Francona out as Red Sox manager
September 30th, 2011
06:21 PM ET

Francona out as Red Sox manager

Terry Francona will not return as manager of the Boston Red Sox following the team's end-of-season collapse that kept the storied franchise out of the playoffs.

The Red Sox will not exercise its option years on the contract of the manager, who led the team to two World Series championships during his eight seasons in Boston, according to a team statement.

Boston went 7-20 this September, allowing the Tampa Bay Rays to pass them for the American League wild card playoff spot on the last day of the regular season.

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  1. RCBinTN

    Good luck next year, BoSox. Still the best Team in MLB.

    September 30, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • paul

      not really

      September 30, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      If they were the best team, they'd still be in it....and my beloved Yankees would likely be knocked out. But they aren't – and they're at home eating Cheetos like they deserve to.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yankee John

      Give me some of what you're drinking, I wanna be delusional too!

      September 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Toby

      Oh, so you're a little retarded huh?

      September 30, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohsnap

      What? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

      September 30, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • DisplacedMic

      Yeah, the month of September would claim otherwise. Also reality

      September 30, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bugmenot

      Says yo ho.

      September 30, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boston Bean Smasher

      Ha ha. Your boys are now part of the biggest meltdown in history and you just let the only reason they won a championship go. Have fun watching the Yankees win another one.

      September 30, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Turtleguy

      Certainly when you get right down to it, the Yankees were a more successful team than the Red Sox this year. Hard to ignore their success, and Boston's lack thereof. However, no amount of success will ever be enough to make the Yankees not suck. They could win every game from now until doomsday, and they would still suck. Water is wet, sunshine is warm, and the Yankees suck. Some things are just the way they are, and that's that.

      September 30, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Luski

    Thank you Terry for your 8 great years. I will miss you. Good luck with your next team.

    September 30, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. mcstang007

    big big big mistake for boston.

    September 30, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • BillDog

      Fully agree.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warp0

      Ya, big mistake. But then again, who cares, Boston sux.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willie

      He quit, they didn't fire him.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohsnap

      Boston=Mistake? You're new around here, aren't you?

      September 30, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      francona couldn't quit... there was an option on his contract, and the sox could only choose not to exercise it.

      September 30, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yankee Dave

      They should have canned Theo Epstein, the architect of this disaster... 142 Million for Carl Crawford, and who knows how much for John "Lackluster" Lackey. THe Sox will pay dearly for years for these two mistakes... not to mention Josh Beckett, who was way out of shape most of the year (reason he has back issues... he's got a fat belly!).

      Theo is not as bright as everbody thinks...

      September 30, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nick

    Harsh! I thought only Steinbrenner did things like that.

    September 30, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. WhoDatNation

    I see a Francona to Cubs headline in the near future.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • RobbD

      Cubs and probably many others as well.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Macha

      Actually, he'd likely go to the White Sox, since they just had their guy go. Francona has tiles to the White Sox, too.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bob

    He's a great manager, but there does come a point where the players stop listening to you and it becomes impossible to light a fire under them. Unfortunately that happened to Francona this season, and it sounds like he was worn out and wanted to leave anyway. I have a feeling the Cubs will take a good look at him and there might be a good chance he'll be in Wrigley's dugout next year.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Yankee Dave

      He's a good manager... not a great manager.

      September 30, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sparknut

    It's not the manager. It's the high priced talent they brought in who did not perform. They get paid millions, yet they really blew it.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. aceman

    They had to let him go. He would be booed off the field next opening day.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Yankee Dave

      B.S. ... the players will be booed off the field next opening day...

      September 30, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Martin

    Bostons number one sports blog has all the details a wickedimproper . com

    September 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. John Doe

    Lets fire the only guy who has brought us a World Series Championship since World War I! Sounds like a great idea! The guy did what no one could do in Boston, don't they own him anything?

    September 30, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Bill from Canada

    I agree. Beckett out of shape . John Lackey was a bum all year. How much money for Matsusaka? Also I am in love with myslf Pappelbon. We need more like Pedroia who give it all everynite. Carl Crawford? How about if you had kept Jason Bay?

    September 30, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. gung hoe

    Yankees and the sux the red ones both suck cant beat verlander and his mates

    October 1, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. RUFFNUTT ( ELF SLAYER & TURKEY HUNTER )

    i miss red fox....

    October 1, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. banasy©

    @Ruffie:

    Redd Foxx?
    Did he wear Red Sox?

    October 1, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. RUFFNUTT ( ELF SLAYER & TURKEY HUNTER )

    yes.. but around his cox...

    October 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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