Little will not return to Red Sox
By Gordon Edes, Globe Staff, 10/27/2003
Red Sox officials told Grady Little late this morning that they will not renew his contract for next season, ending his term as Red Sox manager after two years, according to a source with close ties to Little.
An official announcement from the club is expected later today.
Little was let go after guiding the Sox to within a game of the World Series. The Sox fell, 6-5, to the Yankees in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, and fans widely blamed Little for leaving ace pitcher Pedro Martinez in the game too long.
A search for a successor is expected to begin immediately.