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What will Terry Francona do after Cardinals passed him over?

Nov 14, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

File image of Boston Red Sox manager Francona walking back to the dugout during their MLB American League baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston

In choosing Mike Matheny as their new manager the Cardinals may have guaranteed that Terry Francona won’t be in a dugout on Opening Day.

There’s been some speculation about his interest in the Cubs’ opening, but nothing indicates he’s actually a candidate in Chicago and no other gigs are available. Well, except for his old job in Boston.

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe writes that “it seems unlikely Francona would become a bench coach” and “could work for a team as a scout or consultant while waiting for something to open up.” Television is also a possibility, particularly after Francona did so well subbing for Tim McCarver on FOX during the playoffs.

And of course not starting the season as a manager doesn’t rule out ending the season as a manager. Given his experience and success Francona would seemingly be an obvious choice to step in should a contender fire its manager in the middle of the season and it’s easy to imagine his availability causing a team to drop their current guy earlier than they normally might. If he wants to manage again it’s tough to think Francona will be out of work for long.

  1. steelerchicken - Nov 14, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    He can always become the next Pirates manager in 4 years!

  2. orlowk - Nov 14, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Would love to see Tito go to the Cubs with Theo and come back to win the Series. That would put a stick in all those eyes that burned them for this year so called, “Historical Slide”. And, according to ESPN news, it could happen, “”Tito and I have spoken regularly since the end of the season,” Epstein said. “We actually spoke today. We are going to sit down together and see if it’s a fit.”

    • benedick47 - Nov 14, 2011 at 1:24 PM

      Theo and Tito are going to do with a talent-less Cub team what they couldn’t do with the Red Sox’ talent? And do what the Cubs haven’t done since 1908? (when they actually cheated to get into the series) Dream on, little moonlight cowboy, dream on.

      • Kevin S. - Nov 14, 2011 at 1:52 PM

        Only one of your sentences is actually relevant.

        Big props for your handle, though.

  3. cintiphil - Nov 14, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    He might also take off a year or two and see what develops down the road.

  4. Kyle - Nov 14, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Would love to see him back on TV and replacing a less desirable option.

    • Francisco (FC) - Nov 14, 2011 at 12:32 PM

      Are we talking Managers or Commentators? Your post could apply to either… I mean we see Managers on TV all the time during a game! 😀

      • Kyle - Nov 14, 2011 at 3:08 PM

        Haha, good point! I was thinking commentator, but I’ll take it either way.

  5. lrak76 - Nov 14, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    He will go to a high payroll team, that pays their managers well, which really limits his options. Hopefully he can hold off until Jim Leyland retires and the Tigers pick him up. Probably not though.

    • garnermusic - Nov 14, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      You could see where this might be Leyland’s last year. He’s getting up there in age. And not making it past Texas might cast some doubts about him being able to get the Tigers to the Promised Land.

    • cintiphil - Nov 14, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      I don’t think you should be anxious to get Leyland retired. He is probably the best manager in baseball now that TLR has retired.

      • garnermusic - Nov 14, 2011 at 3:18 PM

        Oh, he’s a terrific manager. But….he is 67 years old. And you have to wonder how much he would have left in the tank if the Tiger miss the playoffs this coming year. Or even if they get knocked out before they reach the Series. This is the 4th team he’s managed since 1986. 25 years of managing is a LONG time.

      • cintiphil - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:07 PM

        You may be right about the age, but some great managers were good beyond 70. It really depends on his health and mental capacity. I say he did well with the Tigers last year.

      • garnermusic - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:11 PM

        He did a great job. I don’t think anybody would have figured them for a 95 win team back in March.

      • lrak76 - Nov 14, 2011 at 10:08 PM

        Not anxious at all. He really proved me wrong about how much he care’s about his team and the game itself. He will only sign one-year extensions and I think the team will need a strong, experienced manager when he does retire and I think Francona would thrive in Detroit.

  6. bklynbaseball - Nov 14, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Why didn’t Jose Oquendo get more consideration than he did for this job, considering how the Cardinals didn’t allow other teams to talk to him in the past? AND WHY IS NO ONE TALKING ABOUT THIS???

    • burnsy - Nov 14, 2011 at 1:36 PM

      Oquendo has been called a poor communicator, which is why he’s been overlooked and passed on. LaRussa always supported him getting a shot at big league gigs and he’s interviewed with Seattle and San Diego in the past few years with no interference from the Cardinals. It’s been talked about and written about plenty.

    • stlouis1baseball - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:37 PM

      I hear what you are saying Brooklyn. Word is…there could be something inherently wrong with Jose as a Manager specifically. He has had (4) interviews that I know off at this point. I always felt he was being groomed as TLR’s eventual replacement. But it didn’t happen (the Cardinals job was only the latest he got passed over for). But to his credit (and to potentially shed some light on things)…Jose immediately said he wanted to come back as the 3rd Base Coach. Apparently he wasn’t too upset about it. In fact…him immediately stating he wants to come back regardless of the circumstances leads me to believe he knew he wasn’t getting the job.
      Some guys are just going to be Coaching lifers. Others…not so much.

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