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. berkshire brian

    The entire team melted down, not just the manager. We'll be back as fans in the spring, for now, we mourn.

    September 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    Go Yankees.. 2011 World Series Champs!

    September 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohsnap

      Best comment on the board! GO YANKEES!

      September 30, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Billy Peterson

    Wrong move. Sounds like he ended up having a clubhouse full of misfits this season. John Lackey, JD Drew, Marco Scutaro, Salty and Theo Epstein should be the ones to move on. I am a huge Red Sox fan and firing Francona makes me hang my head lower than missing the playoffs. I hope he gets hired by the Cubs and helps them end their World Series winless streak now. Maybe I will become a free agent fan.

    September 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • mcstang007

      that would be awesome. Im from Boston, die hard sox fan. I love the cubs too. I hope they win it.

      September 30, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jose Jimenez

    The people (owners) of the Red Sox have lost their minds. Francona led them to "2" World Championships ! which means he did a pretty damn good job, DA!
    They missed the playoffs 1 time and it is all the managers fault?
    I am really sorry that those poor fans do not get to watch baseball in october-– but get a clue! you can improve a game or 2 for next year you cry babys!!!!!

    September 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • MEJ

      Siesta is over Jose – they missed the playoffs the last two years – that's about $320 million spent – or about 2 billion trillion pesos.

      September 30, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaime Jimenez

      What's a pesos? Is that what they pay Boston players?

      September 30, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yankee Dave

      ... andwent 3-and-out in 2009.

      September 30, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Martin

    Terry gave Boston's favorite blog the inside scoop at wickedimproper . com

    September 30, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jimmy Metz

    The soxx dident make it last year as well dumb dumb RedSox fan....Terry is a good man...CYA next year Red Sox Nation........... Go Yankees

    September 30, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Eastern Guy

    I'll bet he's not heartbroken with this. The Red Sox consistently break hearts, and this year was no different. He'll find a better gig somewhere else.

    September 30, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • MEJ

      Uh, better than Boston? Doubt it – one of the best jobs in pro sports ...

      September 30, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rich In New Jersey

    These TBS announcers are the lamest guys I have ever heard. Just think, we have 2-3 more weeks of listening to these guys. I just turned on the TV and already they are putting me to sleep within the first 10 minutes. Somebody tell them this is baseball, not Lawrence Welk!

    September 30, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Go Rays!

    Sox sux! Go Rays!

    September 30, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • MEJ

      Season ticket holder, right?

      September 30, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Brilliant observation regarding this story. What a waste of electrons.

      September 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. carlos plazas

    As a Yankees' fan I am happy for the news. The red soxs were way harder to beat with terry...

    September 30, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bill

    TBS, ESPN, ESPN2 are all lame...way too much emphasis on NY/Boston...and don't get me started on these play-by-play clowns. At least we don't have to listen to the "gush" about the Red Sox...the Yankee "drivel and drool" will probably prevail ad nauseum...

    September 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bill

    ...and more "tomahawk chop"

    September 30, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Braves Fan

      <> Wait 'til next...................... oh, nevermind.

      September 30, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joshua

    If you look closely at the games, you can see Terry running out in the middle of the games and forcing the players to miss plays. It's tough to see, he's very fast. In no way did the players themselves suck enough with continued managing from Terry to be able to fail as miserably as they did. Because it's the manager that actually plays the game, it's not the players. (Insert extreme sarcasm) It's so stupid to fire a great coach/manager because players can't keep it together at the end of a season.

    September 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Doug

    How come epstein always gets a free pass. Whos pet is he? Doug.

    September 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. hjs3

    Dumb move Mr. Henry!

    September 30, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
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