The Red Sox have yet to commence the search for the successor to manager Terry Francona. GM Theo Epstein said that the team would prioritize a thorough process over a hasty resolution, and CEO Larry Lucchino said that the team had yet to begin the process of identifying the next Sox manager, since the team had not been anticipating that Francona's tenure would come to an end today.
"We hadn’t anticipated that at this point we’d be in this exact position. We made no efforts to discuss alternatives," said Lucchino. "We will now sit down and have that discussion.
"We’re going to do a thorough job. We want to get the right guy," added Epstein. "I think we’ll use the same process that we did eight years ago. ... Looking back at that process, I think we found the right guy."
Epstein said that major league managing experience is "preferred," but that the Sox wouldn't have any deal-breaking prerequisites that might prevent them from hiring the right candidate.
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