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What's next for Francona?

Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:48 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 5:31 pm
 


By C. Trent Rosecrans

Terry Francona is officially out in Boston, but he won't have a tough time finding a new job if he wants one. Despite being the scapegoat for the Red Sox collapse, where could he end up?

Here's a couple of possible landing places for the former Red Sox (and Phillies) manager:

White Sox: This has been the hot rumor, but word is the team isn't looking to spend big money on its next manager, especially after shedding Ozzie Guillen's contract. There is one exception to that, but more on that in a minute. Still, the White Sox do have a history with Francona, who started his coaching career in the White Sox organization and was the manager of Double-A Birmingham when Michael Jordan tried his hand at baseball.

Francona out in Boston?

Cubs: Now, this Chicago team could spend big money on a big-name manager and Francona would certainly fit the bill. The team hasn't gotten rid of Mike Quade yet, but whatever new general manager comes in will likely want his own man in the dugout. The Red Sox collapse makes a Theo Epstein exodus to Chicago less likely, but the Cubs could still get some of the curse-breaking magic with Francona. Francona played for the Cubs and is no stranger to Chicago, having spent time in the White Sox organization.

Orioles: This possibility has been brought up, but even if Buck Showalter decides to move upstairs and open the managerial position, it's more likely Showalter brings in his own guy (like maybe Don Wakamatsu).

Cardinals: This is another remote chance, but it's an interesting thought. If the White Sox do pony up and go for a big name, the first choice would be Tony La Russa. The Cardinals manager is unlikely to leave St. Louis for another job (and has repeatedly said this would be his last managerial job, but it certainly wouldn't be the first time La Russa said one thing and did the other), but he and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf have a good relationship. If Albert Pujols leaves St. Louis, La Russa may want out of town, as well. If he does leave, Francona would be a great fit in St. Louis.

Nowhere: It doesn't seem like there will be a ton of turnover in the managerial ranks this offseason, so Francona could just spend some time away from the game and wait for the perfect job opening next year or even later. 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 3:30 pm
 

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Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:36 pm
 

What's next for Francona?

Rumor has it that the Cubs will  pitch a package deal to Tito and Theo! The press conference will include a goat roast at home plate and Little people dancing and singing Take me Out To The Ballgame sung by Harry Carey.




Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:32 pm
 

What's next for Francona?

THE CUBS WILL PUT A PACKAGE DEAL TOGETHER AND HIRE TITO AND THEO! Press conference will include a goat roast and for enterainment there will be little people dancing to Harry Carey singing Take me out to the Ballgame.




Since: Oct 2, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:25 am
 

What's next for Francona?

that about sums it up, now the sox's have to reap the reward for the next years with not much money to operate with.



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2011 12:44 pm
 

What's next for Francona?

Where ever he winds up, I wish him the best. Either Chicago team could do a lot worse than hiring Tito..



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2011 12:41 am
 

What's next for Francona?

Francona is switchin' Sox.



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:12 pm
 

What's next for Francona?

You could have Walter Alston or Connie Mack as your manager, your team is not winning relying on John Lackey, Tim Wakefield, Erik Bedard and Andrew Miller to give you meaningful innings.  Too bad you can't fire the team and keep the manager, this is classic blame the messenger kind of stuff.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:45 pm
 

What's next for Francona?

I think the new playoff rule Francona wanted so bad should be called the Red Sox rule. Two years in a row they finish 5th in the AL, so MLB wants to give them a free pass to the playoffs.


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