Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said in a press release Friday afternoon that "there are no plans for an immediate announcement" regarding the status of manager Terry Francona. The manager and GM met with team principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner Friday morning at Fenway Park to discuss Francona's future in the aftermath of a season-ending, 7-20 September collapse that left the Red Sox outside of the playoffs for the second straight season.
“John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino, Ben Cherington and I met with Terry Francona this morning at Fenway Park to exchange thoughts and information on the 2011 season and discuss areas for improvement going forward," Epstein said in a statement. "We all plan on taking some time to process the thoughts expressed in the meeting. There are no immediate plans for an announcement.”
Francona is at the end of a three-year contract, with the team holding a...
FOXBORO -- Patriots cornerback Ras-I Dowling was missing from the start of practice on Friday, joining Albert Haynesworth, Sebastian Vollmer, Mike Wright and Aaron Hernandez as players not on the field as the team prepares for the Raiders in Oakland on Sunday afternoon.
Dowling was limited on Wednesday and Thursday with a hip injury before missing Friday while Haynesworth (back), Vollmer (back), Wright (concussion) and Hernandez (knee) have all been out of practice this week.
The team practiced in shorts and shells on the lower grass field in preparation for the newly-sodded field at the Coliseum in Oakland. The Patriots leave Friday to travel cross country for their game on Sunday afternoon in the Bay Area.
MLB Network analyst and former Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar checked in with the Mut & Merloni show Friday morning for his weekly chat about the Sox amid rumors that Terry Francona will not return as manager.
"It's quite shocking," Millar said, adding: "I don't know if this is a good move. I don't know if it's a bad move. Listen, Terry's a good guy. Players like playing for him. His door's open. Something happened this year, though. Something happened this year. It just didn't go the way it should have gone.
"Beyond the players' struggles, beyond the injuries, you just can't fail. You just can't fold up tent the way this team did in September. I don't know, I can't put my finger on it. But being around that club, it was just something -- something has changed, and maybe this move now is one of those things where it was a mutual thing, where Francona probably didn't feel appreciated. They didn't pick up the last two...
According to the New York Daily News, Red Sox owner John Henry scheduled a meeting with manager Terry Francona Friday morning to tell the skipper the team will not pick up his option for 2012 and '13. Daily News writer Bill Madden credits sources with the information and reports that the decision was Henry's and not general manager Theo Epstein's.
WEEI's John Dennis reports that the meeting was scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
Francona has managed the Sox since 2004, posting a 744-552 record over eight seasons and winning two World Series titles.
An earlier report from the Chicago Sun-Times indicated Francona was not planning to return to the team following a frustrating final month to the 2011 season.
For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.
The man who threw a banana peel on the ice as Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds was starting a shootout attempt against the Red Wings last week did not mean to make a racist statement and is "mortified" at how he is being perceived, according to his lawyer. Chris Moorhouse, of London, Ontario, was only hoping to prevent a goal, lawyer Faisal Joseph explained. "He was horrified when he saw the implications a day later as to how it had come out, and he said to me, 'If I had an apple or an orange, I would have thrown that out onto the ice. I did not realize the significance,' " Joseph said. "This is a young guy who's guilty, if anything, of an act of stupidity."
Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
Joe and Tim are joined by the man of the hour, Wade Boggs, on the night where the Red Sox retired his number 26. Wade talks about his career in baseball and how it feels to have his number retired.
Joe and Tim are joined by Red Sox legend and baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski about his time with the Red Sox and his thoughts on the 2016 team.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
We discuss Wade Boggs, his attitude, legacy and decision to wear his NY Yankees ring on the night the Red Sox honored the 1986 team.
We discuss OMF"s interview with Ted Olson, the Amicus brief filed by the Patriots, and whether or not fans are sick of this fight and just want it to end, or if fighting to the bitter end is the right choice.
Inspired by Wade Boggs, we look at him and four other guys who's value wasn't realized until they were long gone.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
Ken Laird and Paul Chartier are officially the new producers of the Dennis and Callahan Show as Lucy Burdge bails out of the race, perhaps due to money concerns.More from this show
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