VANCOUVER, B.C. – Terry Francona, the man who led the Boston Red Sox to their first world series championship in 86-years, is out of work and out of baseball for the time being. Francona’s option for the 2012 season was not picked up by GM Theo Epstein and Red Sox management. It has been rumoured that Francona had lost his voice in the Red Sox clubhouse. His message was growing stale and an epic collapse during the last month of the season sealed his fate as manager of the Boston Red Sox.
Some of the candidates who have been mentioned as a possible replacement for Terry Francona include former New York Mets manager and current ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine, as well as former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre. The Boston media would love Bobby Valentine. Valentine is full of character and he gets the most out of his players every night. Valentine has also successfully managed in Japan with the Chiba Lotte Marines. Joe Torre has managed more than 4000 MLB games and may prefer to stay at his job with Major League Baseball. Both these managers are a long shot to become the next manager of the Red Sox. Dave Martinez is a hot commodity among up and coming managers. Martinez, who has been a bench coach with the Tampa Bay Rays since 2007, is somebody to keep an eye on. Many experts see Martinez as the glue that has helped Joe Maddon turn the small market Rays into a surprising World Series contender in the last few years. The Philadelphia Phillies organization has two very interesting names that Red Sox fans should be watching. Pete Mackanin is a 60 year-old Chicago native who currently serves as a bench coach with the Philadelphia Phillies. As an interim manager in 2007, Mackanin led the Cincinnati Reds to a 41-39 record after replacing Dusty Baker. Ryne Sandberg is a candidate that many GM’s would love to have. Sandberg, who has spent almost his entire career in the Chicago Cubs organization, is currently managing the Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Before leaving the Cubs organization Sandberg managed at a Single A, Double A, and Triple A level. Sandberg was named Pacific Coast League manager of the year in 2010 when he managed the Triple A Iowa Cubs. Sandberg was expected to replace Lou Piniella when he left the Chicago Cubs, however the position was given to current Cuba manager Mike Quade. Sandberg would be the ideal candidate for the Red Sox management to put in place and control as a puppet. Sandberg has played the game of baseball his entire life and he knows how baseball players think. Sandberg’s career was full of accolades, awards, gold gloves, and all-star games. Ryne Sandberg is a manager-in-waiting the Red Sox should not think twice about hiring.