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Francona wants to manage in 2012

Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:48 am
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Terry Francona hopes to manage next season, according to a report from ESPN's Buster Olney.

Francona's contract was picked up by the Red Sox late last week. We looked at possible landing spots for Francona on Friday, noting that if he wants to manage in 2012, he'll certainly have a chance.

Olney also reported Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin will be one of the people interviewed to replace Francona in Boston. Mackanin was also on our list of possible replacements. One name that wasn't on our list was Torey Lovullo, the Pawtucket Red Sox manager in 2010 who went with John Farrell to Toronto. Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman tweeted that Lovullo would be considered, while he writes that Bobby Valentine and Joe Torre are not candidates.

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Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:59 pm

Francona wants to manage in 2012

Whoever gets Francona is going to a contender instantly. Great manager with a great attitude. He would be a upgrade over any current manager in MLB.

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:44 pm

Francona wants to manage in 2012

The color of his sox are going to change from Red to White.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:41 pm

Francona wants to manage in 2012

I still cannot believe that Francona is being made the scapegoat in this historic plunge from the playoffs.  All of the players, as well as the upper management, should bear most of the blame.  As usual, MONEY talks and that other messy stuff walks in this business.
I will tell you this, this Red Sox team, with the current GM (hell, they are mostly his handpicked and over priced underachievers), will NEVER win a World Series as constituted.  They do not have the character, will power, work ethic, or heart to win anything but lucrative contracts from GMs like Theo Epstein.  The fans get to enjoy higher ticket prices, crammed seats with awful views, and broken hearts.
Talent is needed for championships, true, but championship talent is something that cannot simply be purchased like a used car.  It is a state of mind that is preached throughout an organization.  The more you spend the sillier you look when the door to the playoffs is slammed in your face.
Good Luck Tito, you are a champion.

Andy (Red Sox fan since: 1981)

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:25 pm

Francona wants to manage in 2012

My money is on a package deal of Tito and Theo to the Cubs!

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:17 pm

Francona wants to manage in 2012

C'Mon Fredi and that fool Larry Parrish and hire Francona!  Pull the trigger Frank!!

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 3:47 pm

Francona wants to manage in 2012

Philadelphia is as clean as the driven snow!  Innocent

Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 3:39 pm

Francona wants to manage in 2012

You sir truly have no idea what you are talking about.  You show me one team that does not have an active player on it that is not suspected of using roids?  if you think the sox rings are tainted what does that say about the 27 the Yanks have.  half of there teams has or is under suspect of roid use.
5 Stars!!! 

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:37 pm

Francona wants to manage in 2012

can both sides just stop with the roids issue.  both sides have used PED's and some of you are worse then the god damn government with the everyone but us did it attitude. 

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:22 pm

Francona wants to manage in 2012

Why wouldn't Fancona take a job?  He is a solid manager with a good record and just had this one colapse.  I think there are several teams that would benefit from his experience. 

Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:05 pm

Francona wants to manage in 2012

Right on the money.  I am tired of these organizations scapegoating managers.  In 2003, clearly Grady Little was at fault for that particular Red Sox debacle and should have been fired.  Not extending Tito based on the 2011 Red Sox nose dive was a foolish as the Yankees not giving Joe Torre a two year deal after the 2007 season.  Did the Yankees really win in 2009 because of Joe Girardi, or was it the acquisition of CC, Burnett, and Texeria?  Girardi is a fine manager and he is to be given credit for punching the right buttons that season, (in particular going to a three man rotation in the playoffs) but given the same roster does anybody think the other Joe wouldn't have received his fifth ring that season?  The better question is why did it take Cashman almost all of the 2000's to pull his head out of his rectum to realize that Andy Pettitte alone was not going to cut it in October?  I sort of understand the Yankees' impatience given their high standards, but the Red Sox letting go a manager that helped them win 2 championships in a four year period is ridiculous given their history of ineptitude.  I hope Francona changes Sox, goes to Chicago, and maybe the south siders will be the ones serving up yet another helping of humble pie to Chowder Head Nation next season. 

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