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08:16 AM ET 09.30 | A Terry Francona departure from Boston may be a mutual decision. If the White Sox have designs on making [Francona] their successor to Ozzie Guillen, one important door has been opened. 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. Francona, who guided the Red Sox to two World Series championships, decided it was time to cut ties before the Red Sox' September collapse came to its horrifying conclusion Wednesday night. His contract has options worth $4.25 million for 2012 and $4.5 for 2013, more than double what Guillen was paid this season.

Chicago Sun-Times

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September 30, 2011  08:17 AM ET

He did start here.

September 30, 2011  08:21 AM ET
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He did start here.

But why would he want to go back?

September 30, 2011  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

But why would he want to go back?

Not saying he would. He may find it intriguing if he's looking for a managerial job after the Boston debacle.

September 30, 2011  08:29 AM ET

Hell, why not -- stay with the sock teams.

Stick a foot in him.

September 30, 2011  08:31 AM ET

I have always believed that Francona was an average manager with great talent around him. Once the talent choices went from great to average or worse his management style just couldn't help.

September 30, 2011  08:32 AM ET
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But why would he want to go back?

As it says he's had enough of the Red Sox Nation of lunatics.....

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September 30, 2011  08:34 AM ET
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Only thing missing here is a Tampa Ray player in the background with a sniper rifle....8)

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September 30, 2011  08:45 AM ET
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who was the starting pitcher who was drinking beer in the clubhouse during a game?

Probably that degenerate Beckette.

September 30, 2011  08:46 AM ET
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And who's on the the short list to replace Tito? I really like the guy, but I think the stress is affecting his health, so he needs to do what is best for him. I wish him the best wherever he goes. Thank you Terry, for all you did for Boston. Most of us appreciate it.

I agree with your evaluation.

September 30, 2011  08:47 AM ET
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Probably that degenerate Beckette.

Probably that dipwad Lackey.

September 30, 2011  08:48 AM ET
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And who's on the the short list to replace Tito? I really like the guy, but I think the stress is affecting his health, so he needs to do what is best for him. I wish him the best wherever he goes. Thank you Terry, for all you did for Boston. Most of us appreciate it.

He said some very interesting things regarding team chemistry....missing Youkilis, Varitek and Bucholtz (sp?)...didn't help....wouldn't panic...the Red Sox Nation has endured worse...but I think Francona has had enough...

September 30, 2011  08:48 AM ET
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Probably that dipwad Lackey.

Yeah, that's what most people would think, I just thought I'd throw a half pence to that dipwad Slinkton with the Beckette reference.

September 30, 2011  08:48 AM ET
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Only thing missing here is a Tampa Ray player in the background with a sniper rifle....8)

Nicely done.

I like Francona...he is a no BS manager. The fact is in any pro sport the shelf life of a coach/manager is limited. The saying you are hired to be fired is very accurate. Whether its with Chicago or somewhere else Francona will land another gig. I wish him the best.

September 30, 2011  08:49 AM ET
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And who's on the the short list to replace Tito? I really like the guy, but I think the stress is affecting his health, so he needs to do what is best for him. I wish him the best wherever he goes. Thank you Terry, for all you did for Boston. Most of us appreciate it.

Well said

September 30, 2011  08:49 AM ET
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Probably that degenerate Beckette.

Sam Malone

 
September 30, 2011  08:50 AM ET
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Whether its with Chicago or somewhere else Francona will land another gig. I wish him the best.

He ain't coming here. No way Reinsdorf offers him near what he was making in Boston. Not saying he wouldn't manage here for less, but I doubt it.

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