Francona Out as Red Sox Manager

    Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona speaks during a news conference, Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, in Boston. In a joint statement released on Friday, the Red Sox announced they will not pick up the option on Francona's contract for a ninth year in the wake of the team's September collapse in which they blew a nine-game lead in the American League wild-card race. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)

    Bizuayehu Tesfaye / AP Photo

    Looks like Terry Francona won’t get three strikes. The Red Sox manager and the team parted ways Friday, only two days after the their historic collapse at the end of the season and failure to make the playoffs. Francona served as the team’s manager for eight years, helping them to their historic World Series victory in 2004 and again in 2007. Francona reached his 1,000 win with the Red Sox in July—but it was not enough to bring the team to the playoffs, as they went 7–20 for the month of September and lost the final game of the season in the final inning. Francona insisted it was his own decision to leave the team and said discord in the Red Sox clubhouse had been a contributor.

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