In a press conference to discuss the departure of Terry Francona, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said that the organization asked him if he would take more time to consider whether he wanted to return to the Boston dugout for a ninth season. However, Francona informed the team that he had already reached the conclusion that the organization would be better off with another manager in charge of the players.
Francona expressed the sentiment in a meeting this morning that featured principal owner John Henry (who suffered a minor injury on Friday and was unable to attend the news conference this evening), Werner, CEO Larry Lucchino, GM Theo Epstein, Assistant GM Ben Cherington and Francona.
"We came to this meeting today really wanting to hear Terry’s point of view about what went right this year, what went wrong this year. ... He expressed the feeling that we really did need a new voice," said Werner. "After that, we tried...
Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in the press conference to discuss his departure from Boston, suggested that he would like to see the Sox and other clubs consider his bench coach, DeMarlo Hale, for a job as manager.
"I hope [Hale] gets serious consideration, if not here then somewhere else," said Francona. "I hope he'll manage somewhere. He'll be very good."
Hale and Francona were fellow staff members with the Texas Rangers in 2002; prior to the 2006 season, Hale -- who interviewed for the Sox' managerial vacancy in 2003, in the process that ultimately led to Francona being hired -- joined Francona's staff as a third base coach, and he has spent the last two years as the Red Sox bench coach.
Prior to his big league coaching career, Hale managed in the minors for a total of nine seasons, including seven in the Red Sox organization. He was named Minor League Manager of the Year in 1999, when he led the Red Sox'...
While ex-Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that he had reached the decision to leave his job, he was also unsure whether the team wanted him back. Though he did not take issue with the club's decision not to exercise his two-year option prior to the end of the 2011 season ("I didn't feel like I was a lame duck," he said), when his three-year contract expired, Francona suggested that the amount of support he had from team owners was unclear.
In the final days and weeks of the season, he did not have any interactions or correspondence with principal owner John Henry. And the fact that his option hadn't been picked up left further questions about whether he was viewed as the right man for the job.
Ultimately, Francona reached the conclusion on his own -- agreed upon in the meeting today with team owners and front office members -- that it was best to move on.
"I just thought it was time. To be honest with you, I...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in a press conference to discuss his parting from the team for whom he managed the last eight seasons, said that he had reached the conclusion that his time in Boston had come to a logical conclusion. Over the course of a final month of the season during which he struggled to get players to buy in to the values that he wanted to prioritize, Francona said that he recommended in a meeting with Red Sox owners and officials that the team move in a different direction, and not pick up the two-year, $8.75 million option on his contract.
"It’s my decision. It was my decision," said Francona, who had a 744-522 record along with his two World Series titles in Boston. "I think it’s time for a new voice. I was frustrated with some of my inabilities to get some things done here. After taking to ownership and [GM Theo Epstein] at length, multiple times, I think it’s the right thing to do for the...
The Red Sox and manager Terry Francona reached a mutual decision to part ways, the team announced in a press release. The Sox declined their two-year, $8.75 million on Francona, who had concluded a three-year contract during which he had reached the playoffs once and missed the postseason in the last two seasons. The team will be on the hook for a $750,000 buyout.
The decision was made after a meeting this morning between Francona, GM Theo Epstein, Assistant GM Ben Cherington, principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and CEO Larry Lucchino.
“We met with Terry Francona, Theo Epstein and Ben Cherington Friday morning to discuss the 2011 season, ways to improve the club in the future, and Tito’s status. During the meeting, Tito, Theo and Ben agreed that the Red Sox would benefit from an improved clubhouse culture and higher standards in several areas. Tito said that after eight years here he was frustrated by his difficulty making...
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