Terry Francona, Red Sox Officially Part Ways

Terry Francona will not return as manager of the Boston Red Sox in 2012, as the team has declined to pick up his contract options.

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Terry Francona Reverses HImself, Will Attend Fenway Anniversary

Remember last week, when Terry Francona wasn’t going to join the big 100th Anniversary celebration at Fenway Park this Friday, despite entreaties from both John Henry and Larry Lucchino?

Well, forget that. From ESPNBoston.com:

Former Boston Red Sox manager and current ESPN analyst Terry Francona has changed his mind and says he will be attending the Red Sox’s 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway Park on Friday afternoon.

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Francona told ESPN on Wednesday that he believes he owes it to the fans to show up.

That’s Terry Francona for you, always thinking of the fans.

We kid Terry Francona because we love him. He’s pretty obviously going because he doesn’t want to miss a chance to hobnob with a bunch of old baseball people and maybe get a long standing ovation. But he’d look pretty silly if he said he changed his mind for himself. So mentioning the fans is probably the best way to save face.

Eventually, nobody’s going to care why he showed up. Everybody’s just going to be glad he did.

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Terry Francona Won't Attend Fenway Celebration

The Boston Red Sox would love to have Terry Francona involved in their Fenway Park anniversary celebration, but their ex-manager's still licking his wounds.

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Terry Francona's Departure From Red Sox A Mutual Decision

Earlier Friday, it was confirmed that Terry Francona will not return as Boston Red Sox manager in 2012. This was notable, given that Francona had been around since 2004 with great success. But with the Red Sox just suffering one of the more shocking collapses in memory, Francona won't be back in 2012.

The only big remaining question was whose decision this was. And it turns out that the decision was mutual. In a statement from the organization:

Tito said that after eight years here he was frustrated by his difficulty making an impact with the players, that a different voice was needed, and that it was time for him to move on. After taking time to reflect on Tito's sentiments, we agreed that it was best for the Red Sox not to exercise the option years on his contract.

This, of course, was part of a carefully prepared press release, but Francona did a lot of good in his time as Boston's manager, and the Red Sox most certainly appreciate it. Sometimes a manager just loses his effectiveness after a while, though, and a new voice is needed to shake things up. Eight years is a long time to manage one team. Some managers have lasted more time, but the overwhelming majority have lasted much much less.

Added Theo Epstein in a press conference:

Nobody at the Red Sox blames Tito for what happened at the end of this season; we own that as an organization. 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 did note in the same conference that he was unsure whether he still had the support of Red Sox ownership. That undoubtedly played a part in his thought process. A bigger part, however, was played by the sense that he'd simply done all that he could.

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Terry Francona Out As Red Sox Manager

Word started to spread like wildfire Thursday night that Terry Francona would not return as manager of the Boston Red Sox in 2012. Francona and the Red Sox were to meet early Friday, and the expectation was that the parties would then decide to part ways.

As it happened, Francona met with the Red Sox, and no decision was made. Not immediately. Theo Epstein said that some time would have to be taken, so that all parties could collect their thoughts.

Well, I guess enough time has been taken. Ken Rosenthal:

Francona officially gone. Statements out.

Jon Heyman suggests that Francona wanted a quick answer from the Red Sox, and now he's gotten it. It's important to note that Francona has not technically been fired - technically, he was no longer under contract. The Red Sox have simply declined to exercise their options for 2012 and 2013.

Francona, then, will explore the market for another position. And the Red Sox will explore the market for another manager. What went wrong? Obviously, there was the late-season collapse, and John Tomase talks about clubhouse discontent, poor player preparation, and even pitchers drinking on off-days. Francona could be out for any one of those reasons, any combination of those reasons, or simply because the Red Sox think it's time for a change. Or because he was tired of overseeing a three-ring circus.

Francona had managed the Red Sox since 2004, amassing a 744-552 record. He led the team to just one division title, but also two World Series championships, in 2004 and 2007. This collapse wasn't his fault - the organization has said as much - and we shouldn't expect Francona to be out of work for long, unless he wants to be.

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Red Sox Have 'No Immediate Plans' To Announce Terry Francona Is Leaving

Recently, TV networks have cut back or cancelled daytime soap operas. They need not worry, as the Boston Red Sox are providing plenty of daytime drama on Friday, even though their season on the field ended Wednesday night in Baltimore, disastrously.

Earlier Friday, SI.com’s Jon Heyman reported that the Red Sox and manager Terry Francona had agreed to “part ways”.

But now, a tweet from the official MLB Twitter account says, hold the phone:

BREAKING: Red Sox GM Theo Epstein says in statement “there are no immediate plans for an announcement” on manager Terry Francona.

