It's a sad day indeed
Wow, now this is a bombshell. According to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com Terry Francona is expected to meet with Red Sox management Friday morning in Boston to discuss his future with the Red Sox and the likely resolution of this meeting is him leaving the Red Sox for good.
Now this is far from concrete, we won’t know until tomorrow morning (or this morning depending on where you live). It is likely he move on because he has asked for a resolution on the situation which is perfectly fair because he should know whether the Red Sox plan to move on with or without him. The Red Sox have a team option for 2012 and 2013 so they’ll have to make that decision.
I’m not sure where Francona would go but the two most likely destinations would be the Cubs or the White Sox, two great destinations for him as he is skilled at handling a rabid and treacherous media. (a must have skill for anybody who wants to manage in New York, Philly, Boston, or Chicago)
Judging from the painful to watch press conference with Tito and Theo earlier in the day it was clear that Tito was very unhappy with his situation and wanted out or at least wanted to know what his future holds with the team. It seems as if now he has a good idea of what his future holds, not being the manager of the Boston Red Sox anymore.
It’s a sad day for Red Sox Nation. You can say what you want about Tito and his sometimes interesting managerial decisions, but it’s hard to argue with his results. 2 World Series titles, 5 playoff appearances, and 8 seasons above .500 in his 8 year tenure with the Sox. He was a great player manager and handled the Boston media with great skill and didn’t seem to have any problems with the organization until the media suggested that he be fired (a suggestion I find ridiculous)
Is firing him really a good idea? He didn’t cause the September tank, the Red Sox players did. Managers can only do so much, and while I’m still pissed Aceves wasn’t made into a starter, that’s hardly on Tito. I just don’t see many other good options, unless the Red Sox front office think they could lure Maddon from the Rays. My question for people saying there are better options out there is are there better options for the Red Sox? The answer is probably not. After years of horrible managers like Grady Little, is it really a good idea to fire (or as the Red Sox will call it, decline his team options) one of the best managers in Red Sox history? That’s for you to decide, but my answer is an unequivocal no. Unless Tito really wants out of Boston (I don’t blame him, I was mortified when I heard calls from Boston beat writers to fire him) this pending move makes no sense to me. More to come as we find out more about this situation.
Update 10:38 AM
It’s official, Tito is out as the manger of the Boston Red Sox. It is being reported by Jon Heyman and multiple reputable sources. It’s a sad day indeed for Red Sox Nation.