Terry Francona, the Red Sox manager, announced he is leaving the club after eight seasons at the helm and two World Series trophies won under his management. He managed to get the Red Sox to five playoffs during his time and General Manager Theo Epstein said Francona is not to blame for negative development club development in Septembers when the team somehow blew a nine-game wild-card lead. The Red Sox will miss the playoffs for a second year in a row.
Francona and Theo Epstein appeared at a joint press conference but declined to comment in detail what would happen between the club and its manager. The two are one of the most successful duos in baseball after Francona arrived in the Red Sox in 2004 but recent developments led to a historical collapse of the team.
Francona told journalists he and the club will decide whether the Red Sox would exercise the team’s two-year option on his contract, while Francona is not going to comment on further negotiations. He admitted there is intense pressure in managing the Red Sox but pointed out at successes the team achieved in the past years.
Pundits comment that Francona’s options are to go to the Chicago White Sox where the position of manager is vacant after Ozzie Guillen is moving to the Miami Marlins. Other options include a managerial position with the Cubs or with the St. Louis Cardinals.