Report: Red Sox to name Francona manager
December 3, 2003
BOSTON (Ticker) - Just over a month after parting ways with Grady Little, the Boston Red Sox apparently have settled on Terry Francona as their new manager.
According to a report in Wednesday's Boston Globe, the Red Sox will name Francona, the bench coach of the Oakland Athletics, as their manager on Thursday or Friday.
Francona served as bench coach for the Texas Rangers in 2002 before taking the same job under manager Ken Macha in Oakland. The Athletics lost Game Five of the American League Division Series for the fourth straight year, blowing a two-games-to-none lead to the Red Sox.
The 44-year-old Francona managed the Philadelphia Phillies from 1997-00, compiling a 285-363 record. Righthander Curt Schilling, acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks last weekend, played for Francona in Philadelphia and is expected to warmly embrace the hiring.
The Red Sox announced that they would name a manager before the start of the winter meetings in New Orleans on December 12.
According to the Boston Globe, Francona impressed the Red Sox in a November 5 interview and the team has spoken to just two other candidates, Anaheim Angels bench coach Joe Maddon and Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Glenn Hoffman, who played for Boston.
The Red Sox lost Game Seven of the American League Championship Series to the New York Yankees when Aaron Boone homered in the 11th inning off knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Little was heavily criticized for leaving ace Pedro Martinez in the game to blow a 5-2 lead in the eighth inning. The Red Sox later elected not exercise his contract for 2004.
Updated on Wednesday, Dec 3, 2003 2:34 pm EST