According to multiple reports, Terry Francona, the Red Sox manager of the last eight seasons, has decided to move on from the club. This comes just two days after the Red Sox completed the worst regular season collapse in Major League history, blowing a 9.5 game Wild Card lead over Tampa Bay on the final day of the season. Boston had two options for 2012 and 2013 for Francona, but apparently, has decided not to excersize them.
Tito met with Red Sox brass Friday morning, but left the ball park shortly before noon and did not speak with the media. CSNNE’s Sean McAdam reports that no decision has been made just yet, but it seems to be inevitable that Terry Francona will leave the organization this fall.
If the reports are true, and Francona is in fact out, he leaves a legacy behind that not many will be able to match. Tito is second in wins all time as the manager of the Red Sox, with 744 compared to 552 losses. Francona ended an 86 year championship drought in his first year at the hel of the Red Sox in 2004, and won a second title with the club in 2007. Joe Cronin is the only manager in club history with more wins.
Red Sox Nation wishes nothing but the best for Francona in the future, and on behalf of all fans, thank you, Tito, for doing what no other manager could.