And Brian MacPherson, Red Sox beat writer for the Providence Journal, tweeted this, early Friday afternoon, regarding the meeting between Francona and GM Theo Epstein:

Theo Epstein: “We all plan on taking some time to process the thoughts expressed in the meeting.”

So don’t count Francona out quite yet. And grab some popcorn. This show is turning out to be more interesting than almost any daytime serial.

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Terry Francona, Red Sox Meet, But No Decision Made

Terry Francona was to meet with the Boston Red Sox Friday morning, and beginning Thursday night, word started to spread that Francona wouldn't be back as the team's manager in 2012. Some parties suggested that it was Francona who wanted out, while other parties suggested that it was Red Sox ownership that wanted a change, but all parties seemed to agree that, after the meeting, Francona and the Red Sox would part ways.

Well, Friday morning, Francona and the Red Sox met. And? And, no decision has been made. Mike Silverman:

FWIW, a Red Sox source in the loop said before the Francona-Henry meeting that it was "premature'' to say Tito not coming back. Stay tuned.

And Sean McAdam:

Terry Francona's meeting with the Red Sox has ended and, contrary to earlier indications, no decision apparently was made on his status as Red Sox manager.

Multiple sources indicated prior to the meeting that the sides had made a mutual decision to part ways. But now, indications are any decision won't be made for at least a day or two.

So much for that - kind of. As of this writing, Francona is still to be considered the manager of the Red Sox. But as McAdam says, the two could split soon.

Some kind of decision needs to be made shortly. The Red Sox have 2012 and 2013 options on Francona's contract, and they need to be either picked up or declined. If declined, the organization will immediately begin its search for a replacement.

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Terry Francona Reportedly Wanted Out By Red Sox Ownership

The Red Sox decision not to pick up the option of Terry Francona's contract has been a bit puzzling. Sure, the Red Sox have missed the postseason for two straight seasons, and yes, this season it occurred in disastrous fashion. But still, this was the man at the helm when the Red Sox broke "the curse" in 2004. Then he managed Boston to a second World Series title in 2007. 

So where did this come from? With general manager Theo Epstein careful not to place blame on Tito after the season ended, how is it that he is expected to be shown the door on Friday? Boston Globe beat writer Peter Abraham, citing a source, thinks he has the answer. Ownership wants Franco out:

The decision is coming from the ownership level according to sources. While Epstein was careful to say yesterday that he did not blame Francona, owner John Henry has remained quiet on the subject. During the team's September collapse, Francona said several times that he had no communication with Henry.

As Abraham points out, the Red Sox will have suitors lining up for the role on a free-spending, perennial contending team. But right now it's difficult to see how Boston's ownership thinks it can do better than the man who delivered two World Series titles in the last seven years. 

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Terry Francona Informed By Boston Red Sox He's Been Let Go, According To Report

It appears Terry Francona will pay for Boston's sins. Reports have been trickling out since Thursday night that the Red Sox and their manager will part ways, and now all that's left is the official announcement.

SI.com's Jon Heyman is reporting that even after winning a World Series in 2004 and 2007, Francona is out after eight years in Boston. The Red Sox will decline to pick up the option on Francona's contract.

The decision was apparently made last night and may be announced today. There were differences over how things were handled this season.

The outcome follows the second consecutive season in which the Red Sox missed postseason — this year that absence was the result of a historic collapse that included a 7-20 record in September. Still, it's a somewhat surprising end to the relationship between a team, and a manager that presided over the most successful run for the franchise since the early 20th century.

For more on the Red Sox, visit Over the Monster and SB Nation Boston.

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Terry Francona Ready To Walk Away From Boston Red Sox, According To Report

With Terry Francona's time as manager of the Boston Red Sox reportedly set to come to an end on Friday, the attention turns to making the split as clean as possible. Francona's contract is technically up, but the Red Sox have 10 days to decide whether to exercise an option year.

So which party is pushing for a split? According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Francona is the one who wants out.

Francona has had enough of his eroding Boston experience, a ­major-league source said, and will ask the club not to exercise the option on his contract.

"He has had his fill of the whole thing,’’ the source told the Sun-Times.

Whatever the case may be, Francona is expected to meet with the Red Sox on Friday morning, at which point a resolution of the situation is expected. From all indications, Francona's tenure as manager will come to an end.

For more on the Red Sox, visit Over the Monster and SB Nation Boston.

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Terry Francona, Boston Red Sox Expected To Part Ways On Friday

According to reports, Terry Francona's time as manager of the Boston Red Sox may come to an end on Friday.

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Boston Red Sox GM Theo Epstein Admits 'Regrets' At Press Conference

Boston GM Theo Epstein spoke to the media a day after the Red Sox completed an epic collapse, failing to make the playoffs.

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