According to an industry source, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona will serve as a guest analyst on Fox Sports during the network's playoff broadcasts of the American League Championship Series. Francona will fill in for color man Tim McCarver in the first two games of the ALCS, at a time when McCarver -- who is expected to return to the booth for Game 3 -- is undergoing what Fox has described as "a minor heart procedure."
Francona just concluded an eight-year tenure as manager of the Red Sox in which he went 744-552 and helped guide the Sox to two World Series while reaching the postseason five times.
However, the Sox missed the playoffs in each of the last two years, including this year, when the team went 7-20 in September in the biggest final month collapse in baseball history. After the season, however, the Sox did not pick up the two-year, $8.75 million option on Francona's contract, with the manager and team both suggesting...
Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons joined Mut & Merloni Wednesday morning to discuss the Red Sox' possibilities for their next manager, where Theo Epstein will be next season, and his take on Terry Francona's departure.
"I think it was very difficult on Terry," Gammons said of Boston's late-season struggles. "Did it get out of control to some degree? Yeah I guess so. I think he has been portrayed too much as this guy who was cowering in a corner. ... He had been really beaten up. We've talked about it here, we've kidded about it, the tenures of managers in Boston should be judged in dog years. So at the end of 56 years of managing the Red Sox, he needed to move on."
Francona decided to walk away on Friday after much speculation that he would be pushed out by the front office after the September collapse. Gammons said that he believes Francona knew he was out no matter what he did.
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Recently departed Red Sox manager Terry Francona will appear on The Big Show Wednesday during the 3 p.m. hour. Francona walked away last week after eight seasons in Boston, following the Sox' September collapse that left them out of the postseason. During his outgoing press conference Friday, Francona referenced issues in the locker room that led to his decison.
"I think it's time for a new voice here," Francona said. "I was frustrated with some of my inabilities to get some things done here and after talking to ownership and Theo [Epstein] -- at length, multiple times -- I think it's the right thing to do for the organization and myself."
Francona, whose contract expired after the season, also expressed disappointment with what he perceived to be a lack of support from ownership. He now is speculated to be a candidate for the managerial vacancy with the White Sox and the possible opening with the Cubs.
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The Rays had some momentum heading into the playoffs, having overcome a nine-game September deficit to the Red Sox to capture the American League wild card. Apparently, the fans didn't notice. Attendance for Tuesday's Game 4 of the ALDS was 28,299, more than 4,000 less than the previous game. Rays owner Stuart Sternberg showed his frustration as he watched his team get eliminated by the Rangers.
"We replicated last year and our numbers were down," Sternberg said. "The [television] ratings were down. The rubber has got to hit the road at some point. We're four years into winning. We're getting to the point where we don't control our own destiny. This is untenable as a model."
Added Sternberg: "It won't be my decision, or solely my decision. But eventually, Major League Baseball is going to vaporize this team. It could go on nine, 10, 12 more years. But between now and then, it's going to vaporize this team."
According to a source, the Red Sox still have not finalized a list of managerial candidates to be interviewed for their opening. Names such as Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. have been discussed but have not formally been identified by the Sox as candidates for the job.
ESPN.com initially reported the Red Sox' interest in Mackanin, while Alomar Jr.'s name was first surfaced by CSNNE.com, which also suggested members of Terry Francona's coaching staff, including bench coach DeMarlo Hale, were not likely to receive interviews.
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Patriots DB Duron Harmon joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and he discussed the team needing to come together after losing Gronk, and the turnovers in the Jets game can propel them to create more turnovers.
We check in with former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, for his complete analysis on the win over the Jets in NY.
Dale and Michael talk with Patrick Chung after a win over the Jets on Sunday.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Ken Laird chats with WEEI Bruins writer Ty Anderson about the B's loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night and what issues the team is fighting after a 3-4 start to the season
Ken Laird and new WEEI.com Bruins writer Ty Anderson discuss the state of the 2016 Bruins after a 3-3 start to the season.
Damien Woody joined K&C and shared a story regarding a conversation he had with Bill Belichick in the training room in Foxboro.
In the 9 am hour Gerry and Kirk mocked the Belichick press conference and took a call from Jim the Wrestling Goon who is not a fan of Amani Toomer.
In the 8 am hour Gerry and Kirk talked about a brutal answer by Dan Shaughnessy regarding Bill Conlin'sn spot in the Hall of Fame.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are less than surprised that Bill Belichick won't comment further about Gronk than the released statement. Speaking of statements, how weird is it that the Gronkowski family is releasing joint statements with the Patriots?
Orthopedic surgeon to the pros, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care joins Glenn, Lou, and Christian in the wake of Gronk's back injury. He talks about different types of disc injuries, and one type of fusion which could potentially prevent Gronk from playing football. He also commented on the unique situation of a joint statement between the Patriots and the Gronkowskis, and clarified his role in Gronk's arm surgeries.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian wonder how the man who shot former NFL RB Joe McKnight can be free of charges and walking around the streets of New Orleans.
Dale and Michael check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin on a Friday.
We open it up in the final portions of hours 3 and 4 on a Friday.
Hour two in it's entirety.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.
Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.
Kirk & Callahan producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back together after a few days apart to dish about all things K&C show, this after a Thursday Reim-Job.
Gerry Callahan and Kirk Minihane launch the 'new' official podcast of the Kirk & Callahan Show, where they'll bring the edge and the inside info they can't get to on their morning radio show. In the debut episode, the guys give a state of the current K&C 'Casting Couch' and the latest on former fill-in host Gary Tanguay.More from this show
In the 7 am hour Gerry and Kirk discussed the hiring of Rich Keefe and the announcement yesterday on Dale and Holley.More from this show
In the 9 am hour Gerry and Kirk mocked the Belichick press conference and took a call from Jim the Wrestling Goon who is not a fan of Amani Toomer.More from this show
The worst kept secret in the city is now official - welcome aboard Rich Keefe.More from this show