The Boston Red Sox gave Terry "TIto" Francona his walking papers on Friday, ending his seven-year stint in Beantown. Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
The Boston Red Sox have declined to pick up the option on manager Terry Francona’s contract, effectively ending the former Arizona Wildcats’ tenure in BeanTown.
Francona leaves Boston with a 744-552 record and the franchise’s only two World Series titles in the past 92 years.
The search for a new BoSox skipper begins immediately. Here’s suggesting that the Red Sox choose another former Wildcat to man the bench for the 2012 season.
Hiring former pitchers and former pitching coaches as managers is en vogue these days as baseball enters a post-steroid “pitcher’s era.” See San Diego Padre skipper Bud Black and freshly interimed Chicago White Sox manager Don Cooper as an example.
Trevor Hoffman, a year removed from his retirement, could provide leadership to the Red Sox’ depleted pitching staff.
The former all-time saves leader could also breathe down the neck of closer Jonathan Papelbon, whose lone loss of 2011 came on the season’s final day and knocked the BoSox from the postseason contention.
He's tried playing outfield. He's tried pitching. Perhaps managing is next in the cards for ex-Cat Brian Anderson. Photo by Scott Salisbury.
When being a slugging outfielder wasn’t working out for Brian Anderson in the White Sox, Red Sox and Kansas City Royals organizations, ex-Cat Brian Anderson converted to pitcher. He lasted one season on the hill before being cut by the Royals and New York Yankees during the 2011 season.
Perhaps it’s time for the enigmatic Andersonto give coaching a try.
Alan Zinter stepped into the batter’s box just 84 times in his brief two-year career with the Houston Astros and Arizona Diamondbacks — and struck out 34 of those times.
When it comes to baseball experience, however, he might very well be the Crash Davis of his era, earning 5,544 plate appearances (250 career home runs) in 19 minor league seasons — 108 of those in the Red Sox farm system in 1995.
Currently he coaches for the Diamondbacks’ Double-A affiliate the Mobile Bay Bears.
Catchers traditionally make good coaches. Plus, if the Red Sox really want to chap their rivala the Yankees, why not hire a guy who donned the pinstripes in the 80s?
Former Wildcat Ron Hassey currently coaches for the Jupiter (Fla.) Hammerheads, a Single-A Advanced affiliate of the Florida Marlins. He could even sign his son, ex-Wildcat shortstop and former Toronto Blue Jay prospect Brad Hassey as a bench coach.