Red Sox Flop

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Red Sox Flop

Postby joe179 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:24 pm

Well for those of us who agonized thru September, the Red Sox have decided it's time for a "call to the bullpen..."

The Red Sox announced Friday that they would not pick up their option on Francona’s contract, cutting ties with the manager who led them to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007 after decades of failure. Francona, who managed eight seasons in Boston, oversaw a collapse this season in which the Red Sox went 7-20 in September and lost a playoff spot to the Tampa Bay Rays.

“Nobody at the Red Sox blames Tito for what happened at the end of this season; we own that as an organization,” General Manager Theo Epstein said in a statement, using Francona’s nickname. “This year was certainly a difficult and draining one for him and for us. Ultimately, he decided that there were certain things that needed to be done that he couldn’t do after eight years here, and that this team would benefit from hearing a new voice.”

Francona met twice at Fenway Park on Friday with Epstein and the team’s owners, including John Henry (whose day included a trip to the hospital after a minor accident on his yacht). The Red Sox have not won a playoff game since Oct. 18, 2008, getting swept in the first round in 2009 and failing to qualify the last two seasons.

For Francona, that record is the cold and unforgiving reality...
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