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It doesn’t sound like Terry Francona will land with the White Sox

Oct 1, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

Terry Francona

While Danny Knobler of reported yesterday that White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper was pushing Terry Francona for the team’s managerial vacancy, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be joining the South Siders.

According to Ken Rosenthal of, Francona’s sudden availability has not changed the focus of the White Sox, as general manager Ken Williams continues to work off his original short list. David Kaplan of goes a bit further, writing the White Sox “have no interest” in hiring Francona.

The identities of the names on the White Sox short list aren’t known, but Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. and Rays bench coach Dave Martinez are believed to be among them. As first time managers, they would likely make a fraction of what two-time World Series champion Francona would command in annual salary.

  1. oldpaddy - Oct 1, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    I have it on good authority that the Red Sox are looking for a manager…

    • oldpaddy - Oct 1, 2011 at 1:43 PM

      Seriously, the guy has won two world series and can handle the pressure of big market media.
      Why can’t the sox get guys like him?

      • Old Gator - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:16 PM

        Maybe after eight years of Slobbering Ozzie, they’re looking for another blowhard moron – you know, for continuity.

      • deathmonkey41 - Oct 2, 2011 at 10:21 AM

        I was under the impression that LaRussa was going back to the Sox?

  2. bigleagues - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Based on his emotional state in the post-game press conference Wednesday, his comments of Friday and some of the reports that have come out over the last few days, I would not be the least bit surprised if Francona sits out at least this coming year. I think he needs to clear his head, figure out how he’d do things differently, and then wait for the right situation. He’s not a guy motivated by money – not that he’d take substantially less than he is worth – but he’s made far more in 8 years of managing the Red Sox than he did playing.

  3. 6ball - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:44 PM


    Things have changef in Boston. The guy blew the biggest lead in MLB history and everybody’s crying like a six year old girl with skinned knee.

    Imagine if the sox had not won in 2004 & 06. The people would have run him out of town on a rail, and hired Steve Bartman.

    But he did win those years and in my opinion, did a good job overall.


    • oldpaddy - Oct 1, 2011 at 4:18 PM

      It was ’04 and ’07. But you’re right, if they didn’t win the world series this wouldn’t be a discussion, and if baseball wasn’t invented then it wouldn’t be a discussion either.

  4. stairwayto7 - Oct 1, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    He would fit in good at ESPN, nothing but average players and fired coaches on the network!

  5. nomoreseasontix - Oct 1, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    Francona should take a year off, get his head right and not rush into anything.
    There will be more opportunities.

    • Old Gator - Oct 1, 2011 at 11:40 PM

      Does “getting his head right” mean growing something on it?

  6. 1historian - Oct 2, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Francona is a class act – Boston didn’t deserve him, because Boston doesn’t like class acts. I’m not trying to put them down, I’m just stating a fact.

    If there is anything they like to do more than bitch – both the fans and the press – I have NO idea what it is.

    Coach – take a (well-deserved) year off and thanks for the last 8 years.

    • Old Gator - Oct 2, 2011 at 4:14 PM

      Based on my many visits to Bahston, they prefer to eat fried clams to bitching. Fortunately, they are well supplied with fried clams. They also prefer to drink beer to bitching – but, once they’ve had a few, they begin to prefer bitching to drinking beer, which they’ve already had.

      Or something.

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