito’s commitment over eight years, we would not be the organization we are today.  Nobody at the Red Sox blames Tito for what happened at the end of this season; we own that as an organization.  This year was certainly a difficult and draining one for him and for us.  Ultimately, he decided that there were certain things that needed to be done that he couldn’t do after eight years here, and that this team would benefit from hearing a new voice.  While this may be true, his next team will benefit more than it knows from hearing Tito’s voice.  I will miss seeing Tito every day in the manager’s office, and I wish him and his family nothing but the best in their next chapter.”

From Terry Francona:

“We met this morning to look back on the 2011 season and to consider the future of the Boston Red Sox, including my involvement with the club.  I passed along my frustrations at my inability to effectively reach the players.  After many conversations and much consideration, I ultimately felt that, out of respect to this team, it was time for me to move on.  I’ve always maintained that it is not only the right, but the obligation, of ownership to have the right person doing this job.  I told them that out of my enormous respect for this organization and the people in it, they may need to find a different voice to lead the team.

In my eight seasons as manager of the Boston Red Sox, I have developed a tremendous appreciation for Red Sox Nation.  This is a special place with some of the most knowledgeable and passionate fans in all of baseball.  They packed Fenway Park for every game and because of them, I had a special sense of pride coming to work every day.  I want to thank John, Tom, Larry and Theo for giving me the opportunity to manage this team through some of the most successful years in this franchise’s history.  I wish the entire organization and all of Red Sox Nation nothing but the very best.”

The Red Sox held $4.25 million options for each of the next two seasons.

Francona is scheduled to speak to the media later Friday night.

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:10 pm

Red Sox make Francona's departure official

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Since: Sep 2, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2011 7:32 am

Red Sox make Francona's departure official

So much for a Moneyball for coaches. Clearly, Theo and co. would have kept Francona if they adhered to their self-proclaimed player philosophy.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:11 pm

Red Sox make Francona's departure official

This sounds more like Tito's decision than the organization's. Although, I believe the Sox eventually would have made a change, it sounds like Tito asked for his options not to be picked up. Tito had to go, he clearly didnt have the team ready to be play at the start of the season; and he didnt have the stones to make serious changes down the stretch in order to shake things up. This will be a far different team next year. Who knows what will happen to Papelbon, Varitek, Wakefield, Drew, Youkilis...I'd like to see Lackey go, but it will take a big name trade with Lackey thrown in, for it to happen. Ugh...

Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:08 pm

Red Sox make Francona's departure official

Good for Francona, throwing the players under the Bus!

Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:53 pm

Red Sox make Francona's departure official

Worst decision by the Red Sox since they traded Babe Ruth.  Idiots. 

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:51 pm

Red Sox make Francona's departure official

Knee-jerk reaction in my opinion.  Tito is a great manager.  He's well respected throughout MLB and his biggest proponent, Joe Torre, is a former Yankee's manager.  That should tell you something.

They should have moved the non-listening players and kept Terry.  Not a smart move.

Frankly, this is shocking.  

Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:31 pm

Red Sox make Francona's departure official

Dude, stfu.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:24 pm

Red Sox make Francona's departure official

If the Red Sox are truely incompetant, how would you describe the other organizations out there? Hows your organization? You are allowed to rethink your comment and take it back unless of course you currently manage an MLB team with a better record this year or head up a more successful company. It must be a sorry life looking through windows and making sorry comments never being able to look in the mirror and say anything good. Now clean up your comment and join the human race. You will be forgiven.

Now if you are a Red Sox fan, I feel your pain, but honestly it's not tall that bad, be interested in whose exiting behind Tito and who we are bringing in, lessons learned. A healthy Bucholz is all the Sox were away from perhaps a championship season despite all of the teams shortcomings. It's not like every other team is perfect. 

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