Maybe it’s just time. Maybe, ownership has said we need a change. Whatever the case, Terry Francona, who guide the Red Sox to two World Series Championships, but just witnessed his team miss the playoffs for the second year in a row in epic fashion, was expected to leave Boston, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. The announcement was expected Friday. According to Rosenthal:
While Francona’s departure is not certain, it is the likely outcome, in part because he is pressing for a resolution, sources say. He would not be fired; the Red Sox would simply decline their club options on him for 2012 and ’13.
At that point, Francona would be free to pursue long-term contracts with other clubs. The White Sox’s position currently is open, and Francona managed five seasons in their minor-league system in the early 1990s.
The Cubs could be another possibility for Francona once they hire a new general manager and proceed with the expected dismissal of manager Mike Quade. Francona played for the Cubs in 1986.
While those are possible managerial destinations, it’s uncertain that he wants them, or if he needs to take the position. He did, however, managed for five years in the White Sox minor league system and is a former player for the Cubs.
However, today when the Red Sox met with Francona, they put the move on hold. Theo Espstein released a statement through the Red Sox reading:
“John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino, Ben Cherington and I met with Terry Francona this morning at Fenway Park to exchange thoughts and information on the 2011 season and discuss areas for improvement going forward. We all plan on taking some time to process the thoughts expressed in the meeting. There are no immediate plans for an announcement.”
In eight years with the Red Sox, Francona has amassed a 744-552 record (.574) winning two pennants and two World Series titles. In 12 years dating back to 1997 when he managed the Phillies for four seasons, “Tito” has a 1029 and 915 record (.529).
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