Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, passed over by the Cardinals this week, said he does not plan to manage in 2012. Speaking with CSNNE's Sean McAdam Wednesday, Francona said: "I'm not going to try to manage next year, for my benefit.
Francona and the Red Sox parted ways last month following the team's September collapse. There had been speculation that he would land with the Cubs or Cardinals, but St. Louis hired Mike Matheny to replace Tony La Russa.
"When I interviewed in St. Louis, I was genuinely excited about it," Francona said. "St. Louis was such an exciting opportunity. But we were all beaten up at the end of the year, and after [interviewing] I took a step back and began to look at things realistically."
The Cubs, meanwhile, have yet to name a manager to serve under new team president Theo Epstein, but it's become clear that Francona won't be the choice.
"I've talked to Theo numerous times," Francona said. "We both know each other well enough where we can can be honest with each other. I don't think it's the right opportunity.
"I need to take a step back and re-energize. That's probably in my best interest right now. In fairness to myself, it's the best thing to do."
Francona did some color commentating for Fox during the American League Championship Series and was well-received, and there have been reports of networks having interest in him serving in that role next year.
"I'm going to explore some things in broadcasting and see where it leads," he said. "It may be a way to stay in the game, enjoy it and also be able to step back and look at things."
However, Francona made it clear that he wants to end up back on the field eventually.
"Not going to spring training will certainly be a huge void, but I guess I'm glad," he said. "I want to get myself re-energized and if and when an opportunity arises [to manage again], I'll be ready."
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FOXBORO — The Patriots will have their biggest challenge to date to remain perfect as they travel to Denver to take on the NFL’s top-ranked defense in the 8-2 Broncos Sunday night at Sports Authority Field.
We check in with head coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday for a look at all aspects of the win over the Bills, and a look ahead to the Broncos.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with Chandler Jones after the Pats moved to 10-0. Plus a special brief appearance by Damion Easley.
A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
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Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell joined the Hot Stove Show where he talked about how David Ortiz retirement is bittersweet, the outfield alignment for 2016, the Red Sox bullpen as it looks right now, and Hanley Ramirez off season training.
The Hot Stove Show this week discusses Red Sox possible pitching acquisitions and they talk with the clubs manager, John Farrell.
The stove is hot. Mut, Bradford and Tomase are talking about the reports of David Ortiz’ retirement announcement, as well as their thoughts on the trade the Red Sox made for closer Craig Kimbrel
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird are live at TD Garden after the Bruins 2-0 win over Toronto on Saturday night. The guys discuss the first two-game home winning streak of the season and what it means.
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LB came in the studio in between segments, and got Christian in a funny mood. His abilities to pronounced foreign names was put to the test. For the most part, he failed.
Before Monday night's game against the Patriots, Rex Ryan invited Ray Lewis to give the Bills a pregame "pump-up" speech.
Glenn and Christian kick off the show playing some of the audio of Christian's call to a Vegan hotline last year around this time, and then the conversation turned to the importance of a 16-0 season now that big injuries have decimated the skill positions.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry speak to Peter King of MMQB/SI.
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Buck and Soog talk about Ronda Rousey's loss, the state of the UFC and favorite things about Thanksgiving.