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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: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 2:29 am

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

Pretty attention-grabbing site. I'm so trying to get in advance to looking at due to increased posts.

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2011 12:52 pm

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

I hope that Delarlo Hale gets a chance to take the reins for this club. He's paid his dues, and should make a super manager for the team. Give the guy a chance Theo and company - pleae god DON'T bring Bobby Valentine in here.

and @ chopper11. How can a manager motivate players that think they are perfect? How do you make a team with NO heart play like they have one. The Sox players are the ones that should take the fall for this one, not Tito. I dounbt if God himself could have made the playoffs with a team that gave up and folded like this one.

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 3, 2011 12:07 am

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

At least 90 wins in 6 of 8 seasons.  And two World Series (sweeping both) Enough said.

Since: Jul 8, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 3:44 pm

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

if franCOMA is finally out, GOOD RIDDANCE to an overrrated media hyped bonehead..any competent manager would have won with that club

Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 3:19 pm

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

I'd like to throw my name into the hat, Mr. Epstein.  I have extensive experience in umpiring little league baseball, so I'll know precisely when to go out and argue a call.  I'm good with numbers, so after seeing who the highest paid players on the team are, I'll ask them what position they play and then send them onto the field.  I'm pretty good at playing MLB '11: The Show (though I swing at a lot of bad pitches), so it's clear I'm up to date with the fundamentals of the game.  I can chew bubble gum really well and even blow MASSIVE bubbles without getting it stuck on my face.  I really hate the Yankees.  I speak Spanish so I could communicate with the foreign players in the clubhouse.  I don't mind being scape goated for half the money Terry Francona made and most importantly, I don't have a losing record in the majors.

Please consider my resume'


Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 3:09 pm

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

Let's not give Francona a pass here. He makes big bucks partly because he is expected to handle all those clubhouse problems. I think he is too soft. Also, he did not seem to mix things up during September to try to snap the team out of it.  When was he going to lay off bringing in the light up king....Bard.

Maybe he could have been more aggressive and run more....and Lowrie hitting fourth?....mon dieu!!!

Maybe alittle less unwrapping Double Bubble during the game and maybe show some emotion...go out and argue a call and get thrown something to try to motivate the team and show who is the boss.

I have lost all respect for Crawford....classic take the money and lay down guy

Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 3:03 pm

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

maybe Larry Bagina???

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:34 pm

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

Why would a current and former manager of Seattle, who what has lost 100 games how many times in the past 5 years, be considered for a manager of the Red Sox.  Seriously, why would you want a perennial loser.  If they were smart they should get Valentine, but I doubt he would flow with their ownership. 

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