Terry Francona is reportedly out as Red Sox manager.
CSNNE reports that Francona is being ousted as manger of the Red Sox, a move that is being made official Friday. Francona managed the Red Sox for eight seasons, leading them to World Series wins in 2004 and 2007. Francona is second on the franchise’s all-time managerial leaders, with 744 wins, but the team’s collapse in September sealed his fate.
As the site details, “Francona’s multi-year deal, signed as part of a contract extention in 2008, is done with the Red Sox holding two option years on his contract for 2012 and 2013. The Red Sox will not pick those option years up and instead will pay him the $750,000 buyout rather than the $4.25 million due for 2012 and $4.5 million for 2013.”
The Red Sox flopped in September, blowing a nine-game lead and losing to Baltimore on Wednesday. The fumbles and losses knocked the Red Sox out of the playoffs and cost Francona his job.
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