According to a source with knowledge of the situation, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona did not have talks with the White Sox about their vacant managerial position prior to Chicago hiring Robin Ventura Thursday.
Sources had suggested Francona would be a candidate for the White Sox position considering his history with the organization, having began his coaching career in the Chicago minor league system, where he managed for four seasons. The former Red Sox skipper had kept a close relationship with White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf. Francona is also close with White Sox director of player development Buddy Bell.
The 44-year-old Ventura, who played with the White Sox from 1989-98, had been serving as a special advisor under Bell. He has no prior managerial experience. Others rumored for the Chicago job were Tampa Bay bench coach Dave Martinez and Sandy Alomar Jr., who is Manny Acta's bench coach with the Indians.
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FOXBORO – Tight end Aaron Hernandez and defensive linemen Mike Wright and Albert Haynesworth all returned to practice for the Patriots on Thursday as the team continued preparations for Sunday’s game at Gillette against the Jets. Here’s the complete Thursday injury report for New England.
Did Not Practice
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back)
LB Jerod Mayo (knee)
WR Julian Edelman (ankle)
RB Danny Woodhead (ankle)
DL Albert Haynesworth (back)
TE Aaron Hernandez (knee)
CB Kyle Arrington (chest)
CB Ras-I Dowling (hip)
CB Leigh Bodden (groin)
S Patrick Chung (hand)
DL Shaun Ellis (knee)
LB Gary Guyton (hamstring)
S Josh Barrett (thumb/hamstring)
DL Kyle Love (ankle)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan has had an unmatched level of success against the Patriots -- and Tom Brady -- over the last two-plus seasons, winning three of five matchups. Brady has had moments of brilliance vs. the Jets and Ryan, but has struggled in all three losses, most notably the postseason defeat in January. Ryan was asked at his press conference Thursday what has to be done to slow down Brady.
"It's really a team deal, you want to put him in situations where maybe he's more careful with the ball than he has to be," said Ryan. "If you play standard defense against him you've got no chance. I mean zero. I mean you better hope for a hurricane or something, because that would be your only chance. And, quite honestly, I've been on the sideline wishing for a hurricane. He's that good, he's that kind of guy. He's as good as it gets right now."
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ESPN analyst and former Rangers and Mets manager Bobby Valentine, in an interview on the Mut & Merloni Show, said that he had not been contacted by the Red Sox to this point about the managerial vacancy that was created when Terry Francona and the team parted ways last Friday.
Valentine, 61, had a 1,117-1072 (.510) record in 15 years as a manager, and reached the World Series with the Mets in 2000. He also enjoyed a successful career managing in Japan, where he not only led the Chiba Lotte Marines to a championship, but he also became an iconic figure in the NPB.
Asked whether he'd talked with the Sox, Valentine said, "No, this is the first contact I've had with anyone in Beantown."
However, he did hint that he would be open to discussing the position with the Sox, even as he tried to limit conversation on the topic.
"You're not offering the job, so I'm not going to talk about whether I want it," ...
FOXBORO -- The Patriots got good news Thursday when three key players were cleared to return to practice. Albert Haynesworth (back), Mike Wright (concussion) and Aaron Hernandez (knee) were all back on the field for practice in full pads on the lower grass field outside Gillette.
Hernandez has been out since injuring his left knee in a Week 2 win over the Chargers while Wright has been out since getting hit in the head in Week 1 against the Dolphins. Haynesworth missed the last two weeks with a back issue.
There were four players not at practice as Danny Woodhead (ankle), Julian Edelman (ankle), Jerod Mayo (knee) and Sebastian Vollmer (back) were all missing for the second straight day. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots.
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
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Former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, joins Dale, Holley and Thornton every Monday for a thorough analysis of the Patriots and the NFL. This week we break down the shutout of Houston, and look ahead to the Bills.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
The Yankees finished their sweep of the Sox but were ousted from post season contention tonight by the Orioles. The Yankees celebrated David Ortiz' final night in New York with a 5-1 win. Christian Arcand recaps the game.
Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, who is in line to serve as the team's No. 1 starter heading into the postseason. Porcello offers insight in terms of how previous playoff experiences have shaped him heading into this October, while going into detail how he plans on preparing for these starts. The righty also talks about an interesting change he made this season on days he doesn't pitch.
Joe and Tim talk with the Red Sox skipper John Farrell about the turnaround from last season with his club and how hard they worked to reach this point
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
Pete, Gerry and Kirk talked with Mike Lombardi and Kirk loves John Krasinski more than Curtis.
Chris Russo on Tom Brady's suspension and Tony Mazz wrote a love letter to David Ortiz.
Pete "randomly" takes callers who think he is doing a great job and Headlines with Kirk.
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Glenn and Lou break down the latest Find Mass Money commercial from Fauria and discover something oddly similar to another famous ad campaign. The guys also discuss the Pats match up vs. the Buffalo Bills, and what the keys to the game will be
Glenn, Lou, and Christian speculate what this weekends retirement ceremony will contain for David Ortiz. They talk about the Dodgers send off of Vin Scully, and his stirring rendition of "wind beneath my wings"
The playmaker is back with Dale and Holley with Thornton previewing Patriots/Bills, plus an amazing answer on whether he'd still play football knowing the risks that are known nowadays.
With David Ortiz's final regular season games this weekend, we look at four of his most iconic regular season moments.
Hours 3 and 4 consisted mostly of Patriots/Bills discussion.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
The guys talk about the latest scandal in English soccer, the recent Champions League game, and the best young players in Europe.
After a snoozer on Thursday night and a sizeable series of rants and musing about chimpanzees being more qualified to run the NFL than Roger Goddell, Steriods and Donald Trump the boys get to solid starts and year to date over-performers in this week’s podcast. Kirk Cousins, Brock Osweiler & the woes of Ryan Fitzpatrick add to early segment nonsense. Then it’s onto the meat of the show featuring conversation about the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, LeGarette Blount, Jordan Howard (play him), Terrelle Pryor (fool’s gold?) and 4 great starts at Tight End. Enjoy the madness and come back to WEEI on Sunday at 8am for the full Fantasy Football meal. All 4 courses!
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